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Week five saw the week of the kicker. There were just so many field goals throughout the games on Sunday and Monday. It also was the week where Tony Romo pulled another Tony Romo and blew a home game against the Denver Broncos and Geno Smith stunned the Falcons by leading a game-winning drive on the road.
Week five also meant a chance to establish your team at the top of your division in your fantasy football league. Also, another week of fantasy football means another week of hits and misses from this column. The hits: Alshon Jeffery (10 receptions for 218 yards and a score was pretty productive), Eddie Lacy, Andre Ellington, Julius Thomas, Philip Rivers, and Jacquizz Rodgers. The rest are classified as misses.
Remember: This column is not designed to spotlight the top options at each position. If you are looking for advice on start/sit options or top players at a specific position, check out our rankings and other columns throughout the week. This is going to be a weekly spotlight of one player from each game this weekend that has a shot to be a nice flex or last starting option (a WR3 or RB3 for example). Will they all produce a large number of points? No. These are nice lottery tickets to fill in on your team and give you a chance to steal the win.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals) – Before I get into discussing Eifert, let me say that I would not take a Bills player this week due to their new starting quarterback. I’m seeing a bad week for Buffalo against a Bengals defense that shut down Tom Brady last week. Now, let’s talk about Eifert and his rise to flex/starter level. He was targeted seven times last week against the Patriots and five the week before against Cleveland. Andy Dalton needs a second target besides A.J. Green and, since a receiver will not step into the role, it is going to be Eifert. The Bills may be a little stronger on defense at home, but the Bengals should be able to put up a few scores. Eifert gets five catches for 55 yards and a score.
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
Willis McGahee (Cleveland Browns) – He’s getting the carries in Cleveland despite his low yards per carry average and now needs to be a part of your lineup. McGahee is not the producer of old, but he did get 26 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bills. He’s getting the goal-line carries and, even though it takes him a few tries to get in, he does get in. The Lions’ run defense is below average and is susceptible to red zone rushers. McGahee has a good week getting 85 yards and a red zone score.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Denarius Moore (Oakland Raiders) – Moore has emerged as the top option for Terrelle Pryor in the passing game, getting nearly one-fourth of the passing targets on the Raiders this season. Five receptions on eight targets for 84 yards and a score is what he complied last week against the Chargers. The Chiefs have a much stronger pass defense than the Chargers, but Moore has the talent to have a nice day. In his two prior appearances at Kansas City, he racked up nine catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns. I like him to get six receptions for 90 yards and a score this Sunday.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
Ted Ginn (Carolina Panthers) – Ginn makes another appearance in this column and it is well deserved. Cam Newton’s deep threat has shown his receiver skills (instead of just punt and kick returning) and has established himself as a reliable receiver in the Panthers’ sputtering offensive attack (about five targets a game recently). He’ll gets a Vikings defense that is very porous and susceptible to a deep strike. Ginn gets three catches for 65 yards and a score.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets
Jerricho Cotchery (Pittsburgh Steelers) – The veteran receiver has slowly become a consistent option for Big Ben and the passing attack in Pittsburgh. He’s been targeted at least four times in each game this year and his best performance was his five catches for 103 yards and a score across the pond in London. Cotchery may not be the fastest or the biggest threat on the field, but his consistency is something that the Steelers need if they are going to turn around their season. I see him getting four catches for 75 yards and a possible score this week.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – This is a play based on the Philadelphia defense more than the Tampa Bay offense. The Eagles have allowed the most receptions, yards and touchdowns so far this season on defense. Tampa Bay is not that great on offense with a rookie quarterback. But, with a bye week to prepare, they have a chance to make some noise this week against such a poor defense. Mike Williams should be in line for a nice day. He provides a big target for the young quarterback to aim for in the red zone and across the middle of the field. Four catches for 45 yards and a red zone score is what I foresee for Williams.
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Marlon Brown (Baltimore Ravens) – Sorry about last week when I put Brown in this column (after practicing last week) and he did not play. Brown has produced well so far this season by grabbing four balls and a touchdown in three of the four games. With his 6’5” frame, he has the ability to be a major red zone threat. Brown will continue to produce even with the return of Jacoby Jones and will grab four catches for 50 yards and a red zone score.
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans
Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams) – He’s back at practice for the Rams after what is reported as a non-serious rib injury. Coach Jeff Fisher has named him the starter again for this week as Stacy put a spark into the Rams’ rushing attack. He totaled 14 carries for 78 yards before getting hurt and that was the best performance of any of the Rams’ running backs so far this season. Stacy gets a tough draw on the road against a stiff defense. I see him getting 60 yards and a goal line score.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
Almost any Denver player – I can’t pick a Jaguar to do well in this game. I think it will be a great spot for almost any Denver player. The usual suspects that are in your lineups include: Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno. I also like Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, as they can get some garbage time carries and possible scores while the Broncos run the ball a lot in the second half.
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) – Baldwin seemed to be one of Russell Wilson’s main passing targets last week. He got nine targets in the road loss at Indianapolis. Wilson likes to spread the ball around so much that it hurts the value of all the pass catchers in Seattle. I do believe that Baldwin is the best of all the options for the Seahawks and he’s available in most fantasy leagues. I like him as flex play at home against the Titans. Baldwin should get four catches for 55 yards this week.
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
Stevan Ridley (New England Patriots) – I don’t know what to make of the Patriots running back situation. Ridley is the best back that they have, but the coaching staff can’t move past his fumble week one, even though he produced like a top 10 running back last season. He’s practiced so far this week and I expect him to play (but you never truly know with the Patriots). I say 60 yards rushing for Ridley with a score and a statement to the coaching staff that he’s the best they got.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Michael Floyd (Arizona Cardinals) – The other receiver in Arizona has had at least six targets in each of his team’s games so far this season. Carson Palmer will see blanket coverage on Larry Fitzgerald and Floyd can benefit from more single coverage looks. Floyd leads the Cardinals in receiving yards and he’ll have a solid game as the secondary receiver. Five catches for 55 yards for Floyd this week.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys) – Whether Miles Austin plays or not does not matter as Williams is still a strong play in my mind. The Redskins defense is weak and Tony Romo will have enough pass attempts to spread the wealth among all of his targets. Williams had 151 yards on four catches with a score last week and has established himself as a deep threat in this offense. Four catches for 65 yards and a score is what I see Williams getting on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers) – Allen was a beast in college at Cal with shaky quarterbacks around him throughout his career there. He’s got a top-flight talent throwing him the ball in Philip Rivers and has taken advantage of Malcolm Floyd’s injury. Nine targets translated to six catches for 115 yards and a score last Sunday. San Diego needs to throw the ball a lot with their lack of a consistent running game and Allen has emerged as a good threat to produce week in and week out. Allen should get 75 yards on five catches and a touchdown.
As you head out into the rest of week six in the NFL, take these suggestions with a grain of salt. This is all about filling that last flex spot in your starting lineup with a guy that has a good matchup or a solid chance of production. These guys are my best options for that to occur. I wish everyone luck in their sixth week of the season and hope your team turns into a solid contender.