Fantasy Analysis: NFL Update - Week 5

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

So the results from the poll last week said 24% D/ST, 24% Marshall, and 33% Bush...It was closer than you'd think for the first two, with the D/ST's 5 INT, 2 TD performance still only ranked 4th and Marshall's 138 for 1 TD ranked 5th...and as we move into week 5, there are bound to be many, many more spectacular Bears games with fantasy relevance, right?

I'm going to take credit for telling everyone to buy on Chris Johnson and give up on Andre Brown unless Bradshaw gets hurt again, and take the hit for telling them to sell on Schaub. The jury is still out on the strategic assessments I made regarding C.J. Spiller and the others last week.

I still feel Forte, Bush, and the D/ST unit will finish top 12 at their positions; I also still feel Cutler won't. Bush has the upside of a 2/3 RB still, and Jeffery that of a #3/4.

I will also apologize for being so down on Newton as he roared back in the fantasy world...The dual threat thing is just going to keep being legit for him and RGIII...Vick is still sagging though from a points perspective.

New England has the worst TE luck in the world injury-wise now though, with Hernandez and Gronk both "Questionable", Shiancoe on IR, Ballard Out, and Hoomanawanui Questionable.

Sleeper Watch for Week 5:

QB: Alex Smith could have a great week this week based on matchups; Andy Dalton won't be too bad either.

WR: Domenik Hickson with Nicks & Barden out. Malcolm Floyd should make a good comeback now too.This is a "play James Jones" week.

RB: We should see plenty of Michael Bush this week, and I think the same goes for Kendall Hunter.

TE: Jacob Tamme has a great matchup this week. Marcedes Lewis will get lots of targets against our Tampa 2 and the Jags will be playing from behind.

D/ST: The Vikings and Panthers are my two non-standardly owned picks to have good defensive weeks.

Injury Watch:

QB: No big QB watch right now.

WR: Danny Amendola got hurt pretty bad. Andre Johnson is carrying a Questionable tag. Stephen Hill, Earl Bennett, and Kenny Britt are all Questionable and I don't think any contribute strongly this week. Lance Moore is Out, Laurent Robinson is out, so is Greg Jennings, and if you didn't hear, Santonio Holmes got put on IR.

RB: Ryan Williams just got hurt, so watch him; Peyton Hillis is Out. Ben Tate and Brandon Bolden are Questionable

TE: Aaron Hernandez they say may come back this week...I'd wait another week even if he does. Rob Gronkowski and Owen Daniels are Questionable but should play. Coby Fleener is Questionable but practiced in full..Dustin Keller did not practice and is Questionable.

Bye Week Reminder: Dallas (Romo, Austin, Bryant, the D/ST, Murray), Detroit (Stafford, C. Johnson), Oakland (McFadden...), and Tampa (Jackson, Martin) are all on a bye this week.

LEAGUE WINS LOSSES LAST WEEK
Yahoo! WCG 1 3 W (that's right, I finally got one)
CBS Money 3 1 L (and finally lost one)
ESPN Prize 1 3 L
ESPN Family 3 1 L
NFL Net for fun 4 0 W

WCG Pick'em: 39-24 (2nd)

Yahoo! Pick'em: 37-27 (T-1st)

Ask away if you have any thoughts or concerns about week 5.

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