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Christopher Gingrich: Wideouts and backs to keep an eye on

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

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