So with Week 4 in the books, start thinking about players who can make an impact in the second half of the year. These players are probably not owned in most leagues due to injury, suspension or holdout.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
Holmes is back at practice this week. If you think Braylon Edwards looks good, wait until Holmes enters the party. I expect a few slow games to start, but by Week 8 Holmes owners are going to see huge upside. As teams watch film and try to stop Dustin Keller, Holmes should get more than enough looks to be fantasy relevant. I have him as a low-end WR2 this year with enough upside to be a low-end WR1. Edwards is a ticking time bomb with his off-the-field issues. Expect to see Holmes early and often. I think New York would love to send Edwards packing after the year. Cash in now folks. Stash Holmes and monitor over the next three weeks. He will earn your confidence.
Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota
Rice has shed his crutches and should be returning in three weeks. Now that Randy Moss is on the scene, Rice will be eased into action slowly. This is an ideal scenario for Rice. Your fellow owners want results today. They will be ready to gamble on a Brandon Tate. You should temper your expectations and wait for the second half of the season. He will not be relevant until then. Stash Rice on your bench and reap the reward folks.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay
The Brandon Jackson ship sailed a long time ago. He is nowhere near ready to carry any kind of load. He is a complimentary back. I have never thought much of him. John Kuhn has a very basic skill set. He can run down hill and catch passes in the flat. As Green Bay waits for Starks’ return, the Packers will try anyone who can put on a uniform. Stash Starks on your bench and wait until the second half of the season. There is a reason that Green Bay wouldn’t trade for Marshawn Lynch. It’s because they believe that Starks will fill that role. If you are looking to take a flier, this is a great one to gamble on.
Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans
So Bush is done, right? Not so fast. He may indeed play this year. Expect to know by Week 8 if he can continue. He is worth a stash for the second half of the year if you have room. He opted not to have surgery which makes me believe that he can return this year.
I grabbed Holmes this week for the dreaded Week 8 bye. I have Anquan Boldin and Roddy White that will both disappear that week. Holmes, starting Week 8, is playing Green Bay, Week 9 (Detroit), Week 10 (Cleveland) and Week 11 (Houston). You will not find a better four-week stretch for any receiver that you can acquire. This is the stuff that fantasy dreams are made of.
Thanks for the read folks! I will be watching the “Franchise” quarterback try to beat up the 49ers while coach Mike Singletary looks for others to blame on the sideline. Going 0-5 will be a bus ticket for one of the greatest linebackers ever to play. The problem is not that he doesn’t plan, but rather that he simply doesn’t play.
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