2010 Fantasy Football: Monday NFL Rewind (Week 5)
2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 6)
If you were one of the many owners who figured the Green Bay Packers would boast one of the league’s most dynamic offenses, and as a result, drafted several of their players for your fantasy team, you may very well find yourself in a desperate position to fill the void caused by injuries to several of the Packers’ key players. With starting running back Ryan Grant already out for the season, the injury bug continued to bite Mike McCarthy’s squad in week five as quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down late in the game with a concussion, and tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a knee injury that is expected to force him out of action for anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks.
Other key players who suffered week five injuries include Rams receiver Mark Clayton and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. That means there should be plenty of owners out there looking for replacements at the quarterback, wide receiver and tight end positions. Here are a few players you may want to grab off your league’s waiver wire.
Vince Young, QB, TEN – Vince Young may not be the most reliable fantasy quarterback out there, but he has managed to put up four touchdowns and no interceptions over his past three games. And in week seven he will face a Jaguars defense that allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills to pass for three touchdowns this past Sunday. If you had Aaron Rodgers and are looking for a one week replacement, Young just might be the perfect fit.
David Garrard, QB, JAC – Perhaps Vince Young is not available in your league. If that is the case, you may want to look for his Monday night opponent, David Garrard. After getting off to a soild start, the Titans pass defense has been terrible over their past two games, allowing an average of 272 yards and five total touchdowns against through the air. Garrard may not duplicate those numbers, but he should be able to find some success against the Titans’ secondary. If you are in need of a one week replacement, and he is available, he should be able to provide your team with some much needed points.
Matt Cassel, QB, KC – Now we are getting into desperation mode. I would rarely recommend acquiring or starting Cassel, but if there was one week where he may actually have some sort of value for fantasy owners, it is week six when his Chiefs travel to Houston to take on the Texans and their bottom-ranked secondary. It seems like no matter what quarterback the Texans face, they are destined to allow him to find the end zone a few times and put up some rather impressive numbers. Cassel may turn out to be the exception, but if you are desperate, I recommend you follow this trend.
Danny Amendola, WR, STL – Mark Clayton’s season-ending injury will no doubt hurt the Rams offense, but it will certainly help increase the value of Amendola, who is likely to become Sam Bradford’s top target. Amendola has good hands and great toughness, and playing for a team that finds themselves trailing more often than not, he should see plenty of opportunities to post some big numbers for the remainder of the season.
Brandon Tate, WR, NE - Perhaps no player will benefit more from the Randy Moss trade than Brandon Tate. The second-year receiver is expected to become the new down-field threat for the Pats, and Brady has never been one to shy away from throwing the deep-ball, so he should get plenty of opportunities to shine in New England’s potent offense. The Pats’ coaching staff has placed great expectations on Tate, and if he can deliver, he may turn out to be one of the great waiver wire steals of this NFL season.