NFL Fantasy Football: Emergency Pickup and Start Options for Week 5

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2010

Owned in just 13 percent of all Yahoo leagues, Mike Thomas is the leading receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a juicy matchup with the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.
Owned in just 13 percent of all Yahoo leagues, Mike Thomas is the leading receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a juicy matchup with the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A quarter of the 2010 fantasy football season is officially behind us. Scary thought.

Now, the real fun really begins as we navigate the minefield of byes and injuries en route to what we hope will end with us hoisting the hardware in our respective leagues.

Struggling to patch some holes during your run to glory? Here are some emergency, last-minute adds you can slip into your starting lineup  for some quick points.



Sam Bradford, STL. Owned in only about half of all Yahoo leagues, Bradford has produced some nice numbers this year and has shown the swagger necessary to become a great QB. This week, Bradford gets to pick apart a Detroit defense that allowed more than 20 fantasy points per game to QBs.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF. Yuck. Feel dirty just typing that name. He’s a guy with very little support and is available in most every fantasy league regardless of format. But this week, he faces a Jacksonville defense allowing a league-high 26.25 points to opposing QBs per game.

David Garrard, JAX. Should feel equally disgusted typing this name, but oddly I’m not. Garrard has better weapons than Fitzpatrick, and isn’t available in as many leagues because of that, but still is around in plenty. Buffalo’s defense is putrid against the pass.

Running Backs

Michael Bush, OAK. The matchup with San Diego isn’t exactly appealing, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find many RBs on your waiver wire that are going to  be carrying the bulk of their team’s carries. Darren McFadden has been ruled out, and Bush will be lead dog this week and hoping to make a case for more carries in the future.

Michael Tolbert, SD. Ryan Mathews is healthy and everyone expects him to regain most of the Chargers’ carries. However, Tolbert proved he can be a physical inside runner who can pound out both yards and TDs. Oakland doesn’t exactly have a scary run defense.

Ladell Betts/Chris Ivory, NO. The Cardinals defense has been very generous to opposing teams and this week, the Saints gets to feast on that generosity. Sans the injured Pierre Thomas, who is officially ruled out, Betts and Ivory will share carries against a defense that will give up enough points for both players to be worthwhile to start.

Jason Snelling, ATL. Michael Turner is the main man on campus, but Snelling has proven he can be a dynamic option out of the backfield, especially in the passing game. The Cleveland Browns will yield enough fantasy points for both backs to be fantasy viable.


Mike Thomas, JAX. Forget Mike Sims-Walker, who is about as reliable as following a trail of marshmallows in a snowstorm. Thomas is the team’s top player in receptions and will get plenty of looks against a porous Buffalo defense.

Mario Manningham, NYG. All of the Giants receivers should have a heyday against a Texans defense that allows an average of 24 points per game to receivers. Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith are likely rostered and starting on their respective fantasy teams already. Manningham is owned in just about half of all leagues and is worth an immediate start this week.

Steve Johnson, BUF. Really desperate? Steve Johnson leads the Bills in receptions this year and should fare well against a Jacksonville defense that has given up the most points of any team to receivers.

Tight Ends

Benjamin Watson, CLE. Who leads all Browns receivers in catches this year? Watson. The Falcons haven’t exactly shut down opposing tight ends this season so far and the Browns will likely be airing it out early and often in catchup mode.

Kevin Boss, NYG. He leads all Giants receivers with 22 yards per catch this year and plays against a Texans defense that has been the most generous so far to opposing tight ends.

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