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Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia Eagles)
Michael Vick (ribs, chest) was injured on early on in the Eagles’ 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins. Vck’s prognosis is unknown at this point, however, his scheduled MRI on Monday morning should shed some more light on his status going forward. If Vick has to miss time, which looks fairly certain at this early stage, Kolb will get an opportunity to start again for the Eagles.
Many fantasy football owners may have dropped Kolb when Vick took over as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, which could present a nice opportunity for owners to pick him. Kolb has a nice array of weapons at his disposal, however, in Week 4 he relied on checking down to LeSean McCoy every other play.
Moving forward, the fourth year pro out of Houston will have to take risks downfield if he wants to maximize on his supporting cast. Be sure to pay close attention to any updates on Vick’s status before considering Kolb as a Week 5 option.
If Kolb does get the nod, he does have a solid matchup against a San Francisco 49ers defense that has allowed 18 or more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in all but one game thus far.
Ryan Torain (Washington Redskins)
It’s amazing how fast Torain has risen up the depth charts in Washington. He was activated from the practice squad in Week 3 and after getting seven carries in his debut with the Redskins, Torain exploded onto the scene in Week 4.
His first quarter touchdown run was an early statement that Torain has a chance to play a big role in the Redskins offense and an injury to Clinton Portis further helps his chances. Torain had 18 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. and he finished the game as the Redskins’ primary ball carrier with Portis hurting his groin.
Torain had some success in Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan’s offense when the two were together with the Denver Broncos, so his familiarity with Shanahan’s style of football bodes will for his chances to shine.
Somewhat surprisingly, Torain is available in 88 percent of Yahoo! leagues and if you have a chance to grab him, so so immediately. Even if Portis returns in Week 5, Torain looks to be the Washington running back you want to own.
Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens)
Mason had six receptions for 80 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, as he was also targeted eight times by Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco in the game. Mason’s catch totals are trending the right direction over the last three weeks, and Baltimore’s offense seems to be starting to hit its stride.
The Ravens take on some vulnerable pass defenses over the next few weeks (Denver, New England, Buffalo), so Mason should make for a nice bye week replacement if some of the top wide receivers on your fantasy team have an off week coming up.
His touchdown potential is not great given the other options in the Ravens’ passing game and offense as a whole, however, Mason has nice potential value in PPR leagues as a reliable veteran target for Flacco. He is currently available in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
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