Even Fantasy Buddha can have a bad Sunday

Just so you all know, I don’t just disperse fantasy football advice. I actually do the same things that I advise you all to do on a week-in, week-out basis in 10 different leagues.

More often than not, that’s a good thing. A great thing, even. However, sometimes you whiff on a call and it leads to a bad weekend. Week 5 has been one of those weekends.

Remember when I touted Chris Givens as a start this week? Yeah, I do too. I started him in four of my leagues. As you might imagine, things aren’t looking up for those teams heading into Monday Night Football.

And that Dallas Clark call? Well, I’m a Rob Gronkowski owner in numerous leagues and that requires you to have a backup tight end on call at all times. In most of those leagues, I also drafted either Jordan Cameron or Greg Olsen. But not in my 16-teamer. Nope. Those leagues are hardcore and talent is spread out extra thin. So I started Clark and got a big fat goose egg. It still looks like I’ll win that one, in spite of Dallas Clark.

Fantasy football is about accountability. Your team, your roster and ultimately – no matter what anyone tells you – your call. I’m not one to pat myself on the back for good calls (too often, anyway), but I did want you to know that when I miss I feel just as bad as you do and it affects me the same way.

Anyway, whether you won or lost in Week 5, there is still plenty of time left to continue your positive momentum or redeem yourself and turn your fortunes around.Here are a few guys who will be hot properties when waivers run on Tuesday night:

* Willis McGahee – When word got around that the Browns had signed McGahee, the veteran was quickly scooped up in many leagues. In the subsequent weeks, many of those owners have grown impatient and released him back into the free agent pool. That is unfortunate for them. McGahee now seems entrenched as Cleveland’s lead back and should be high volume ball carrier with a knack for the goal line as long as his soon to be 32-year-old body holds up. I would prefer to own McGahee over dead weight like Ryan Mathews, Montee Ball, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.

* Zac Stacy – You may have just noticed that I listed Rams running backs Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead as “dead weight” just now. Stacy’s performance on Sunday against the admittedly underwhelming Jaguars defense contributed mightily to the aforementioned duo’s status. The rookie from Vanderbilt carried the ball 14 times for 78 yards and showed a consistency that his team has been searching for all season. Stacy’s first career start should not be his last for St. Louis and he could prove to be a useful commodity as a bye week fill-in and flex option.

* Terrance Williams – Continuing the theme of following my own advice, I picked up Williams on Saturday night and started him on Sunday in place of the injured Calvin Johnson. Much to my delight, the rookie displayed the same big play penchant he possessed over his final two seasons at Baylor. Williams is a big, smooth target who can make plays downfield and whose only obstacle to significant playing time moving forward is the oft-injued Miles Austin. We all know Austin can’t stay healthy, so Williams could be a fun play over the coming weeks. And don’t forget he draws the Redskins next Sunday night. Dynasty leaguers should already know about Williams because Dallas figures to cut ties with Austin at season’s end to open up the WR2 job for this youngster.

* Austin Pettis – Pettis is a boring possession type receiver who lacks the straight line speed of Chris Givens or the “quick as a hiccup” agility of Tavon Austin. He does have one very important thing that neither of his fellow Rams wideouts have, the trust of Sam Bradford. Sadly, that is more important for a pass catcher in St. Louis than sheer talent. Just ask Jared Cook. Pettis is a Reggie Wayne type fantasy player on good days and a total snooze on bad ones. But this week greets fantasy players with byes from the Falcons (Julio Jones & Roddy White) and the Dolphins (Mike Wallace & Brian Hartline), so Pettis could be intriguing.

* Keenan Allen – This one should really be a coin flip between Allen and his teammate Vincent Brown. Both players are rising as Eddie Royal’s star inevitably fades and the news that Malcom Floyd will not return in 2013 sinks in. The main reason I prefer Allen over Brown — ever so slightly — is his size. He’s a bigger bodied WR who is more suited for red zone opportunities that the smaller Brown. Either way you feel, both players are worth a look on a team committed to the pass and so bereft of a running game that backfield receiver par excellence Danny Woodhead has taken over at RB.

Before I go, I must say that all of these players would be behind Alshon Jeffery in priority if he is still available in one of your leagues. He should not be. At all. Not after the past two extraordinary weeks, anyway. Chances are, he’s long gone in your league. Just double check for your own benefit. The former Gamecock may be on the precipice of stardom.

Follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha) and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I’m here for you.

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