Week 5: Pickups of the Week
As Kenny Albert and Moose Johnston kept reminding us last weekend, Lance Moore is benefiting from the opportunities that used to go to Reggie Bush. It makes sense that Moore -- a dynamic punt returner who's deadly when you put him in space with the ball in his hands -- would be asked to pick up the slack after Bush's injury. The Saints don't run a conventional offense and Bush was never a conventional running back. His role was to lineup all over the field, exploit matchups and make things happen by doing the unexpected. That role now belongs to Moore, who's getting set up with bubble screens and the sort of crafty gimmick plays that make use of his impressive athleticism. He showed up big in Week 3 and became a popular add in fantasy leagues. Moore's Week 4 was a little quieter. A pedestrian 37 receiving yards and a fumble may have scared away potential suitors. With luck, Moore's still available and can give you a sound Week 5 replacement if you're a Brandon Marshall, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, or Deion Branch owner.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Roy Williams' breakout game (117 receiving yards, 2 TDs) came just before the bye week, or else he might not still be available in almost half of all MyFantasyLeague.com leagues. Williams was a complete dud last year, but is showing flashes of the player who scored 28 touchdowns for the Lions over his first four seasons. The presence of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten on a loaded offense means Williams won't ever be the focal point he was with Detroit. On the other hand, it means he sometimes gets to line up against safeties, nickel backs and even the occasional linebacker. Romo and the Cowboys are starting to realize what a weapon Williams can be (especially in the red zone) and they're keying in on the mismatches. Look for Williams' stock to continue to rise.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Moeaki gave us one of the highlights of Week 3 with his circus touchdown grab against the 49ers. The tight end position has never been deeper and there's no shortage of available athletes on league waiver wires, but Moeaki's rare athleticism should set him apart from the pack. He leads his team in targets, is a dangerous weapon in the red zone, and will only get better with experience. He's a brilliant bye week add and could edge his way into TE1 consideration before too long.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Garrett Hartley played his way out of the starting job and the team brought in Carney to shore up the kicking game. Saints coach Sean Payton has suggested the move is only temporary, but Carney looked solid going three-for-three in field goals against the Panthers in Week 4. New Orleans may roster both kickers again this week and, for now, it looks like Carney will stay the starter. Whoever kicks for this team is a must-have in fantasy leagues. Add Carney if you can, just be ready to kick him to the curb if and when Hartley is given a second chance.MyFantasyLeague availability: 66%
Week 4 was a track meet for this Giants' defensive line as they spent all day running down Bears QBs. With nine sacks in the first half, New York's pass rush completely demoralized Jay Cutler and prevented Chicago from mounting an effective passing attack. Even before last weekend's showcase, you could have made a case for the Giants as a top ten fantasy defense. Now, they're 8th in the league in total yardage, second against the pass and tied for first in sacks.