Up From the Pit Fantasy Football: Week 5 Preview
Hidey Ho fellow football fans. Week 4 brought some surprising competitiveness to the league. Will Neer Neer Neeeeeeer and Our Sports Team be able to keep this up, or will the Open Carriers return to dominance. Can anyone stop the Unaccompanied Minors? I can’t wait to find out.
The week kicks off tonight on CBS with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes got a glimpse of their future last week as Teddy Bridgewater passed for 300 plus yards and played mistake free in their surprise thrashing of the Falcons, (note: the Falcons defense isn’t very good.) Unfortunately He suffered a sprained ankle and it looks like the disappointing Christian Ponder, who sounds like a Jesus Rock band, will get the start tonight.
Other matchups with fantasy implications: The Steelers face the ever generous Jacksonville Jaguars and OST is already on the case, having snapped up Ben Roethlisberger to spot start. The Giants, who look like a different team after the first couple weeks of ineptitude shuffle out of short term memory, face a suddenly reeling Falcons team. Does anyone even have Manning the Younger on their roster?
In terms of good football, expect a fun game to be had between Andrew Luck’s Colt’s and Steve Smith’s Ravens. Kansas City and San Diego hook up for another bout in their long rivalry, one that dates back to the AFL. Expect lots of NFL Films footage and Chris Berman to wax poetic if the Chargers wear their baby blue uniforms. And the undefeated Cardinals visit the well rested Broncos. With Carson Palmer suffering from a mysterious nerve ailment, can journeyman Drew Stanton and a nasty defense hold up against the inhuman Peyton Manning and his fleet of receivers?
The game of the week is on Sunday Night Football in what could be the most important regular season game the Bengals have played in years when they travel to Foxboro to take on a New England Patriots team that was embarrassed by the Chiefs last Monday night. Cincinnati has the stingiest secondary in the NFL and Tom Brady looks like he has lost ability to beat teams deep. Either that or none of his receivers can get deep. The Pats O-Line hasn’t given Brady much time to think either. This could be a changing of the guard game for the Bengals if they can pull off the win against a team that many analysts assumed would be Denver’s primary challenger for the AFC title. I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
The only byes this week are the two teams who went to London last week, the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders decided that head coach Dennis Allen might as well stay in Old Blighty, relieving him of his duties after the Raiders slipped to 0-4. The only player affected by this in our league is Dolphins RB Lamar Miller i believe. I would be shocked to find out that there were ANY Raiders owned in this league.
As always, doublecheck the injury reports and make sure your lineups are final before kickoffs. And have fun!