Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 10/6/12

 

Love/Hate for Week 5:

 QB:

 Love- Ok I get it, picking Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan may seem like a cop out, but I can’t help it. Matt Ryan has really turned it on this season, going from a mid Tier 2 QB to a full-blown elite Tier 1 QB.  In the vast majority of fantasy leagues, Ryan is among the top three QBs in scoring. He has 11 TDs so far and he’s averaging close to 300 yards a game passing. Add this to the fact that he’s going up against the second worst pass defense in the league (Redskins), and you have another star performance out of Matty Ice. I think Roddy White said it best in reference to the Falcons’ offense, during an interview with Michael Irvin this season: “Pick your poison, because we gon’ kill you either way”.

 Hate- This week’s hate goes to the, thus far, unimpressive Peyton Manning. Let’s face facts here, the Broncos have yet to live up to the preseason hype, standing at 2-2 this season. Regardless of a 37-6 victory over the Raiders last week, I’m still not impressed; the Raiders have an awful defense that still hasn’t fully recovered after the loss of CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Manning is facing an arguably improved Patriots Defense, and his archrival, Tom Brady. Brady leads the rivalry 8-4 and as I eluded to earlier, this isn’t the same Manning as we’ve seen in the past. Although the Broncos do have a solid defense, Brady can’t be stopped. If a shootout occurs, Manning and the Broncos offense will fall far behind.

 RB:

 Love- What isn’t wrong with the Chiefs’ Defense, besides Eric Berry? Expect Ray Rice to crush this defense on Sunday, both rushing and receiving the ball. Obviously Rice is one of the best backs in the league period, but he’s also a great receiving back, so the Chiefs will have an extremely hard time trying to stop whatever attack he brings. This is a team that’s allowing an average of 34 PPG, so expect Rice to get in on that action on the ground and through the air.

 Hate- One-dimensional offenses stand zero chance against top-ranked, veteran defenses. Such is the case this week as the Jags take on the Bears. Maurice Jones-Drew cannot do it all by himself, regardless of how much the Jags might need him to do so. The Bears will apply pressure early and often, frazzling Blaine Gabbert and forcing him to go to his only sure thing: MJD. If this is something I can predict, I’m sure the Bears Defense can do the same.  I love MJD in this league, but I hate him this week- save him for another day. 

WR:

Love- Andre Johnson has gotten off to a fairly slow start (besides his one 60yd TD reception), but expect him to pick it up against a banged up Jets Secondary. The Jets defense has a decent run defense and although there's only so much pressure a team can put on Arian Foster, it may be enough to get Johnson some extra targets. A few one on one deep shots against Antonio Cromartie should favor Johnson well, Schaub just needs to be persistent in his attempts.

Hate- With Jamaal Charles really heating up and the Ravens' Defense firing on all cylinders, it's easy to see why I would hate Dwayne Bowe this week. This is something I'm really not too happy with as he's my WR2, but it happens. Bowe has proven himself to be the best receiver on the Chiefs' offense, as well as Cassel's favorite target. However,with consecutive lack luster performances, Brady Quinn is looming heavily over Cassel's shoulder. This could potentially change everything for Bowe (although it really shouldn't)...proceed through this game, and the rest of the season, with precaution.

TE:

Love- We go back to the very game we just left: Ravens vs. Chiefs. Dennis Pitta has proven to be a solid target for Joe Flacco thus far. Also, despite a top run game, Flacco does seem to be throwing more often and spreading the ball more, as he should with that strong of an arm. Unless the Chiefs are willing to put Eric Berry on Pitta (as they did with him against Antonio Gates), expect solid yardage and a few end zone looks, with at least one TD, from Pitta.

Hate- Slowly but surely, the defense of the Eagles is improving every week. Combine this with the return of Rashard Mendenhall this week and you have my personal hate: Heath Miller. Big Ben has given Heath plenty of targets and even a couple TDs, but the Eagles will have no problem stopping that this week with the help of Demeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Also, as mentioned, Mendenhall comes back this week. I'm not saying he's going to be a huge part of the offense this week, I'm just saying that working him in will take away some throwing attempts from Big Ben, and subsequently, targets from Miller.

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