Rookie wide receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones have garnered most of the attention for first-year wideouts. The Browns’ Greg Little has been quiet until last week. The Browns said they would get Little more involved in the offense after their bye and he had 12 targets in Week 6.
Little had six catches for 72 yards and almost scored a touchdown before stumbling out of bounds at the 1-yard line. The Seahawks are stout against the run and the Browns will be forced to pass. The Browns are second in the NFL in pass attempts per game.
Losing cornerback Marcus Trufant won’t help the Seahawks. If Little is still available, pick him up and start him, especially with some elite players on bye in Week 7.
Some more good starts:
Tim Tebow (Broncos, QB): Don’t undervalue quarterbacks who rush the ball efficiently. Tebow averaged 66 yards rushing in three starts last season and scored a rushing touchdown in each. In one half in Week 5, Tebow rushed for a touchdown, passed for 79 yards, and threw for a touchdown. Tebow should start over Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub.
Curtis Painter (Colts, QB): A solid bye week fill-in against the Saints, who have allowed 12 passing touchdowns. The Colts should go to the air often and Painter has looked good.
Matt Cassel (Chiefs, QB): After an awful start, Cassel passed for 517 yards and five touchdowns the last two games. The Raiders are 28th against the pass.
Ryan Torain (Redskins, RB): Don’t shy away after he rushed for 22 yards on 10 carries last week. The Redskins trailed 20-3 and had to abandon the run. Torain will get a heavy workload against the Panthers, who rank 31st against the run.
Mark Ingram (Saints, RB): He has scored in three of four games, but had more than 15 carries just once. The Saints should be in control against the Colts resulting in a lot of second-half carries for Ingram. The Colts rank 30th against the run.
Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks, RB): Seattle’s offense is getting better and Lynch had 98 yards on 12 carries in Week 5 and has scored in two straight games. The Browns rank 27th against the run.
Earnest Graham (Buccaneers, RB): He looked terrific against the Saints last week with 123 totals yards on 19 touches. The Bears have allowed 5.4 yards per carry.
Eric Decker (Broncos, WR): He is the No.<TH>1 WR for Denver right now and the Dolphins rank 29th against the pass.
Torrey Smith (Ravens, WR): He had three catches for 84 yards last week and is a threat to score with his speed. The Jaguars have allowed nine passing TDs and struggle to rush the quarterback.
Pierre Garcon (Colts, WR): Has 27 targets since Curtis Painter took over.
Ed Dickson (Ravens, TE): A sleeper if you’re looking for a bye week replacement at TE.