The hope is that you don’t find yourself in a situation like this. The hope is that you dodge the bullet. But hope won’t help you come Sunday.
Let’s move on to this week’s targets, keeping in mind that these aren’t every week starters. Instead, these are guys that should only be used if you’re in some kind of roster emergency, whether it be related to bye weeks or injuries.
Below, I’ll list the player, their Week 6 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at fleaflicker.com.
Christian Ponder @WAS – 54%. Ponder makes another appearance in this space, as the fantasy community continues to pass on his talent. While there are flashier quarterbacks out there, Ponder is developing into a fine signal caller, and his matchup is very appealing. FantasySharks.com projects him for 220 yards and a touchdown. I think he surpasses those numbers against a suspect Redskins pass defense.
Kevin Kolb vs BUF – 39%. As an Eagles fan, it’s difficult to recommend Kevin Kolb for anything other than carrying luggage, but he’s outperformed expectations this season. Thrust into the starting job after John Skelton’s ankle injury, he’s played well. He hit a snag last week against an athletic, underrated defensive front in St. Louis, but with some extra rest and the home crowd behind him, he gets a Buffalo defense that gives up QB fantasy points in bunches. FantasySharks.com projects him for 225 yards and a pair of scores, and I expect him to hit those totals.
William Powell vs BUF – 14%. Beanie Wells: Out. Ryan Williams: Out. La’Rod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, and Alfonso Smith are the Cardinals backfield committee right now. While Stephens-Howling is probably the best known of the bunch, he’s a small, change-of-pace back, and really shouldn’t carry a full load. In the preseason, Powell actually led the league in rushing. On our site, he’s projected for 45 yards and a touchdown, and I think he can get to those marks.
Vick Ballard @NYJ – 23%. With Donald Brown out with a knee injury, Ballard draws the start and gets a Jets defense that has made a habit of giving up 20+ points to opposing runners. The Jets have given up at least one touchdown to a running back in every game this year. And while the Colts offense is going to run through Andrew Luck, the rookie signal caller is also smart enough to check to run plays
if when the Jets provide holes for the running game. FantasySharks.com projects him for 60 yards rushing, and I expect him to top that total, and I think he actually gets into the end zone, as well.
Jacquizz Rodgers vs OAK – 43%. I’m surprised that Rodgers is available in more than half of fantasy leagues. Against a shaky Oakland defense, Rodgers should get plenty of work, especially in garbage time. He’s projected for 45 rush yards and another 40 receiving.
Andrew Hawkins – @CLE – 57%. I left Hawkins off this list last week, but he makes his return to this column prior to Week 6. Hawkins faces Cleveland’s porous defense, who seem to give up fantasy points to everyone right now. A.J. Green is going to be the focal point, and will no doubt be shadowed by Joe Haden, who returns from a 4-game suspension. This will leave Hawkins to run free and rack up yardage, forced missed tackles, and youtube clips. He only caught two passes for 56 yards and a score in Week 1, but the score was incredible. We project him for five catches and 60 yards this time around, and I think he’ll get into the end zone, as well.
Brandon Gibson @MIA – 16%. Gibson has now been thrust into the top role following Danny Amendola’s injury. He’s probably only a slot receiver on most teams, but the Rams will have to go deep to him in the passing game. The Dolphins haven’t been all that great against receivers, and I think Sam Bradford finds Gibson for a score. He’s projected for 50 yards receiving and a score, and I think he tops that.
Good luck in week 6.
Drew Magyar is a FantasySharks.com staff writer and can be reached at email@example.com. “What Did We Learn” will be posted each Tuesday morning during the season, and “Rock and a Hard Place” will be posted each Friday morning.