Fantasy Football 2015: Steelers at Chargers Week 5 Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Monday, October 12, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Finishing out the Week 5 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a cross-country clash between the Steelers and the Chargers. Pittsburgh (2-2) is coming off an overtime loss to the Ravens on “Thursday Night Football,” while San Diego (2-2) edged out the Browns in Week 4.
There will be lots of notable fantasy players out on the field for this one, so let’s check out a few of the key names so we can figure out what might be occurring on our rosters.
Michael Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Vick was thrown into the proverbial fire during Week 4, taking over for No. 1 QB Ben Roethlisberger on a short week against a tough divisional rival. He’d end up with 124 yards and a touchdown through the air with 33 more on the ground.
It was evident that Vick’s receivers weren’t used to a left-handed quarterback, but that should change with all the extra practice reps. Vick still isn’t an advisable fantasy start unless you’re desperate, though.
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Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers had a nice fantasy outing in Week 4, posting a 23-of-38 line for 358 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a reassuring performance for Rivers owners who were still reeling from his one-TD, one-pick effort against the Vikings. We’d put him somewhere in the mid-level among fantasy QB starters this week.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell played well in Week 4, delighting all those owners who picked him first overall in their fantasy drafts. He finished with 129 yards and a score on 22 carries with 21 more on seven grabs.
Bell now has touchdowns in both his games so far this year, and is obviously a no-duh start in every fantasy league imaginable.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Wise (or desperate) fantasy owners who started Woodhead in Week 4 got a nice line out of him. He posted 54 yards on eight carries and another 84 on four receptions against Cleveland.
It was a solid day for the dual-threat RB, who always seems to make the most out of relatively minimal touches. He’s firmly in the flex conversation for Week 5.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Most owners expected a downturn in Brown’s numbers with Vick at the helm, and that’s exactly what happened in Week 4. Brown logged five receptions for 42 yards in a very pedestrian statistical performance.
It was Brown’s first single-digit performance of the year, which is understandable considering the QB change. We’d imagine his chemistry with Vick will improve this week.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Allen followed up his big Week 3 with another fine outing against the Browns, totaling four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Allen has now accounted for 205 yards and three touchdowns on 16 catches over the past two weeks, so he’s definitely hot. He’s a starting candidate in most fantasy formats.
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