Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Key Matchups
Fantasy Football Week 5: Matchup Plays and Sleepers
October 2, 2013
Every Wednesday during the fantasy football season, we take a look at the upcoming schedule and pick out a few waiver-wire-level players who have promising matchups on the way. We’ve selected a few such matchup plays this morning, so let’s get right to it and examine the trends that could lead to a big--and unexpected--fantasy day.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns: We’ve been pretty high on Hoyer over the past couple of weeks, and it’s pretty easy to see why. He’s posted 590 yards passing and five touchdowns in his two starts since Brandon Weeden went down with a thumb injury, and even though Weeden is now completely healthy, the Browns are riding the hot hand and sticking with Hoyer at QB. He gets the Thursday night game against Buffalo this week, and though the Bills secondary is decent, they’re beat up and not playing their best right now.
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Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills: Let’s stick with the Browns-Bills matchup and look at Woods. We like him as a shrewd low-level play this week, so let us explain why. He’s developing some nice chemistry with QB and fellow rookie E.J. Manuel, resulting in 201 yards and two touchdowns through the first four games. With No. 1 Bills receiver Steve Johnson blanketed by elite Cleveland CB Joe Haden in this one, Woods may be able to find some extra room as a second option. Give him a spin as a deep flex.
Jonathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers: With the Packers coming off a bye, Franklin isn’t getting as much attention as he otherwise would be. He’s part of a banged-up Green Bay backfield but is likely the healthiest of the bunch right now. Franklin is also coming off a nice game: 103 yards and a score against Cincinnati. As an added bonus, he’ll see the Lions this week. Detroit’s rush defense has been absolutely gashed by opposing RBs this year. Franklin could have a big day, even though the Packers aren’t exactly known for running the football.
Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers: Need a bye-week replacement kicker--or even a replacement for the rest of the season? Look no further than Novak. He’s 8-for-9 on field goals thus far, and a perfect 5-for-5 on those in the 40-49-yard range. Thanks to a San Diego offense that’s found some new life this year, he’s also racked up 12 extra points. Novak and the gang will take on the Raiders Sunday, and he’s likely the only waiver-wire-level kicker who will produce double-digit fantasy points.
St. Louis Rams Defense: We’ll be the first to admit: we expected a whole lot more out of the Rams defense this year. So far they’ve been pretty ineffective, but to be fair they are working with some injuries and the offense hasn’t done much to help them out.
That said, the St. Louis D will get the cure for what ails them when the lowly Jaguars come to town, and regardless of the first four weeks, we absolutely love that matchup. They’re your go-to bye-week D.
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