The course of true love never did run smooth. Some famous person said that. I can’t remember who. Yes, I have google but I also have a time limit as I’m trying to get ready for work, take a shower – did you just picture me naked? – drink my coffee, feed the dog…well, you get the picture. I got shizz going on but I do my best to keep you abreast….hehe, abreast…of what’s going on in the fantasy world while keeping you cultured. It’s a tough task. You’re not the easiest of pupil and you know that. But I digress, as stated, it truly does never run smoothly. Speaking of not running smoothly, that pretty much defines Trent Richardson and his owner’s seasons to date, no doubt. Starting off the season as the main bell cow for a so-so offense, T-Rich didn’t really do much with his time there, averaging 3.4 ypc netting zero touchdowns. Then when he got traded to a better offense, the people rejoiced only to see his underlying stats actually get worse (3.0 ypc and only 1 reception in 3 games). To say it’s been difficult being a Trent owner would be an understatement while saying ‘Fruit Of the Looms’ would be an underpants statement. There’s no point in there, stop looking in my underpants. The point being is that, for all his warts so far, Trent should begin trending upward and the Chargers game will and should be his break out. So check in with his owners and see if they’re willing to move on from him at this point. Though I don’t predict he’ll be the top 5 RB I saw him to be entering the season, I still see a top 10 in there based on the offense alone and I’m sure they’ll work him into the passing game a bit more as the season wears on. In other buy/sell ideas for week 6 of the 2013 Fantasy Football season…
Harry Douglas – Note I’m not suggesting a waiver wire spend here. With Julio down by the school yard and out of uniform for the rest of the season, Douglas will most likely get 3rd and 4th option targets in a pass-heavy Atlanta attack. With Atlanta being on bye this week, there’s a good chance he gets left out there. This is a depth play that I’m not selling to you as a ‘must get this guy’ kinda move but a ‘hey, it could work out nicely for you if you have the roster space’ kind. Then you can ask your leaguemates if they’d like to see your Harry D and actually have something that won’t get you sued when asked about it later.
Garrett Graham – Yeah, I’m keeping with the unsexy theme today. This isn’t a ‘run out and get’um’ play either unless you’re downright hurting at TE (and I know I am in a few leagues so he’s on my radar). You can also pretend you drafted Jimmy Graham this year by covering his first name when you look at your lineup. Bonus wishful thinking to go with solid stats. Score!
Emmanuel Sanders – Wanna know someone who’s averaging nearly 10 targets a game so far but who’s not getting recognition because the stats are underwhelming? Well here you go. I’m grabbing shares of Sanders everywhere I can as Pittsville will be passing plenty the rest of the way. Sure, he’ll play second and third fiddle some weeks but his worst game so far has been 8 targets, 4 receptions and 39 yards. The floor is a lot higher than the ceiling here – yeah, that didn’t make sense – but he can probably be thrown in as a sweetener for a deal right now. Get sexy with Emmanuel in space, everyone.
Shonn Greene – Chris Johnson is struggling mightily to be the lead back in a run-heavy offense. That’s hard to do but he’s finding a way. I’m not saying CJZeroK is worthless but I think Greene will get a lot more touches if he comes back healthy until they figure out what’s wrong with their Johnson in Tennessee. I strongly suggest penicillin.
Vincent Jackson – I’ve said numerous times I’m not a huge VJax fan but if someone’s willing to give up on him because of the Schianogans that are going on, he’s still a worthy player to check in on. I’d be asking for a steep discount at this point, though, so don’t go crazy.
Torrey Smith – This isn’t a question of whether or not Torrey’s good, the question is ‘how much do you believe’? Do you believe the only aerial threat for the Ravens keeps the pace of 1,779 yards and 86 receptions? It seems like a tough thing to do, especially with a defense that should start shutting more opponents down over the course of the season and limiting Flacco’s fling it all over the place style so far. Again, I willingly concede that Smith is a WR2 for real this year. Yes, I’m saying I’m wrong. I own it but we’re talking top 10 wideout numbers and I don’t think that sustains. See if you can get your ‘like for like’ on with another WR1 owner. Or better yet, buzz the tower of the sad Julio owner and see if you can make some massive profit elsewhere if you don’t need a wideout replacement.