"Top 5 Beasts of the Week" by Michael ValverdeAustin Pettis- Entering his third year now, it looks like Pettis is finally grasping the offense. In his first two years in the NFL he recorded 57 receptions for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns in 26 games. His third year has shown a spike upward. He already has 22 receptions for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns. Half way to his career totals in yards and receptions, in just five games, and already equaled his touchdown total. Pettis had 4 receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns this Sunday, which minus the touchdowns is not a productive day, but the Rams are going to be a passing offense throughout the season, as they will most likely be behind and trying to throw the ball. Available in 60% in leagues.
Terrance Williams- The rookie from Baylor has had a rough start for the first three weeks of the season. Williams has only recorded 5 receptions for 60 yards and zilch in the touchdown department. He put up a goose egg in week 3, and has to battle Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Miles Austin for receptions. Terrance Williams may be counted on to do more now that Austin is hurt, and being a big option, he stands at 6'2 and 208 pounds, he has a good opportunity to do so. He can go up and get the ball, but struggles learning and running routes. As he progresses, this skill will develop, and he will develop more chances. He is an a great position to pass Austin on the depth chart, and will begin to garner Romo's faith, in a passing offense. This Sunday was a good show of his skills as he caught 4 receptions for 151 yards and one touchdown. Available in 82% of the leagues.
Ruben Randle- Has not been the most consistent player, mostly due to Eli Manning and his insufficient quarterback play. In the first four weeks Randle has caught 11 passes for 172 yards and zero touchdowns. His yards per catch (15.6) signals a big play, low reception receiver, the intriguing aspect is that there were zero touchdowns from him until Sunday. Intriguing, because of his big play yardage capability usually lends itself to getting in the end zone. In week 5 he finally did score, twice, and had 6 receptions for 96 yards. At least he's consistent with his yards per catch (ypc), averaging 16 ypc against the Eagles. Look for more 4-64-1 type of games, which makes him excellent for large leagues and bye weeks. Available 67% in leagues.
Andre Ellington- Bruce Arians keeps promising that Ellington is slow on the uptake and is not on pace to do anymore than what he is doing. Yet, his carries have steadily increased since Bruce finally found out what the world has known for awhile, Rashard Mendenhall is not the back Arians thought he may be. Ellington is a rookie, and this may be a strong reason why he hasn't taken over a complex Arians offense, but sooner or later Bruce Arians will need to make a full time decision on him. He had seven rushes on Sunday, nearly twice as much as he had in weeks three and four. Since the second week, he has 18 carries for 120 yards and zero touchdowns, but his 6.6 yards per carry have many people intrigued. Ellington is a PPR monster, as he catches several passes out of the backfield. During the year he has caught 13 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown. He should only be considered for PPR and Dynasty leagues at this point and is available in 54% of leagues.
Nick Foles- Had a solid day stepping in for Michael Vick, mid way through Sunday's game. Throwing 25 passes and completing 17 of those for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't turn the ball over, and is a leader for a solid offensive team. The only stumbling block is that Vick only hurt his hammy, and Foles is probably going to be ready for next week. Even when Vick returns, keep in mind that Michael Vick is never been the most healthiest of players, due to the risk he takes on the field. In his two year career, Foles has 180 completions from 295 attempts (61%). He has thrown for 1,945 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions. He is a big pocket passer, standing at 6'5 and weighing in at around 240 pounds. Foles can get the ball downfield with his arm cannon and also march the team up-field at a quick pace which fits the Eagles system well. He will not be seen out of the pocket, but can move around well enough to avoid being sacked. He is available in 95% of leagues.
by Michael Valverde Follow me @RFLRedZone