The Fantasy Football Lineup: Week Five Edition

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It’s one-third through the NFL season, and last week, familiar faces topped the list in fantasy production.

The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints squared off in a game that pitted two of the game’s best in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

Both quarterbacks went toe-for-toe with one another, putting up 27 and 29 fantasy points, respectively.

Meanwhile, thanks to the Patriots 45-point second half explosion, Tom Brady topped all players with 31 fantasy points.

However, none of these players should be expected to top the list for this week.

QB – Philip Rivers 

Rivers hasn’t really been himself for nearly two seasons.  Before his slump, he was one of the more reliable fantasy starting QBs.  What happened with that?  His Chargers are facing the defensively-challenged Saints, where opposing QBs Rodgers, Cam Newton, and Robert Griffin III have all had big games against.  Expect the Rivers of old to appear.

RB – Adrian Peterson

Peterson rushed for 100 yards for the first time last week.  The Titans allow 128.8 rushing yards a game.  Expect ‘All Day’ to explode.

RB – Marshawn Lynch

Lynch has arguably been the most consistent running back, so far.  The Panthers defense have been anemic across the board.  They can score, so in order to go toe-to-toe with them offensively, the Seahawks will need Lynch to shoulder the load, per usual.

WR – A.J. Green

This is sounding quite repetitive, but the duo of he and Andy Dalton is getting stronger every week.  The Dolphins are another defense that’s weak against the pass.  That means another torched secondary.

WR – Julio Jones

Jones hasn’t quite lived up to the ‘fantasy’ of fantasy owners.  After Roddy White had a monster game against the Panthers – and he, himself, only catching one ball – Matt Ryan will be certain that it’s Jones’ turn to have a breakout game.

TE – Antonio Gates

Gates has to be the most disappointing player, as far as tight ends go.  Now granted, he has been hampered with injuries.  With the Chargers facing the Saints, this is a perfect opportunity for him to catch his first touchdown of the season.

Flex – Roddy White

Because the Redskins secondary is so horrid, both he and Jones will have standout games.  Ryan will be spreading the ball around, effectively.

D/ST – Houston Texans

The Texans are facing the Jets on Monday Night Football.  The Texans are the second highest scoring fantasy defense.  The Texans have allowed more than 20 points just one time in four games.  The Jets have an abysmal offense.  What more needs to be said?

K – David Akers

Akers is the perfect fantasy kicker.  He’s on a team where the quarterback does just enough to put his team in scoring range.  He’ll get plenty of work against an inconsistent Bills defense.

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