Fantasy Football Week 6: Who To Add and Drop
After 5 weeks of my “Studs and Duds” column, I thought it would be a better service to all of you to skip all of the fluff and just get down to the meat and potatoes of fantasy football. That would would be which players to add and drop. Every week, I always get asked these tough questions by different people, so now it’s time to give you all of my tips each week for the remainder of the season.
Who to add
Alex Green – Running Back Green Bay Packers – now that Cedric Benson is done for at least two months, someone needs to pick up the slack for the ground game on this offensive power. Enter Alex Green, a 24-year old back who played his college ball at Hawaii. Some might say that James Starks has a better shot, but Green looked really good against the Colts last week (he averaged more than 6 yards per carry), and Starks has already failed once before to become the Packers’ every down back. Roll the dice with Green, although the Houston Texans will be a tough test this weekend. The good news for Packers fans is that the Texans did lose linebacker Brian Cushing for the season with an ACL injury and it will be interesting to see if their defense is still able to stuff the run without him.
Ruben Randle – Wide Receiver New York Giants – when the G-Men drafted this physical specimen in the second round back in April, many thought we would be looking at the second coming of Hakeem Nicks. When Nicks was injured, Randle looked to have a clear advantage to play and become the #3 receiver. Then, Randle disappeared on the depth chart and guys like Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden were starring in the Big Apple. Something weird happened last week. Eli Manning met privately for 30 minutes with Randle to go over the playbook (blitzes, third downs, different cover packages, etc.) and get on the same page with the rookie. He responded with sic receptions for 82 yards. Add Randle, especially if you play in a keeper league and hope he continues to thrive with Manning’s passing game.
Who to drop
Kevin Ogletree – Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys – can you say one game wonder? For everybody that drank the Kool-Aid, shame on you. Ogletree has disappeared from the Dallas offense since the Giants game opening night, and doesn’t appear to be headed back to prominence any time soon. The biggest problem here is not Ogletree, but it’s Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and all the other options Tony Romo has to throw the football to every week. Ogletree might have a big game every so often, but unfortunately, he is not the 2012 version of Laurent Robinson.
Andre Brown – Running Back New York Giants – from the penthouse to the outhouse in just one week. That’s what happens when Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for 200 yards and Brown suffers a concussion returning a kick. With rookie David Wilson showing signs of life, Brown’s huge performance in week 3 at Carolina will be a thing of the past.
Ryan Williams – Running Back Arizona Cardinals – will miss the rest of the season with shoulder surgery.
Danny Amendola – Wide Receiver St. Louis Rams – out at least a month with a shoulder injury.
Jake Locker – Quarterback Tennessee Titans – out with a shoulder injury and the Titans suck.