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Week 5 was the perfect definition of Studs and Duds. It seemed that everyone in the league either blew up for huge points, or did just about nothing. It’s as little later than usual, but here’s this week’s Studs and Duds:


Doug Martin

Let me be the first to say welcome back to the Muscle Hamster. Doug Martin followed up a solid week 4 performance with a spectacular performance in week 5. Finishing the game with 123 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards on 3 receptions, and 2 TD’s Martin walked away as the #1 scoring running back in any format. He looked like his old self with decisiveness getting upfield and power after making his cuts. Only 5 games into 2015 he has almost matched his output from the previous 2 injury plagued seasons. Assuming full health moving forward, Martin should be locked in as an RB1 for the remainder of the year, getting the bellcow work on a weekly basis for an offense that desperately needs a spark.

Josh McCown

Consider me shocked to see this name find my Studs section. The career backup completely blew up the scoreboard this week in a surprise victory over their division rival Ravens. 457 yards, 2 TD’s, 35 yards on the ground, a rushing TD, 2 point conversion, you name it, McCown did it this past weekend. It’s really amazing what a player can do when tasked with leading an team that spends a lot of time losing during the game.  Think about this – McCown has averaged 385 yards and 2 TD’s since coming back from the concussion. I actually expect him to put up similar numbers for the remainder of the season. He could be the perfect addition to any fantasy squad that is struggling with consistency at the QB position, whether you have Luck or Stafford or even Russel Wilson. You could do a lot worse for a 1 year stop-gap.

Fletcher Cox

The big man finally showed up. He more than doubled his combined season statistics with an explosion on the stat sheet against New Orleans. Cox finished the week with 6 solo tackles and 3 sacks walking away with NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Fletcher was all over the field making plays en route to a whipping of the Saints. I’ll be interested to see if he can keep it up, but with his next 6 games coming against NYG, CAR, DAL, MIA, TB, DET the odds are in his favor for the trend to continue. Start him with confidence.


JJ Watt

I guess there is no one immune to having an off game. It was Antonio Brown a few weeks back, Julio last week, and now we find the most dominate player in the league throwing up a DUD. Watt struggled to find fantasy relevancy with just 2 assisted tackles on the day. We all would have been better off if he hadn’t played at all. I think we all know this is an extreme anomaly, he’ll be back to help you win next week.

Eric Weddle

I cannot stand Eric Weddle. He has now been on my personal dynasty team for 6 seasons and he just continually disappoints me. I watch him play and feel like he leaves a ton of points on the field, not sticking his nose in for assists, or just letting a guy drop to the ground instead of giving him a good pop. All I needed him to do Monday night was get me 6 points – which should be no problem for a guy that routinely scores in the 17-25 range. Well, he couldn’t even do that for me. 1 measly solo, 2 assists for a total of 4 points in my league. Thanks dude. He will continue to stay in my linuep, as he should yours, because this is not normal from him. I just can’t stand him. Someone please trade me.

Eddie Lacy

To say Lacy has had a disappointing season thus far would be an understatement. Through 4 weeks Fat Eddie was responsible for only 230 rushing yards and a single TD for the Packers. He capped that off with a week 5 performance with an unimpressive 27 yards rushing and a single reception for 8 yards. Pretty bad for the starting running back on the league’s most prolific offense. Some will point to the fact that he is currently in a time share with James Starks, or that he did not really turn it on in 2014 until after week 5, but I would like to see something to show me that he is the Eddie of old. Lacy is currently a perfect buy low candidate, just not for someone like me.

Calvin Danger

Calvin Danger

An avid Detroitfan living in South Florida, I am going into my 7th season as an IDP Dynasty manager. I can't get enough of the defensive side of the ball and am excited to share my research and thoughts on how to become champion of your league.
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