We are about a quarter of the way through the season and things are heating up. Injuries are occurring right and left and your fantasy team needs new talent or depth. I’m here to help and show you where you can find reinforcements that are being overlooked for your roster. Let’s dive in!
1) Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay – There was a time when the Carolina secondary was a scary proposition for any opposing offense. That may be gone as Carolina looked very exposed this past week against Atlanta. The Atlanta passing attack was the first real passing threat Carolina faced all season, and Atlanta dominated. I think Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay passing attack continues that trend next week on Sunday night.
2) Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore – We thought that Baltimore would move on from Smith and employ more weapons in the passing attack this season. The last two weeks, Steve Smith Sr. has 16 catches, 198 yards and a touchdown.With Joe Flacco’s trust in him, it looks like he is going to continue to be the main man in Baltimore. He plays a Washington secondary that gives up big plays from time to time and Joe Flacco likes to take risks.
3) Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers – He makes a consecutive appearance in the “5 Up/5 Down” article as I feel that some of you chose to ignore my heads up on Whittaker for this past week. After a 17-point week against Atlanta, he faces the Tampa Bay defense at home this coming week. Cam Newton is in concussion protocol and may not play next week. If he does, or Derek Anderson starts in place of him, you can bet the offense will look to get the ball out of either quarterback’s’ hands as quickly as possible. This means Whittaker out of the backfield will be a huge part of the offense attack.
4) Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego
I am just surprised that a rookie tight end can make an impact so early in their rookie season. He has been a viable option for Philip Rivers and the offense this past two weeks. He has racked up 133 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks and is not a bad matchup play if you need one. With this in mind, the following tight ends will be on bye in Week 5: Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas. Henry and San Diego face an Oakland defense that really struggles against the pass. I expect a high-scoring game and Henry should be involved.
5) Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo – Sammy Watkins is out for the season, and Buffalo has found its new No. 1 receiver. Robert Woods took the reins in the passing offense and hauled in seven catches for 89 yards. He did this against a decent New England secondary. Tyrod Taylor needs a go-to receiver in this offense and it looks to be Woods. He doesn’t have a great matchup this week against Los Angeles, but will see plenty of opportunities for the rest of the season with Watkins on Injured Reserve.