Wanna win this week in fantasy football? Pay attention, these are some must and don’t plays at wide receiver and team defense in the NFL in week 5.
Typically my wideout picks have been superstars who I expect to have big weeks. However, since the bye weeks started last week I decided to switch things up. This week’s picks will be your best bet for a good fill-in if your superstar is on a bye.
WRs That Are A Must Start: Thompson
- Dez Bryant – Dez is a superstar in waiting. He competes every play and is getting more involved every week. Right now he is most likely not an every week starter unless you’re in a deep league or know his potential. However, by the end of the year he will be, and this week is when he will prove it. Expect him to get a ton of looks as he and Romo continue to get more playing time together. Remember he didn’t play in the preseason and every week under his belt will make him that much better.
- Lance Moore – Drew Brees has a ton of weapons or this guy would have a lot better numbers. He is a better than average deep threat and against a poor Arizona defense will have some opportunities. His only decent performance this year was week 3 against Atlanta but I think he is due for another good one.
- Danny Amendola – I already know what you’re thinking “what the hell is this guy talking about?” I completely understand your reaction BUT, did you see the ridiculous one handed catch this guy made last week? Now that doesn’t mean he is going to put up big numbers, but dude comes to play. Add that with the match up against a weak Detroit secondary plus a QB in Sam Bradford who is getting better every week and you have a decent option if you need him. Just remember you heard it here first.
- Brandon Lloyd– Some of you may not know this but Kyle Orton is leading the league in passing yardage and Brandon Lloyd is two yards shy of being the leading receiver. Go figure huh? However, this week will not be a good one for this dynamic duo as they face a Baltimore pass defense who is only allowing a league best 119 yards per game.
- Donald Driver – Green Bay is facing a Miami team that was completely embarrassed last week. Miami is a good team so I expect them to be ready to play this week. Their pass defense is only giving up 186 yards a game so this is a tough match up for Driver. Try to stay away from him unless he is your only option.
- Randy Moss – Did you know Randy Moss only has 9 catches this year? If this guy wants his new contract he is going to have to do better than that. Moss is now a Viking again and I see this week as all or nothing type of week. I could see him catching 10 balls for 150 yards and 2 scores or doing absolutely nothing. No middle ground this week. So unless you like to gamble, my advice is to put him on the bench until he gets at least one game in as a Viking re-tread.
Team Defenses You Want To Start: Jacob
- Cincinnati Bengals – Last week’s loss to the Browns was disappointing, but in the 2 Bengals wins this year they have only given up 17 total points. Add to that the Buccaneers are only 2-1 because of their soft schedule. Tampa Bay is just not a very good offensive team and Bengals are a good defensive team. Cincinnati will get back on track this week with a victory.
- New Orleans Saints – Their opponent is the Cardinals. The same Cardinals who benched Derek Anderson and will now start a rookie named Max Something-Or-Other. Even if Derek Anderson was starting I’d tell you to start the Saints defense. Arizona is horrible offensively and 2nd to last in the league. Who dat sayin dey gonna beat dem Saints? Not Max Hall and the Cardinals.
- San Francisco 49ers – This is the week the Niners get their first win. The Eagles will be without Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and Asante Samuel. Plus Kolb didn’t look very good last week coming back from his week 1 concussion. To many injuries for the Eagles to over come, especially with a Niners defense that is better then their 0-3 record.
New York Giants – The Texans have a lot of fire power, but their biggest bullet is still nursing a sore ankle and won’t be 100% this week. If the Giants can keep Arian Foster somewhat contained, then look for the Giants defense to do well. The Giants have a top ranked defense, but need to play big against the run.