Working the Wire: Week 5
Brandon Tate, WR New England
The New England Patriots traded the disgruntled Randy Moss to the Vikings, opening the door for Brandon Tate to emerge as a starter in the Patriot offense. The second year player from North Carolina will mostly likely be the deep threat for the Pats, allowing Brady to work the middle of the field with Welker, Edelman, and Hernandez. It would be silly to expect Tate to put up Moss type numbers; however Tate could make for a solid #3WR or flex play.
Ryan Torain, RB Washington
Starting RB Clinton Portis suffered a groin strain in the week 4 win over Philadelphia and will miss the next four to six weeks of action. Journeyman Ryan Torain will get the start in Portis’ place, and has run well in the Mike Shanahan zone blocking scheme. Torain was a top free agent pick up last week and may not be available in most leagues, however if he is available he makes for a solid free agent pick up with Portis being ruled out for the next month.
Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo
Jackson was a preseason favorite for many fantasy football writers, only to fall out of favor with the reemergence of Marshawn Lynch. With the recent trade of Lynch to the Seahawks, Jackson will most likely become the starting back for the Bills with CJ Spiller acting as the change of pace back. Neither running back is a great option; however Jackson is a decent spot start.
Marshawn Lynch, RB Seattle
The Bills traded Lynch to the Seahawks for draft picks, reuniting the running back with his old California teammate Justin Forsett. It is not clear how much playing time Lynch will receive with the Seahawks, however head coach Peter Carroll did say on his twitter page that Lynch will be used extensively in the Seattle offense.
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