Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.
It's time to buy in on Andy Dalton as a starting Fantasy quarterback. It's time to give him a chance as the No. 1 option on your team.
For the past three games we've watched Dalton star in leading the Bengals to three wins in a row. He has at least three total touchdowns in each game against Cleveland, Washington and Jacksonville, with 890 passing yards over that span.
|Michael Vick||at PIT|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at SF|
|Andrew Luck||vs. GB|
|Jay Cutler||at JAC|
|Matt Schaub||at NYJ|
Granted, the Browns (without suspended cornerback Joe Haden), Redskins and Jaguars are mediocre at best in pass defense, but Dalton is taking advantage of the quality matchups on his schedule. This should be another one of those weeks.
The Dolphins have only allowed Kevin Kolb to pass for multiple touchdowns against them, which was last week, but Miami has given up at least 300 passing yards each of the past three games against Kolb, Mark Sanchez and Carson Palmer. Sean Smith is a quality cornerback, but Richard Marshall has a target on his back.
Keep in mind that Dalton has the No. 1 receiver in Fantasy leagues with A.J. Green, who should still find success against Smith if the two are matched up. And Dalton is getting quality production from the rest of his weapons, including Andrew Hawkins, Armon Binns and Jermaine Gresham.
|Player||Fantasy Pts. (proj.)||Fantasy Pts. (actual)||Start %||Pos. rank|
|Cedric Benson, RB, Packers||13||10||74||17|
|Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos||23||31||82||5|
|Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots||10||22||66||1|
|Michael Turner, RB, Falcons||13||22||85||2|
|Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys||18||8||53||27|
|Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins||9||6||45||34|
|Brent Celek, TE, Eagles||8||5||51||18|
|Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings||20||4||15||30|
|Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions||13||3||68||44|
|Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants||11||0||77||40|
|Cam Newton, QB, Panthers||20||34||73||4|
|Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears||8||19||92||5|
|Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys||6||17||40||2|
Eli Manning (vs. CLE): For some reason Fantasy owners aren't all in on Manning this year, as he was only started in 82 percent of leagues in Week 4. What more does he have to do? Even without Hakeem Nicks (knee) we still saw Manning get 22 Fantasy points at the Eagles, which is a tough opponent. Nicks is likely out again, but the Browns are still without Haden. Every quarterback to face Cleveland this year (Michael Vick, Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Joe Flacco) has multiple touchdowns, and Manning will add his name to that list.
Philip Rivers (at NO): Rivers did a nice job against the Chiefs in Week 4 with 18 Fantasy points, as he missed on only five of his 23 pass attempts. He should have another good performance against the Saints, who have been abused by opposing quarterbacks. Matt Cassel is the only quarterback who failed to get multiple touchdowns against the Saints, but the other three (Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers) each scored at least 28 Fantasy points against New Orleans.
Joe Flacco (at KC): You should notice a theme with our start quarterbacks and their opposing defenses. Like the Browns and Saints, the Chiefs have allowed every quarterback to face them this season to get multiple touchdowns. Flacco is having a career year with 1,269 passing yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions through four games and he should remain hot. Now, he does tend to struggle on the road and has just five touchdowns and four interceptions in his past five road games. But the Chiefs should struggle against Flacco and this pass attack, and he remains a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this week.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. PHI): Roethlisberger was on fire heading into the bye in Week 4 with an average of 27 Fantasy points through the first three games. He has eight touchdowns and one interception on the season, and he has done well at home of late. In his past five games in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger is averaging 285 passing yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions over that span. The Eagles have allowed at least 21 Fantasy points in their past two games against Kolb and Manning, and Roethlisberger should come off the bye week ready to pick up where he left off from Week 3.
Peyton Manning (at NE): Like his brother, Fantasy owners are still somewhat skeptical of Manning since he was started in just 82 percent of leagues in Week 4 against the Raiders. He lit up Oakland for 31 Fantasy points and has 56 points in his past two games against the Texans and Raiders. Manning has one bad game on the season, which was Week 2 at Atlanta – his lone road game. He's back on the road this week, but this game should be a shootout. The Patriots have given up 732 passing yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions the past two games against Flacco and Fitzpatrick, and Manning should be able to attack this secondary. This should be a fun game to watch as Manning and Tom Brady renew their rivalry.
|Christian Ponder||(vs. TEN)||Every Titans opposing QB has at least two touchdown passes this year.|
|Matt Hasselbeck||(at MIN)||Hasselbeck could be throwing all game against a mediocre secondary.|
|Ryan Tannehill||(at CIN)||He could be coming into his own after a 400-yard game in Week 4.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick (at SF): Fitzpatrick heads into this matchup as the No. 4 Fantasy quarterback. He leads the NFL with 12 passing touchdowns, but he also is tied for second in interceptions with seven. And the turnovers are starting to become a problem because eventually he is not going to give you the positive stats you need to compensate. This is a tough matchup since the 49ers have only allowed five passing touchdowns on the season. Rodgers and Christian Ponder both had 22 Fantasy points against the 49ers, but that was on the road. In their lone home game, San Francisco limited Matthew Stafford to 14 Fantasy points, and they should be able to keep Fitzpatrick in check this week.
Andrew Luck (vs. GB): You have to be encouraged with Luck because heading into the bye in Week 3 he had at least 22 Fantasy points in his previous two games against the Vikings and Jaguars, both at home. But those were easy matchups compared to the Packers. This will be Luck's toughest opponent since Week 1 at Chicago when he was held to 10 Fantasy points. The Packers have only allowed one quarterback to pass for more than 215 yards, which was Drew Brees last week, and he needed 54 attempts. We'd be a little hesitant to start Luck this week unless you're stuck with him as a bye-week replacement.
Alex Smith (vs. BUF): The Bills haven't been good in pass defense this season as Mark Sanchez, Cassel and Brady all have multiple scores in three of four games. This is more about Smith, who is back as a game manager, and now losing snaps to Colin Kaepernick in the Wildcat. Smith had six Fantasy points in Week 4 at the Jets and has just 18 points the past two weeks against Minnesota and New York. He has minimal Fantasy value in standard leagues, even as a bye-week replacement, since Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter should be able to handle the bulk of the workload.
Kevin Kolb (at STL): We're impressed with the way Kolb has played the past three games in wins against the Patriots, Eagles and Dolphins. He's averaging 21 Fantasy points a game over that span, and he appears to have turned the corner on his dismal 2011. This week, we have limited expectations for Kolb against the Rams because St. Louis has been stellar in pass defense. Griffin is the lone quarterback to have success against the Rams, but that was because he had 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Otherwise the Rams are allowing an average of 226 passing yards a game with two touchdowns and eight interceptions over that span against Stafford, Griffin, Jay Cutler and Russell Wilson.
Matt Schaub (at NYJ): It's always a question of which Schaub will show up. The one in Week 1 and 2, who combined for 23 Fantasy points with one touchdown against Miami and Jacksonville. Or will it be the one in Week 3 and 4, who combined for 53 Fantasy points with six touchdowns against Denver and Tennessee. We can certainly understand you starting Schaub since the Jets now have an inferior pass defense with Darrelle Revis (knee) out. But we can see the Texans building an early lead and using their run game, which could limit Schaub's chances.
Bust alert: Jay Cutler (at JAC): Cutler is coming off a quality performance at Dallas in Week 4 with 21 Fantasy points, and he snapped a poor two-game streak where he had 10 Fantasy points combined against Green Bay and St. Louis. We'll likely see Cutler in between those outings since the Bears won't need him to throw much against the Jaguars, who have limited Ponder and Schaub to start the year before struggling with Luck and Dalton the past two games. Chicago can rely on its run game this week, and Cutler could have a mediocre outing. Like Schaub, we can understand starting him as a bye-week replacement, but you might want to lower your expectations.
Ryan Mathews (at NO): As we said last week, we're going to stand behind Mathews, and hopefully Fantasy owners will as well. He's due for a breakout game, and now that he was benched in Week 4 at Kansas City after he fumbled in Week 3 against Atlanta he should resume getting the majority of touches. This is a great week for Mathews to get going against the Saints, who have allowed double digits in Fantasy points to five running backs in four games. Even though Jackie Battle has made this a tandem, Mathews should still remain a No. 1 Fantasy option this week and to close the season.
Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. CLE): There was some concern heading into Week 4 at Philadelphia about Bradshaw's workload since he missed Week 3 with a neck injury while Andre Brown went off for 130 total yards and two touchdowns at Carolina. Bradshaw had limited production against the Eagles with 13 carries for 39 yards and three catches for 38 yards, but Brown barely saw the field with only five carries for 14 yards and one catch for 4 yards. Brown will continue to have a role for the Giants, but Bradshaw should remain the workhorse in a good matchup against the Browns. Cleveland has allowed either 80 total yards or a touchdown to five running backs this season despite not allowing a rushing touchdown to a running back. We're confident Bradshaw will have success in this matchup, and he should be started in all leagues.
Cedric Benson (at IND): Our Start of the Week from Week 4 continues to be productive, and he's scratching the surface of a big game. Benson had 10 Fantasy points against the Saints last week, and he now has double digits in Fantasy points in three consecutive outings. He hasn't been above 11 points in any of those games, but he could be due for a standout performance this week. The Colts have already allowed three running backs to reach at least 16 Fantasy points, and Benson should continue to run well in this matchup.
Ryan Williams (at STL): Williams didn't have the best debut as the featured rusher for the Cardinals in Week 4 against Miami with Beanie Wells (toe) now out. Williams had just 13 carries for 26 yards, and he lost playing time to William Powell. But this week Williams should be a useful Fantasy running back as at least a flex option. The Rams have allowed four running backs to reach at least eight Fantasy points, and Williams should have more room to run against St. Louis than he did against Miami. This should be the start of a solid two-game stretch for Williams since the Cardinals face the Bills at home in Week 6.
Reggie Bush (at CIN): Bush made it out of Week 4 at Arizona without any problems with his knee, which forced him out of Week 3 against the Jets. He had just six Fantasy points against the Cardinals, but he should have a rebound performance against the Bengals. Cincinnati just limited Maurice Jones-Drew to 80 total yards, but prior to that the Bengals had given up double digits in Fantasy points against Ray Rice, Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris. Bush started the season with 41 Fantasy points in his first two games against Houston and Oakland, and he should reach double digits in Fantasy points again in this matchup now that his knee appears healthy.
|Jackie Battle||(at NO)||Should be enough production to go around vs. this poor run defense.|
|Michael Bush||(at JAC)||Jaguars have already allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs.|
|Kendall Hunter||(vs. BUF)||Bills allowed three touchdowns to New England running backs last week.|
|Robert Turbin||(at CAR)||Could join Marshawn Lynch as another tandem to beat up the Panthers|
|Rashard Mendenhall||(vs. PHI)||He's back and should be a flex option in his season debut.|
C.J. Spiller(at SF): You can include Fred Jackson here since this could be a rough week for the Bills running game, especially with both guys splitting carries. The good news is Spiller (shoulder) and Jackson (knee) are healthy, but they struggled against the Patriots in Week 4 as Spiller had 38 total yards and Jackson had 79. Jackson should be considered the better of the two since he will see more touches, which further limits Spiller's value. It also will be tough facing the 49ers, who have only allowed one 100-yard rusher in the past 26 games and three touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past 21 outings.
Steven Jackson (vs. ARI): There is a lot working against Jackson this week. He's still dealing with the lingering groin issue even though he has been able to play through it, but he's managed just 5.3 Fantasy points a game this season. The Cardinals also have done well against opposing running backs and have yet to allow a touchdown to a starter this year, including matchups against Marshawn Lynch, Stevan Ridley and LeSean McCoy. And Arizona hasn't allowed 100 rushing yards to an opposing running back in its past 12 games, including McCoy twice, Lynch twice, Gore twice and DeMarco Murray.
DeAngelo Williams (vs. SEA): Williams is playing well of late with 29 Fantasy points in his past three games against the Saints, Giants and Falcons, but as Jonathan Stewart (toe) continues to get healthy we could see Williams get less work. He has a tough matchup this week against the Seahawks, who have allowed two rushing touchdowns, but Benson is the only running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points against them, including matchups with Murray and Steven Jackson. You can consider Williams a flex option in deeper leagues, but he is not worth starting in most standard formats.
Donald Brown (vs. GB): Gore had success against the Packers in Week 1 with 17 Fantasy points, but since then Green Bay has been stout against opposing rushers with no rushing touchdowns allowed and no running back reaching 100 total yards. Brown is unlikely to snap that streak since he scored in Week 1 against Chicago but has none since. He also has 62 rushing yards as his season high in Week 3 against Jacksonville, and he has just one catch on the season. Brown should only be a flex option at best in most formats.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. MIA): The Dolphins front seven has been among the best in the NFL, and opposing rushers have struggled against them this year. It took Arian Foster 26 carries to gain 79 yards against Miami in Week 1, and his production was saved by two touchdowns. Since then the Dolphins have held Darren McFadden, Shonn Greene and Ryan Williams to a combined 43 carries for 88 yards and no touchdowns, and Green-Ellis could struggle. He has just 14 Fantasy points over the past two games against Washington and Jacksonville with two uncharacteristic fumbles in each outing. Green-Ellis does have three touchdowns in his past four games against the Dolphins when he was with the Patriots, but he was held to 10 combined Fantasy points in two meetings last year.
Bust alert: Chris Johnson (at MIN): Thank goodness Johnson finally looked like the running back we remember with his performance against the Texans in Week 4. He had 25 carries for 141 yards, which was better than his entire output in the first three games combined. While we hope that continues, we would lower our expectations for this week against the Vikings. Minnesota deserves plenty of credit for doing a fantastic job against opposing running backs this year. The Vikings have yet to allow a running back to score, and they have limited the four starting running backs they've faced (Jones-Drew, Brown, Gore and Mikel Leshoure) to a combined 21 Fantasy points. Johnson could definitely build off what he did last week and start to play at a high level again, but we would consider him just a flex option in this matchup.
Marques Colston (vs. SD): Colston showed you the type of receiver he's capable of being with his performance against the Packers in Week 4. He had nine catches for 153 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets, and hopefully his injured foot shouldn't be a problem going forward. We like Lance Moore this week also if he's 100 percent, but he's dealing with a hamstring injury. If Moore is out then Colston's value would only increase against a Chargers defense that has allowed a receiver to score in every game this year.
Malcom Floyd (at NO): The Saints have been miserable on defense all season, and receivers have abused them through four games. So far six receivers have reached double digits in Fantasy points, and Floyd should find success in this matchup. Floyd has two games with double digits in Fantasy points this season, and he should make it three after facing this defense.
James Jones (at IND): There's a good chance Greg Jennings (groin) will be out this week, which should allow Jones to play at a high level. He had two touchdowns last week against the Saints in the game Jennings went down, and he has three touchdowns on the season. The problem is the last time he started for Jennings was Week 2 against Chicago, and he had two catches for minus-1 yard, including a dropped touchdown. But this is a good week to count on him – as well as Jordy Nelson and even Randall Cobb – since the Colts have allowed four touchdowns to opposing receivers and four have reached double digits in Fantasy points.
Domenik Hixon (vs. CLE): This is the last week the Browns will be without Haden, and his absence has been noticeable. Cleveland has allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers in the past three games with Haden out and six have reached double digits in Fantasy points over that span. Hixon, who went to high school in Columbus, OH, and college at Akron, is coming off a great game at the Eagles with six catches for 114 yards on 11 targets, and he could be more involved this week with Nicks and Ramses Barden (head) banged up. He should be considered at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
Brian Hartline (at CIN): He's not a must-start receiver by any stretch, but if you added him this week he should be considered at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver or flex option. Forget about his 12 catches for 253 yards and a touchdown last week at Arizona and look at his targets. He is No. 3 in the NFL in targets with 48, which trails only Victor Cruz and Dwayne Bowe, who each have 49. The Dolphins will likely be trailing against the Bengals, and Ryan Tannehill has locked onto Hartline as his No. 1 option. The Bengals have only allowed three touchdowns to opposing receivers, but they've faced Cleveland, Washington (without Pierre Garcon) and Jacksonville the past three games. We would consider the Ohio State product in Hartline the best receiver that the Bengals have faced since Week 1 against Baltimore.
|Harry Douglas||(at WAS)||The Redskins allow the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers.|
|Andrew Hawkins||(vs. MIA)||If he avoids Sean Smith he has a chance to make plenty of plays.|
|Greg Little||(at NYG)||If he can hold onto the ball his Fantasy value would rise.|
|Sidney Rice||(at CAR)||Rice and Doug Baldwin have the chance to abuse this secondary.|
|Davone Bess||(at CIN)||Has 20 Fantasy points the past two weeks in Hartline's shadow.|
Steve Johnson (at SF): Johnson was a huge letdown in Week 4 against the Patriots since Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns, but he had none despite 10 targets. His three touchdowns have saved his production so far this season because he has 36 targets but only 15 catches for 195 yards. He has a difficult matchup this week against the 49ers, who have only allowed Jones to reach double digits in Fantasy points in Week 1. San Francisco has limited Nelson, Jennings, Calvin Johnson and Percy Harvin to single digits in Fantasy points, and Johnson will likely be the next name on that list.
Pierre Garcon (vs. ATL): We hope Garcon is getting close to a full recovery from his foot problem, and he was able to play in Week 4 at Tampa Bay. He had only one catch for 20 yards on one target against the Buccaneers, and he should be more involved this week. But the Falcons have done a solid job against opposing receivers as Demaryius Thomas is the only starter to score against them. They have held Dwayne Bowe, Eric Decker, Floyd, Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell to five Fantasy points or less, and Garcon might not produce at a high level in this matchup.
Andre Roberts (at STL): Roberts is coming off an excellent performance against the Dolphins with six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and he now has four touchdowns on the season to lead all receivers. But he could struggle in this matchup with the Rams, who have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing receiver this season, including matchups with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall. Now, you're not going to bench Larry Fitzgerald even though he should see plenty of standout cornerback Cortland Finnegan, but you might consider sitting Roberts. He is a good receiver to stash and he could be worth starting in Week 6 against Buffalo.
Kenny Britt (at MIN): If Britt were 100 percent we would actually like him in this matchup. He's getting Matt Hasselbeck back as his starter with Jake Locker (shoulder) banged up, and Britt would have an advantage against the Minnesota secondary. But Britt missed last week with an ankle injury, and his practice time all season has been limited. He's still worth holding onto in standard leagues, but we wouldn't start him in most formats until he proves himself first. Hopefully that happens soon.
Michael Crabtree (vs. BUF): Crabtree is due for a big game, but he needs to play at a higher level. He struggled in Week 4 at the Jets with two catches for 15 yards on seven targets, and his Fantasy points have slowly declined from seven in Week 1 to one last week. He really is just a possession receiver for the 49ers since he has 21 catches for 198 yards and no touchdowns in four games. The problem for Crabtree is he has no red-zone targets, so he should just be used as a No. 3 receiver in standard leagues or a starter in deep PPR formats.
Bust alert: Steve Smith (vs. SEA): It's doubtful you're going to bench Smith in the majority of leagues, but this could be a tough week for him. The Seahawks have an impressive secondary, and only two receivers have scored on offensive plays against them this year (Danny Amendola had a touchdown in Week 4 on a fake field goal). Seattle has held Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant, Jennings and Nelson to a combined 11 Fantasy points with Fitzgerald the high receiver in that group with six points in Week 1. Smith has yet to score this season, and his production has declined each week from 10 Fantasy points in Week 1 to four points last week. He's too valuable in most formats to keep on your bench, but you might not expect a big game from him given the matchup.
Kyle Rudolph (vs. TEN): We're not backing off Rudolph just because of one bad performance against the Lions in Week 4 when he finished with only two catches for 8 yards. He should rebound with a great matchup against the Titans, who have been abused by tight ends all season. The Titans have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year with six touchdowns given up to Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Owen Daniels and Dante Rosario (three). The worst tight end performance against the Titans was Brandon Pettigrew in Week 3, and he still managed eight catches for 61 yards. Look for Rudolph to be a Top 10 Fantasy option again in Week 5.
Dennis Pitta (at KC): Like Rudolph, we're going to stick with Pitta this week after he struggled in Week 4 against the Browns with no catches on just two targets. He also gets a favorable matchup against the Chiefs, who have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends (Tony Gonzalez, Scott Chandler and Jimmy Graham), The worst tight end performance from a starter was last week by Antonio Gates, who had three catches for 59 yards. Prior to Week 4, Pitta had double digits in Fantasy points in two of his first three outings. He should have another quality performance in this matchup.
Scott Chandler (at SF): If there's a spot where the 49ers defense is vulnerable it's against opposing tight ends. They have already allowed four touchdowns against Jermichael Finley, Pettigrew and Rudolph (two). Chandler is coming off his best game of the season with four catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots, and he has four touchdowns on the season. Chandler could definitely get another touchdown in this matchup with the Bills likely chasing points late in the game. He is an excellent bye-week replacement.
|Fred Davis||(vs. ATL)||Has 16 Fantasy points the past two weeks and starting to come around.|
|Marcedes Lewis||(vs. CHI)||Bears have allowed three tight ends to reach at least eight Fantasy points.|
|Jared Cook||(at MIN)||Vikings have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season.|
Jacob Tamme (at NE): Tamme has a great matchup this week against the Patriots. New England has allowed at least six Fantasy points to every tight end this season, and they have given up three touchdowns to Pitta and Chandler (two) the past two weeks. But Tamme is losing production to Joel Dreessen, and they actually have the same amount of Fantasy points through four games (17) despite Tamme having 25 targets to 12 for Dreessen. If you need a bye week replacement then Tamme could be worth a flier, but so might Dreessen. It makes this situation clouded and possibly one to avoid.
Jermaine Gresham (vs. MIA): The Dolphins are one of seven teams who have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end. While they haven't exactly faced an elite group of tight ends – Owen Daniels and Brandon Myers are the toughest competition to date – Gresham has also struggled with only one game with double digits in Fantasy points in Week 3 at Washington. In his other three games he has combined for 10 Fantasy points against Baltimore, Cleveland and Jacksonville. He's not playing at a high enough level yet to start in most formats when the competition is somewhat tough.
Heath Miller (vs. PHI): Like the Dolphins, the Eagles haven't faced many tough tight ends this season, but last week was the first touchdown they allowed, which came against Giants backup Bear Pascoe. Philadelphia limited Martellus Bennett to one catch for 2 yards, and in Week 2 they held Pitta to eight catches for 65 yards on 15 targets. Miller has been stellar this season with four touchdowns in three games, and he had his best outing in Week 3 at Oakland with eight catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets. He won't duplicate that performance this week and could be shut out of the end zone, which would limit his Fantasy value if that happens.
Bust alert: Greg Olsen (vs. SEA): Olsen is finally playing like the tight end we expected this season with his performance the past two games against the Giants and Falcons. He has 13 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown on 21 targets over that span, and he's emerged as Newton's go-to receiver. But this should be a tough matchup for him against the Seahawks, who have not allowed a tight end to score this season, including matchups with Jason Witten and Finley, who had the best game against Seattle with four catches for 60 yards in Week 3. We can understand still starting Olsen based on his past two games, but the Seahawks should be able to negate some of his production. If you start him this week just lower your expectations compared to where he's been the previous two weeks.
Giants (vs. CLE): The Giants DST has underperformed this season with only one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league coming into Week 5 against the Browns. Last week against the Eagles they had only two sacks and no turnovers despite Vick having nine of each prior to that meeting. This week, the Giants DST should have a standout performance. Brandon Weeden has made strides as a starter, but he still has nine turnovers (seven interceptions and two fumbles) on the season, with the Browns scoring more than 16 points just once. If they can contain Richardson, which will be hard to do, then this matchup should be successful for the Giants DST.
Broncos (at NE): The Broncos DST has done a nice job this season with double digits in Fantasy points in two games. They are coming off a solid performance against the Raiders with 15 points, but the Patriots offense is an entirely different challenge. The Patriots finally got their offense going against the Bills in Week 4 with 52 points, and Brady is back to avoiding sacks with only three in the past two weeks against Baltimore and Buffalo. He also has just one interception on the season, and the Broncos DST is worth dropping for the Bengals or Vikings, who are both owned in fewer than 45 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com. Both have a better matchup this week than the Broncos.
|Blair Walsh||vs. TEN|
|Greg Zuerlein||vs. ARI|
|Mike Nugent||vs. MIA|
Nick Novak (at NO): Novak stepped in for the injured Nate Kaeding (groin) last week and made three field goals and four extra points at Kansas City. He also did well for Kaeding in 2011 when Kaeding was out with a torn ACL, going 27 for 34 on field goals and setting a franchise record for 11 field goals of 40 yards or more. Kaeding will remain sidelined this week, and Novak has a great matchup at the Saints. In two home games, New Orleans has allowed 10 field goals to Billy Cundiff and Ryan Succop. And last year, four kickers made multiple field goals against the Saints at home. We know New Orleans can't stop anyone with the way the defense is struggling, and Novak should have plenty of chances to shine.
Billy Cundiff (vs. ATL): Cundiff got off to a hot start with the Redskins this year with four field goals and four extra points in the season opener at New Orleans, finishing with 16 Fantasy points. Since then he has two field goals on six attempts with 11 extra points in three games, which is only 17 Fantasy points. The Redskins don't plan to add a new kicker – yet. But this is a tough matchup for Cundiff against the Falcons, who lead the NFL with only two field goals allowed. Atlanta has yet to allow a kicker to reach more than seven Fantasy points in a game, and Matt Prater and Justin Medlock each went without a field goal attempt against the Falcons.