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Start/Bench – Week 5

What has been a strange beginning to the 2015 fantasy football season continued last week as scoring totals plummeted from the huge numbers put up in Week 3.

How much did they tumble you ask? Thanks so much for asking. Of course, I was going to tell you anyway.

Using the MFL scoring under the Fantasy Sharks ‘Fantasy Points Scored’ tab we see that in Week 3 there were 14 players that scored 30-or-more points. Last week, the number of players to score 30-or-more points was three. How’s that for some plummeting? It’s been that kind of season and we can’t wait to see what Week 5 will bring.

Let’s get to it!

 

QUARTERBACK

STUDS

Aaron Rodgers
Russell Wilson
Tom Brady
Cam Newton -bye week-
Matt Ryan
Tyrod Taylor
Andrew Luck – Could miss Week 5 with shoulder injury-
Carson Palmer

 

START

Sam Bradford, PHILADELPHIA vs. New Orleans: Bradford actually went vertical last week in the loss to Washington posting 270 passing yards and tossing three touchdowns. With the Philly offense still struggling to run the ball consistently, look for Bradford to attack a weak New Orleans secondary. Bradford will have time to throw as the Saints defense averages less than two sacks per game. Oh yeah, New Orleans has not intercepted a pass through four games.

 

Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. San Francisco: Eli is playing well and just hung three touchdowns on the Buffalo Bills defense. He’s only turned the ball over twice through four games and faces a less-than-stellar 49ers defense. San Francisco has allowed nearly 70% of passes to be completed against them and will have no answer for Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. on the road.

 

Peyton Manning, DENVER at Oakland: Peyton may not be the quarterback he once was, but this is a sweet matchup against a Raiders defense allowing 318 passing yards per week. Manning is averaging two touchdowns per game the last three weeks and Oakland has allowed two passing touchdowns per game. Look for a top-10 finish from Manning this week.

 

Michael Vick, PITTSBURGH at San Diego: Vick’s had extra time to prepare for this game and also gets wide receiver Martavis Bryant back from suspension. Vick and Bryant clicked in the preseason and face a depleted Chargers secondary. Last week, Josh McCown passed for 356 yards and two touchdown against San Diego on the road. Vick should post similar numbers and add some yards on the ground.

 

BENCH

Matthew Stafford, DETROIT vs. Arizona: Stick a fork in the Lions as they are done like dinner after falling to 0-4. Stafford failed to throw a touchdown last week (curse you Kam Chancellor) and has thrown five for the season. An angry Cardinals defense is coming to town and has picked off quarterbacks seven times to date. Without a running game, Stafford will be forced to throw too much and add to the five interceptions he’s already thrown.

 

Derek Carr, OAKLAND vs. Denver: Carr is having a nice sophomore campaign having thrown seven touchdowns against only two interceptions. The matchup this week is just too tough to consider rolling the kid out. The Denver defense is among the stingiest in allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks and has given up only two passing touchdowns. Denver has also racked up 17 sacks and six interceptions making Carr a must sit.

 

Joe Flacco, BALTIMORE vs. Cleveland: Flacco looked awful last week throwing for only 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception. With the injury to Steve Smith, Flacco officially has no viable wide receivers to throw the ball to. They got the running game going last week so look for a heavy dose of Justin Forsett and a lot of two tight end sets. Not a recipe for fantasy production from a quarterback.

 

Nick Foles, ST. LOUIS at Green Bay: Foles had a very good game on the road last week posting three touchdown passes against a tough Arizona defense. On the downside, he only threw for 171 yards and has thrown for over 200 yards only once in four games. The Packers defense is allowing one touchdown pass per game and has rolled up 13 sacks in the past two weeks. Avoid Folk this week.

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin