Pick 6 - Week 5

Should you be worried about Brandin Cooks slow start?



Each week this column will suggest borderline players that you should start, and borderline players that you should sit. These projections are based on historical match ups, the match up against the current defense, and how the player is performing this year.

Studs

Brandin Cooks - I never thought I would need to mention Brandin Cooks in this column as his talent should put him above the status as a 'bubble player'. However, this week he is in less than 50% of ESPN lineups. As Brees' top target, Cooks has seen, and will continue to see, plenty of targets. He leads the team with 31 targets, and Colston is next on the team with 23. Buy low on this guy as he has played only two meaningful games with Drew Brees this year (Brees sat out Week 3 and in Week 2 he admitted to not being able to throw a deep ball due to his injury). Philadelphia is a very beatable defense through the air. Here are the stats other team's #1 wr's have put up so far.

Julio Jones - 141 yards, 2 TD's
Terrance Williams - 84 yards, 1 TD
Brandon Marshall - 109 yards, 1 TD
Pierre Garcon - 55 yards, 1 TD

All of those guys have scored! Get Cooks in your lineup.

Percy Harvin - He has come along way in Buffalo so far. With Sammy Watkins likely out, Harvin is a good fit for a flex play this week. I wouldn't call him a traditional #1 WR, but due to the lack of the Bills WR depth he will be operating as the #1 WR target this week. Assuming Watkins is out, the Bills will have two other WR's on the team with 10 targets so far. Not to mention Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy are both out and will not be taking any targets from Harvin. Here is how other #1 WR's have fared against the Titans this season:

Vincent Jackson - 51 yards, 0 TD's
Travis Benjamin - 115 yards, 2 TD's
T.Y. Hilton - 94 yards, 0 TD's
Week 4 - bye

Give a bump to Charles Clay and Harvin this week. Expect Harvin to fill out your flex spot with around 70 receiving yards with a great shot to score as he is one of the only skill players with an above average skill set for the Bills this week.

Owen Daniels - Very sneaky play this week and there is a good chance he is available this week if you still need to pick up a TE. I'm going to refer you to my colleague's article as to why Daniels is a great start this week.

Duds

Jay Cutler - Many of the fantasy community has been touting Cutler as a great play this week, however, things have changed with late week injury reports. Eddie Royal (hasn't practiced) and Alshon Jeffery (practiced all week then sat out Friday) could both miss this game leaving Cutler to throw to Marquess Wilson. KC has a beatable secondary, but they have contained TE's well so far meaning Martellus Bennett may struggle to find success. Tyler Eifert is the only TE1 they have faced and KC held him to 69 yards. Forte can catch passes as well, but those will likely not lead to large gains unless he were to break a screen for a TD. With this late week injury news and the Bears being on the road, I'm avoiding Cutler this week.

Chris Johnson - We saw Detroit stifle the Seahawks rushing attack on Monday night last week. Since giving up 134 yards on the ground to Adrian Peterson, Detriot's run defense has held rushing attacks to the following: Week 3 - Ronnie Hillman 13 yards; Week 4 - Thomas Rawls 48 yards & Fred Jackson 21 yards. Carson Palmer is hot, the Cardinals are going to ride the passing game this week.

Melvin Gordon  - I still like Gordon's long term prospects this year, but this match up doesn't suit him well. The Steeler's defense has held up well against the run while not looking so great against the pass. No RB has rushed for over 69 yards against the Steelers other than Justin Forsett, who needed 27 carries to do so. Not to mention, SD's line is banged up as they have used nine different linemen through four weeks. The Steeler's pass defense has looked very shaky and has allowed at least one TD or a 100 yards receiving each week (if you count Edelman's 97 yards in week 1). Look for this game to feature Danny Woodhead due to his pass catching skills.

Waiver Wire Stud
This is the player that I pick each week who is currently a no-namer or unowned in the majority of leagues, but will become one of the top pickups next week. This player is a great speculative add if you have a free roster spot that you can use before you miss out on him next week due to your league’s waiver wire pickup order.

Michael Floyd - He is owned in 47% of leagues right now. Carson Palmer is red hot and Floyd was finally healthy last week where he reeled in five catches on seven targets for 59 yards. He will be a big part of this team when healthy. As I mentioned in the Chris Johnson section above, the Cardinals should be throwing this week. Floyd has the talent of a WR 2 so don't miss what may be your only chance to pick him up for free this week!

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