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Corner Lockdown - Week 6

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The running back situation is a mess in St. Louis as the Rams have demoted Daryl Richardson and are now using a running back by committee. This has opened the door for Zac Stacy to get first crack with the starting offense on Sunday. In Week 5, Stacy carried the ball 14 times for 78 yards and showed some burst up the middle for the Rams. Now this effort came against a terrible Jacksonville defense so Stacy may have some trouble finding holes against the Houston Texans run defense, but either way, he is an interesting flex option this week. Though he’s only a rookie, the coaching staff said they want to get him more carries in Week 6. If you have a spot open due to bye week issues, take a shot here.

The Buffalo run game finally showed some life last week against a very good Cleveland defense. Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson scored rushing touchdowns and neither were 100 percent healthy. Spiller owners had to be happy to see him score his first touchdown of the season on a nice 54-yard run. He only received eight carries on the day, though, and finished with 66 yards, so take away the long run and it was another dud of a day for the first-round fantasy pick. The good news is that Spiller was playing on a bad ankle which was the main reason he didn’t get a lot of carries and he played without getting hurt so he will only get stronger. That being said, Jackson is also getting stronger and will continue to steal carries away from Spiller, including most goal line opportunities. Jackson had both goal line touchdowns in Week 5. If you own both, it’s hard not to roll with Jackson for the time being, so wait for Spiller to return to full health and play Jackson while he’s getting all the goal line work.

Shark Sleepers

Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas

Williams’ breakout game came last week in a shootout against the Denver Broncos. He had four catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. The yardage is a little deceiving because 82 of them came on the long scoring reception, but he is gaining the trust of Tony Romo, nonetheless. Miles Austin will probably be out at least another week or two so Williams will continue to start alongside Dez Bryant . Look for the rookie to see more and more targets as defenses will key in on Bryant. He has a dream matchup against Washington on Sunday night so get him into your flex spot if you have room. He should have no problem scoring for the second straight week, and, although Williams won’t get near 151 yards again, he should be able to get half of that.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans

Besides Darren Sproles, it’s hard to start a Saints running back due to the Saints spreading t he ball around so much, but Thomas has been playing well the last few weeks. Many don’t consider him a sleeper as he’s being started in around 60 percent of leagues, but that’s good enough for me. After a slow start to the season, Thomas busted out in Week 5 doing most of his damage receiving. He caught nine balls 55 yards and two touchdowns. He also received 19 carries, which is very high for a New Orleans running back. Even though he couldn’t even manage 100 yards on 28 touches, Thomas still has a lot of fantasy value moving forward. Teams have been keying in on Sproles, which has opened it up for other options. Thomas is a great play this week against the New England Patriots as he will lead the Saints in carries once again. As long as he sees some of the running back passing targets, he will be fantasy gold in Week 6.

Lock of the Week

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville

Blackmon returned from his four-game suspension last week and flourished, catching five balls for 136 yards and a touchdown. The score came at the beginning of the game on a beautiful slant where he outran the entire defense for a 67-yard trip to paydirt. There is no doubt that Blackmon is a star, but he’s not yet an every week must-start because he plays on the worst team in the league. The good news is that Chad Henne will get the start in Week 6. He has built great chemistry with Blackmon over the last year and a half and consistently gives him chances to make plays where Blaine Gabbert doesn’t. As long as Henne continues to start expect Blackmon to see plenty of targets and be a solid WR2. He should do damage this week against Denver as the Jaguars will have to pass early and often to try and keep up.