NFL Fantasy Week 5: LT, Massaquoi and Other Players to Pick Up

William Del PilarContributor IOctober 6, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders during their game on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In an exciting Week 4, I went 7-0 in my fantasy leagues. It has been a good season for me so far and I hope to keep it going. I hope my blogs, Twitter and forum question-and-answer opportunities are helping you!

Keep the questions and comments coming; I enjoy them and use them to improve and to review what I’ve done to become a better fantasy player. Some players to keep an eye on or pick up this week:

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson could be a great buy-low candidate. He only had seven carries this past week because the team fell behind so quickly. In the two games he has played he has looked sharp enough. He's not the LT of old, but sharper than the average running back.

I’ll be the first to state this: Do not believe you are getting a No. 1 fantasy running back, but a No. 2. A No. 3 fantasy running back is where he rates in statistical expectations.

Give it a shot and see if the LT owner will take a middle-tier player, possibly a No. 3 fantasy running back combined with a low-end, inconsistent No. 2 fantasy receiver that you can sell as an up-and-comer. Time to put the used car salesman jacket on!

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice has been in position for a touchdown every week since the season started. His play is no fluke!

Bernard Berrian will probably become the top choice with receptions and Percy Harvin will vulture receptions and touchdowns from both, but I can see Rice being in position for a touchdown every game.

Rice saw eight targets this past Monday night with three red-zone plays. He has 25 targets for the season with six red-zone targets. Grab him if you can.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi will be this week’s fantasy darling. I say that in a negative way as we’ve seen fantasy darlings every week and 90 percent of them go by the wayside.

However, our insider told us quarterback Derek Anderson has shown a connection with Massaquoi. We also knew the wideout was outplaying Brian Robiskie in the preseason.

While the jury may be out, the signs are positive for Massaquoi. As long as Anderson is the starting quarterback, he’s worth a flier. Just remember it’s only one game and it’s the Cleveland Browns, arguably the league’s worst team.

Massaquoi saw 13 targets in Week 4, Anderson’s first as a starter. Before that, he had six targets total in three games. I’m going to take a flier on him in a few of my leagues and those that need wideout help should, too.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd is someone to keep an eye on because he’s going to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. 

Hurd replaces Roy Williams (ribs) when Williams is not in the lineup. Williams is questionable for Week 5 because of three bruised ribs and, obviously, his health will directly impact Hurd.

Let’s not make more out of this than necessary; Hurd would only be a one-week play as he saw five targets in Week 4, three of which came during a failed two-minute drill in the fourth quarter.

I hope this week we’ll find out why quarterback Tony Romo went to him over the other wideouts at the end of the game and decide if Hurd is worth a flier in deep leagues.

For other players and detailed breakdowns, check out’s own waiver wire and other articles. Regardless of what you use, it’s up to you to make sure the players or defenses listed conform and are good fits with your league’s scoring rules.

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