Charcandrick West|Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5 stats: 7 carries for 31 yards & 1 catch for 5 yards
The worst news to come from this weekend of football was that Jamaal Charles is likely done for the year with another ACL tear. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for fantasy owners and now you have to replace a top three pick.
So, who is Charcandrick West? Honestly, I don’t really know and I don’t think anyone knows much about him.
West is a graduate of Abilene Christine University and in 2013, he ran for 874 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 129 carries. He also caught 27 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns. So, West did produce solid college numbers against poor competition.
Now we know that West had a decent year in college during the 2013 season and he’s pretty fast. Will this translate to success?
Honestly, it’s unlikely that West turns into anyone’s fantasy savior, but he needs to be owned. From here on out, Alex Smith is going to be throwing the ball a lot, and the running game isn’t going to be anywhere near as effective without Jamaal Charles. Obviously, you have to add West and maybe even Knile Davis, but don’t expect much of a return.
Javorius Allen|Balitmore Ravens
Week 5 stats: 8 carries for 58 yards
Just when Justin Forsett started to get going, he gets hurt. Right now, Forsett supposedly suffered an ankle injury, but there isn’t much information on his status.
With Forsett hurt, Allen becomes the next man up, and it looks like he has jumped the oft-injured Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart.
Allen hasn’t done much this year, but he looked solid when he ran the ball against the Cleveland Browns.
Allen is a running back that needs to be owned considering Forset ran the ball 48 times over the past two weeks. If Allen gets the call next week, he could be in for 20 touches.
Charles Sims|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 5 stats: 12 carries for 51 yards & 4 catches for 85
Doug Martin has been phenomenal over the past two weeks, so this isn’t a knock against him, but Sims has been involved a lot as well.
The Bucs know that if they want to stay in games then they have to lean on the running to make life easier for Jameis Winston.
Doug Martin is still going to lead the backfield in touches, but Sims is the receiving back, and he should continue to see 10 to 12 touches per game.
Theo Riddick|Detroit Lions
Week 5 stats: 10 catches for 53 yards and one touchdown
I don’t think this Lions team has any redeeming qualities, but Theo Riddick has at least been a decent PPR contributor to this point.
Additionally, the Lions are awful, like worst team in the NFL bad. Riddick is the team’s most trusted third down back and he is going to see a lot of snaps with the Lions being as bad as they are. With four straight games of five or more catches, Riddick should be universally owned in PPR leagues.
Willie Snead|New Orleans Saints
Week 5 stats: 6 catches for 141 yards
Over the past few weeks, it has looked like Snead is the Saints number one receiver. Even though Cooks has out-targeted him on the season, Snead has done much more with the looks he has gotten.
The Saints are obviously very bad, so they are going to be throwing the ball a lot, and Snead should continue having success.
Kamar Aiken|Baltimore Ravens
Week 5 stats: 4 catches for 78 yards
We all know about Aiken by know, but this is just another reminder to grab him if he’s still available. Although he wasn’t as impressive as he could have been, Aiken still led the Ravens in targets, catches, and receiving yards.
Sure, Steve Smith Sr. is due back next week, but his back injury is pretty severe, so he could sit out again.
Ty Montgomery|Green Bay Packers
Week 5 stats: 4 catches for 59 yards and one touchdown
Montgomery has made a few plays over the past two weeks and the longer Davante Adams is out, the more likely Montgomery is going to keep the third receiver job.
Jamison Crowder|Washignton Redskins
Week 5 stats: 8 catches for 87 yards
I brought up Crowder last week, and he made me look pretty good against the Falcons. Crowder led the Redskins in targets and turned them into a solid 87 yards.
Even though DeSean Jackson could return soon, Crowder should keep his getting snaps in the slot considering how product he has been.
Stefon Diggs|Minnesota Vikings
Week 5 stats: bye
This is just a reminder that before heading into a bye week, Diggs posted a team-high 10 targets to go with six catches for 87 yards.
Diggs is just a rookie, but the Vikings desperately need a wide receiver to step up for Teddy Bridgewater. Mike Wallace isn’t much of a go-to guy and Charles Johnson has been injured and basically invisible.
Diggs has decent speed and could be the safety blanket that Bridgewater needs.