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Ladies and gentlemen, week 5. More bye weeks and more tough decisions to make on who to start. Hopefully the free advice I have been providing you all has helped more than hurt you. I can merely project the best situations for talent to produce but we’ve all seen our hopes dashed when the outcome of your game lies in a player who gets dropped at the goal line and the score goes to a vulture. Or in real football, if you’re Megatron and fumble it into the endzone for a questionable touchback on Monday night.. oh Lions.

Quarterbacks have been hit by the injury bug this year so it would make sense to do more of an injury update. Drew Brees looks like he is shoulder isn’t bothering him with an OT win against Dallas last week. Jay Cutler also rebounded from his hamstring injury for whatever that’s worth. Now earlier this week Andrew Luck has stated he plans on playing Thursday night against Houston, but Wednesday’s update was more murky than helpful. Be ready for a replacement if Pagano makes the game time decision to sit Luck for a second week as he is apparently dealing with a subluxed his shoulder. Aside from injuries, notable bye weeks for QB – Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill and Teddy Bridgewater.

1. Tom Brady at Dal
2. Aaron Rodgers vs StL
3. Matt Ryan vs Was
4. Carson Palmer at Det
5. Alex Smith vs Chi
6. Peyton Manning at Oak
7. Drew Brees at Phi
8. Phillip Rivers vs Pit
9. Matt Hasselbeck at Hou
10. Tyrod Taylor at Ten
11. Eli Manning vs SF
12. Marcus Mariota vs Buf
13. Blake Bortles at TB
14. Sam Bradford vs NO
15. Russel Wilson at Cin

As a Canes fan, it was great to see Cleveland finally figure out how to get Duke Johnson involved with 9 catches for 85 yards and a score. Arian Foster also made his season debut, but it was nothing to write home about. I’d expect him to pick it up this week against Indy. Todd Gurley also had himself a day and looked like he is deserving of the lofty expectations he entered the League with. Since I made a claim about Doug Martin before this season, I have to point out he finally had a 100 yard game and a score in the monsoon last Sunday. Lastly, Devonta Freeman has now put together back to back 3 TD games, which, if I’m not mistaken, has only been done once before by LT.

1. Le’Veon Bell at SD
2. Jamaal Charles vs Chi
3. Devonta Freeman vs Was
4. Eddie Lacy vs StL
5. Dion Lewis at Dal
6. Justin Forsett vs Cle
7. Matt Forte at KC
8. Arian Foster vs Ind
9. T.J. Yeldon at TB
10. Ameer Abdullah vs Ari
11. Mark Ingram at Phi
12. Alfred Morris at Atl
13. Carlos Hyde at NYG
14. Doug Martin vs Jax
15. Todd Gurley at GB

Alshon Jeffery is expected to suit up this weekend after dealing with calf and hamstring issues all pre-season. He’ll be a nice boost to your roster if he plays. Now there are a few WR1s that have tough matchups – A.J Green vs the Legion of Boom, Calvin Johnson vs Patrick Peterson, Keenan Allen vs Joe Haden and Amari Cooper against Aqib Talib.

1. Julio Jones vs Was
2. Odell Beckham Jr. vs SF
3. DeAndre Hopkins vs Ind
4. Larry Fitzgerald at Det
5. Jeremy Maclin vs Chi
6. Julian Edelman at Dal
7. Demaryius Thomas at Oak
8. Brandin Cooks at Phi
9. Travis Benjamin at Bal
10. Emmanuel Sanders at Oak
11. Kendall Wright vs Buf
12. Mike Evans vs Jax
13. T.Y. Hilton at Hou
14. Allen Robinson at TB
15. Jordan Mathews vs NO

Gronk is back off the bye, but there really aren’t very many reliable options at TE this year. Travis Kelce, Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett have been solid, Eifert is hit or miss but Charles Clay is starting to become a dependable safety valve for Taylor. That being said, there is one guy I’m excited to see this week – Antonio Gates! He returns from his 4 game suspension.

1. Rob Gronkowski at Dal
2. Jason Witten vs NE
3. Antonio Gates vs Pit
4. Charles Clay at Ten
5. Travis Kelce vs Chi
6. Martellus Bennett at KC
7. Owen Daniels at Oak
8. Zach Ertz vs NO
9. Delanie Walker vs Buf
10. Tyler Eifert vs Sea
11. Crockett Gilmore vs Cle
12. Heath Miller at SD
13. Gary Barnidge at Bal
14. Richard Rodgers vs StL
15. Jimmy Graham at Cin

I’m reaching deeper into my bag of tricks for my list of top Flex options this week, enjoy.

1. Eddie Royal at KC
2. Anthony Dixon at Ten
3. Leonard Hankerson vs Was
4. John Brown at Det
5. Shane Vereen vs SF
6. Willie Sneed at Phi
7. Theo Riddick vs Ari
8. Cole Beasley vs NE
9. Nate Washington vs Ind
10. Duke Johnson at Bal
11. Chris Polk vs Ind
12. Rueben Randle vs SF
13. Ladarius Green vs Pit
14. Kamar Aiken vs Cle
15. Harry Douglas vs Buf

The good news this week is that DeAndre Levy has been practicing in full and Luke Kuechly looks to be recovering from his concussion. The bad news is that both Kuechly and #1 LB of the year, Thomas Davis, are on bye this week. Carolina, Miami, Minnesota and the Jets are all on bye.

1. Preston Brown at Ten
2. C.J. Mosley vs Cle
3. D’Qwell Jackson at Hou
4. Daryl Smith vs Cle
5. Pernell McPhee at KC
6. Devon Kennard vs SF
7. NaVorro Bowman at NYG
8. Lavonte Davis vs Jax
9. Justin Houston vs Chi
10. James Laurinaitis at GB
11. Karlos Dansby at Bal
12. Brandon Marshall at Oak
13. Jordan Hicks vs NO
14. Jamie Collins at Dal
15. Malcolm Smith vs Den

2nd year pro Aaron Donald is arguably the best DT in the game, especially from a fantasy perspective. With 20 combined tackles, 9 for a loss and 3.5 sacks, he is head and shoulders above the rest. While he was merely human last week in Arizona, he’s got another great matchup in Green Bay as they have given up the 3rd most points to DTs this season. Geno Atkins is another elite talent with a solid matchup against Seattle, who have given up the 2nd most points to DTs. Not to mention, Russell Wilson was sacked 5 times last week with converted lineman starting for the Seahawks.

1. Aaron Donald at GB
2. Geno Atkins vs Sea
3. Michael Brockers at GB
4. Tank Carradine at NYG
5. Corey Liuget vs Pit
6. Marcell Dareus at Ten
7. Brandon Williams vs Cle
8. Jurrell Casey vs Buf
9. Jordan Hill at Cin
10. Jaye Howard vs Chi
11. Bennie Logan vs NO
12. Jared Odrick at TB
13. Haloti Ngata vs Ari
14. Gerald McCoy vs Jax
15. Nick Hayden vs NE

Outside of Watt, there are about 20 guys who can all get you between 10 to 16 points a week. The trouble is there aren’t many guys who have proven to be all that consistent this year. When it comes to talented DEs, you have to take a look at the rest of their D Line. Are they the only guy opposing teams need to game plan against? Then they’re most likely going to see double teams, which will make it hard to appear on the stat sheet. As we go through the bye weeks, maybe take a chance on the guy opposite or who comes in to spell your more talented guy, like a Jared Crick (Houston), who has 15 combined tackles this year.

1. J.J. Watt vs Ind
2. Stephon Tuitt at SD
3. Carlos Dunlap vs Sea
4. Jarvis Jenkins at KC
5. Calais Campbell at Det
6. DeMarcus Ware at Oak
7. Jacquies Smith vs Jax
8. Justin Tuck vs Den
9. Chandler Jones at Dal
10. Michael Bennett at Cin
11. Henry Anderson at Hou
12. Cameron Heyward at SD
13. Fletcher Cox at NO
14. Cliff Avril at Cin
15. Robert Quinn at GB

Denver’s defense is full of playmakers, and this past week it was a highlight reel for Safety T.J. Ward as his 2 sacks and a forced fumble rewarded him with AFC Defensive player of the Week honors. Tyrann Mathieu was the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week 2 weeks ago and has a preferable matchup this week in Detroit.

1. Tyrann Mathieu at Det
2. Malcom Jenkins vs NO
3. Corey Graham at Ten
4. Barry Church vs NE
5. Deone Bucannon at NE
6. Landon Collins vs SF
7. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix vs StL
8. Will Allen at SD
9. T.J. Ward at Oakland
10. Eric Weddle vs Pit
11. William Moore vs Was
12. Dwight Lowery at Hou
13. James Ihedigbo vs Ari
14. Will Hill vs Cle
15. Chris Conte vs Jax

Josh Norman was this week’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week and for the month of September with his 2 interceptions of Jameis Winston, one of which he returned for a TD. Unfortunately, along with Carolina’s other studs, he is on the shelf with a bye. You could also do worse than rolling with 2 CBs from the same team. “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for him”. Well I found out that the hard way this weekend as my opponent started 2 of Buffalo’s corners, who put up 50 points between them. That being said, I wouldn’t do this with every team but Buffalo and St. Louis have some of the top scoring CBs to start the year.

1. Prince Amukamara vs SF
2. Corey Graham at Ten
3. Walter Thurmond vs NO
4. Antwon Blake at SD
5. Johnathan Joseph vs Ind
6. Rashean Mathis vs Ari
7. Neiko Thorpe vs Den
8. Desmond Trufant vs Was
9. Ronald Darby at Ten
10. Ron Parker vs Chi
11. Aqib Talib at Oak
12. Janoris Jenkins at GB
13. Tramon Williams at Bal
14. Malcolm Butler at Dal
15. Trumaine Brock at NYG


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