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Fantasy Football 2013: Bills at Browns Week 5 Preview

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-2)

Thursday, October 3, 8:25 PM (ET)

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It’s Monday, and even though the NFL’s Week 4 hasn’t officially wrapped up just yet, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 5. Things will kick off on Thursday with a pretty evenly-matched pair of teams in the Bills and the Browns. Buffalo (2-2) is coming off a big (and unexpected) win against the reeling Ravens. Meanwhile, Cleveland (2-2) is coming off a big (and equally unexpected) victory against the Bengals.
As usual, there will be some potent fantasy considerations in this one, which could serve to get your team’s game started off on the right foot--or with one foot in the hole. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names who will be taking the field in this one and see what we should be expecting from our rosters.

E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: Manuel got a few fill-in starts in deeper leagues during Week 4, and he responded with a pretty messy game. He went 10-for-22 for 167 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against the Ravens, but the important thing is that he got the win. Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter in fantasy. There are a handful of better options out there as opposed to using Manuel on Thursday, so leave him for an emergency situation.

Fantasy Football 2013: Bills at Browns Week 5 Preview

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Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: We had Hoyer on our sleeper radar this past week, and he didn’t disappoint. After tossing a trio of interceptions in Week 3, he finished 25-for-38 for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no picks against Cincinnati. Hoyer is now a bye-week consideration for Thursday, just make sure the Browns don’t do something crazy and give the 0-2 Brandon Weeden his starting job back.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Spiller isn’t as attractive a fantasy option as he once was. He got lots of work in Week 4--23 carries for 77 yards--but didn’t record a catch and hasn’t found the end zone yet this season. To make matters worse, he also injured his ankle but was able to return. Spiller still borders on must-start territory, and he’ll eventually put up some great numbers. Get used to the presence of Fred Jackson, though. He’s not going anywhere.

Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns: Here’s the good news on McGahee: his numbers are continuing to get better. The bad news is that he’s still not in the usable fantasy territory just yet. He posted 46 yards on 15 carries in Week 4, which is better than his debut but still not anything worthwhile. McGahee is a deep-league play on Thursday, but don’t expect a whole lot out of him. That may change eventually, though, so keep him in mind.

Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: We’ve been pretty high on Johnson this year, and he’s responded with a trio of good fantasy weeks. He laid an egg in Week 4, however, and burned many owners in the process. The flashy WR posted just one catch for minus-1 yard, an ugly stat-line following his solid 86-yard effort in Week 3. We feel like Johnson will bounce back in this one, though, so don’t hesitate to use him as a WR3 or flex.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: The breakout TE of the year so far has been Cameron, and fantasy owners are reaping the benefits of his monster lines. He posted an awesome 10 catches for 91 yards and a score against the Bengals, which was a nice follow-up to his three-TD Week 3. Cameron is bound to have a hiccup game at some point, but that’s not something you should concern yourself with if you’re an owner. Keep riding this TE train as long as you can.

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