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2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 5: Start Em’ or Sit Em

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Time for some tough decisions in Week 5.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season!

Every week, I will pick some players who I think will overachieve and underachieve based on ESPN’s weekly rankings. Please feel free to ask any lineup questions here or on Twitter.

Last week, I went 9-3 with my Overachievers and 9-3 with the Underachievers. We are on a pretty good roll!

Overachievers

QBs
  • Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco - QB 13: Washington’s defense is putrid. They are to the point you should play against them every week if possible.
  • Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer - QB 15: He has been a top 5 fantasy QB the past two weeks. Their opponent this week, the Colts, are not stopping anyone.
  • Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson - QB 22: I do not think Cam Newton plays this week. Anderson has always done well when stepping in for Carolina, and Tampa Bay is another awful defense you can play against.
RBs
  • Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West - RB 17: He looked great last week against Oakland, and Washington’s rush defense cannot stop anyone.
  • Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles - RB 30: He’s a fine RB2 all season. For this week, I still have doubts about fellow Eagles RB Ryan Mathews’ health, so Sproles could get an unusually high usage rate.
  • Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi - RB 37: Dolphins HC Adam Gase came out and said he is going to a two-back system. I think Ajayi gets the bulk of the carries.
WRs
  • Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree - WR 16: He has been in this column more than anyone. It’s still the case that he receives the most targets in and out of the red zone on the Raiders.
  • Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb - WR 25: The opposing New York Giants defense will focus on WR Jordy Nelson which should leave Cobb to run free.
  • New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard - WR 27: He has been the best fantasy receiver on a team with WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and WR Victor Cruz. The Packers pass defense is pretty shaky being in the bottom 10, so Shepard could shine again.
TEs
  • New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett - TE 11: I am worried about TE Rob Gronkowski. QB Tom Brady could throw the ball all over the field against the Browns coming off of his four-game suspension.
K
  • Philadelphia Eagles K Caleb Sturgis - K 14: I have the Eagles scoring over 25 points this week, so he should be good for a solid eight or nine.
D/ST
  • Pittsburgh Steelers - D 10: They have been very much improved and get the turnover-prone New York Jets.

Underachievers

QBs
  • Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford - QB 11: The Eagles stopped the Steelers cold in Week 4. Stafford’s offense is worse than Ben Roethlisberger’s so this could be rough for Detroit with Philly in town this week.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - QB 14: He seems to have regressed. I can see a bounce back from the Carolina Panthers’ defense as well.
  • Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan - QB 16: He is the number one fantasy QB, but I wouldn’t play against the Denver Broncos defense who Ryan is facing this week.

RBs
  • New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount - RB 10: Tom Brady is back. I don’t expect much running in this one.
  • New York Jets RB Matt Forte - RB 14: The Steelers have the number one run defense. With Forte banged up right now, the Jets probably won’t lean into him heavily against Pittsburgh this week.
  • Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray - RB 22: Playing awful in a three-way job share.
WRs
  • Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins - WR 10: Do not play any offensive player against the Minnesota Vikings right now, especially at home.
  • Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - WR 20: Raiders QB David Carr ignores him in the red zone.
  • Cleveland Browns WR Terelle Pryor- WR 22: The Patriots will take away the Browns’ best offensive option this week.

TE

  • New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski - TE 3: The hamstring has still not healed. I am quite concerened.

K

  • Washington K Dustin Hopkins - K 7: The Ravens will slow down this offense, so I do not expect many opportunities.

D/ST

  • Houston Texans - D 9: They looked a bit shell shocked last week in their first game without DL J.J. Watt. Now they hit the road to take one of the best defenses in the NFL in Minnesota.

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