There was plenty of player-personnel movement over the last week, with Randy Moss being traded to the Minnesota Vikings, Deion Branch back in New England to replace Moss and Marshawn Lynch finally being shown the door by the Buffalo Bills, who jettisoned him to Seattle.
While there was lots of intrigue regarding those three trades, only one player on your league’s waiver wire will likely benefit. That’s Brandon Tate of the Patriots.
Otherwise, injuries and bye-week filler take up this week’s waiver-wire suggestions.
WR Danny Amendola, Rams
With Mark Clayton out with a knee injury and the Rams trailing the Lions badly, Amendola was targeted 19 times this week, catching 12 passes for 95 yards.
That was the best game of Amendola’s two-year career, and he figures to get plenty of work going forward with Clayton out for the year with a torn patellar tendon.
He is currently the sixth-most targeted wide receiver in the league, and that should only go up with Clayton out of action and the team lacking any established players at the position. Amendola looks like a solid pickup in all formats, but especially so in PPR leagues.
WR Kenny Britt, Titans
I have for you this week a wide receiver averaging less than three receptions and under 40 receiving yards per game.
Did I forget to mention that he was so out of shape during OTA’s that his coach wouldn’t let him on the field?
Sounds crazy, but players get in shape and touchdowns count in fantasy football.
So, I have for you one Kenny Britt, who has scored a touchdown in three straight games and gets to face the Jaguars' pathetic pass defense this week (more on them coming up shortly).
WR Brandon Tate, Patriots
Randy Moss is out, Deion Branch is in.
That’s a huge discrepancy in talent. Simply put, Branch might replace Moss in the starting lineup, but he certainly won’t replace his production.
That will come from elsewhere (the main beneficiary being Aaron Hernandez), and Tate figures to see his targets increase. He has been dynamic in the return game, and we will see if that can translate over to the base offense in the coming weeks.
QB Vince Young, Titans
As usual, Young has been up and down in 2010, with three respectable fantasy performances and a pair of stinkers.
However, the bye weeks are upon us, and if injuries and just plain old bad drafting have you needing a fill in, Young is a decent option in Week 6. The Titans face a Jaguar pass defense that ranks No. 29 in the league and have given up more fantasy points per game than any other team.
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RB Michael Bush, Raiders
Thumbs up. Bush stepped in for an injured Darren McFadden and had 104 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go along with 31 receiving yards.
Considering it was against a tough Chargers run defense, this one’s definitely thumbs up.
WR Brandon Lloyd, Broncos
Thumbs up. After this week’s five-reception, 135-yard and two-touchdown performance, Lloyd now leads the league in receiving yards and is tied with Hakeem Nicks of the Giants as the top-ranked fantasy wide receiver.
QB Shaun Hill, Lions
Thumbs up. Last week, I recommended him as a solid bye-week filler at quarterback, and he put up the sixth-most fantasy points at the position, courtesy of 227 yards passing and three touchdowns against the Rams.
RB Derrick Ward, Texans
Thumbs up. He was a decent waiver-wire candidate last week based on his new-found status as Arian Foster’s handcuff.
With Foster suffering from a sore knee, Ward stole a touchdown this week on his only carry.
WR Steve Johnson, Bills
Thumbs up. Johnson was dynamite this week, with five receptions for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
He now has touchdowns in three straight games.