Adam Rank | Tags: Yet to be named P.M. mail drop, Curtis Painter, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Delone Carter, Doug Baldwin, Jackie Battle, James Jones, Jason Hill, Jonathan Dwyer, Matt Cassel, Steve Breaston, Tim Tebow
Forgive me for acting like Chip Diller from “Animal House,” but I need you all to remain calm. Just because a player blows up on Sunday that does not mean that you should rush out to add him to your fantasy roster. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the top performers from Week 5 and what you should do about these guys.
Curtis Painter: I am not adding him. I like what he is doing with the Colts offense right now, but I only like this kid as somebody to improve the value of Reggie Wayne or Pierre Garcon. Dallas Clark? Not so much.
Matt Cassel: The Chiefs just had a favorable stretch of games, so forgive me if I am not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet.
Instead add: Broncos QB Tim Tebow. As Michael Fabiano likes to say, all Tebow does is score fantasy points, and that is the truth.
Jonathan Dwyer: He had an amazing game, but he is clearly destined for the bench once Rashard Mendenhall returns from his injury.
Delone Carter: He figures to be nothing more than a flex option going forward, but that is a remote value because he failed the eyeball test.
Instead add: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle. You want players who have the opportunity to do well. Battle is going to get the chance in Kansas City, because it certainly isn’t going to be Tom Jones.
Jason Hill: No.
James Jones: Good luck figuring out which receiver QB Aaron Rodgers is going to target each week.
Steve Breaston: Things are starting to pick up a little bit, but still, it is tough to trust the Chiefs right now.
Doug Baldwin: Had a great matchup against the Giants this week, so can he keep the momentum going?
Instead target: It seems foolish to put your stock into Darrius Heyward-Bey, but the Raiders coaching staff is really starting to believe in him.
Alright, who has some questions?
hey should i drop David Nelson for Darrius Heyward-Bay? also, was Julio Jones injury serious yesterday? – Rodrigo (via Twitter)
We will know more about Jones as the days go on as coach Mike Smith said he would give us an update on Wednesday. I still have a lot of confidence in David Nelson. If your team is deep enough that Nelson is your worst receiver, then you should be fine right now.
Ive got Vick and Stafford. Should i trade Stafford for a receiver? What tier of receiver should i expect? — Inigo Cossio
I have been advising this for some time. Look to dump Stafford for a WR1. You are holding two of the best fantasy quarterbacks. You should expect a lot in return. Do not be afraid to hold on to them. NFL Record & Fact Book editor Matt Marini is holding on to Stafford and Cam Newton in our Experts League. And he won’t budge for a top-flight guy. Do the same. Because even if he is wasting points on your bench, at least he’s not giving your opponents any points either.