Talent is our top priority when drafting our season-long teams. If we just chase opportunity, we end with #regrets like Davante Adams and C.J. Anderson.
But now that we’re six weeks into the season, we start looking more at opportunity when prioritizing transactions. The talented guys aren’t available, and big volume with mediocre talent can work well. We also now know which teams are going to be playing from behind a majority of the time, which often bodes well for certain kinds of players.
So ignore the undrafted stigma and hop on board with these relative unknowns:
THE NEED FOR SNEAD
Willie Snead wasn’t even supposed to make the Saints’ final roster coming out of camp. Now he’s their No. 1 receiver. It’s not because of injury, it’s because he’s earned it with reliably excellent play for four straight months. With Brandin Cooks getting exposed as a complementary player, Marques Colston toast/hurt and Brandon Coleman disappointing, Snead is Drew Brees’ go-to guy. Although this pass game isn’t what it once was, that’s still a big role. Willie should be penned into lineups going forward.
GO WEST YOUNG MAN
Charcandrick West out-snapped Knile Davis 18-4 following Jamaal Charles’ knee injury in Week 5. West also ran circles around Davis in the preseason, winning the backup job and holding it through the first month of the season. The Chiefs worked out free agents Ben Tate, Pierre Thomas and Bryce Brown this week, but didn’t sign any of them. It’s another vote of confidence in West, who plays well in the pass game -- a crucial tool for Andy Reid as evidenced by the likes of Charles and Brian Westbrook. Don’t be afraid to blow 70-80 percent of your FAAB budget on West.
MR. WILSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD
Marquess Wilson is the real deal. Finally adding bulk to his 6-foot-4 frame, he’s recorded a 12-165-1 line over the last two weeks while Alshon Jeffery (calf) has sat out. Even once Jeffery returns, Wilson has significant appeal in this mess of a Bears season. Expect plenty of three-wide sets, with Wilson as the downfield target and Eddie Royal underneath. The Bears must develop their young talent like Marquess.
PICKUPS OF THE WEEK
1. Christine Michael, RB, Cowboys – Dallas is reportedly considering starting C-Mike over Joseph Randle following their bye.
2. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns – Flew under the radar for far too long. Actually a very good athlete in a pass-happy offense.
3. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Titans – At some point, the Titans will realize they need to play DGB over Harry Douglas. Stash until then.
Fire up these borderline wideouts in Week 6:
1. Golden Tate vs. CHI – This is an ideal spot for the dormant Lions offense to break out and get Tate his first TD of the year.
2. John Brown at PIT – Expect Brown to set a new season-high for yards as Carson Palmer shreds this talent-deficient “secondary.”
3. Kamar Aiken at SF – It’s the second straight week on this list for Aiken, who gets an even better matchup this time around.
It’s not always true that a wide receiver is only as good as his quarterback. DeAndre Hopkins is a beast in spite of Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Allen Robinson is going to eat even with Blake Bortles. But sometimes, the quarterback play is so inept that it kills even the best wideouts. That’s the case with Antonio Brown, as Mike Vick can no longer complete a simple screen or slant accurately. All he can do is use his still-big arm to chuck it deep, but that’s not Brown’s game. Don’t be afraid to sit him down against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals Sunday.