NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers Week 6
Each week I run down a few players that I believe can be plucked from the waiver wire and help your squad. I'm not going to do that this week. Now wait, I will offer my insights, just in a different way. This time we are going to look at players who are owned almost universally and see if they are a player you should try and acquire via trade or what you should do if they are currently on your roster. That's right. It's buy or sell time. Ready? Go!
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz has been giving his owners tantrums for most of the year by not topping 60 yards receiving or finding the end zone in any of his first four games. That all changed on Sunday as Larry hauled in six passes for 98 yards and a score. The big reason behind this shouldn’t be a secret. Carson Palmer was back at the helm Sunday for the first time since Week One and it made a difference. Palmer’s presence should keep defenses from keying on shorter routes as he has the ability to stretch the field as well as anyone. That should open things up for Fitzgerald who should start producing like a low wide receiver one option in most leagues. If you can pry him away from someone you should. Trust me. BUY
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
Ingram is slated to return this week after breaking his hand in Week Two. The upshot? The Saints offense is typically explosive and they may need to lean a bit more on the running game if Jimmy Graham in fact misses this weekend’s game. The downside? With Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson performing well during Ingram’s absence he may be looking at a timeshare. Maybe he picks up where he left off when he was averaging six yards a carry while scoring three touchdowns. Maybe he doesn’t. That’s the risk and the reward. If you need a running back he is certainly worth a look. If you need something else and own Ingram try and flip him. It really depends on the individual roster here. PUSH
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
When Green is on the field there is no doubt he is in the upper echelon of wide receivers. In the three games he has played in full he is averaging 5.7 catches for 104.7 yards and .067 touchdowns. That’s elite production. The problem? His big toe is getting in the way causing him to be inactive on Sunday. It is also what forced him out early during Week Two. Green has already declared himself inactive for Week Seven and could miss more time. A toe injury may not seem all that significant but when your game is based on agility and power coming out of your routes it most certainly is. The toes are the last part of the body to leave the ground meaning they have to support a player’s body weight. When that is compromised everything else suffers. The injury is a big, big risk but Green is special enough that the reward outweighs the risk. Try prying him off an owner who may just want a body they can plug into their line-up. BUY
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Asiata flexed his short-yardage muscle in Week Four scoring three touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons. His value was at an all-time high. Adrian Peterson most likely will not return this year and someone has to run the ball for the Vikings, right? This was the time for savvy owners to sell high. The backfield in Minnesota is muddied with rookie Jerick McKinnon getting the start this past week and who knows where the carries will go as the season progresses. Even if Asiata loses the starting job he will have value as the goal-line back but that value is limited. It might be best in this scenario to wait a week and see if Asiata sees starters carries again. Sunday’s game will tell a lot about what to do with Asiata. SELL
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
The fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Watkins sits atop the Buffalo Bills depth chart at wide receiver. He leads the team in targets (47), yards (311), touchdowns (2) and trails only running back Fred Jackson in catches (30 to 26). Now that steady veteran Kyle Orton has supplanted EJ Manuel expect those numbers to rise. Orton isn’t flashy but he is consistent and should look to get the ball in the hands of the speedy Watkins as often as possible. Facing a bad Minnesota team on Sunday and then visiting the New York Jets and their porous pass defense the following week might mean this is your last chance to buy in on Watkins. He also faces Denver, Green Bay and Oakland in the fantasy playoffs which could certainly help those lucky fantasy squads that make it there. Get him now while you still can. BUY
Is there someone I didn't cover that you have questions about? Leave a comment here and I'll answer as soon as I can or ask me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy and I'll answer there. Sound good? I thought so.