By: Josh Clark
The injury plague has struck again. None more devastating than it’s most recent victim. Jamaal Charles tore his ACL on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. It’s an unfortunate blow to the Kansas City Chiefs hopes of turning their season around, and to the owners that likely selected the former Longhorn with a top five pick in fantasy drafts.
To recap, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy & Marshawn Lynch have all missed multiple weeks this season. Charles has the first season ending injury from a fantasy impact perspective.
Other players of note that were banged up in Week 5 were a pair of number one receivers. Julio Jones has been bothered by a hamstring injury for most of the season. Dan Quinn reportedly said that he anticipates Jones playing on Thursday night against the Saints, while Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a hamstring injury of his own. Beckham’s status will be updated later this week.
Here are my pickups for Week 6:
1. Charcandrick West (KC/RB) – West instantly vaults to the top of waiver wires after Charles went down for the season. The Abilene Christian product had seven carries for 31 yards in relief of Charles. He’ll immediately be a RB2 heading into this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
2. Knile Davis (KC/RB) – According to the Kansas City Star, Andy Reid says that Davis is the back “you want to go downhill with,” but West is more similar to Charles “as far as the quick moves — you know, the feet and dancing and all of that stuff.” While West is certainly going to get a majority of the touches, you can expect Davis to get some work as well.
3. Allen Hurns (JAX/WR) – Heading into the season you would have thought there was no way Jacksonville could host more than one relevant fantasy option every week. What’s mind blowing is that they might have four, while you can make a case for a 5th with Julius Thomas returning this past week. Allen Hurns is worthy of being a WR3 from here on out. Yes, he was playing against Tampa Bay, but he now has at least 60 yards receiving in every game this season, while scoring touchdowns in three straight weeks. He leads the team with 27 receptions after going off for five catches and 116 yards on Sunday.
4. Gary Barnidge (CLE/TE) – A 30 year-old tight end that no one had ever heard of before week three of this season. Gary Barnidge is the definition of a late bloomer in fantasy. Barnidge erupted for eight catches and 139 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. Barnidge has scored in three straight games and now has 24 receptions for the season. His previous career high for catches in a season was 13, which he had in both 2013 and 2014 with Cleveland.
5. Josh McCown (CLE/QB) – This the the Josh McCown the Tampa Bay Bucs were wanting last year, and the quarterback the Browns were hoping for this season. McCown has been lighting up defenses since returning in week three, after suffering a concussion in week one. McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns against Baltimore on Sunday. He has now thrown for 1,154 yards and six touchdowns the last three weeks.
6. Willie Snead (NO/WR) – Fantasy players were expecting Marques Colston or Brandon Coleman to be the Saints number two this season, however, Willie Snead has claimed the spot in the Saints offensive pecking order. Snead has back to back six catch weeks. He went off on the Eagles secondary for 141 yards on Sunday.
Other Pickups: Kamar Aiken, Marquess Wilson, Jay Cutler, Dwayne Harris & Charles Sims.
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