As we enter Week 6, injuries are now a factor when it comes to determining your fantasy football teams for the coming weekend. And it’s not just on the offensive side of the ball – if a defense is missing a key player or two, it might be worth picking a skill position player going against them that weekend.
With the help of our statistical friends from ProFootballFocus.com, we’re here to help you load up on points-scoring talent for your upcoming fantasy football weekend. And hopefully this information will assist in getting your name in that draw for the trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
18... Now would be the perfect time to slot NFL leading rusher Jamaal Charles ($3 million) into your backfield. The Chiefs became very one-dimensional last week and threw just 18 passes against the Baltimore Ravens. That run-first philosophy is unlikely to change against Tampa Bay this week, especially if back-up quarterback Brady Quinn is subbing for the injured Matt Cassel. Charles has 555 yards and 2 touchdowns in five games this season.
5... Far from being a plodding, ageing tight end who is taken down at the first point of contact, Tony Gonzalez ($3 million) still has some moves in his locker. He forced 5 missed tackles last week while catching 13 passes for 123 yards and 1 touchdown during the Atlanta Falcons’ 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins. Gonzalez remains a consistent choice for Matt Ryan and should exploit the Oakland Raiders defense this weekend. On the season, Gonzalez has an NFL-high 39 catches for 388 yards and 4 touchdowns.
42 and 87... In Week 1, wide receiver Wes Welker ($4 million) had somehow fallen out of favour with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The Pro Bowl wideout was on the field for just 42 snaps during a routine win over Tennessee and caught just 3 passes for 14 yards. But he’s back in favour now and well worth consideration for your fantasy team. Welker played 87 snaps for the Patriots last week and will be a key target for Tom Brady against the Seattle Seahawks. Over the past three weeks, Welker has racked up 142, 129 and 104 receiving yards.
2.9... That is the average yards per rush for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ($3 million) this season. Up next for the Titans are the Pittsburgh Steelers. So, to summise, don’t touch Johnson with a barge pole! He seems intent on hitting the home run on every carry and is becoming less of a factor on a struggling team with each passing week. It doesn’t help that he takes no blame for his complete lack of form.
9... Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is leading the NFL with 9 interceptions thrown through the opening five weeks of the season and he may toss up a couple more against the Bengals as games between these Ohio rivals always turn into wild affairs. That might make the Cincinnati Bengals defense ($1 million) a good play for this weekend.
13... Greg The Leg, Legatron, The Great Legowski... whatever you want to call him, Greg Zeurlein ($1 million) is the real deal and already arguably the best kicker in the NFL as a rookie. The St. Louis Rams kicker has made 13 of 13 field goals this season and may get more opportunities this weekend. Against a tough Miami defense, the Rams may be forced to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. And that’s where Greg The Leg can come into his own and add points for your fantasy team.