Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals—Week 6 Stats: 11 rec, 120 rec yds, 1 rec TD
With both AJ Green (toe) and Marvin Jones (ankle) sidelined due to injury, Sanu starred in his leading role, hauling in 11 balls for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 37-37 tie versus the Panthers. The team placed Jones on season ending IR Tuesday and Green is expected to miss this weekend’s tilt with the Colts, meaning Sanu will once again see the lion’s share of looks in the passing game. The fact that Jones won’t play in 2014 means Sanu will at the very worst, remains a safe flex play for the remainder of the season.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals—Week 6 Stats: 28 of 44 for 250 pass yds, 2 pass TDs
The former No. 1 overall pick took the field for the first time since suffering nerve damage in his neck back in Week 1. Palmer got the job done, throwing for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 30-20 win over the Redskins. More importantly, he connected with (fading) star wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in the end zone. Two players in drastic need of quarterback upgrade after suffering through Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas for the past four games. Arizona is sitting pretty at the top of the ultra competitive NFC West, and with a few cupcake games on the horizon (Raiders/Rams), look for Palmer to put up consistent top 10 QB numbers.
I know it’s going to be tempting to hop on the Flacco train after his unreal, five first half touchdown game versus the Buccs. But their upcoming schedule isn’t as favorable and that team will always look to run first.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots—Week 6 Stats: 4 rec, 97 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
We knew one of the Patriots wide receivers was going to emerge as a touchdown threat, and through six games journeyman Brandon LaFell seems to fit the bill. Julian Edelman remains Brady’s safety blanket, but when they get in the red zone it’s been all LaFell, Gronk or fellow tight end Tim Wright. New England should blow the Jets out of the water Thursday night. Look for LaFell to continue his hot streak against New York’s depleted secondary.
Jace Amaro, TE, Jets—Week 6 Stats: 10 rec, 68 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Amaro, a second round pick out of Texas Tech, was the lone bright spot in Gang Green’s 31-17 loss to the Broncos at MetLife. The bulking tight end was primarily used as a pass catcher, hauling in 10 of his 12 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Rex Ryan said he would like Amaro to be “half of Rob Gronkowski,” and if that can come to fruition I’d take a flier if desperate. The Jets have no one that scares you in the passing game, including their quarterback, and are constantly playing from behind. So it would only make sense that they try to involve their prized rookie as much as possible to groom him for the future.
Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars—Week 6 Stats: 10 car, 21 rush yds, 1 rush TD
Could a storm be brewing in Jacksonville? Possibly. The rookie back out of Central Florida got the nod Sunday, leapfrogging Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson on the depth chart. Despite being on a 10 carry limit, Johnson still managed to work his way into the end zone in the Jags 16-14 loss to the Titans. This team has about as little upside as you can find (from a fantasy perspective) east of Oakland, but still it’s not everyday that a starting running back finds their way to the waiver wire. Scoop him and up and keep an eye on how the carriers get divided up moving forward.