NFL week five Fantasy Football best bets
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:10
The fifth week of the NFL season starts on Thursday with the Buffalo Bills playing the Cleveland Browns on primetime. In what has been a crazy first quarter of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs, the worst team last season, are undefeated and the New York Giants, the Super Bowl champions of two seasons ago, are winless. Top performers are expected to shine this week, but no one can be too sure with their fantasy picks.
Bye Weeks: Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
Best Bet: Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys
Let’s face it: Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL. In only four games, he’s thrown for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns, completed 75% of his passes, and has yet to throw an interception. The Cowboys have given up 10 passing TDs this season and the secondary’s confidence has taken a hit. Peyton will go off on the Cowboys this week. He could have 5 TDs. Bold, but not unlikely.
Runner Up: Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Coming off a victory against division rival Chicago Bears, the Lions have a chance at the division lead with a victory against the Packers. Stafford has been great with 1,262 yards and 7 TDs. If he and the Lions are serious, they will play hard and not underachieve. With the weapons Stafford has, he should have an easy time picking apart that Packer defense.
Worst Bet: Matt Schuab of the Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers
After throwing two crucial interceptions in a loss against the Seattle Seahawks, Schuab’s confidence had to have taken a hit. Already throwing 6 interceptions, half of them returned for touchdowns, Schuab is in danger facing a good 49ers defense. A 3 INT game is not out of the question.
Best Bet: Lesean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
McCoy leads all running backs with 468 yards this season. In an offense that has been inconsistent, McCoy has been the consistently fast, productive running back they need. McCoy could have his best game yet against the winless Giants, whose defensive line is terrible. He could have a 200+ yard game with a couple of touchdowns to go with is.
Runner Up: Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans
The 49ers seemed to have gotten back into their running game with Frank Gore going off on the St. Louis Rams defense. Houston’s defense has been pretty good, but the Seahawks exploited them. Gore seems to have found his stride when the Texans grew tired. The 49ers should win this week, with Gore making a big difference.
Worst Bet: DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Williams has had a pretty good season with 291 rushing yards in three games (the Panthers had their bye week last week), but he still has yet to score a touchdown. This week he goes against the Cardinals have allowed an average only 75 yards a game, through four games. They have also given up only 1 rushing touchdown. He should not have a great game.
Best Bet: Victor Cruz of the New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Cruz is the best player on that Giants offense. On an underachieving, turnover prone team, he has been shining with 425 passing yards with 4 touchdowns. Can the Giants finally get their first win this week? They should. The Eagles defense is awful and their offense has been inconsistent. A shining performance by Cruz should help them win for the first time this season.
Runner Up: Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys
Welker leads all receivers with 6 TDs this season. Even though Welker has this total, he only has 266 reception yards. It’s not his fault; his QB has a lot of different targets to throw to. However, against the Cowboys, Welker could have a 100 yard game with multiple scores. Then again, he could have only a 50 yard game, and it would not be his fault.
Worst Bet: Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
With a top target in Mike Wallace and a hard opponent in Baltimore, Brian Hartline probably will not have a great game. The Ravens defense is going to sack QB Ryan Tannehill, which means he is not going to throw as much as he should. Hartline is going to have a bad game, then again so could all of the Dolphins.
Best Bet: Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
Jordan Cameron is a star. With 360 yards and 5 TDs, and a resurgence coming from QB Brian Hoyer, the Browns can be the surprise team of the NFL. Cameron is going to be the best receiver for the Browns this season, and probably for many years to come.
Worst Bet: Zach Miller of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Seahawks offense runs on Russell Wilson’s ability to run the football as well as pass it. Miller is not going to have a great game. The Colts are going to try to stop Wilson from running the ball to spread the offense for them.