From the desk of the Waiver Wire Master:
Not so Obvious Starts of the WeekQB: Jason Campbell (Redskins): Campbell gets to face the woeful Rams secondary this week, which comes into FedEx Field ranked 28th in the NFL against the pass. The former Auburn star is just now beginning to show what he’s capable of doing at the next level. He possesses a QB rating of 107.8 to go along with 514 yards and 3 TDs in his two home starts. Clinton Portis, who ranks 2nd in the NFL with 514 rushing yards, is going to demand quite a bit of attention from the St. Louis D, which will allow Campbell to have what could be a career passing day.
QB: Kurt Warner (Cardinals): What might seem like a tough matchup on paper should actually turn out to be a very favorable one for this former MVP. Warner loves playing at home – he currently owns a 130.5 QB rating, a 5/0 TD/INT ratio, and is averaging more than 300 yards per game in the Cardinals’ two home games. While Anquan Boldin will most likely sit out at least another week after taking that brutal hit back in week 4, look for both Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston to post monster games as Warner should pick apart Dallas’ 17th ranked pass D with ease.
RB: Le’Ron McClain/Willis McGahee (Ravens): This two back attack should go nuts against an Indianapolis D ranked dead last in the NFL against the rush. The Colts are allowing more than 188 yards/game, which should allow both McClain and McGahee to get theirs. McClain has been a force from the goal line, averaging a TD per game, and after getting a season high 22 carries last week against a tough Tennessee defense, What You Talkin 'Bout Willis McGahee should be ready to explode and show that he is finally100% healthy after undergoing offseason surgery.
RB: Chester Taylor (Vikings): Let me start off by saying I wouldn’t start him over your stud RBs, but if you’re in need of a flex, he could be a sneaky play. How many of you saw Adrian Peterson rush for a whopping 32 yards on 21 carries against a pretty weak New Orleans D on MNF? Now I’m not a doctor, but it didn’t really look like ADP was completely over the hamstring issue that was bothering him back in Week 4. The upcoming short week of rest doesn’t bode well for APet, so look for Chester to be more involved on Sunday against a VERY weak Detroit D. Minnesota should crush the Lions either way, so even if it comes in garbage time, Taylor should put up decent numbers.
WR: Bobby Engram (Seahawks): Engram set a Seahawks record with 94 catches last season, and continued to post extremely awesome numbers in his first game back from a broken shoulder in Week 5. This former Chicago Bears draft pick was targeted a very healthy 12 times, and was able to snag in eight of the balls thrown his way. With Deion Branch out indefinitely, look for QB Matt Hasselbeck to rely on Engram even more in Week 6. An injured Charles Woodson (who was responsible for allowing Roddy White to catch 8 balls for 132 yards and a TD) will most likely be assigned to #84, which should enable the veteran WR to put up a nasty stat line.
WR: Brandon Stokley (Broncos): Stud rookie WR Eddie Royal is most likely going to miss Week 6 (He is currently listed as questionable), which makes Stokley that much nicer of a play. Stokley has put up 13 catches for 132 yards and a TD in his past two games, and we should see him build upon this success with both Royal and beastly TE Tony Scheffler out of action. With defenses having to focus all of their attention on Mr. Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler will look to Stokley early and often, and by the end of the day, you’ll be happy you had him in your lineup.