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Fantasy Football Week 5 Awws And Naw’s: What Happened To The Usual Suspects
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Fantasy Football Week 5 Awws And Naw’s: What Happened To The Usual Suspects

Aww Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – In the two games Dak has played the Packers, he’s thrown for 549 passing yards and six touchdowns. In order to keep up with Aaron Rodgers, he’ll have no choice but to throw the rock so I’m high on Prescott this week.

 

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – I know Big Ben has been playing bad but I think Antonio Brown’s blowup last week might have worked him up. Jacksonville’s defense has been solid against quarterbacks so far this season but I’m betting that Roethlisberger will have a solid game.

 

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – The last time Brissett was at home in a favorable matchup was against the Browns in Week 3, and he scored 29 fantasy points. I hope he’ll put up similar numbers this week against the 49ers.

 

Naw Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – Throughout his five game career on the road against the Rams, Wilson has only five touchdown passes and here’s an interesting fact – The Rams have allowed just eight fantasy points per game at home to quarterbacks.

 

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (home vs. Buffalo Bills) – I might be bias here but the Bills defense have been pretty solid against quarterbacks this season. Dalton will be put on ice this weekend.

 

Aww Running Backs

Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Here’s a fact – Gore has received 67% of the Colts carries in the past three weeks. In this good matchup vs. his former team who let him walk in 2015, he will pass Eric Dickerson in the all-time rushing yard list.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – The Browns run defense has been good but Powell is on fire and now the focal point of their offense with Matt Forte out.

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (home vs. New York Jets) – I’m not giving up on Crowell just yet in this favorable matchup against the Jets. This is the game where he should break out, especially if they stay in the game.

 

Naw Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Here are Lynch’s stats in his last three games, which is heart breaking – Twelve carries for 45 yards, six carries for 18 yards, and nine carries for 12 yards. Looking at this, I can’t see any reason to start him until he shows some life.

Eddie Lacy/Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – You can’t trust where Pete Carroll is going with this backfield without Chris Carson, even in a great matchup against the Rams’ run defense.

 

Aww Wide Receivers

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (home vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – Shepard is turning himself into a nightmare for slot corner as he leads the NFL in receptions and yards out of the slot, and ranks fifth in yards per route run. He should have a nice game against the Chargers who are very friendly to slot receivers so far this season.

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – The Panthers had major trouble with the Patriots and Saints quick slot receivers the past two weeks. Tate should benefit from it.

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Chicago Bears) – While the Bears will have their hands full with Stefon Diggs and overload to stop him, Thielen should be able to take advantage and have a great Monday Night game.

 

Naw Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper/Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – It’s truly hard to trust E.J. Manual to run the offense while Derek Carr is out with a back injury. Cooper is struggling, Crabtree is banged up and the Ravens’ secondary can contain them both.

Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams (home vs. Seattle Seahawks) – The Legion of Boom comes down on him while Woods and Kupp maybe more open for more catches.

 

Aww Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – The Browns cannot stop the tight end position from being productive every week.

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Manuel targeted him right away in Denver and the Ravens have been very giving to the tight end position in the red zone.

 

Naw Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers (away vs. Dallas Cowboys) – He’s still not showing enough weekly to believe he would come through even if Davante Adams (concussion) misses the game.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – He’s coming off a concussion and may not play but regardless the 49ers have been good against the position.

 

Aww Team Defense

Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Oakland Raiders) – This is just a gut feeling because I have no belief in EJ Manuel to run the offense. Ravens should get some turnovers.

 

Naw Team Defense

Carolina Panthers (away vs. Detroit Lions) – The Panthers defense is struggling and the Lions should exploit them in what could be a shootout.

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