By Matthew Postins
Fantasy Football Contributor
Welcome to my Week 5 Fantasy Football review column. I don’t delve into rankings, stats or data. You can find all of that at other sites. In fact, that’s where I find mine. My column is all about my impressions of different players and situations that could impact your fantasy team this week and in the future. We’ll check back in after Week 5’s games.
1. Dang, Brian Hoyer. Someone decided to start acting like an NFL quarterback again. Or did you miss his 397 yards passing and 2 touchdowns against the Colts, his second straight 300-yard passing game? If you had to start him, you were awfully happy. But the real question is will he have a job when Jay Cutler comes back? And if Hoyer does, is this a Josh McCown kind of run or will the real Hoyer eventually stand up? Exercise caution. Add him only if you truly need to.
2. Yeah, Tom Brady had the game we expected in his return. But the biggest benefit was to Rob Gronkowski owners. He caught five passes for 109 yards in the game, giving you 15 points in a PPR and 20 if you get a 100-yard bonus. This was after Gronk had just one catch in four games without Brady (he was hurt for two of them). “Tom brought the ampness,” as Gronk said, he benefited mightily.
Oh, and you can stop starting Patriots running backs now. The gravy train is over. LeGarrette Blount had 37 yards and a TD with Brady’s return. He was their leading rusher.
3. Ben Roethlisberger has 15 touchdown passes through five games. Had it not been for that groaner against the Eagles, he might be approaching 20 touchdown passes. There isn’t a hotter quarterback in fantasy. I guess the real question is whether he can keep it going. Well, I think there’s a good chance now that the Steelers have finally found a weapon to put opposite Antonio Brown. It’s Sammie Coates, who hung more than 40 points on me in my yardage league. If Coates is out there, grab him. There aren’t many more footballs to go around after Brown, Coates and running back Le’Veon Bell.
4. DeMarco Murray might be a sneaky player to go get right now via trade. He probably isn’t available in your league, but in his last four games Murray has 89 yards, 114 yards, 95 yards and 121 yards, along with three rushing touchdowns. You might still be able get him without breaking the bank. But he’s starting to gather steam, based on what I’m seeing, and you’ll want to get him before the price gets too high.
5. Well I was wrong about the Giants and Packers being a shootout. I guess I was just hoping it would be for the sake of the team where I started Eli Manning.
6. Brice Butler or Terrance Williams? It ended up being Williams. He led the Cowboys with 5 catches for 70 yards, while Butler had two catches for 20 yards. He did have a touchdown catch taken away by penalty, however.
7. Did you pass on picking up Oakland’s Jalen Richard this week? Well he might have helped you, if you really needed RB help. He ended up with 31 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving on six catches. That’s 15 points in a PPR league. He likely won’t get nearly as much playing time when Latavius Murray returns next week. But Richard probably carved out a role after this game. If you have a free spot to spare, he’s worth a flier.
8. Cameron Meredith? Sounds like a one-hit wonder to me. But with 9 catches, 130 yards and a score for the Bears he’s likely to be the fastest-moving player on the waiver wire this week. If you’re desperate at wide receiver, he’s probably worth a shot. Which means he’s probably already picked up.
9. The Minnesota Vikings are the only fantasy defense worth trading for. Not that I’m condoning it, but the Vikes gave up just 213 yards and 13 points to the Houston Texans on Sunday and kicked in a Marcus Sherels punt return for a touchdown. This unit is the best in the NFL and the best in fantasy.
10. My lineups. I play in three different leagues. If you care, here’s are my starting lineups this week and how I did (subject to change, of course):
LSFL (scoring only – 4-1 record): QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Charles Sims, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR A.J. Green, WR DeVante Parker, PK Nick Novak, Def. Carolina. I had to wait until Monday night to see if I could tie, which would force a tiebreaker (which I would win). But alas, no.
Dereliction (yardage/PPR with bonuses for long TDs and FGs – 0-5 record): QB Eli Manning, RB Bobby Rainey, RB Ryan Mathews, TE Greg Olsen, WR John Brown, WR Eddie Royal, PK Dustin Hopkins, DEF Pittsburgh. My team just sucks. Period.
NFFL (fractional scoring/PPR): QB Tom Brady, RB Bilal Powell, RB Frank Gore, TE Antonio Gates, WR Golden Tate, WR A.J. Green, PK Mason Crosby, DEF Minnesota. I can’t wait until my running backs return in this league, plus Allen Robinson off a bye.