The Fantasy Wrecker – Week 5


We’re a third of the way through the fantasy football season. It goes by quick, doesn’t it? I know some of you are happy with your record. You’re probably bragging, showing your lineup to everyone at the office, including the people who don’t play fantasy football. And I know some of you think your season is lost, your team is terrible, and you curse the day you started playing this miserable game.

But there’s still a lot of fantasy football left to play, and I’ve seen crazy things happen. Last year, a team in my league started 5-0 and then lost every game the rest of the season. The year before that, another guy in the same league started 0-4 and then proceeded to win ten in a row, finally losing in the championship game. Anything can happen, so keep searching the waiver wire, make some trades, and hope your match ups work out.

Let’s get to Week 5…

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Opponents This Week:

Sam Bradford – Bradford could be a good play if your starting QB is on a bye. I think the Eagles offense finally clicks this week, and they’re home against a Saints team that has surrendered the second most fantasy points to QB’s this year.

Todd Gurley – Running backs don’t score a lot of points against the Packers, usually because Green Bay’s opponents are down by a ton and have to pass most of the game. But in week one against the Bears, the only close game the Packers have had this year, they allowed more than 150 rushing yards. If you think this game stays competitive, Gurley has a chance to pile up the yards.

Alshon Jeffrey – The Chiefs give up touchdowns to wide receivers like politicians make promises. Jeffery hasn’t played since week one, but the consensus is that he’s going to suit up against Kansas City. And why not? He could probably get 50 yards and a touchdown while wearing a walking boot against them.

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Team This Week:

Martavis Bryant – Bryant will be a trendy start this week, but I don’t like him against a Chargers team that has allowed the fewest wide receiver points this season. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will be the focal point of a Pittsburgh offense that’s missing its star.

Devonta Freeman – It’s been a crazy run for Freeman, with six touchdowns in the last two games. But I think it comes to an end this week, because Washington stifles running games. The most rushing yards they’ve allowed so far is 83.

Antonio Gates – Gates is back from a four game suspension and facing a Steelers defense that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends. But that statistic is skewed by the four touchdowns they allowed to the Patriots in week one. Since that game, they’ve allowed 11 points total to tight ends. Gates will probably be rusty as well, so look elsewhere.

The Guy Who’s Wrecking My Fantasy Season This Week:

Melvin Gordon is a mystery to me. Is San Diego not using him properly, or is he just another case of “When trusting a Wisconsin running back goes wrong?” I’m not sure. What I do know is I used a pretty high draft pick on a guy who has yet to produce double digit fantasy points. So I’ll just hope, like I have every week this year, that maybe next game he’ll show up.

Ben Zajdel is a contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzajdel. His last name would be a great Scrabble word.

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