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Fantasy Football Update: 2013 NFL Week 5 Players to Watch

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 5 Players to Watch

October 5, 2013

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Players to Watch

1. LeGarrette Blount - The New England running back situation has been extremely muddled this season because of the insidious Belichick and attacks by the injury bug.  But there may be some clarity on the horizon, and an old washed up vet may be getting a chance at redemption.  It has been argued by a follow writer on SportsChatPlace, Anthony the European Football guy, that Blount would end up taking over the New England backfield by week 6.  If Blount has a great game this week as the starter (Ridley has been ruled out with a knee injury), it would appear Anthony's prediction will come true.  If you have room on your roster, its time to add Blount because he could become the lead dog in the Patriots' backfield this weekend.

2. Jerome Simpson - Simpson looked great in the Vikings' season opener catching 7 passes for 140 yards.  But this performance was not enough to convince fantasy owners to invest in Simpson, and he showed why as he only caught 5 passes for 78 yards over the Vikings next two games.  So why worry about Simpson now?  The Vikings have a new quarterback for the foreseeable future, Matt Cassel. Cassel and Simpson appeared to have good chemistry in London last week and Simpson had another great performance catching 7 balls on a team high 11 targets for 124 yards with Matt Cassel as his QB.  Simpson is worth monitoring and even rostering because he is looking like Cassel's favorite target and Cassel with be the Viking QB for at least the next 2-3 games.

Fantasy Football Update: 2013 NFL Week 5 Players to Watch

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3. Matt Cassel - Cassel was given the chance to perform for the British audience last week and he did not let those crazy fish and chip eating NFL fans down.  It has now been stated that Ponder has a broken rib near his heart and he should miss at least 3-4 weeks.  The Vikings were 0-3 with Ponder as their QB, and now Cassel has to chance to get the Vikings back to .500.  The Vikings are on a bye this week (which will help Cassel develop a better repoir with the Vikings' receivers) and then they play the Panthers at home and go to New York to face the Giants.  Cassell could very well lead the Vikings to victories in their two upcoming games, and that would make it very hard for Ponder to be renamed the starter.

4. Zac Stacy - The Rams had the worst rushing attack in the NFL through the first quarter of the season, and now they are going to stir the pot.  Zac Stacy, the rookie running back from Vanderbilt, is going to be given the chance to prove he can be an NFL running back.  Stacy had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons for Vanderbilt, and that was not an easy task considering Vanderbilt's status among the toughest conference in college football, the SEC.  If Stacy performs well against the poor ole Jaguars this weekend, he will be the top waiver add next week.

5. Keenan Allen - Allen is a 6'2'' rookie wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, and he is becoming a player that should monitored closely.  The Fantasy Football World is well aware of the the resurgence of Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, but there is one factor about the Chargers' offense that has been overlooked.  None of the San Diego receivers have stepped and played like a #1 receiver.  Eddie Royal exploded onto the seen early, but he has faded as quickly as he appeared.  Vincent Brown was the most hyped, especially since Malcolm Floyd went down with an injury, but Brown has not stepped up as a big time play maker.  Keenan Allen made a great catch last week on a 3rd and 8 play.  It was the type of play a #1 receiver makes.  It's too early to say that Allen will become the top receiver in San Diego this year, but he is well worth watching due to his potential upside.

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