Week 5 is almost upon us and some of us are looking to get above .500 in our leagues and some of us are looking to stay superior. There are some interesting match ups and a few new faces to starting line ups out there.
Here are my starters and bench warmers outside of the obvious Mannings and APs out there.
Shaun Hill vs STL – In Matthew Stafford’s absence Hill has thrown for 903 yards and 5 TDs against the 5th, 7th, and 8th ranked pass defenses, and now he faces St. Louis’ 21st ranked pass D. Coupled with the fact that Detroit has a tendency to play from behind and they have the “Schwartz”, who seems to be more comfortable letting Hill air out the ball than Stafford. Stafford will likely return after this week so role with Hill if your in need of a QB or your facing a bad option this week.
Sam Bradford vs DET – On the flip side of that game rookie Sam Bradford is starting to show some fantasy relevance, and if you’ve been watching you can see him starting to get it more with each game. Against the 26th ranked Detroit pass D Bradford looks to have a good day and is another good filler if you need a QB or have a bad matchup.
Max Hall vs NO – Hall has been named the starter in Arizona, and before people start getting the idea that Arizona will return to the fantasy grace land they had with Kurt Warner remember this. Hall is a rookie facing the defending champs with a blitz happy Greg Williams. Hall looked lost against the Chargers last week and both Steve Breaston and Early Doucet will be out. The Cardinals don’t run as deep at wide receiver as they used to and his best option Larry Fitzgerald will like be smothered throughout the game.
Kyle Orton vs BAL – Orton has led the NFL’s top ranked passing attack over they first 4 weeks and ranks 5th is fantasy points at the position. However, he will be facing the top ranked overall defense in Baltimore this Sunday which doesn’t bold well for his fantasy stock. Orton’s numbers are a bit skewed though, Denver’s dead last in their run game which will leave them pretty one sided and Ray Lewis and the Raven will likely keep Orton’s ability to move the ball suppressed throughout the game.
Ryan Torain vs GB – Now that Portis is out Torain is the man in DC, and you were savvy enough to grab him off the waivers it’s time to run him. He will be able to bring the backfield in Washington up to speed that has been slowed by a beat up Clinton Portis. Green Bay has struggled against the run this year and is ranked 24th. With Nick Barnett going out for the season, their struggles will likely continue. Torain is a good bet this week.
Michael Bush vs SD – The eventual injury to Darren McFadden has happened this season, and if he tries to get back in too quick Bush could be looking at starting all season. Bush has tough match up against a stingy San Diego defense, but their numbers are probably a little inflated defensively due to them putting up points early and facing some inept run teams. Oakland can run the ball and Bush will be the workhorse this week with both McFadden and Michael Bennett out.
Chris Ivory vs ARI – Pierre Thomas will be out at least another week and Ivory ran tough and fast last week, averaging 5.6 yards a carry, clearly out playing Ladell Betts. Even with a split Ivory will be the goal line back in what will probably be a high scoring game. Sean Payton will want to see what he has in Ivory while he has the opportunity. Look for Ivory to get an increase in his workload.
Joseph Addai vs KC – The Colts have all but abandoned the run game this year, and Addai is only still valuable since he is a good pass receiver. I don’t think Kansas City’s defense can hold the Colts, just don’t look for too much on the ground.
Matt Forte vs CAR – He’s averaging a measly 2.7 yards a carry and Chicago’s line isn’t helping him much. Don’t look for that to change too much this week with Jay Cutler out this week at Carolina.
Mark Clayton vs DET – Clayton has been Bradford’s go to guy since the season started and that doesn’t look like it will change this week. Though Bradford will spread the ball around Clayton has the biggest upside and he will be looked to early and often this week.
Lance Moore vs ARI – Again this will be a high scoring game for New Orleans, and with Pierre Thomas out Moore will like be on the receiving end of a lot of underneath passes that would usually be reserved for Thomas or Reggie Bush.
Mike Sims-Walker vs BUF – Jacksonville hasn’t any success throwing the ball and outside one good performance this season Sims-Walker has been a dude. That won’t change this week against the Bills where Jacksonville will likely be more intent on running the ball against the worst run defense in the league.
Braylon Edwards vs MIN – Edwards has popped back up on people’s radars after 3 straight weeks with a TD. However, Minnesota has quietly maintained a top 10 pass defense and with Santonio Holmes returning the ball could be spread around a bit more. Be cautious playing him.
Zach Miller vs SD – As long a Bruce Gradkowski is in Miller is a top 5 option at tight end. Don’t be afraid to run him at will.
Brent Celek vs SF – Another good tight end who needs a QB who gets it when it comes to surveying the field. Celek may not be good in terms of fantasy throughout the year, but as long as Kolb is starting he will be targeted through the game.
Visanthe Shiancoe vs NYJ – Just going against the Jets would make the match up tough for him, but he has been slowed by a hamstring and isn’t quite over it yet. It’s probably better to give him another week.
Greg Olsen vs CAR – Olsen will be without Jay Cutler and though Todd Collins will probably look to him, his upside in this game will be low.
John Carney vs ARI – As mentioned above New Orleans will score a lot of points against a bad Arizona defense and Carney will be the starter at least for another week.
Mike Nugent vs TB – Cincinnati has a lot of faith in Nugent who has been nailing field goals for 50 yards out and has only missed once. With the Bengals having trouble moving the ball look for a lot of their points to be coming from Nugent.
Good luck to all this week. Please post any comments or questions.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.