This week is sure to be interesting, with the return of Tom Brady and other great players who were suspended for the first 4 games of the season. We’ll also see if Odell Beckham can finally have his breakout game against a weak Green Bay secondary. Week 5 is going to be a fun one, so let’s get into the picks.
QB: Eli Manning ($7,700), Aaron Rodgers ($9,100)
Player(s) you can stack him with: Odell Beckham ($8,500), Jordy Nelson ($8,400), Sterling Shepard ($6,900), Randall Cobb ($7,100)
This game has shootout potential, which, obviously, will result in a lot of points, especially for Odell Beckham Jr. Aside from having zero TD’s, OBJ is on the same path he was on through the first quarter of his phenomenal year in 2015. Week 5 was his spark plug of sorts last year- he put up 21.9 FD Points, and only had two games the rest of the season without a TD. Rodgers seems to be boom-or-bust on prime-time, so be cautious with him as well as Jordy Nelson.
QB: Andrew Luck ($8,600)
Player(s) you can stack him with: TY Hilton ($7,800), Phillip Dorsett ($6,800)
This may be popular, but it’s popular for a reason. Luck is great with his deep ball, and Hilton and Dorsett know how to get open down the field, and it won’t be difficult against the depleted Bears secondary. This is a great stack, especially for 50/50s.
Who to Fade
Julio Jones ($8,900)
I know he just had one of the best games any WR has ever had, but I’m completely out on Julio Jones this week. His Falcons are going to Mile High this week to face the “No Fly Zone” in Denver. If you aren’t aware, they have not one, but two elite Cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. While he is great, I don’t think he’ll be great this week.
Anybody on the Houston Texans
Yes, this section is usually meant for single players, but I refuse to play anybody against the Vikings until further notice. So Brock Osweiler, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Lamar Miller are all no-go’s for me.
Don’t Sleep on These Guys
DeMarco Murray ($8,400)
DeMarco is playing like he’s back in Dallas and only a small amount of people are recognizing him. And he’ll be even less-owned than usual since LeVeon Bell is back, priced at just $200 extra. He’ll have an opportunity to have a huge game against a Dolphins defense that is lacking talent.
Zach Ertz ($5,600)
Coming off of an injury, Ertz should be happy to have his comeback game taking place in the Tight End heaven that is Detroit, Michigan against the Lions. He’s a great player who I’ll be recommending a lot this year more likely than not.
Kyle Rudolph ($5,500)
If for whatever reason you don’t like Ertz this week, you have an option just as good for $100 cheaper. Rudolph has been fantastic for Minnesota, thanks to Sam Bradford’s love of throwing to the TE’s. He seems to be a lock for at least 11 or 12 points, possibly more.
As always, I will leave you with a list of players who I also like a lot this week.
Tom Brady/Julian Edelman
Brian Hoyer/Alshon Jeffery
Carson Wentz/Jordan Matthews
Joe Flacco/Steve Smith/Mike Wallace