Christopher Gingrich: Wideouts and backs to keep an eye on



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Chris Gingrich

They say that time flies when you're having fun. Five weeks already have gone by in the fantasy football season, and though it may be fun, fantasy football can be very challenging.

Challenges come in many forms in fantasy football. You have injuries, bad matchups, bye weeks and you also have to expect the unexpected.

Last week, I recommended picking up a wide receiver by the name of Mike Sims - Walker for the Jaguars.

I had him on two of my teams already and he was doing great - he was making a name for himself. Little did fantasy owners know that he was actually suspended for violating a team policy and did not play for that reason.

It's unclear if he will sit out more games at this point.

Three of the top six fantasy wide receivers were owned in a very small percentage of leagues going into the fifth week. You should give these three guys a look, but I recommend waiting until they prove roster worthy.

• Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys - He stole the show with 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. Roy Williams did not play in this game and it was against a weak Kansas City defense. Don't expect a repeat performance again anytime soon.

• Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles - I don't go for many rookies in fantasy football, but to drop anyone on your roster for a rookie wideout who has one good game is not a good idea. He might be worth a look in 12-team and deeper leagues, but keep track of his progress.

• Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts - The only one of this group who looks to be a key component of his team's passing game. Peyton Manning can spread the ball around to everyone and Collie could be a very valuable receiver in deeper leagues.

Although he is a rookie, he could have some good games, but keep your expectations tempered.

I also think you should check out these running backs who could be very sneaky plays in the upcoming weeks.

• Sammy Morris, New England - The Patriots seem to have lost some trust in Laurence Maroney and Fred Taylor is out with ankle issues. Morris will get his opportunities in this situation.

• LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles - He got as many touches as Brian Westbrook in week five and has a great matchup with the Raiders in week six.

• Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys - He is being productive when he gets chances, but his value really depends on the health of Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Good luck with your teams in week six, everyone.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at


thatdude 7 years, 6 months ago

Okay..we're going into week 8 now...the best pickups right now would have to be Shonn Greene of the Jets, Alex Smith of the 49ers, Mike Wallace of the Steelers, Hakeem Nicks of the Giants, Benajamin Watson of the Patriots...and I am going to say Antonio Bryant will have some good games the rest of the way for the tampa bay buccaneers...


nikobesti 7 years, 6 months ago

Gingrich's suggestions are good. I snagged Sammy Morris that week too, and had to start him. Then he blew out his knee during his first carry. That smarted.

No doubt Greene would be a huge pick up, and Mike Wallace is worth a look too if you're hurting at WR. You'd have to be pretty desperate to use Alex Smith, but he could do alright with a easy match-up on a bye week. Hakeem Nicks was hot 3 weeks ago. He's long gone on many waiver wires. If not, yeah, you need to grab him.

There's a decent chance Jamal Charles would be available in some leagues. You'd want to grab him, as LJ looks to be exiled. As for my sleeper, Justin Forsett should be getting a lot more touches as the season wears on. I had Antonio Bryant available at WR in my league, who has some upside if Tampa's offense goes from horrible to just bad.


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