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Week 5: Random Thoughts

Hello everyone and welcome to Week 5.

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who sent an e-mail and/or said a prayer for my daughter.  The surgery was a success as she had two pins placed into her arm.  She is recovering well and will be recasted on Tuesday, once the swelling has gone down.

Now for a few random thoughts for Week 5.

Although Washington running back Ryan Torain has yet to start his first game as a Redskin, it’s never too early to be looking for the next sleeper running back.  And that man is, Keiland Williams.  Torain has all of 40 career carries to his name over the last three years, so he’s far from a proven commodity.  Williams makes for an excellent high-reward/low-risk pickup.

Why all the negativity surrounding Texans’ tight end Joel Dreessen?  With Jacoby Jones being listed as doubtful, Andre Johnson still not 100% and Owen Daniels being listed as probable for today’s game versus the Giants, look for Dreessen to be an active part of the passing game.  He better be, I’m using him as a bye week replacement for a few of my teams.

This time I believe Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid when he says that Michael Vick will be the starter when he returns.  But, with the 49ers giving up the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks, I am quite comfortable using Kevin Kolb this week.

With Packers’ running back Brandon Jackson proving that he’s best suited for a backup role, rookie James Starks should be rostered.  Starks is set to come off of the PUP list in Week 7 and should get his turn to carry the load should Green Bay not make a trade before then.

Fred Jackson owners this is what you’ve been waiting for.  Get Jackson in your lineups as he faces a Jaguars’ defense that has already given up five rushing touchdowns.

Tampa Bays’ rookie wide receiver Mike Williams should see plenty of targets as the Bucs get behind early and have to air it out.

If you’re digging deep for a bye week wide receiver the Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster has a prime matchup agains a Colts’ defense that is giving up the eighth most fantasy points to wide receivers.

With the Broncos facing the second stingiest defense against the pass in Baltimore, I look for rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to make a reappearance.

Rams’ wide receiver Danny Amendola is on pace for 84 receptions and zero touchdowns.  You could a lot worse in a PPR league.

Good luck and have a great week.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for  He can be reached at

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