Week 6 is in the books and your team’s prospects, for better or worse, are taking shape. Whether your trade deadline is early in the year (week 6) or late (week 12), it’s an important date to use to your advantage. If you’ve found extra depth on your roster, maybe you can selectively move a player for another position of need or a draft pick. If you have an aging team that is falling out of the hunt, perhaps it’s time to move those veteran performers for draft picks now, before they lose their value. In either case, understanding the shifting value of your players is an important aspect of getting back on top of your division or staying there for season to come.
Sam Bradford QB, STL
Too early to tell if Bradford is destined to be a future top-5 fantasy QB and this will be the last time I list him in this series. He’s done more than could be expected and has impressed many with his poise and leadership, including myself. He’s not posting eye popping numbers but given the cast around him, his performance to date has been nothing short of exceptional. Rookie of the Year may be going to a QB this year.
Ben Roethlisberger QB, PIT
He’s back and looking good. As long as his actions match his words going forward, most of his history will be swept under the carpet.
Colt McCoy QB, CLE
Could you have a tougher first game of your career? McCoy’s excitement must have been short lived when he realized the Steelers were on tap. From what I know about McCoy, there is little doubt that he felt he was up to the challenge. Make no mistake that he had a couple of bad interceptions, but he showed an intriguing set of skills that has to have Cleveland’s brass wondering just what they have. His value gets a boost solely on the fact that he’s starting again in week 7 on the road in New Orleans. Would be nice to see the kid get a shot at home in week 8 vs. NE.
Ryan Torain RB, WAS
It appears that coach Shanahan does plan on leaning on Torain and, based upon what I saw on Sunday, he should continue to do so. Torain isn’t a flashy back but he reminds me a lot of Arian Foster. His downside has always been his injury history and owners surely hold their breath with each carry. If you are an owner of Torain, you may want to consider a sell high strategy if you have depth at the position.
James Starks RB, GB
The rookie hasn’t even practiced yet but he’s rising on dynasty boards. Starks is due to hit the practice field on Wednesday and is likely at least a couple of weeks away from seeing the field. It wouldn’t be overly surprising to see him get a couple of snaps on Sunday as he’s been running full speed for more than a few weeks. He’s is a big back with incredible hands and his situation couldn’t be much better. He’s sure to be given a chance at starting in weeks to come. He hasn’t played football in almost 2 years, so expect the Packers to bring him along slowly.
Danny Woodhead RB, NE
The Chadron State star continues to look impressive as his touches continue to increase. Equally adept in the running and passing game, Woodhead is popping up in starting lineups and performing admirably, especially in PPR leagues. He isn’t likely to score many TDs but his touches combined with his impressive yards per touch makes him a nice by week or spot starter.
Deion Branch WR, NE
Just when you thought it was safe to drop Branch, he’s traded to N.E. and his career gets new life. Brady targeted Branch early and often in Sunday’s tilt, ultimately pulling down nine of the twelve targets for 98 yards and a TD. Branch will likely be a very solid WR2 going forward.
Danario Alexander WR, STL
The next receiver on the St. Louis carousel of receivers. Alexander has nice size and speed and is said to be able to jump out of the building. His size would suggest that he will never be an elite receiver, but he led the Rams in receiving and hauled in a nice TD grab in the process. Most importantly, he’ll be starting again this next week and the best you can hope for with young receivers is that get a chance to start consistently. He’ll be a hot waiver wire addition this week but keep your expectations low.
Deon Butler WR, SEA
Butler got his first start on Sunday and promptly responded by pulling down four receptions and a TD. The smallish receiver has good speed and is elusive in the open field. In a Seattle passing attack that needs play makers, Butler should continue to receive looks from aging veteran Matt Hasselbeck.
Anthony Armstrong WR, WAS
Much like Butler above, Armstrong received his chance to start and looked capable, hauling in five receptions. Nothing to get overly excited about, but Washington is in dire need of receivers and Armstrong is not without ability. He’ll start again this coming Sunday and is worthy of stashing on a dynasty roster.
Darryl Sharpton LB, HOU
Zach Diles LB, HOU
It’s still unclear who’ll take over for DeMeco Ryans (Achilles) but whoever does has immediate upside. Diles is expected to take over at MLB but watch the news closely.
David Garrard QB, JAX
Garrard has actually posted nice back to back performances but the writing is still on the wall. The Jaguars will be moving on in 2011.
Mike Sims-Walker WR, JAX
MSW continues to disappoint and is likely to until the Jaguars find a modicum of QB consistency. Even then, he’s a WR3 at best.
Carnell Williams RB, TB
It’s becoming obvious that the Williams isn’t the long term answer in Tampa. With a falling ypc. average and a questionable offensive line, look for Bucs to start increasing the touches of younger backs in hopes of finding next year’s starter.
Kareem Huggins RB, TB
In what could have been a great opportunity for Huggins, it was ultimately not to be. Huggins was placed on IR this am after tearing ligaments in his knee on Sunday. He’s still worth a roster spot in deeper dynasty leagues but the Bucs will most likely be shopping during the draft.
Michael Turner RB, ATL
Turner is starting to slip. He still has the ability to post solid results as exemplified in two of his six games this season, but it’s obvious that Turner is no longer a top 10 back. He’s a “sell” if you find yourself in a rebuilding mode. If you are playoff bound, realize that Turner finishes with TB in week 13, followed by CAR, SEA, NO, CAR. Very favorable.
Clinton Portis RB, WAS
The buzz is that Portis won’t be back with the Skins. That may be good news for his value ultimately, but until then ….
DeMeco Ryans LB, HOU
I expect that he’ll come back strong in 2011. He’s out for the remainder of 2010 with a blown achilles. Never good for your stock value.
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