Week 6 fantasy pickups include Harry Douglas, Zac Stacy, Rueben Randle

Harry-Douglas-FalconsThe waiver wire was looking relatively thin heading into Week 6, but that changed in a hurry on Tuesday when news surfaced that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. There are a few names who could be worth an add if you’re battling injuries or looking for bye-week replacements, though I don’t expect many lottery tickets from this bunch. In any event, here are your Week 6 fantasy football pickups.

Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons: As we explained in detail on Tuesday, Douglas is the favorite to receive the majority of targets in Atlanta with Jones reportedly out for the season and Roddy White battling a new hamstring injury in addition to his high ankle sprain. Douglas has experience in the Falcons’ system and is in his fifth season with the team. He has been known to make a big play every now and then, but other than that he has held little fantasy value. That should change with Matt Ryan desperate for someone to catch the ball.

Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: Assuming he’s not lying about simply getting the wind knocked out of him against the Jaguars, Stacy should be locked in as the Rams’ starter for the foreseeable future. Isaiah Pead has found his way into Jeff Fisher’s doghouse for some unknown reason and Daryl Richardson, who entered the season as the starter, has been horrendous. The Rams’ running game leaves a lot to be desired, but Stacy rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries against Jacksonville. The Jags are horrendous, so we will have to wait and see if that type of production can continue. If you’re looking for running back help, Stacy is worth an add strictly because he has little competition in a disappointing backfield.

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Harry Douglas, Drew Davis fantasy players to pick up after Julio Jones injury

Harry-Douglas-FalconsWhile we are certainly hoping for the best for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his injured foot, it appears likely that the former Alabama star is going to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Fellow wide receiver Roddy White has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all season and suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets. So who is left for Matt Ryan to throw to?

If Jones is done for the year and White is forced to miss time, the Falcons will likely become dependent on the run for the rest of the season. However, it should be noted that Steven Jackson also remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, so the running back position is thin as well. Behind Jones and White, the next two receivers on Atlanta’s depth chart are Harry Douglas and Drew Davis.

Douglas, a fifth-year receiver out of Louisville, is the more experienced option. He has flashed signs of playmaking ability over the years, although he has just 16 receptions for 219 yards in five games this season. He has regressed quite a bit since his six catches for 93 yards in Week 1.

[Video: Jim Harbaugh throws hilarious fit after Harry Douglas catch]

Davis, on the other hand, is in his second season and only has four career catches. Fantasy owners who are desperate for receiver help can consider adding him based strictly on the potential for workload, though he is not likely to make any type of consistent contribution.

The best bet for production is Douglas. He should see a good amount of targets even if White plays, and he would be all the Falcons really have at receiver if White misses time. This is not a good situation by any means, but Douglas holds the most value from a fantasy standpoint.

Daniel Radcliffe is a fantasy football addict, has team named ‘Barkevious Mingo’s mother’

Daniel-RadcliffeHarry Potter is a huge fantasy football buff. Well, Harry might have his hands full with evil spells and Lord Voldemort, but the actor who plays him is glued to the computer on Sundays tracking his fantasy team like the rest of us.

Radcliffe was the subject of a lengthy interview with The New York Times Magazine’s Susan Dominus. In the feature, Radcliffe boasts that he is a huge American football fan and claims he knows the name of every starter in the NFL. The New York Times’ 6th Floor blog was intrigued by Radcliffe’s NFL obsession, so they delved deeper into the fantasy football subject. The 6th Floor’s Samantha Henig asked Radcliffe how he became such a big fan.

“It’s just a fantastic sport,” Radcliffe told Henig. “I watched it ever since I came over and was doing “Equus” in the Broadhurst Theater. I got christened a Giants fan that year by the crew who were working there. I took an interest then, but when I got into fantasy football, that’s when my level of obsession with the game increased and my understanding of it grew very quickly as I realized that if I was not going to completely embarrass myself in this league then I was going to have to put in some serious time learning about it.”

Radcliffe’s favorite sport is cricket. He said he would never do any type of fantasy cricket league because he could never bring himself to root against the English cricket team if there were fantasy implications. But the best part of Radcliffe’s passion for fantasy football is his team name, “Barkevious Mingo’s mum,” which is a tribute to the Cleveland Browns linebacker.

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Daryl Richardson makes fantasy football owners worry by saying he’s not starting

Daryl-Richardson-RamsSt. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson is quickly slipping into fantasy football irrelevancy. Fellow running back Isaiah Pead was a surprise inactive against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, and Richardson was still unable to put together a decent stat line with a backfield to himself. He rushed for only 16 yards on 12 carries, bringing his season total to 114 yards on 42 attempts. He has yet to find the end zone.

Since Richardson was drafted as a second running back by most fantasy players, his abysmal start has put a lot of teams in rough shape. It may not get better anytime soon. On Wednesday, Richardson responded to a fan’s Twitter question about whether or not he would be starting against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. Here is the original tweet.

Richardson replied to the tweet by saying “not this week man,” though he later deleted it after it went viral. That could indicate that Pead will be active this week or that Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham are in for more work.

Fantasy owners were hoping a matchup against the Jaguars’ last-ranked rush defense would be the medicine Richardson needs. That won’t be the case if the Rams don’t give him the ball. He’s in danger of becoming a full-blown fantasy bust.

Week 5 fantasy pickups include Danny Woodhead, Justin Blackmon, Heath Miller

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersBelieve it or not, one quarter of the fantasy football season is already in the books. For those of you who have your championship in Week 16, we’ve already passed the 25% mark. If you’ve managed to dominate the first four games of the season, you’re in good shape. If you haven’t, there’s still plenty of time to work the waiver wire, pull off a few trades and put yourself in position to make the playoffs. Here are your Week 5 fantasy pickups.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers: Most of us assumed Woodhead was a product of a highly-product Patriots offense last season and would have little fantasy appeal with the Chargers. It’s starting to look like we were wrong. Ryan Mathews is still Ryan Mathews and Woodhead has become a favorite safety valve for Philip Rivers. After posting more than six fantasy points in Weeks 2 and 3, he went off for 84 total yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. Don’t expect that kind of production again, but there’s no reason Woodhead can’t be a viable flex play most weeks.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: The hope here is that the Jaguars eventually realize Blaine Gabbert is useless and go back to Chad Henne. Either way, Blackmon is returning from a four-game suspension this week and should instantly become the most viable receiving option in Jacksonville’s pathetic offense. It’s hard to get excited about anyone on this team, but someone has to see targets while the Jags are playing catch-up every single week. Blackmon is a solid candidate for that and there’s a good chance he’s been forgotten during his suspension.

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Chris Johnson goes off on his disappointed fantasy owners

Chris JohnsonChris Johnson went off on his disappointed fantasy football owners, turning the tables on them and blaming them for drafting him and starting him in their lineups.

Johnson made his comments on Twitter Sunday night after rushing for just 21 yards on 15 carries in the Tennessee Titans’ 38-13 win over the New York Jets.

“Public service announcement: I can care less about fantasy football. Key word fantasy. As long as we win I’m happy. I rush for 200 n lose y’all happy,” Johnson wrote.

“U r the head coach n the owner of ur fantasy team so u should be mad at urself I didn’t ask any of u to draft me so if I’m so sorry y start me,” Johnson said in another tweet.

Ignoring his shorthand Twitter game, he makes a good point. If you’re a fantasy football owner, it’s your fault for drafting him. I didn’t think he would do anything this year, and that’s been the case. CJ went from 2K to barely CJ1K. If you took him in your draft and continue to start him, that’s on you.

The trend of seeing football players respond to fantasy owners via Twitter has been popular this year. We saw Ray Rice lash out at them earlier this season, and now Johnson has. Last year DeAngelo Williams did it after taking a lot of nastiness.

Who can really blame Johnson for his reaction? Some fans were supportive of him after the game, but others crushed him with hateful tweets. Let’s take a look at some of them. Be warned that the language is offensive in many of them.

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Willis McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya fantasy players to pick up after trade

Willis McGahee BroncosThe Cleveland Browns traded former No. 3 overall draft pick Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round pick, leaving them with a huge void at running back. As soon as a trade like this is made, the fantasy impact must also be analyzed.

Richardson was the only back to carry the ball for the Browns this season, so what will they do to fill that position?

Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are the likely in-house options, but CBS’ Jason La Canfora reports that the team will sign Willis McGahee as long as he passes his physical.

McGahee is the top guy to target as long as the deal goes through. The Browns wouldn’t have traded Richardson unless they felt they had some sort of adequate replacement, and McGahee is just that. McGahee played 10 games with the Broncos last season and was released in the offseason. He must be recovered from his broken leg if the team made the trade and is planning to sign him.

McGahee turns 32 next month and averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season with Denver. Though he lost four fumbles, he still looked like an effective back prior to his injury.

Cleveland’s offense has its limitations in terms of productivity possibilities, but if you’re a fantasy football owner looking for a flex option who can give you yards and maybe the occasional touchdown, McGahee is a recommended pickup.

Ogbonnaya is more of a player to pick up for this weekend’s game at Minnesota. He’s familiar with the offense and will likely see the most carries among Cleveland’s backs, if we had to make a guess. He also could cut into McGahee’s load for the future. He’s the guy you probably want this weekend, while Willis is the longterm back to own.

Temper your expectations here because the Browns offense didn’t run the ball much even with Richardson, but like we said, if you need a back, McGahee should be satisfactory.