Who can you count on in Week 5?
Well if you chained your wagons to the Green Bay Packers, you saw just how dismal it can be fantasy wise during the bye. It was a wacky week and I personally saw teams in all of my leagues suffer.
Now, I don’t want that to happen to you, so I am going to identify some players that you may be able to add. Let’s call it ‘plug and play.’ While I am not suggesting that you give anything away that’s worthwhile. I am sure that you have some dead weight on your team that will turn into absolutely nothing, regardless.
These are not top tier players, rather plug and play for this week. So I am not suggesting that you grab a bunch of these guys, but you can expect some production if you have a need this week and failed to pre-plan.
Let’s get to it and you may be surprised on some of the names that pop up here.
Bye Week 5- Vikings, Steelers, Buccaneers, and Redskins.
Brian Hoyer QB Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
Are you sold on Hoyer? The Browns are definitely in a quandary here. They have a starting QB in Hoyer and the old starter thinking he may have a shot at his old job. Weeden isn’t going to get the job back.
Hoyer looked dynamite last week and didn’t throw an interception after tossing three in his first effort. This kid has a good arm and is starting to look like the real deal. He is a good bet against a porous Bills secondary. Have you noticed the chemistry with
and Jordan Cameron
? It’s not too hard to spot. I hitched my wagon to Cameron via the draft this year in all my leagues. The Browns dealt
and have turned into a throw first offense.
may be the best runner on the squad, but they will only run the ball enough to keep folks honest. Hoyer has thrown the ball 92 times in the two weeks since Weeden went down. The Bills give up an average of 19.5 points to QBs this season. I’m taking the over here. Hoyer finds Gordon in this one early and often. Cameron has mild success and has a smaller chance to find the end zone. This is where you say in your best Jim Carey voice ” so you’re saying there’s a chance.”
Danny Woodhead RB San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
Oakland has a mediocre run defense so this shouldn’t get you too excited. Woodhead’s only value is as a receiver. The guy averages five carries per week which is not enough to consider him.
His seven targets last week is easily enough to consider him as a fill-in play. Oakland gives up an average of 14.0 points to wide receivers. So he is too small to be a goal line back, I get that. He is a great safety valve near and around the goal line. Woodhead is a guy that can slip through the cracks vs. any defense. While I am not suggesting that he will score twice again this week, I do think he will get some looks near the stripe. The fact that he normally lines up in the backfield means he usually draws a linebacker in coverage.
Woodhead has good speed and when he gets to the flat he is difficult to locate. You saw him get over the top last week which shows that they will use him to create mismatches all over the field. The Raiders play the tight end position pretty well. I see
, and Ryan Mathews getting additional looks. I like Woodhead to the tune of 80 yards this week. I think there is a good possibility that we see him near the stripe. Rivers seems to be building trust with him as evidenced by his 22-of-27 catches in the first four weeks.
Brandon Gibson WR Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
It’s no surprise that Miami will have to throw the ball to compete in this week’s game. Gibson has been targeted 16 times in the last two contests.
is the same cancer in the Dolphins’ locker room that he was in
Pittsburgh. He speaks to media and isn’t afraid to tell folks that he wants the ball. Teams will shift coverage toward Wallace and open intermediate routes for Gibson. Against a very mediocre secondary this week, Gibson finds himself on the stat sheet this week. He is owned in a very small percentage of leagues and could be super valuable in PPR leagues. Add him if you are shaky at WR this week. This is a very sneaky play.
Garrett Graham TE Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers
Graham converted 12-of-16 targets in three games this season.
will command most of the attention in this game. Graham has seen no fewer than five targets in any game this year. I think this week is no exception.
came out last week and was very good until he threw the pick-six. That was almost a brilliant performance. It was the best performance to date against a very intimidating defense in Seattle. I think we will see quite a bit of dink-and-dunk this game and a few deep shots.
The red zone opportunities will likely go the direction of Arian Foster, Owen Daniels
, and a very sneaky Garrett Graham.
I like the TE2 in big games. You saw the New Orleans Saints sneak
to the edge last week. I see a similar athletic TE2 in Graham on play-action when the 49ers key on Foster, and
at the goal line this week. There may not be a ton of yards to go around in this one so temper your expectations. I’m calling for 5 receptions for 45 yards and one TD.
Delanie Walker TE Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Defense is fierce. There is no denying it. Enter new starting Quarterback
who was awful good at finding
in Buffalo. I honestly think Fitzpatrick is an upgrade over Jake Locker.
I was wondering if Fitzpatrick would win the job outright at some point. The irony of
‘s injury is that it was his mobility that set him ahead of Fitzpatrick. It was that running that got him injured. I like Fitzpatrick’s command of the offense and his ability to make the smart read. This guy has to throw in order for the Titans to have an opportunity to win this ball game. His weapons in
Delanie Walker are
a better supporting cast than he has ever had. Fitpatrick had a few 24 TD seasons with only
, and little known
. The rest of the receivers were scrubs. I’m watching
very closely this week.
Do you really think I care about kickers? Or know who is going to score?
Here’s a news flash…neither do you. Show me someone that knows which kicker to start and I’ll show you someone who lives in their parent’s basement, has a Ham radio license and answers to the call sign TMTOMH (too much time on my hands.)
St. Louis Rams Defense vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Did I mention the Rams are at home?
is an absolute beast and will get after the QB all day. The Rams secondary will be ball hawking this week. Look for
this week to help solidify what has been a shaky run stopping unit. I believe that the Rams will absolutely look to make a defensive statement in this game. This is a low risk/medium reward play. There will be immense pressure on the QB this week and I like the odds provided Cortland Finegan gets his rest this week.
Odds and Ends
The fact that the Titans sought out
for a workout this week tells me that
injury is far more serious than anyone is letting on. Do I really need to spell it out for you? ”
He needs more tests.”
The Steelers officially pressed the panic button this week acquiring
from the Cardinals. This tells you that they realize that the patchwork offensive line has holes in it. Ben Roethlisberger has been running for his life.
is a big-bodied underachiever and has never lived up to his draft position, but who else could they get at this point for a “conditional” pick?
I wonder what the over/under is on games started…?
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