Wide Receivers to Add
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
After those 10 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown, it is clear Jeffery is a burgeoning fantasy superstar for Jay Cutler and coach Marc Trestman’s now-pass-happy Bears offense. Jeffery has the benefit of single coverage opposite Brandon Marshall, and he is a must-start in all leagues against the Giants on Thursday night, despite being available in almost one-fifth of CBS Sports leagues.
Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers
Brown was a preseason darling who lost status because of the quick start to the season by Eddie Royal. That was a function of game plan, as the Chargers focused on the underneath routes of Royal in the early going. Brown is Philip Rivers’ field-stretcher, and he will eventually emerge as the go-to man. Catch this rising star before it is too late.
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
We have to change course on Seattle’s No. 1 fantasy receiver now that Sidney Rice has posted back-to-back stinkers. Tate was great in Week 5 (5-61-1) and is available in over 35 percent of CBS Sports leagues. Russell Wilson is going to make someone productive in the Seahawks’ passing game and Tate is that man now.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
If you read this writer, you already know how much we have gushed about the emerging prospects of Allen. You saw it in Week 5 to the tune of 6-115-1. Rivers showed he can still get the ball downfield when the game plan calls for it, and Allen is a starter for the Chargers in three-receiver sets. The rookie is a nice sleeper play against the Colts next Monday night.
Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
The fact Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is out certainly helps Kerley’s fantasy value as much as his own health right now. Geno Smith also looks like a legit NFL starter again. Kerley is a solid starter in all leagues as long as Holmes is out. Kerley is certainly available, as he is owned in a mere 13 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
We still have a mess to sort out with the Titans receivers, even if it is apparent Kenny Britt and Nate Washington are not true fantasy options after their Week 5 dud performances. Ryan Fitzpatrick showed he favored Wright in his underneath passing, but the Seahawks secondary looms on the schedule. Don’t start Wright in any leagues in that matchup, even if we consider him the one Titans receiver to own going forward.
Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
If EJ Manuel (knee) wasn’t out for an extended period, we would be a lot more excited about the prospects of the rookie Woods. Instead, Thaddeus Lewis will be starting for the Bills off the practice squad. That is a desperate move, one that puts Woods just off the fantasy radar in standard leagues. It is too bad, because Woods was looking real interesting as a bye-week fill-in.
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
The rookie had a huge day (4-151-1) as Tony Romo set career bests against the Broncos in a shootout, but Williams’ fantasy value is tied to Miles Austin’s (hamstring) health (or lack thereof). Williams will only be a consideration if Austin is out again. The good news is the awful secondaries of the Redskins (Week 6) and the Eagles (Week 7) loom on the schedule.
Rueben Randle, New York Giants
You can gush about Randle’s long-term potential all you want, but the facts are the Giants are a bad football team that cannot protect the passer, and there are already two elite receivers ahead of Randle to feed in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Eli Manning is no longer elite enough to support three consistent fantasy wideouts, no matter how many shootouts a terrible defense leaves the team in.
Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams
The two touchdowns are nice, but the Rams offense spreads the ball around so much, and Sam Bradford is not good enough to support so many fantasy options in their passing game. Also, the Texans defense is bound to finally show up in Week 6. Pettis is still behind Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Chris Givens in Bradford’s pecking order. You cannot trust Pettis week to week in standard leagues.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders
He had a nice start last Sunday night, but the Raiders don’t project to be consistently good enough offensively, particularly when it comes to the passing game. Streater is the second option behind Denarius Moore and a marginal one at that. You cannot use him at Kansas City next week, the bye week ensues and he will be available to you before Week 8. Ignore him right now.
Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs
We already went through this a few weeks ago: Avery surprises, then goes out and lays a fantasy egg. Look away.
Kris Durham, Detroit Lions
Sure, he might be intriguing with Calvin Johnson (knee) ailing, but Megatron should be back in Week 6 and Ryan Broyles is still the second target for Matthew Stafford. The Lions should have been a lot better against the Packers secondary, so don’t get excited about Durham’s touchdown in Week 5.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
His performance (4-47-1) makes him appear fantasy-worthy, but he is too far down the depth chart to be a viable add in any league. Austin will get healthy and Romo will focus on Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and others before Beasley.