Time to make some moves after first month of season

We’re at the quarter-pole of the NFL season now.

Teams have a much stronger idea of what they have and who they are than they did a month ago. So should you.

This is the time to get serious about making moves. Address your needs. Sell from a position of strength. Take advantage of those sleepers that hit for you and try to patch up holes left by your draft day busts.

On top of everything else, bye weeks are upon us. This week you’ll be without studs like Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garçon, Antonio Brown and even young Le’Veon Bell. It is incumbent upon you to find the strongest possible players to fill in those gaps.

Today, I’ll be mentioning some players who are owned in a lot of leagues, but deserve to be owned all of them. I’ll also mention the week’s best injury replacement, the best long-term add and a Top 30 wide receiver who is still available in an absurd amount of leagues.

* Bilal Powell – Chances are, this doesn’t apply to you. You and your league mates are probably savvy enough to have long since rostered — maybe even drafted — Powell. But the problem is that I’m constantly seeing him available across the various platforms on which I play. I understand that the Jets are not going to scare many people offensively, but Bilal Powell has shown himself to not only be ownable, but startable in virtually all leagues.

* Danny Woodhead – Prior to the season, I relentlessly mentioned Woodhead as a sleeper RB and must-draft in PPR leagues. Now he has played himself into a solid RB2/flex starter in 12-team and deeper leagues. Through four weeks, Woodhead is 4th among all running backs in receptions, trailing only such luminaries as Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Darren Sproles. Furthermore, Woodhead’s usage appears to be increasing weekly. This is another player who should be owned in 100% of leagues.

* Ronnie Hillman – Hillman has turned into the number two running back in Denver, behind only the notoriously fragile Knowshon Moreno. Second round draft pick Montee Ball has been ineffective and fumble prone when given any opportunity to contribute and has been relegated to garbage duty. With the bye weeks entering full swing this weekend, Hillman may even be a spot starter. Either way, he’s worth owning because he is one sprained Moreno ankle away from being the starting RB in a Peyton manning offense.

* Rashad Jennings – If you had Week 4 in your league’s Darren McFadden Injury Pool, you can collect your winnings. We know that Run DMC injuries are inevitable, but we were never really sure who was the handcuff to own or whether anyone was worth handcuffing to him because it is the Raiders we’re talking about, after all. Jennings looked very good against the much maligned — for good reason — Redskins defense on Sunday after McFadden’s hamstring gave out on him. Additionally, Marcel Reese got banged up and his injury should provide clear-cut starter reps for Jennings as long as McFadden is out. Jennings will likely be this week’s most added player.

* Andre Ellington – This is more of a speculative add. Ellington has emerged as probably the best option in Arizona at tailback. Rashard Mendenhall continues to start, however, due largely to his experience and his relationship with head coach Bruce Arians. But Mendy is not producing. And the schedule doesn’t look good for him in the next three weeks — Carolina, San Francisco and Seattle. My guess is that Ellington will have been named the new Cardinals starter by the end of that gauntlet and you’ll have yourself a sneaky little flex option for the rest of the year.

* Justin Blackmon – Just a reminder, Blackmon is eligible to start this weekend for Jacksonville. And boy could they use him. If you’re looking for a WR or if you’ve been carrying guys like Ryan Broyles, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Vincent Brown or Rueben Randle, add Blackmon now. Temper your expectations at least somewhat, though. He is still a Jag. That means you’ll have to gamble on Blaine Gabbert, but Blackmon really looked like a reliable third wideout in the second half of 2012 and possesses WR2 upside.

Two sleeper defenses for Week 5 are Cleveland and St. Louis and if you have any questions for me, please follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha).

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