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FF Week 6 Free Agent Focus: Next Man Up!

I hope this finds each of you doing very well and at the top of your fantasy football league standings. As I watched the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, it did not surprise me at all that the Colts won. They were playing with passion, grit and determination for their coach, Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed earlier in the week with leukemia. If there was any question why the Colts drafted Andrew Luck, I think all of those questions were answered quickly on Sunday as Andrew Luck led his team to a comeback win after being down 21-3 in the first half. Andrew Luck will be a premiere QB in this league for a long time. Fortunately, I drafted him in a few leagues as my backup and have already started him in a few games due to the matchups.

Now onto the injury news for week 5. Robert Griffin III suffered what appears to be a mild concussion and tests are ongoing as we speak. Who knows for sure if RG III will be available on Sunday? Matt Cassell suffered a concussion as well and reports indicate he may miss the next game. Alex Smith sprained the middle finger on his throwing hand but X-rays did come back negative. This week was brutal for running backs. Ryan Williams has a shoulder injury and is out for the season. Cedric Benson has a Lisfranc injury and this is the same injury that sidelined Darren McFadden after week 7 in 2011. I would expect Benson to miss at least 8 weeks with this type of injury. Andre Brown suffered a concussion as well on Sunday after he was a hot waiver-wire pickup the week Ahmad Bradshaw was out. Daniel Thomas left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury and it appears Bernard Scott will be done for the season with a knee injury.

Week 6 Free Agent Focus

Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

When Stevan Ridley fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter on Sunday, it was Bolden who finished the game for the New England Patriots. It was Ridley’s second straight game with a fumble. Ball security issues have haunted Ridley before so expect to see more of Brandon Bolden. He finished the game strong with 54 yards on 14 carries. If you have a roster space or own Stevan Ridley, you need to add Bolden immediately to your roster.

William Powell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Alfonso Smith, Arizona Cardinals

William Powell is next on the depth chart after Ryan Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. With the offensive line problems in Arizona, this could be a running back by committee situation until a RB emerges from this group. If I were to add anyone from this group to my roster, it would be William Powell. Monitor this situation closely as Powell also left the game early on Thursday night.

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers

No one knew who was going to carry the ball in Pittsburgh early in the season. Many thought it would be Isaac Redman, some thought it was Jonathan Dwyer, but Mendenhall may have put those questions to rest as he scored a TD on 14 carries for 81 yards. He tore his ACL last December but he looked powerful on Sunday. If he is available in your league, you need to add him immediately.

Alex Green, Green Bay Packers

With Cedric Benson sidelined with a Lisfranc injury, Alex Green looks to be the main RB moving forward. Green finished the game strong after struggling earlier in the game. He could be a third down back in Green Bay and I don’t see James Starks being a legitimate factor here in the backfield. Of course, Green Bay will continue to throw the ball but I believe Green could see 12-15 touches per game.

James Jones, Green Bay Packers

It appears that Greg Jennings’ injury is more serious than first reported. James Jones scored twice on Sunday and finished the game with 4 receptions for 46 yards. As long as Jennings is out, I would continue to start Jones in this prolific offense.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants

As I previously stated, the WR3 always has a significant role in the Giants offense. On Sunday, Randle led the team with 9 targets and had 6 receptions for 82 yards. if Hakeem Nicks continues to struggle with injuries, Randle could be the WR3 in the offense. One thing we know about Eli Manning is that he will find the open receiver and he doesn’t care if it is Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon or Rueben Randle.

Other players you may want to consider are David Wilson, Ronnie Hillman, Andrew Hawkins, and Joel Dreessen as bye week replacements or adding them to your roster if you participate in a deep league.

Good luck this weekend and enjoy the games!