Well, I’d like to put week 5 behind me. Does anyone feel the same as I do? I mentioned staying far away from Pierre Thomas after it looked like Darren Sproles was going to be leading the running game. That was a mistake, as well as putting any kind of doubt on Buffalo’s second-string running back Fred Jackson. The man exploded with two TD’s on the ground, and 93 all-purpose yards. In fact, the only prediction I had right was Ray Rice. Thanks for having my back Ray. Hopefully all my ground-hog predictions this week can back me up as we move on to week 6.
5. DeMarco Murray
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It’s easy for me to side with Murray when he’s going up against a poor Washington defense. You never know what to expect within division rivalries, but the Cowboys just showed they can go the distance pound for pound against the league’s best team in the Denver Broncos. Look for Dallas to give Romo’s arm a rest after his spectacular 5-TD performance. Let Murray do the majority of the work, and show the Redskins who runs the NFC East. Dallas won’t need to rely on the air assault to keep up with the Redskins. In fact, Washington will be the ones who will struggle to keep up. Look for Dallas to control that clock and use Murray lots.
4. Frank Gore
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I lean towards Gore for many of the same reasons I’m high on Murray this week. Arizona doesn’t have the prettiest defense up front, although I love Patrick Patterson in their secondary. They’ll get behind early and have a lot of 3 and outs as they are forced to abandon their running game. After the 49ers get a comfortable lead, they’ll expose the nail for Gore to hammer it home for some big yards and most likely some goal line ‘Finish Him!’ scenarios. I predict a ‘Flawless Victory’ in the form of ‘Bestiality’ as San Fran Gore’s the Cardinals. Excellent.
3. Arian Foster
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Unless Texans’ QB Matt Schaub wants more disgruntled fans knocking on his front door in a rage, he’d be best advised to let Foster help out his team’s cause this week. Luckily, they play a Rams team that’s struggling themselves in several areas. I’m pretty sure Mrs. Schaub doesn’t appreciate unexpected visitors, and has advised her hubby to hand it off to Arian, or its to the couch for Matt. You can’t throw a pick-six if you hand the ball off. The Texans will most likely change their balanced attack into a run-heavy scheme, as it probably gives them the best chance to be relevant in the AFC.
2. Knowshon Moreno
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What a performance for Moreno last week against Dallas. he had 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. He also did work through the air with 5 receptions for 57 yards, making fantasy owners quite pleased. He should be a repeat offender as the Broncos can chalk this one up as a win when the Jaguars come limping into town. Clock management after a big early lead will be Manning’s game, and Moreno will be getting some work done. Just pray that he does very well in the first half, as I anticipate starters being benched early while the 2nd string feasts on the remains of poor Jacksonville. This could be a career day for multiple Broncos’ personnel. This game could get ugly. Parental digression is advised.
1. Adrian Petersen
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How you feeling after that nice week off AP? He goes straight back to my number one spot fresh off of a bye. No traveling or jet lag woes here as the Vikings host the Carolina Panthers. Petersen is averaging 118.3 yards per game, along with 1.5 TD’s. While the Carolina run defense is not bad, it doesn’t matter. The Panthers front line D rookies will have their hands full with the league’s best in Adrian. It’ll be a learning experience. It’s like that Alanis Morsette song: You live, you learn. Welcome back AP. Hope you’re hungry.
I must point out that the Giants are ranked 9th in allowing the most fantasy points to running backs. Forte had a rough week 5, but like most running backs, Forte will rebound off of a less than spectacular performance. He’s one of the more reliable backs in fantasy, and I feel he’ll definitely have a strong comeback against a struggling 0-5 Giants team.
‘Shady’ McCoy heads to Tampa Bay to take on a Bucs team in disarray. If Vick can’t go once again, McCoy will be doing even more work than he already does. He’s one of the more trusted fantasy backs this season, and is considered elite and should always be in your starting lineup barring injury.
You might be hesitant to play Marshawn Lynch against a tough Tennessee defense. Mind you that Lynch has handled business against some of the best defenses in the league, and the Titans aren’t to be left out. You can’t go wrong with starting ‘beast mode’ in Seattle’s run-heavy offense.
The Oakland Raiders weren’t heavily tested in the run game with Jackson in Atlanta still out. Jacquizz Rodgers has done well for fantasy owners in his absence as far as touchdowns go, but the yards aren’t anything to boast about. The Raiders will have some problems dealing with the all-around threat, Jamaal Charles. I’m looking forward to this game, and you should look forward to Charles running all over Oakland.
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