Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay
Not to be confused with that guy that plays quarterback for the same team, Richard Rodgers won’t do much for you in the way of yards or in PPR leagues, but he has scored twice in four games and is on a pass-heavy offense.
Since Jermichael Finley was injured a couple of years ago, there has been a lack of identity at the tight end position – an odd situation considering the nature of Mike McCarthy’s offense. Andrew Quarless is out for the season, and that pretty much leaves Rodgers alone to start.
The Green Bay offense is clicking right now and is due for a bounce back week after a stunningly mediocre showing against San Francisco. Balls will be flying (sophomoric chuckle), and expect Richie Rodgers to be in the mix.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland
The Browns’ rookie running back is coming off a game where he was average in the running game at best, but he did amass 9 catches, which is likely going to be a continuing trend. Why?
Well when you have an average quarterback, his favorite play is the check down. McCown is only able to shine on shorter passes, which may wind up being Johnson’s bread and butter. Baltimore’s defense has been good against the pass overall, but guarding a runner out of the backfield may not be so easy.
Look for Johnson to carry the Cleveland offense.
Boobie Dixon, RB, Buffalo
Given that I’m such a fucking child, the fact that I have the opportunity to write about a grown man called Boobie just brings me to hysterical tears. Naturally, it only seems right that he should land with the Buffalo Bills, whom I’ve been laughing at for a long time (and I grew up in Cincinnati).
The Bills are injury depleted at the running back position following the concussion to Karlos Williams (currently questionable) and the lingering injury to Shady McCoy. Enter sixth-year man (yeah, lol he’s a fucking 6-year veteran) Dixon who is likely to see a lot of action against a questionable Tennessee defense.
Need a cherry on top? Tyrod Taylor was awful last week. I see the running game being heavily featured in Week 5.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego
Gates has had a long and successful career in the NFL with the Chargers, but his 4-game suspension has put somewhat of a damper on that. Expect that to be motivation for the 13-year vet.
Ladarius Green has filled in admirably, but he is not Antonio Gates – a man with over 10,000 yards receiving out of the tight end position and a man who has amassed 99 touchdowns whilst fumbling only 6 times.
99 touchdowns? You can call no. 100 a #DunnDeal this weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed Rob Gronkowski go crazy in Week 1, and that’s not to compare Gates to Gronk at this point in his career. But Gates has plenty of juice left in the tank, so Gates is a must-start this weekend.
Reach of the week – Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee
If you are okay with starting a Tennessee Titan, then you’re team is most likely 0-4 at this point and you may be out of it anyway. However, when the Tennessee Titans last played football in Week 3, Andrews was the one receiving the majority of the carries for Ken Whisenhunt.
Why is he a reach? Well, it should be obvious unless you’re a fantasy retard. For one, it’s always risky to start a player who came out of nowhere and had one good game. But, the Titans get the Buffalo Bills this weekend, which will provide a tough wall for Andrews.
Proceed with caution, but if you’re out of options, Andrews is worth a look.
Don’t Fucking Dares
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee
It appears that all hope has been lost for Sankey. He ultimately was replaced a couple of weeks ago for Antonio Andrews, as I noted above.
Will Sankey continue to see offensive snaps? That remains to be seen, but for the few dumb shits out there that thought he would break out this season, go ahead and let that ship sail.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland
Playing against Baltimore is not a good matchup for the aging McCown, who is coming off a solid performance in Week 4.
I certainly have gathered how McCown has looked since he replaced Manziel – he’s putting up solid stats, but as I have said about McCown and other players before, all players will eventually play to their playing card.
Baltimore is going to give the Browns’ passing game fits and I foresee this being one of those weeks where McCown falls flat. And those are the types of things that turns one into a journeyman quarterback.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia
“Sam Bradford is airing it out, and fantasy owners should take notice.” That was a real article written by KC Joyner of ESPN – I’ve sent our FMF investigators out to find out if Joyner has Aspergers, Downs, or if he’s just plain stupid.
Don’t let one good fantasy game make you believe that the Philadelphia offense is going to get any better this season. He has an entire cast of unproven commodities, not mention he himself is one, and it is no mistake that the Eagles cannot move the football.
Admittedly, the Eagles have a favorable matchup against the Saints this weekend, but I still look for them to struggle. Steer clear of inept quarterbacks.
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay
Given the Tampa Bay running game over the last couple of seasons, I would advise all fantasy owners to steer clear of them entirely. But, pathetically, Doug Martin is the class of the backfield.
Sims may trick fantasy owners into scooping him up this weekend after back-to-back weeks with a touchdown and getting increased looks in the offense. Don’t be fooled – the Bucs’ offense is a long way from having any fantasy starters on that team not named Mike Evans.
The Muscle Hamster will still continue to get the majority of the offensive looks, and starting Sims is more than likely going to result in epic Tampa Bay-style disappointment.
Potential to be a “Do” next week – CJ Spiller, RB, New Orleans
Could Spiller be a starter this week? If your team is that shitty, go for it. But take it from the guy who is currently 10-2 between his 3 fantasy leagues – don’t let one play trick you into starting someone.
We will wait to see how Spiller performs this week. He’s about as inconsistent a player as you’ll find so he is always going to be a risk.