By: Josh Clark
Week 4 brought out lots of lower scores for fantasy leagues. That can happen when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are on a bye.
Carolina, Miami, Minnesota and the New York Jets are all off on Week 5. Injuries of note included Karlos Williams, who is now in the concussion protocol after taking over for LeSean McCoy. Steve Smith leads the core of wide receivers (Stevie Johnson, Nate Washington, Malcom Floyd & Cecil Shorts) that were hurt this past week. Smith broke 4 ribs after taking a shot to the back by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Smith is out Sunday but could return for Week 6.
Jordan Reed and Eric Ebron are the other players of note that were injured this week. Reed was forced from the game with a concussion, while Ebron left Monday night’s game with a knee injury.
Here are my pickups for week 5:
1. Ronnie Hillman (DEN/RB) – Hillman continues to be the biggest producer in the Denver backfield. He had 11 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown, while C.J. Anderson had 11 carries for 43 yards. Broncos head coach Jim Kubiak has said this week that they will split carries.
2. Allen Hurns (JAX/WR) – Marqise Lee’s struggles with an injured hamstring is a gain for Allen Hurns. Hurns has had at least 60 yards receiving in every game this season, while scoring touchdowns in back to back weeks. He leads the team with 22 receptions on the season despite having 10 fewer targets than Allen Robinson.
3. Leonard Hankerson (ATL/WR) – Hankerson had 103 yards and a touchdown compared to Roddy White’s 2 catches for 8 yards on Sunday against the Texans. It’s clear that Hank Time has passed White on the pecking order in Atlanta’s offense. White has seen 13 targets over 4 games, while Hankerson has seen 28.
4. Jay Cutler (CHI/QB) – Cutler made an unexpected return to Soldier Field on Sunday. It was a welcome site for him and his teammates as they went up against the Oakland Raiders. Cutler threw for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He’ll make for a nice fill in against the Chiefs, who’ve been getting torched in the secondary this season.
5. Kamar Aiken (BAL/WR) – He’s simply on the list due to who won’t be on the field for Baltimore this week. With Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman and Michael Campanaro (season ending) all out, Joe Flacco will have to throw to someone against the Browns. Look for Aiken to get plenty of targets as his number one.
Honorable Mention: Reuben Randle, Ted Gin, Anthony Dixon, Owen Daniels and Nick Foles
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