Last week two of my 4 selections were top 5 (ESPN Standard Scoring). Denver topped the list with 16 points and Seattle came in fifth with 11 points. Minnesota also had a solid 7 points, but the Patriots managed only 2 points against Buffalo. Washington, one of my sleeper picks, had 6 points, but I was on the wrong side of the Colts vs Jaguars match-up in London. The Colts put up 2 points, while the Jaguars had 10.
My Top 4 picks for Week 5’s Defenses/Special Teams are below, followed by 2 sleeper picks from teams that could be available on your league’s waiver wire. Following the D/ST, I list five IDP picks for the week at Safety and Corner. Good Luck in week 5!
New England Patriots (@ Cleveland) – The Patriots are coming off of their first loss last week against the Buffalo Bills. In true Patriot form they pushed Jimmy Garoppolo as the starter all week and then made him inactive on Sunday, and started third stringer and rookie Jacoby Brissett who was dealing with a thumb injury. Now a week later Brissett is on IR and the Patriots welcome back Tommy Brady.
Cleveland has played well with Cody Kessler running the team, but the Patriots will be riding high with Brady back and looking to make up for lost time. The Patriots should be up early in this game, and I would look for the defense to score this week.
Philadelphia Eagles (@ Detroit) – Philadelphia is coming off a bye week and had an extra week to prepare for Detroit. Detroit is likely down to their third string running back Zack Zenner. Receiver Marvin Jones did not log a full practice until Friday due to a foot injury, and TE Eric Ebron is out.
The Eagles get back Zach Ertz, Ryan Mathews and Leodis McKelvin this week. I expect the Eagles to focus on Marvin Jones along with putting pressure on Matt Stafford, and Sunday should be another solid outing for the Philadelphia Defense.
Los Angeles Rams (vs Buffalo) – Both teams are on winning streaks coming into this game, and both defenses are legitimate starts this week. I’m going with the Rams because of their front line and the pressure they’ve been putting on opposing Quarterbacks.
Also, Buffalo coach Rex Ryan gave some bulletin board material from a 2014 comment that has resurfaced this week “If it kept him (Sheldon Richardson) out of the Pro Bowl because some guy (Aaron Donald) had X amount of sacks — and that guy can’t hold his jock as a player…” So for what it’s worth Donald has some extra motivation this week.
Note: Keep an eye on the injury status of Robert Quinn and William Hayes.
Carolina Panthers (vs Tampa Bay) – The defending NFC Champs are 1-3, but I think they will have a bounce back game this Monday night at home against Tampa. Tampa is also 1-3, and has struggled without running back Doug Martin. Cam Newton is questionable coming off of last week’s concussion, but he should play. I like Carolina’s Defense this week to continue to make things hard for Quarterback Jameis Winston. Mike Evans has been the sole play maker on the Tampa offense, and that won’t be enough.
Dallas Cowboys (sleeper play) – The Bengals could also be a good play this week. I like Dallas because Quarterback Dak Prescott has been impressive thus far and has prevented Dallas’ drives from stalling. Even without wide receiver Dez Bryant, Prescott was able to move the ball around effectively to different receivers to keep drives alive against San Francisco last week. Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot is getting better and more confident each week. This is keeping the defense fresh. Also, this week marks the return of Demarcus Lawrence from a four game suspension to start the season. Lawrence, if active, could provide a spark to Dallas’ pass rush. I’d expect his snaps to be limited this week. But even with limited snaps he is Dallas’ best pass rusher going against a Cincinnati team that has given up 13 Sacks this season.
Green Bay Packers (sleeper play) – Green Bay is coming off of a bye week and facing the New York Giants in Green Bay. The Packers have lacked big plays on defense so far this season, but face a Giants team that struggled the last two weeks. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham’s problems controlling his emotions and generating penalties have been a distraction. Things could be lining up for a good defensive performance from the Packers.
Safety and Corner Starts
Karl Joseph (OAK) – Karl Joseph has had an impressive start to his rookie season. This week he faces Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon and could have his best game yet.
Barry Church (DAL) – Church is at home against Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard and the rest of the Bengals offense. The Bengals normally produce yards, win or lose, so this presents a good matchup for Church.
T.J. Ward (DEN) – Ward will welcome Julio Jones and Matt Ryan to Denver. He will be busy this week with the Atlanta receivers and running backs Freeman and Coleman.
Keanu Neal (ATL) – Neal is also an improving rookie. This week he faces D. Thomas, E. Sanders and possibly Virgil Green. If points are scored, Neal will get his share in Fantasy.
Morgan Burnett (GB) – Burnett faces the Giants Sunday night. The Giants have one of the better receiver groups and passing offenses in the league, and Burnett should be busy trying to stop them.
Adam Jones (CIN) – Jones has been around a while now, but is still a good corner. He is usually involved in all phases including blitzing off the edge which we may see against Dallas’ strong offensive line.
David Amerson (OAK) – Amerson should be matched up against Dontrell Inman and Tyrell Williams. Against a San Diego offense that is at the top of the league in pass attempts Amerson will have many opportunities.
Casey Hayward (SD) – Hayward is a top 10 Fantasy corner so far this season. He should be up for the challenge of Crabtree and Cooper this week.
Jacoby Glenn (CHI) – Glenn faces the Colts offense that is usually playing from behind this season. The Colts offense stalls often, but Glenn should still have a chance to post a solid game, especially in the second half.
Robert Alford (ATL) – Alford will again be busy this week against the Denver offense. He has had several nice games this season.
How Did I Do Last Week?
Last week I did not fare as well as in previous weeks, though injuries hurt 4 of the 6 players that make up my “Failed” section. This week I’m hoping all of my picks make it through the games to the end with productive Fantasy points.
|Karl Joseph – 5 Solo Tackles, 3 Assist, 1 Pass Defended|
|Trumaine Johnson – 5 Solo Tackles, 1 INT, 6 Passes Defended|
|Jacoby Glenn – 1 Solo Tackle, 1 INT, 1 Pass Defended|
|DeShawn Shead – 3 Solo Tackles, 1 Assist, 2 Passes Defended|
|Su’a Cravens – 2 Solo Tackles, 1 Assist, 1 Pass Defended – Exited game with concussion|
|Jordan Poyer – 4 Solo Tackles, 2 Assists|
|Sean Davis – Davis (Back Injury) practiced Friday, but was available only in an emergency for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.|
|Andrew Sendejo – 3 Solo Tackles, 1 Assist|
|James Bradberry – 2 Assists – Bradberry exited last week’s game early with a toe injury.|
|Stephon Gilmore – 1 Solo Tackle – Ankle Injury|
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