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Week 6: Random Thoughts

Hello everyone and welcome to Week 6.

If you’re in need of a tight end grab the Chiefs’ Tony Moeaki.  Moeaki is tied with Dwayne Bowe for the Chiefs’ lead in targets with 23 and also faces a Texans’ defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to tight ends.

Earlier in the week I was thinking that Packers’ tight end Andrew Quarless just might be a sneaky play this week versus a Dolphins’ defense that is giving up the seventh most fantsy points to tight ends.  But, it appears that Donald Lee will be healthy enough to start today making both Quarless and Lee very risky plays.

For all of you Ryan Torain owners who were disappointed with Torain’s performance last week versus the Packers, rejoice, as this week the Redskins’ will be facing a Colts’ defense that is the eighth most generous to running backs.

If you’re thinking about sitting Browns’ running back Peyton Hillis consider the following.  In week 3 against a very tough Ravens’ defense in Baltimore, Hillis had his coming out party as he ran for 144 yards and a touchdown while catching a season high seven passes.   Despite Colt McCoy, who may not play as poorly as some are predicting, I’m starting Hillis.

If you’re in a bind due to injuries or the bye week and you need a running back the Patriots’ Danny Woodhead is probably sitting on the waiver wire waiting for your call.  Woodhead has scored a touchdown in each of the two games that he’s been active and with Fred Taylor looking like he won’t play Woodhead should see plenty of action.

Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez is not a sleeper and should be owned in every league.  From this point forward Hernandez will be the Patriots’ top receiver.

Also, expect fellow Patriots’ rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski to see a lot more targets.  Through the Patriots first five games Gronkowski has caught two touchdown passes while only being targeted seven times.

With the October 19th trade deadline fast approaching this is your last chance to pickup Packers’ running back James Starks.  With Marshawn Lynch now in Seattle it appears as though the Packers’ may decide to stand pat at the running back position.  Although, if I were running the Packers I would do whatever it takes to get the Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams into a Packers’ uniform.  Even if it meant getting into a plane and flying down to Panthers’ GM Marty Hurley’s house.  What?! It’s not like that’s never been done before.

Those in dynasty leagues should keep an eye on Rams’ wide receiver Danario Alexander.  A rookie out of Missouri, Alexander was a first-round talent who went undrafted due to health isssues.  He’s had four surgeries on his left knee and was just recently signed by the Rams off of their practice squad.  It remains to be seen if he’ll even be active for games, but the Rams’ wide receiver position has been decimated by injuries and the athletic 6’4″ Alexander could make some noise between now and the beginning of next season.

They both went to Texas Tech.  They’re both about 5’10”.  They’re both about 185 pounds.  They both lead their teams in targets.  I’m talking about Wes Welker and Danny Amendola.  Since 2007, when both Randy Moss and Wes Welker joined the Patriots, Welker has been a PPR stud averaging over 115 receptions per season. But, with Moss now gone, what will happen to Welker?  He’s currently on pace for 104 receptions and 12 touchdowns, neither of which I think will happen.  Now is the time to sell high on Welker.

Danny Amendola is a young Wes Welker.  Actually, he’s out-produced Welker at this same point in his career.  In only his second year Amendola is on pace for 106 receptions.  With Mark Clayton knocked out of last week’s game with a season ending knee injury, Amendola went on to catch 12 passes while being targeted 19 times.  His production is about to go up dramatically. 

With a 2-3 record the Rams are on pace for six wins, all but assuring themselves of not being able to draft Georgia stud wide receiver A.J. Green.  But rest assured, the Rams are going to bring in a big-time wide receiver to help out young QB Sam Bradford and when they do, Danny Amendola will be the new Wes Welker.

Good luck in week 6.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for FantasySharks.com and can be reached at thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com.

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