Paradise Picks is a collection of 5 low value players who are decent spot starts for owners dealing with bye week gaps or injuries. These players are high risk/high reward plays that may be the difference between a win and a loss.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jacksonville
The Bills have been terrible this season; however the week 5 game at home against Jacksonville is a solid match up for Ryan Fitzpatrick for those in need of a bye week play. Jacksonville’s 30th ranked pass defense is terrible and Fitzpatrick’s athleticism makes him a threat to score on the ground. Look for the Bills to win their first game of the season on Sunday, with Fitzpatrick having a solid fantasy game on the ground and in the air.
Ryan Torain vs. Green Bay
Torain has been given the starting role now that Clinton Portis has been sidelined with a groin injury. The Train has run well mixing a nice balance of power and quickness while excelling in the Mike Shanahan zone blocking scheme. Although the Packers have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns in 2010, the loss of Nick Barnett may hurt the Packers ability to stop the run. In addition, I look for Shanahan to rely on the run heavily to control the clock while keeping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ potent offense off the field.
Stephen Johnson vs. Jacksonville
Johnson has emerged as Ryan Fitzptrick’s favorite target in 2010. The seventh round pick from Kentucky in the 2008 NFL draft has been one of the few sparks in the Bills offense, and I look for him to continue his solid play against the Jags in week 5. Johnson isn’t an every week play, but he will work out nicely as a bye week or injury fill-in this week against the 30th ranked Jacksonville pass defense. Look for 5 catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Gibson vs. Detroit
Detroit was a preseason favorite for many football writers to be the breakout team of 2010. The team has been a disappointment so far; however I look for them to win their first game of the year week 5 against the surprising St. Louis Rams. I predict that this will be a high scoring affair, making the skill position players for each team decent fantasy plays. Rookie QB Sam Bradford has played well for the Rams by spreading the ball around to his unheralded receiving corps, including Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. Gibson caught a touchdown in the week 4 win against the Seahawks, and I predict that he will have another decent fantasy game this week with 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Tony Moeaki vs. Indianapolis
The Colts secondary was dealt a huge blow with the season ending injury to safety Melvin Bullit. Look for Todd Haley and Charlie Weis to exploit this weakness as they attack the middle with rookie tight end Tony Moeaki. The Chief’s three headed rushing attack will force the Colts to respect the run, allowing Cassel and Moeaki to attack the middle of the field.