Fantasy Football: Ryan Torain and Week 5 Trendy Pickups

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Pat Chung (#25) of the New England Patriots celebrates an intercept during the NFL International Series match between New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2009 in London, England. This is the third occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Welcome back everyone to another edition of Trendy Pickups, and if you missed out last week, you’ll want to keep reading these pieces that will come out every Tuesday because…well, I kinda like doing them.

Last week, I mentioned three players: Brandon Lloyd (11 catches for 115 yards), Victor Cruz, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (16 carries for 76 yards and a TD), and with the exception of Cruz, Lloyd and Green-Ellis had a great day.

Hopefully I helped some of you out.

That isn’t to say that Cruz isn’t invaluable. This is a guy who has a bright future in the NFL, a chance to still play this year, and is a great addition for those of you in dynasty or keeper leagues.

This week, I am going to follow the same format and talk about a couple of players that are absolute must-adds if they are available in your league.

So let’s get right down to things.

RB, Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins:

RB Clinton Portis is dealing with a groin injury and has already said on his radio show that he (Portis) "doesn't think the team would allow (him) to attempt to play Sunday."

The real deal is Torain is going to be the eventual starting back in Washington since Portis is fading at a very rapid rate. As for this week though, he is likely to be the starting back out of default.

Torain is facing a Green Bay team that ranks 24th against the run this week, then faces Indianapolis, Chicago, and Detroit before the team’s bye week.

His average 26 percent ownership suggests you give him a look soon if interested, as he is sure to fly off the shelves.

DB, Patrick Chung, New England Patriots:

Yup, that’s right I’m sending some love to the IDP leaguers this week with not one, but TWO mentions, and Chung is the first.

Through four games this beast has 28 solo tackles, two interceptions—one for a return—two pass deflections, one blocked punt, and one blocked field goal. He is sporting a 35.6 percent ownership which is already 5.6 higher than a few days ago.

WR, Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans:

Coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that WR Justin Gage “may miss more time” with a hamstring issue, which actually means good things for the Titans.

For those of you scouring the waiver wire for a wideout, this could be a fine pickup.

When Britt gets to play for long periods of time, he becomes a viable fantasy option as shown in his back-to-back TD games since becoming a regular.

This week the Titans face a Cowboys defense that is horrible against the pass, and even if you pick him up for just one week, he is still worth the grab.

LB, James Anderson, Carolina Panthers:

If anyone missed last week’s game between the Panthers and Saints, then you missed the one man wrecking crew of LB James Anderson.

I picked this guy up last week and couldn’t be happier.

Through four games, Anderson has 32 solo tackles, a sack, an interception, two fumble recoveries, and a low 14.3 percent ownership; five percent higher than what it was last week, suggesting his rapid trend upward.

The Panthers are a team that pretty much makes any LB gold in IDP formats, so I would definitely grab him now if you are in need of a solid LB, or just a quality bench player.

Hopefully this week will be as good as last, and don’t forget to check out my WK 5 WR Start Sit column.


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