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Fantasy Football Advice: ‘Gettin It In’, Week 5

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em.

Each week, we scour the Internet looking for the best prognostications for season-long Fantasy Football success. This week we take a condensed look at Rotoworld’s advice for Week 5 in the “league where they play for pay.” The picks are courtesy of Nick Mensio. Make sure to head over to Rotoworld for the full start’em or sit’em column.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis (Patriots) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Nick points out, “He’s been a PPR machine for New England and is even returning value in standard formats. The Patriots have the highest team total of Week 5 at 29 points. Dallas has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including the fourth-most catches for the second-most yards to the position.”

Our Take:

Here’s hoping you’re right Nick. FTS picked up Lewis off the waiver wire in Week 3 and he’s been the team’s only consistent back. Honestly, we’d prefer if both teams lost, but let’s hope Lewis scores three TDs.

Other Options:

If you can’t pickup Dion Lewis, there are four other running backs to consider this week. They are T.J Yeldon (Jaguars) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, C.J. Spiller (Saints) at the Philadelphia Eagles, Alfred Morris (Washington) at the Falcons, and Justin Forsett (Ravens) at the Browns.

Wide Receivers

Kamar Aiken (Ravens) vs. the Browns

Coming into the year, pass coverage was viewed as the strength of the Browns’ defense. To this point, the Browns haven’t able to stop the run or pass. They’re allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to receivers. Aiken can be plucked off the wire and plugged in as a WR3 immediately. Steve Smith Sr. (back) isn’t going to play Sunday, leaving Aiken as the default No. 1 receiver. Aiken has been in on 81.3 percent of the snaps the past two games and figures to pace Baltimore in targets Sunday.

Our Take:

We never heard of Kamar Aiken and as much as Smith Sr. has been a consistent fantasy receiver this year, we are always leery of Ravens wideouts. We’ve had Torrey Smith on our teams in the past and the Ravens passing game isn’t explosive or consistent as we need them to be. Buyer beware.

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Other Options:

Aiken should be available on the waiver league of your league, but if not, try to pick up Travis Benjamin (Browns) at the Ravens, Kendall Wright (Titans) at the Bills, Willie Snead (Saints) at the Eagles, or Allen Robinson (Jaguars) at Tampa Bay.


Philip Rivers (Chargers) vs. the Steelers

Rivers is coming off his best game of the season, a 358-yard, three TD performance against the Browns. The Steelers are another leaky AFC North defense. They have tightened their defense a bit since Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick went off against them in Weeks 1 and 2, but Pittsburgh’s secondary remains suspect. Rivers will be without receivers Malcolm Floyd or Stevie Johnson in the game, but TE Antonio Gates returns.

Our Take:

In the spirit of full transparency, Rivers is FTS’ QB1, so let’s hope he has his second great week in a row. Rotoworld’s other QB alternatives for the week are Eli Manning (Giants) vs. the 49ers, Sam Bradford (Eagles) against the Saints, Marcus Mariota (Titans) versus the Bills, or Alex Smith (Chiefs) against the Bears.


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