Week 5 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Donovan McNabb should have a big week against a banged up Redskins D.
Week 5's Best...

QB: Donovan McNabb. He's thrown for over 260 yards in 3 of his 4 games, and the only time he didn't was against a very good Steelers defense. It sounds like he'll be getting Brian Westbrook back this Sunday which always helps, and the Redskins will be without Jason Taylor, Shawn Springs is questionable, and Marcus Hamilton is a game-time decision.
RB: Matt Forte. Detroit is last in the league in run defense, and Forte is averaging 23 carries per game. A stout Philly run D held him to 43 yards on 19 carries in Week 4, but he still caught 5 passes for 43 yards. In receptions leagues, he's getting you about 5 extra points a week. ESPN projects him to be the top player in all of fantasy football this week.
WR: Brandon Marshall. Last week was easily his worst week yet: 7 catches, 77 yards, 1 TD. Still pretty damn good. He's averaging 10 catches, 133 yards, and 1 TD per game. In receptions leagues with 1 point per reception, 10 receiving yards per point, that adds up to 29 points per week. He's going up against a good Tampa Bay defense, but it seems like he's virtually unstoppable right now.
TE: Jason Witten. Blowing away the rest of the fantasy tight end competition. At least 6 catches in all 4 games(7 in 3 of them), and 90+ receiving yards in 3 games. Romo finally found him for a TD last week as I predicted(one of the few things I got right).
K: Matt Bryant. He's the Week 5 Best in my book for what he went through last week, and then did Sunday. Even still, he's one of the best kicker plays this week at Denver. Tampa Bay should be able to put up a lot of points and he's yet to miss a FG this year.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens. Allowing 186.7 total yards per game. The next best is the Steelers at 236.2. Tennessee scores points by running the ball down the defense's throat, but the Ravens are only allowing 69.7 yards per game. Tennessee has a tremendous defense as well, and Baltimore's offense isn't anything to write home about, but I'll go with the home team defense.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Trent Edwards.
Matthew Berry is telling fantasy owners to feel free to drop Edwards. All the more reason for you to expect him to do well this week against the Cardinals.
RB: Jonathan Stewart.
The rookie out of Oregon has 4 TD in 4 games. I expect his Panthers to handle the Chiefs without much trouble, and predict 10+ carries and a score for Stewart.
WR: Devin Hester.
Hester finally was a part of the Bears passing game last week, with 3 catches and a TD. The Bears best big play threat in Brandon Lloyd is out this week, and Marty Booker is Questionable as well. The Windy City Flyer should be the big play guy for the Bears this week, and against an awful Lions defense. Plus if your league counts return touchdowns, there's always that possibility, and he ran one back at Detroit last year. It's possible that the Bears avoid him completely in the passing game again, but if you're a gambler like me, I think you could strike gold with him and it's worth the risk.
TE: Alex Smith.
Denver's defense is 31st in the league against the pass, and tight ends have had success against them in the last 3 games: Antonio Gates had 4 catches for 61 yards, Jeremy Shockey had 8 catches for 75 yards, Billy Miller had 2 catches for 41 yards, and Tony Gonzalez had 3 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith found the end zone last week and has a good chance to do the same this week.
K: Robbie Gould. Bears fail to get it in the end zone a lot and should get plenty of red zone opportunities against the Lions, it's indoors, he's a good kicker, etc.
D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags should be pumped up against the Steelers in a Sunday night game at home, and the Steelers run game is a mess right now with Willie Parker out, and rookie Rashard Mendenhall done for the year. Mewelde Moore will get the start at RB for Pittsburgh, and they were only able to get 46 yards on 26 carries against Jacksonville last season in the playoffs.

Shit Picks...

QB: J.T. O'Sullivan. I whiffed on my Week 4 sleeper pick. Now he's being punished.
RB: Chris Perry. I can't see him getting many carries, as the Bengals will be playing from behind at Dallas. He's also averaging under 3 yards/carry.
WR: Bernard Berrian. He's questionable for Monday night at the Saints with a knee injury and apparently wasn't moving well in practice today.
TE: Vernon Davis. I'm probably starting him in a week unfortunately because I don't have any better options, and I still hold out hope that J.T. O'Sullivan will use him at some point. I don't see that happening this weekend though at New England. For the sake of my fantasy team, I hope I'm wrong.
K: Matt Stover. Will be a low scoring game against the Titans and his offense blows.
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts. Last year playing them against the Texans seemed like a no-brainer, but they've been an awful fantasy defense in their 3 games so far in 2008. Having arguably the best defensive player on the sidelines in safety Bob Sanders obviously hurts.


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