Ronnie Hillman will run for more than 100 yards and a score.
After last week, it will be surprising to me if Hillman doesn’t get a good chunk of the carries for Denver. He has clearly been better than C.J. Anderson and busted a nice 72-yard touchdown run in Week 4. The Denver coaches have indicated that they need to get Hillman the ball more, and what better time than against a bad Oakland defense? Hillman should see about 60 percent of the workload and have a great chance to go over the century mark for the second straight week.
All things considered, it wasn’t a terrible performance for Vick in his debut last week against Baltimore. He didn’t turn the ball over and had a touchdown pass dropped by Antonio Brown. Vick only had four days to prepare in Week 4 since Pittsburgh played Thursday night. The extra time to get ready this week is surely going to benefit him and the fact that he has Brown and Le’Veon Bell at his disposal make any quarterback envious. Rivers has been very good at home this year, but I think Vick outperforms him in terms of fantasy. Look for Vick to throw for 250 yards and run for 40 more with a few touchdowns.
Tom Brady will throw five touchdown passes.
One thing is for sure, I’ll take Tom Brady after a bye week any day of the week. The Dallas Cowboys have been doing a lot of talking and it’s just adding fuel to the fire for Brady. He’s going to have one of his classic performances where he lights up a weak defense in its own house and doesn’t take his foot off the gas. Brady would never say it, but you know he’s fired up for this game and it will show in the stat sheet.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas
With Lance Dunbar suffering a season-ending knee injury, no one should benefit more than McFadden. He will now see an increased role as the passing-down back in Dallas and is going to be put to work right away with New England coming to town. In all likelihood, Dallas will be playing from behind so look for McFadden to get plenty of work out of the backfield. Dunbar was averaging seven receptions per game over the first three weeks which makes McFadden very valuable in points per reception leagues.
Anthony Dixon, RB, Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills are dealing with all kinds of injuries on offense. Starting and backup running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are both unlikely to play on Sunday, which means Dixon is in line to get the start. He isn’t the fastest guy around, but he hits the hole hard and is very difficult to tackle. Dixon gets a solid matchup against Tennessee and should see a good amount of carries since Buffalo is a running offense. If game flow warrants it, Dixon could see 20 touches with a good shot at finding paydirt.
Lock of the Week
Owen Daniels, TE, Denver
After the first quarter of the 2015 fantasy season there have been some trends. One of them is that the Oakland defense allows a ton of points to opposing tight ends. Daniels hasn’t been getting a ton of targets so far in the Denver offense, but he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks and he should make it three against Oakland. He’s a great play for Week 5 in an overall weak tight end position.
Who’s on Revis Island?
Good news for all wide receivers: the New York Jets are on their bye this week after returning from London.