We’ve officially made it to the quarter mark of the season. By now, you’ve got a pretty good idea if your roster needs a shakeup, can stay the course, or just needs to get some better breaks. NFL teams are doing the same thing. The buyers and sellers in the trade market have emerged and you should be making the same determination. You can overcome 1-3, but not 2-6. Yes, I’m talking to those of you who took Steven Ridley in the first round. Sometimes it’s just not your year. But you don’t have to give up. Make a trade. Take a chance. Swallow your pride and get over the “but I took him in the (blank) round” line of thinking. Trade a guy you, and maybe others, over value for someone who actually has value. See if Desean Jackson owners are frustrated after two lack luster weeks. Kick the tires on another team’s top bench guy. Someone like a Giovani Bernard. It’s an easy sales pitch: “Hey, you have too many receivers. How about we make a deal and you stop losing points on the bench?” Of course it’s not always easy pulling off a trade, so below are a few free agents worth a look in week 5.
Danny Woodhead RB Chargers – Woodhead is exactly the kind of flex player you need but don’t want. He’s not sexy or exciting. He’s a PPR machine though. He’ll get you 10 points a week. You won’t quite understand how but they are there. Then he randomly gives you a nice little 20 point game last week. It’s a hard lesson I’ve learned over the years. You don’t have to “love” all the guys on your team.
Rashad Jennings RB Raiders – This is strictly a one game situation. The other backs in this stable are hobbled, giving Jennings temporary value. And I use the term value loosely. He’s not a great back. How good could you be if the Jaguars let you go in the offseason? Don’t expect much, but he’s getting touches this week.
Justin Blackmon WR Jaguars – Good news, Blackmon is finally back from his four game suspension. Bad news, he gets to try and shake off the rust against Janoris Jenkins. Good luck with that. Maybe Gabbert gets it together with both of his leading receivers finally playing? Yea… At this point, I’m not even sure Gabbert thinks he can play quarterback in the NFL anymore. But next week the hapless Jags play the Broncos in what is set to be the largest massacre in NFL history. I think the Jags may be throwing the ball a lot in a feeble attempt to keep pace.
LaGarrette Blount RB Patriots – Confession: I’ve always liked Blount. If he doesn’t punch that Boise State punk, he goes in the first round and is an entrenched starter somewhere. Don’t believe me? Watch his touchdown run from last week. That size and power combination is rare. Instead, he gets passed around the league without ever really sticking despite performing reasonably well. Now he finds himself in the fracas that is the Patriots backfield. It’s just too crowded back there. Blount is making the most of his carries, though, which hopefully means he gets more touches.
Charles Clay TE Dolphins – I noticed Clay for the first time this past Monday night. This guy just looks like a ball player. Long, physical, and speedy. The Dolphins seem committed to getting him involved in the offense and for good reason. He’s still widely available too. For now.