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Fantasy Football 2013: Jets at Falcons Week 5 Preview

New York Jets (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-3)

Monday, October 7, 8:40 PM (ET)

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The Week 5 edition of “Monday Night Football” will feature some interesting storylines, and they’re not at all what we expected coming into the season. The New York Jets will be heading to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, and both teams have something to prove to the nationally-televised audience in this one. The Jets (2-2) are coming off a mistake-filled blowout at the hands of the Titans, and the Falcons (1-3) need this to be a statement game as they try to get their season headed in the right direction.
There will be plenty of fantasy considerations out on the field as we close the week out with this game, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and what they’ll likely bring to your roster.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: Smith is coming off a tough week. He gifted the Titans 28 points with his four turnovers (two picks and two fumbles), spelling doom for any chances the Jets had at staying competitive in Week 4. He comes into a reasonably good matchup against the Falcons defense, but with his beat-up receiving corps, things don’t look so good. That said, Smith may be viable as a deep-league play for those with QBs on bye weeks (such as RG3) due to his scrambling ability.

Fantasy Football 2013: Jets at Falcons Week 5 Preview

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Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Fantasy-wise, Ryan has posted some pretty good lines so far this year. The problem is, he hasn’t been great, which is what most owners were expecting when they drafted him. Ryan has yet to throw more than two touchdown passes in a game, and he has a pick in all but one outing so far. That may change on Monday, as he’ll see a Jets pass defense that’s proven vulnerable in the secondary. If his line can fend off the pass rush, Ryan should thrive.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: The Jets backfield has taken several twists and turns to arrive at its current state. New Jet Chris Ivory was expected to be the bell-cow back, but he’s run into some injury issues. That leaves things up to Powell, who has been hit-and-miss thus far. He’s posted 100-plus total yards in the last two games, though he was near ineffective in the second half of the Titans loss. The Jets may bust out Mike Goodson--fresh off a suspension--from time to time, but Powell will see the majority of the load in Atlanta. He’s a solid fantasy play.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons: With starting RB Steven Jackson sidelined with a thigh injury, Rodgers has had to carry the load in the running game over the past couple of weeks. The results have been decent, but likely not what owners expected. He posted 85 total yards against the Patriots, but has yet to find the end zone. Jackson is likely to be out for another week or two, so Rodgers is pretty much it for now. He’s a low-level flex play.

Kellen Winslow, TE, New York Jets: Winslow remains the only Jets receiver worth talking about, as Santonio Holmes is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Stephen Hill is nursing a concussion. That said, Winslow’s not the greatest fantasy option out there, as he’s had two good weeks and two complete stinkers so far. Due to a complete lack of a better option, he may come out of this one with a decent line, but don’t get your hopes up.

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With fellow WR Roddy White banged up (and not producing) so far, Jones remains the lone member of the Falcons’ dynamic duo. He’s been delivering statistically, posting double-digit fantasy points in all four games this season. Jones is a no-duh start every week, and with White ineffective, he’ll continue to get work.

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