Friday, October 8, 2010

Fantasy Football starting questions week 5

If your Fantasy League was anything like most last week you probably had some managers pulling their hair out and wonder why they had more bench points than starter points, and it’s because the NFL took a dip in the hot tub time machine and took us back five years as the top performers more resembled the leaderboard from eight years ago. The top passer was a first-year rookie out of East Carolina named David Garrard (25 points in most leagues), the 2nd best Running Back was a second year player out of little known TCU named LaDanian Tomlinson, and the top Wide Receiver was a brass, tall 6-3, lengthy five year veteran out of Tennessee Chattanooga, named Terrell Owens, the top tight end and scorer overall was a rookie Tight End out of another small school, Kent State, a former basketball player and 10th round pick in most fantasy drafts Antonio Gates. Lastly, just for good measure the top kicker is the Godfather with 11 years experience, Jason Hanson. And that’s how the article would have read eight years ago! This weekend seems even more unbelievable as those rookies are seasoned vets who probably had the best stat games that they will have all year, but it does make you really ponder if it was really an aberration of you go sifting through the discards for some cheap crafty vets that can put you over the top this weekend? Well don’t do dropping Adrian Peterson just yet, and keep your eye on who might make a difference this weekend.
Running Back - MJD – Picked up his first 100-yard rushing game (and TD) last weekend against the Colts and really his first game that justified a number 3 pick in most leagues. Look for him to keep the momentum going against the winless Buffalo Bills and pick up over 100 again.
Quarterback – Peyton Manning – The Colts need a win to avoid going under .500 for the first time in recent memory and really make their quest to return to the Super Bowl a daunting task, so Peyton will be looking have a big day and despite being the lone unbeaten team in the NFL the Chiefs are dogs.
WR – Reggie Wayne – A great opportunity to double dip if Peyton can find his best target. Buffalo has the 12th ranked defense against the pass and 32nd against the run so the Colts should be moving the ball all day.
Player to possibly let take a breather this weekend
TE – Antonio Gates – This is a tempting guy to start not only because of the 26+ points he put up last week but because of the week that he had last week but because he is #1 YTD for tight ends. My concern is the that the Raiders, despite their record, do have the #3 rated defense against the pass in the NFL and always play the Chargers tough in this rivalry game. If you have another TE that can get you double digits you may want to lean in that direction.
View all of the stats/totals from last week and this week’s projections on the main site, and chat live with other fantasy players in the fantasy football chat room. Next up, ones to stay away from this weekend.
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