Who wants to Battle???
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jackie Battle that is. The Chiefs former 12th string running back, seems like that after all of the different backs people have owned on this time, made a serious dent in his case for the starting tailback job. After finishing the game off last week on the final drive, Coach Haley made good on his word to give Battle more chances and Battle took it from there. He finished with 19 carries for 119 yards (6.2 per carry!) and 2 catches for 21 yards. Almost more impressive to me moving forward is that Battle did a lot of his damage after the Chiefs had fallen behind 17 points at half. If the Chiefs are going to be a porous team all season, Battle will need to be able to succeed while trailing. He did that on Sunday and I think it is safe to say he has earned his larger role and we will be seeing a lot more Battleâ€™ing on the other side of the Chiefs bye week. Get your nicknames and jokes ready!
Paging the Talented Mr. Ridley
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â New England ran all over the Jets Sunday as predicted. What was not predicted however was Stevan Ridley was rendered useless as Ben Green-Ellis ran like his job depended on it, to career highs of 27 carries for 136 yards. Ridley is by no means ready to be dropped from your team yet, as he has still shown more explosion and talent over the course of the season than Green-Ellis has, but this should temper expectations for awhile. Ridley is still a rookie after all and Green-Ellis still dominates at the goal line and refuses to fumble. Two very valuable commodities endearing him to Mr. Hoody. Monitor the situation, but leave Ridley on benches for the hope of a late season emergence.
Revolving Wide Receivers
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Go look at your leagueâ€™s top 30 wide receivers and ask yourself how many of those names you would have expected to be there. Iâ€™m just guessing but itâ€™s probably going to be around half! Which, on the flip side, means half of the top 30 scoring wide receivers are unexpected names. Guys like Victor Cruz, Doug Baldwin, and Early Doucet are floating around up there. Every year of course the rankings change as expected, but with passing numbers up across the league, instead of producing more studs, it seems to be creating more parody among receivers. Try and keep following targets as that will be your best bet if you are determining who to trade or trade for. Still only through 5 weeks, players numbers can be skewed by an abnormally large performance, Torrey Smith thatâ€™s you, but if you focus on a guy with a lot of targets through 5 weeks the odds will be good it will continue.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â LeGarrette Blount took a nasty hit to the knee and looks like he will miss some time. Without any surefire back up in Tampa, we will need to keep an eye on this situation between Kregg Lumpkin, Earnest Graham, and Allen Bradford.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Julio Jones, Chris Johnson, and Joeseph Addai threw their names into the hat for guys with tight hammys. Fortunately for Johnson, he is on bye this week so hopefully he will come back ok. Jones and Addai look like they are in danger of missing this weekâ€™s game. Expect Harry Douglas and Erik Weems to get some extra work outside for Atlanta, while Delone Carter and Donald Brown will take the bulk of the work in Indy. Unfortunately for Carter owners, he did not look as good as Brown did when Addai got hurt so it will probably be more split than a feature for Carter.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ryan Mathews was in and out of the line up with a calf strain but was able to finish the game and rack up 115 yards rushing. Mike Tolbert suffered a concussion himself, but being that the Chargers are getting their bye this week, both should be ok week 7.
Week 6 Waiver Picks
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tim Tebow *****
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Curtis Painter ***
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jackie Battle *****
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Earnest Graham **
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Donald Brown **
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jonathan Dwyer *
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Darrius Heyward-Bey *****
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Doug Baldwin ****
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â James Jones ***
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Damian Williams **
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Early Doucet *
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