Week 5 Pickups

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There are some cardinal rules that a good fantasy football player always follows. You always get a top-tier running back in the first two rounds. You always handcuff that running back (make sure you draft their backup). You always wait until the last round or two to draft a kicker. And you always make sure your backup quarterback doesn't have the same bye week as your starter.

Well, I broke that final rule, drafting Tom Brady and Chad Henne - who both have Week 5 off. Way to go, Wood.

So, in case you're in the same boat as me - in desperate need of a serviceable QB, or any other position - here are some quality pickups for Week 5. Remember, do as I say, not as I do ...

QUARTERBACK
David Garrard, Jaguars
He had a great game against the Colts last week, completing 17 of 22 passes and running for a score. The Buffalo is no Indianapolis. Of course, let's not talk about his eight points combined the two weeks before ...

Shaun Hill, Lions
I would actually be more comfortable with his counterpart this week, Sam Bradford. But Hill is more likely on the waiver wire than the Rams rookie phenom. I really think you'd be OK with either, though, as this should be a high-scoring affair.

Other guys I like:
Alex Smith, 49ers - He's a quality backup, but I hesitate this week against Philly.
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers - Ditto here against the Bengals, who have played surprisingly tough pass D all year.

RUNNING BACK
Mike Bell, Eagles
It's another thin week on the RB front, so we're going to do some injury speculation. LeSean McCoy fractured a rib in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, and while he hasn't yet been ruled out, I can't see him playing this week against San Fran. That would leave Bell as the logical choice to lead the backfield. With Michael Vick out and Kevin Kolb struggling, expect the Eagles to rely heavily on the run.

Ryan Torain, Redskins
Here's another injury fill-in that could be serviceable. Clinton Portis is most likely out with a groin injury. Torain produced 70 yards and a score in backup duty on Sunday. You do the math.

Danny Woodhead, Patriots
Here's the New England running back portion of the pickups section, as the position seems to bee a revolving door for fantasy points. I think Woodhead will get some run, and he's proved he can do something with it with scores the last two weeks. You know Bill Belichik loves guys with something to prove, and this undrafted Division II kid (who was cut by the Jets before the season) certainly fits the profile.

Other guys I kinda like:
Correll Buckhalter, Broncos -
Well, I like him better than Laurence "11 carries for 5 yards" Maroney, that's for sure.
Fred Jackson, Bills - Looks like Marshawn Lynch is on his way out of town, so there will be some carries to go around.

WIDE RECEIVER
Roy Williams, Cowboys
I'm seeing him available in way more leagues than he should be. The Dez Bryant craze scared people off to start the season, and he was a little quiet before breaking out with 117 yards and a pair of scores in Week 3. Expect more of that as Tony Romo gains confidence in him. This offense is going to be good - eventually - and there will be plenty of catches to go around.

Kenny Britt, Titans
He's got TD catches in two straight games. And you can't help but think of "Flight of the Conchords" every time you say his name. "Britt." "Prey-sent." (What, is it just me?)

Danny Woodhead, Patriots
Did I mention he qualifies at receiver too in most leagues? As Pats fans would say: Wicked ahh-some.

Other guys I kinda like:
Mario Manningham, Giants -
If he clears concussion tests and plays ...
Davone Bess, Dolphins - If you have room to stash him away for the bye week, I highly suggest you do so.

TIGHT END
Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
I told you last week to pick him up and stow him on the bench if you could. Now he's off a bye and playing the Colts, who are all sorts of banged up in their secondary. Got a TE on a bye? Go get him right now!

Benjamin Watson, Browns
He's averaging five catches a game the last three weeks. One of those has to eventually be in the end zone, even if it is Cleveland.

John Carlson, Seahawks
I swear, this guy is getting dropped every week in some league. Strangely, I never actually see anyone pick him up. Weird. Anyway, I think there are more Week 3s (61 yards and a TD) in the future than Week 4s (one catch for 15 yards). Just call it a hunch.

Other guys I kinda like:
Aaron Hernandez, Patriots -
He didn't have a very good game on Monday, but neither did New England's other TE, Rob Gronkowski. I still like this guy better going forward.

DEFENSE
Bengals
They're my top choice in a week filled with good D matchups. Tampa Bay just doesn't move the ball, and it sounds like a running back by committee is in the works. Smells like some fumbles to me.

Falcons
When a team is playing against the Browns, you go out and get that effing defense!

Other guys I kinda like:
Rams and Lions - They play each other, and both are probably available. Neither team is that good, so you never know what could happen.

KICKER
Ryan Succop, Chiefs
Playing in a dome against a bad D usually leads to favorable fantasy days for a kicker.

John Carney, Saints
A week ago, the 46-year-old was sitting at home in San Diego, enjoying his NFL pension. After Garrett Hartley inexplicably blew a gimme FG in overtime, Carney got the call and promptly kicked three FGs for one of the best offenses in the league. As long as his leg doesn't fall off, he should be a good option.

Other guys I kinda like:
Jason Hanson, Lions - They play the Rams indoors ...
Josh Brown, Rams - They play the Lions indoors ...

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