What We Were Right About; Where We Went Wrong
The bizarro world of the NFL continues, as guys like Danny Amendola, Brandon Lloyd, Roy Williams and Anthony Armstrong freaking lit up the stat column in Week 5. Even Brandon Jackson — who was all but written off by fantasy owners a couple weeks ago, put up 140 total yards on 15 touches. Meanwhile, Michael Turner, who scored a total of 27 TDs in 2008 and 2009, has seen the end zone only once through five games. Point being, it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to make sense of things. But, despite some of these conundrums, I’ve still been able to make some fairly accurate predictions to help fantasy owners each week, and did okay even in crazy Week 5.
We Were Right About -
Aaron Kampman, Jaguars DE - The veteran was due for a big week, and had a great matchup against Buffalo. After recording six total tackles and 1.5 sacks, he’s safe to keep in lineups moving forward, and has an interesting matchup against Tennessee on Monday night in Week 6.
Mike Williams, Buccaneers WR - The rookie fourth rounder from Syracuse continues to have a solid first season, as he lit up the Bengals’ secondary for seven catches, 99 yards and a score in Week 5. I had told owners that he’d be a great WR3 start this week. Consider him a seasonal gem and a dynasty stud moving forward.
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers QB - Like Williams, I told owners that Freeman would be a decent play in Week 5. It’s starting to look like the second year former first rounder could be the real deal. He led the Bucs to a last minute win against the Bengals, completing 20 of 33 passes for 280 yards and a score. The 6'5" gunner is also very mobile and a threat to run. Consider him a great QB2 in deep leagues.
LaRon Landry, Redskins SS - I didn’t think the Redskins-Packers game would yield much offense, and I was right, but I did say that the IDPs would post huge stats — especially Landry, Brian Orakpo and Clay Matthews. Landry recorded 10 solo tackles, three assists, forced a fumble and had an amazing interception in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal. Landry is a top DB option moving forward.
Brian Orakpo, Redskins OLB - Orakpo had a coming out party in Week 5, sacking Aaron Rodgers twice. The Skins have the Colts in Week 6, so you may want to sit Orakpo next week, but he should be in lineups after that.
Clay Matthews, Packers OLB - Matthews racked up 1.5 sacks against Donovan McNabb, and will be part of a defensive unit that will be relied upon heavily moving forward with Aaron Rodgers suffering from a concussion and Jermichael Finley nursing what some have called a torn hamstring suffered in Week 5.
Eli Manning, Giants QB - I told owners that Eli would be a stud in Week 5 against a weak Texans defense, and he had one of his best games of the season, throwing for 297 yards and three scores.
Hakeem Nicks, Giants WR - Two of Manning’s scores went to Nicks, the second-year wonder, who caught 12 balls for 130 yards, after being tabbed a must-start by yours truly on Friday. After what Nicks has shown thus far, I’d recommend just leaving him in your lineup all year.
Kenny Britt, Titans WR - While Nicks is getting more attention playing in New York, Britt is another second year pass catcher who is quietly making a name for himself. After four catches for 84 yards and a score in Week 5 at Dallas, he has made a trip to the end zone in each of his last three games. With Justin Gage out, Britt is the top option in the Titans passing game, and has a great matchup in Week 6 against Jacksonville.
We Were Wrong About -
Fred Jackson, Bills RB - I thought Jackson would be a phenomenal flex start in Week 5, and I guess he wasn’t bad, racking up 73 yards on 12 carries, but only one catch for minus-seven yards puts him in the “wrong about” category.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs WR - I thought Bowe would have a serious shot at torturing the Colts’ secondary, but this game was a low-scoring affair, and he managed only two catches for 33 yards.
Tim Hightower, Cardinals RB - It seemed likely that Max Hall would struggle against the Saints’ defense, leaving Hightower as a strong PPR guy who could benefit from multiple check downs. Hall held his own, however, and Hightower was left without a catch. With only four carries for six yards, owners cannot trust him moving forward.