In week 4 we saw some of the elite running backs bounce back in a big way while others continued to struggle. Plenty more injuries to affect your fantasy starting lineup to consider in week 5 along with key match-ups both good and bad. We'll also make a bold prediction for week 5 that involves two teams from the horrific NFC East.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Insights & Analysis
PSD Staff | Oct 4
11:40pm EST | Oct 03
06:50am EST | Oct 03
09:18am EST | Oct 02
Peterson & Foster Bounce Back
We were privileged to watch Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster get back to doing what they do best with two explosive performances in week 4. Peterson had 23 rushes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns, eclipsing 100 yards in a game for only the second time. Foster had his best game of the season against the tough Seahawks defense with 27 rushes for 102 yards along with 69 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.
This is what we should be expecting from these top tier running backs, regardless of their match-ups. Peterson will do everything he can to help his team win which means plenty of touches while Foster has no fears of losing his spot to Ben Tate unless a serious injury occurs. All is right in the world once again.
09:17am EST | Oct 02
Struggles Continue for Others
CJ Spiller, Chris Johnson, Darren “McInjury” McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew all kept their place on the “why did I draft them list”. Some have lingering injury issues that are greatly affecting their fantasy output, while others are healthy and not performing. Spiller has been the biggest disappointment this season with Fred Jackson outscoring him each week so far, even with Jackson having knee issues.
Seeing Darren McFadden on the injury should be no surprise to anyone, so if you’re upset, there is no one to blame but the person who drafted him (you). He has never played more than 13 games in a season (12 in 2012 and only 7 in 2011). Marcel Reese is also hurt, so grab Rashad Jennings if you can.
As for the rest on this list, they have little value in the trade market right now due to their poor play, but you can always try and play off of the "fan" factor. Offer Spiller to Bills fans (if you know any) and see if you can exploit their loyalty to move some deadwood from your team.
09:15am EST | Oct 02
What were you thinking?
That is the question we need to ask Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell of the Baltimore Ravens.
Yes, Ray Rice is hurting, but you still have Bernard Pierce who has shown he can handle plenty of touches punching in a touchdown in each of his last two games. Surely, between the two of them, the Ravens would get the ball in their hands and let them run? No, they decided to pass. A lot.
Rice had 5 rushes for 17 yards and no receptions. Pierce had 4 rushes for 7 yards and 1 catch. Even when the game was close, Caldwell refused to try and run the ball and let Joe Flacco throw all afternoon instead. A week after Bilal Powell lit up the same Buffalo Bills team for 27 rushes and 149 yards. Surely, two competent running backs could do the same.
This is a hard situation to be in as a fantasy owner when the coaching staff fails to use their resources properly. We can assume that things will turn around for Rice who has yet to break 40 yards in a game this season, even if that means getting him involved in the passing game which they like to do.
09:15am EST | Oct 02
Injury Concerns: Week 5
Alfred Morris – Ribs – BYE
Eddie Lacy – Concussion – Questionable
CJ Spiller – Ankle – Questionable
Fred Jackson – Knee – Questionable
Darren McFadden – Hamstring – Questionable
Jamaal Charles – Feet – Questionable
Miles Austin – Hamstring – Questionable
Danny Amendola – Groin – Questionable
Steve Johnson – Hamstring – Questionable
Marques Colston – Foot - Questionable
Terelle Pryor – Concussion – Questionable
Jake Locker – Hip/Knee – Out
09:13am EST | Oct 02
Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys
Yes, we’re stating the obvious, but if a QB like Phillip Rivers can light up the Cowboys secondary with over 400 yards passing, it will be a great day to be the owner of any Broncos receiver with Peyton Manning throwing to them. Manning is having the best start to any season in his tenured career, so this one might get ugly. Look away Cowboys fans, look away.
Phillip Rivers @ Oakland Raiders
He is getting back to his old ways, throwing for over 400 yards twice this season and only throwing two picks in 4 games. The Raiders defense has not looked good at stopping the passing game which means Rivers and Gates should expose them easily and often.
Reggie Bush @ Green Bay
The Packers have let opposing running backs find the holes each week, including the Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard in week 3. Reggie Bush is looking unstoppable when healthy rushing for 139 yards in week 3 against the tough Chicago defense. The bye week rest may not be enough to stop Bush from finding the endzone and 100+ rushing yards at Lambeau Field.
09:12am EST | Oct 02
Reggie Wayne & TY Hilton VS Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are the top ranked fantasy defense against wide receivers this season. Wayne & Hilton will be covered by the defense that has forced multiple turnovers in every game this season. Andrew Luck will face pressure, especially if the Colts are unable to get the run game going. If the Seahawks run away with the game, there could be some garbage time, trying to catch-up points for the receivers, but don’t count on it.
Jay Cutler VS New Orleans Saints
The Saints have proven that Rob Ryan knows how to run a defense. Currently ranked at 3rd against quarterbacks in fantasy, they’ll look to force Cutler into the turnover situations he found himself in last week against Detroit (3 interceptions, 1 fumble). While he did throw 2 touchdowns, we know how susceptible Cutler is to mistakes when pressured.
Chris Johnson VS Kansas City Chiefs
The combination of a solid Chiefs defense with a struggling Chris Johnson who has yet to break 10 fantasy points in any week so far means he will continue his struggles in week 5. Johnson has played so poorly that he is risking losing his spot (or going to a greater timeshare) with Jackie Battle.
09:12am EST | Oct 02
Week 5 Bold Prediction: New York Giants
Eli Manning has two Superbowl rings for one simple reason: he’s good. He may not have showed it in the first 4 weeks of the 2013 regular season going 0-4, but he takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in week 5 who have played poorly defensively week after week. We predict the Giants to turn things around this week and pull out a win against the Eagles. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Brandon Myers should all be involved while David Wilson is still a question mark in the run game. It’s time for Manning to step up and do what the Manning family does best: win.