Hi Five: 5 Things After 5 Weeks of Fantasy Football

Carolina made sure that we will see this dance for years to come
  • Always start Victor Cruz.
    • Victor Cruz was on waivers after almost every draft in 2011 and now he should be in your line up each week.

      Cruz continued his meteoric rise up the fantasy charts with another stellar performance on Sunday. (161 yds, touchdown)

      At this point it appears Cruz is the second option in the Giants passing game so he is a must play each week.

  • We had a DeAngelo Williams sighting.
    • DeAngelo Willams explosive 69 yard touchdown against the Saints made fantasy owners remember why they had such high hopes when they drafted him.

      Now that Cam Newton has proved to be a more than capable passer Williams should find more room to run as the season progresses.

  • Pick up Curtis Painter or Tim Tebow.
    • If you’ve got room on your roster it can’t hurt to pick up one of these guys as a bye week replacement or for match up starts.

      Painter has put up respectable numbers in his last 2 starts and Tebow could provide decent numbers when you factor in his rushing stats.

      This time of year the pickings are slim but these guys might be able to help you out in a pinch as the season continues.

  • Matt Ryan continues to disappoint.
    • Coming into 2011 many fantasy writers (myself included) thought Ryan could take the next step and ascend to a near elite fantasy level.

      So far that has not been the case. Unfortunately, for Ryan owners the only option is to remain patient.

      He doesn’t have a whole lot of trade value at this point and dropping him would be a mistake.

  • Pick up Delone Carter, Jackie Battle, and Doug Baldwin.
    • Joseph Addai’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Delone Carter.

      With Addai possibly sidelined for a few games the young Carter has a chance to seize the reins of the Colts running game.

      Jackie Battle emerged out of nowhere (19 carries, 119 yards) in the Chiefs win but he could end up being a factor going forward since the combination of Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones have failed to make a difference in the running game since the injury to Jamaal Charles.

      Doug Baldwin is more of a long shot, but he does have 20 catches in the first five games in addition to averaging 16.5 yards a catch with a couple of touchdowns.

      If you need help at receiver put in a claim for Baldwin.

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