The Hail Mary, Week 5
The Hail Mary is a weekly article that will try to find you the best deep sleepers for that particular week. Use these guys if you’re desperate and need a “Hail Mary” for the week to win your league. Without further ado…
1. Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders – The Oakland backfield is completely decimated as Darren Mcfadden is out this week and Marcel Reece will be out longer. So what does that mean? Well first of all, it means the Raiders are going to lose, but you already knew that. The other meaning is that backup Rashad Jennings is poised to have a big game. San Diego (the Raiders’ opponent) has given up 5.2 YPC this year to opposing running backs so if Oakland is smart (and I have my doubts about that) then they will pound the rock. Jennings also had 8 catches for 71 yards last week so he can get you fantasy points in a variety of ways.
2. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots – Last week I thought Brandon Bolden would be the Patriots running back with a big game. I was almost right, as Bolden had a touchdown called back because his knee hit the ground just before the goal-line. After that play, Blount completely took over as the Patriots lead back and ended up with 64 yards and a touchdown vs. Atlanta. Stevan Ridley is not playing for the Patriots as he suffered a knee/thigh injury in practice this week which means Blount should see the bulk of the carries again. Running back is very thin this week because, in addition to multiple injuries (Ridley, Mcfadden) Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell, Alfred Morris, and Doug Martin are all on their bye weeks. Blount is definitely a good pickup if you are trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
3. Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets – This is purely a circumstantial pick, as Kerley is the beneficiary of some great (for his fantasy value) circumstances. Top receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill are both out this week which makes Kerley the number 1 option in New York. Now, being the number one receiver on the Jets doesn’t say much because he still has to have someone throw him the ball, but against the Falcons who give up a ton of points to fantasy WR’s, I like the pickup of Kerley if you need him to fill in for the likes of Antonio Brown or Vincent Jackson.