Fantasy Football Minute: Week 5

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:58pm

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Pass Happy

New York Giants: The G-men are off to an 0-4 start and have vowed to turn things around. Fortunately the Eagles come to town with their Swiss cheese defense. Just what the doctor ordered for Little Manning & Co. With an unstable run game, the passing game will be even more prevalent. PHI ranks #29 vs. QBs in terms of giving up fantasy points and is dead last in terms of giving up WR fantasy points. Cha-ching! Solid Starts: Eli Manning, Victor Cruz Good Start: Hakeem Nicks Sleeper: Rueben Randle

Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford had a more mediocre effort last week, but that was to be expected given the matchup. In the Lions' other contests, he's carved up lesser defenses. As the Packers sport the 28 and 30 spot against QBs and WRs, respectively, we think Stafford and company will be in for a huge day. Solid Starts: Stafford, Calvin Johnson Good Start: Brandon Pettigrew Sleeper: Ryan Broyles

Run Happy

Indianapolis Colts: Follow us here... yes, the Colts are facing the tough Seattle D. But this Seattle defense just gave up 102 yards to Arian Foster, who hadn't reached the 80-yard mark all season. Trent Richardson's had another week to practice with his new team and if the Colts are going hand the Seahawks their first loss, it will be due to Richardson getting 20+ carries and topping the 100 yard mark. With Richardson's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, his value takes a bit of a jump in PPR formats. We will call him a solid start but there's the potential for him to slip a bit given the matchup. Solid Start: Richardson

Chicago Bears: The New Orleans Saints have been much stronger against the pass this season. That said, they still have given up ground yardage so it looks like Matt Forte is due for a big game, both running and catching. Expect 20+ points in PPR formats. Solid Start: Forte

Bonus Sleepers:

Joe Flacco (QB - BAL): Some may have cut bait after his horrid 5-INT performance or may be willing to trade him for peanuts. The Cameron Wake-less Dolphins were carved up by Drew Brees last week and Flacco could be licking his chops to get back into the swing of things here.

Rashad Jennings (RB - OAK): You know the saying... "you could do worse". You really could, but if you're in the mood to scrape the bottom of the barrel here this week, Jennings is worth a shot. Darren McFadden is hurt again and even his backup is dinged. Jennings should get the nod in what could be an ugly affair that was moved to Sunday night.

Tavon Austin (WR - STL): If there were ever a time and a matchup for a highly-touted rookie to have his breakout, this would be it. The Rams' run game is a mess and the Jaguars will put up zero fight. Austin could finally have a huge game.


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