Tough times have fallen on the running backs in Arizona. First Wells is injured and now Ryan Williams is out for the season. That leaves Powell, Stephens-Howling, and Alphonso Smith in the Cardinals backfield.
Smith is a new addition, and Stephens-Howling is coming off injury. The likely scenario will be Powell receiving the majority of carries with Stephens-Howling pulling 3rd down duty.
That said, who knows where the Arizona backfield goes from here. But, for now Powell is a safe chance.
Brandon Gibson (WR, Rams)
The number one receiver in St. Louis, Danny Amendola, went down with an injury last week. That opens the door for number two, Gibson, to step up for a larger role. The Rams schedule for the next few weeks features teams that have given up decent fantasy points to receivers, so the time is now for Gibson to show what he’s got. He may not be a household name, but he’s a de facto number one for the next several weeks.
Alex Green (RB, Packers)
The injury bug is rearing it’s ugly head, and Green Bay’s Cedric Benson is out for at least 6 weeks (probably the season) with a lisfranc foot injury. The Pack was just starting to get into the swing of a run game with Benson, and in recent memory it’s been rare to see much interest in running from Green Bay. They may revert to the pass happy offense of old or they might keep a similar mix with what they have left in the backfield. For now, it’s likely going to be a mix of Alex Smith and John Kuhn with Kuhn pulling largely 3rd down and goal line duty. There’s also potential for a return of James Starks, but for now Green has potential for seeing the majority of carries. If you’re willing to hope the Packers stay true to their 2012 efforts in the run game, then Green is a worthy addition.
Robert Meachem (WR, Chargers)
Since showing up in San Diego Meachem has had a slow start to 2012. For that reason many owners released him back into the player pool. His 3 catch, 67 yard, 2 touchdown performance against the Saints last week could signal that he’s beginning to jive with QB Rivers a bit better. If he’s still out there in your league, he could be worth picking up.
Brandon Weeden (QB, Browns)
Weeden finally had a solid performance in Week 5 and is starting to show some mojo with his young receivers. He’ll be facing a Cincinnati team in Week 6 that has given up a decent chunk of fantasy points to QBs thusfar in 2012. Given things stay on the rails, Weeden could be a decent flier if you need help at the QB position.
Note: Projections are educated guesses based on matchups, stability of performance, and other statistics. This fantasy football advice is free and based solely on the opinions of Punch Drunk Wonderland. If you have lineup questions please email The Kommish or tweet @PDWonderland.