Rashad Jennings – Both Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece went down on Sunday for the Raiders, and Rashad Jennings came in to the tune of 45 yards on 15 carries and 71 yards on 8 receptions. The receiving yards are catchy, but Jennings looks like more of flier for week 5 against the Chargers and a must add for McFadden owners only. He is currently available in 95% of leagues.
Johnathan Franklin – Eddie Lacy has been practicing in full and is likely to resume his role as the Packers feature back, but Franklin made his mark when James Starks went down in week 3 where he rushed for 103 yards and a TD. In the event that Lacy goes down again, having Franklin before being marred in the waiver wire frenzy would be wise. He is currently available in 79% of leagues.
Danny Woodhead – He’s a better add in PPR settings and mostly an all or nothing play each week, but after the way he tore up the Dallas LBs and his consistent use by the Chargers he is well worth an add. Especially, with San Diego’s friendly schedule over the next 4 weeks where they will face the Raiders, Colts, Jaguars, and Redskins defenses. He is currently available in 59% of leagues.
Nate Washington – While the loss of Jake Locker puts a dent in Washington’s value, the fact that he took over as the WR1 for the Titans, with Kenny Britt struggling and out, says a lot. Ryan Fitzpatrick showed faith continuing to target Washington and with few WR1s available on the wire he should be a prime target. He is currently available in 86% of leagues.
Brian Hoyer – After getting another start in week 4 Hoyer threw for 269 yards with a pair of TDs after throwing for 321 with 3 TDs and 3 picks the week before. Despite Brandon Weeden being medically cleared, Hoyer will retain the starting job and is well worth a grab with a game against the Bills coming in week 5. He’s got high upside with the Browns continuing to air it out each week. He is currently available in 94% of leagues.
Heath Miller – Miller has returned as Roethlisberger’s safety valve and should remain a solid play as a back up TE or even a started in deeper leagues. He has shown no clear signs of the knee injury that took him out late last season. He is currently available in 56% of leagues.
Mike Goodson – Bilal Powell is the current feature back, but the Jets have had concern in the past about his ability to physically carry a feature back load. While Goodson will likely serve as the change of pace back as he comes off of suspension, especially with no timetable for Chris Ivory’s return, and he could carve out a larger role if Powell stumbles. He is currently available in 99% of leagues.
Roy Helu – Helu is one of the better handcuffs in the league. Alfred Morris suffered a rib injury that kept him from finishing the game last Sunday. With Morris already saying he will be fine, no reported fracture to his ribs, and the Redskins going into the BYE week, Helu is mostly an add for paranoid Morris owners or owners looking to extort those paranoid Morris owners. However, in the event that Morris were to miss time Helu would have a very high value for owners. He is currently available in 88% of leagues.
Andre Ellington – After Rashard Mendenhall failed to wow for the Cardinals and made a number of errors, including running out of bounds when Arizona was in clock killing mode, the grip on his starting job is slipping. Ellington played well in his limited snaps and was the primary back spelling Mendenhall. He has recently been praised for Bruce Arians who endorsed Ellington saying he could see him carrying the load. Take that for what you will, but Mendenhall owners should handcuff Ellington in the event that the Cards make the switch. He is currently available in 89% of leagues.
Others to watch : Brandon Bolden (83% of leagues), LeGarrette Blount (95% of leagues), Robert Woods (88% of leagues), Charles Clay (53% of leagues), and Terrance Williams (96% of leagues).
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.