Andre Williams, RB, Giants- Week 5 Stats: 20 car, 65 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 2 rec, 18 rec yds
Williams assumed the workhorse role in the Giants offense following Rashad Jennings’ second quarter knee injury. The former Heisman finalist came in like a wrecking ball, barreling his way into the end zone on one of his career high 20 carries. I mentioned last week how the Giants offense is really starting to click, and the fact that they didn’t skip a beat once Jennings went down bodes well for his upcoming absence. The rookie out of Boston College goes from must-have handcuff to low-end RB1 in week 6 if he gets the start.
Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers- Week 5 Stats: 19 car, 114 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 4 rec, 68 rec yds, 1 rec TD
He looks like Sproles, plays like Sproles and produces like Sproles. Oliver came out of the woodwork and absolutely shredded the Jets previously top ranked run defense in the Chargers 31-0 shutout win over Gang Green. Benefiting from a concussion to interim starter Donald Brown, the rookie made an amazing first impression, leaving San Diego fans salivating at the prospect of more. With Danny Woodhead out for the season, Oliver should continue to play a big part in this offense regardless of when Brown and Ryan Matthews return. I would be shocked if he didn't finish as a top 15 back this weekend, heading into a juicy match-up versus the lowly Raiders.
Mike Glennon, WB, Buccaneers- Week 5 Stats: 19 of 32 for 249 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, INT
The 6’6” second year slinger out of NC State brought some much needed life back into the Buccs offense. He’s averaging 275 yards passing and two touchdowns per game since taking over for Josh McCown, and their overall points per game has jumped nearly two touchdowns. Tampa plays Baltimore this Sunday, followed by a week off. But coming back from the bye they face four cupcake defenses in a row- Minnesota, Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington. I fully expect him to put up low-end QB1 numbers in each of those four contests.
Odell Beckham Jr, WR, Giants- Week 5 Stats: 4 rec, 44 rec yds, 1 rec TD
You down with ODB? Well, if you plan on winning some fantasy games in the near future, you should be. The first round pick out of LSU made his NFL debut in Sunday’s come-from-behind 30-20 win over the Falcons. He snagged four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown (as well as a pretty nifty end zone dance). His skill set is perfect for Big Blue’s West Coast offense and should continue to eat at Victor Cruz’s production as the season continues. I love Beckham as a high upside half or full point PPR play in week 6 versus the Eagles.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos- Week 5 Stats: 15 car, 65 rush yds
All eyes were on Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas during their record setting day in the desert, but a shake up in the backfield caught fans attention too. First string running back, and 2014 fantasy football first round round disappointment, Montee Ball, went down with a groin injury, allowing the third year back out of San Diego State to showcase his skill set. The Broncos are expected to roll with a committee of Hillman, C.J Anderson (a healthy scratch on Sunday) and Juwan Thompson during Ball's two or three week absence, but I wouldn't break the free agent budget bank for any one of these guys. Gun to my head Hillman is the guy I would feel most comfortable throwing in my starting lineup, but unless you are a Ball owner, I'd steer clear of this potentially messy situation.
Tim Wright, TE, Patriots- Week 5 Stats: 5 rec, 85 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Wright had his first meaningful moments as a member of the New England Patriots in their 43-17 bashing of the Bengals Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. For the first time in the post-Aaron Hernandez era the Pats were able to get high-end production from both of their tight ends in the same game. Aside from Gronk and Edelman, any receiver on this team is going to come with their fair share of risk. But I think the upside makes him an intriguing add with the potential of earning low-end TE1 consideration if Belichick embraces the duel tight end attack.