Byes are in full swing in Week 5. Some fantasy non-starters and otherwise-fringe players made positive impressions when I delved into rankings initially.
Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs
Against the Nevermores, Jamaal Charles may continue the success he's had in the past two weeks, but the Ravens have given up plenty of opportunities to wideouts. Some teams had the weapons to make them count, others didn't. There's also a pretty good chance that KC will once again be playing catch-up. Turnover king Matt Cassel could easily help to put his team in a hole, but he'll also be directing the attack as they try to dig out of it.
Dwayne Bowe may get his, but the Ravens can prevent him from going off since he's obviously their top pass-catcher. Baldwin had a productive training camp while Bowe was holding out, but he hasn't made a big impact yet in the regular season. The speed and athleticism of this complementary receiver should give the Ravens fits as the game unfolds. Honorable mention could go to Dexter McCluster if his elbow is closer to 100 percent, but Charles has re-emerged as a smart check-down target.
T.J. Graham, Buffalo Bills
Donald Jones quickly became the favorite at receiver for targets behind Stevie Johnson when David Nelson suffered a torn ACL. However, Jones' 68-yard TD catch versus the New England Patriots this past Sunday cloaked the efforts of Graham, whose playing time and chances are speedily increasing. The coaching staff has begun to take notice of the rookie's efforts.
Buffalo was desperate to get back to even with the Pats in the second half of their Week 4 contest. Graham was also second in number of snaps played by wideouts a little in part because Jones left that game after taking a shot to the head. But he was targeted eight times, just twice after Jones exited, and following games in which he saw one look (Week 2) and five (Week 3).
The 69th overall pick is a speedy solution in the slot, even though Jones is versed in that position, and on plays like bubble screens. He's the type of gadget player who could give the San Francisco 49ers fits - kind of like Randall Cobb did in Week 1 and, in a manner of speaking, Percy Harvin did in Week 3. The Bills will have their work cut out for them on offense this weekend, so they should use any advantage they can find.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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