Week 6: Super Sleepers
This week unintentionally features five running backs, one QB, one wide out and one tight end.
Mike Goodson is one of my favorite picks this week against Pittsburgh's soft run defense.
Nick Foles could be an interesting play against Tampa Bay. This high-powered offense will have to shift a bit, but Foles can lead them successfully.
Jordan Reed will return to play following Washington's bye week. Will he pick up where he left off?
Da'Rel Scott is re-signed and back in committee with Brandon Jacobs.
Nick Foles has replaced Michael Vick due to a hamstring injury. Foles is in his second NFL season and has seen enough action to be able to hang in there. Chip Kelly's offense might be a bit too quick for Foles, but he can throw the ball and dissect a defense if needed. Foles has weapons in his offense and this makes me feel comfortable selecting him as a QB who could be worth a look this week. The match-up against Tampa Bay will not be a walk in the park, but Foles and his offense will have a chance to build upon their Week 5 victory. Last week he completed16 of 25 passes for nearly 200 yards and two scores. If you were playing Vick and need a back-up (or if your QB is on bye and your bench looks worrisome), Foles might just be your guy.
Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall split snaps exactly at 30 apiece this past week. Ellington is a small back with explosive ability. The coaching staff is concerned with his ability to stay healthy if he sees a greater workload. Mendenhall still has ability and is a larger body in the backfield, but Ellington has passing appeal and looks to be the running back with the most punch, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Ellington should be owned in any league format with more than 12 teams and is likely on the bye week radar of other fantasy owners. This week he faces a tough San Francisco defense, but could be worth a look.
Marcel Reece and Rashad Jennings are involved in the time-share that was Darren McFadden. McFadden's hamstring is acting up and he appears to be down and out for Week 6 against Kansas City after missing Week 5. If he misses this week he will have until after the Week 7 bye to hopefully heal. In McFadden's absence, Jennings rushed 10 times to Reece's 7 attempts, while Terrelle Pryor rushed 11 times. With Pryor as mobile as he is, the rushing game is somewhat of a gamble. Reece was slated as the top back-up before he sustained a minor knee injury. Reece is the better of the two rushers available and should see increased playing time as long as his knee holds together. Reece was likely picked up in quite a few leagues a few weeks back, but could still be available on waivers. He shows value as a rusher and passer. If you like Reece better and he is unavailable, grab Jennings.
Jackie Battle is a gamble this week. Shonn Greene is expected to return from his knee scope this week vs. Seattle and that would potentially push Battle down the depth chart. However, if Greene is not up to speed, Battle has shown he can vulture the goal line opportunities and break for some longer runs. He is a tested running back who can serve his team when needed. Chris Johnson and Battle or Greene will have a tough go against Seattle, but there is a likelihood of Battle getting a few goal line looks if all goes well and that is appealing.
Mike Goodson just returned from his early season suspension. I stashed Goodson away on my bench, grabbing him as a late draft pick. With Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory already in the rushing mix, Goodson becomes a number in a revolving committee until he proves himself. Out of the talent in New York, Goodson should find his way to the top, but only time will tell. This week this rushing attack faces off against a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season. The odds are in Goodson's favor this week. He should find his opportunities and be able to show his worth. Look for Goodson to play as the third down option and in quite a few passing schemes.