Week 5: IDP Studs and Sleepers
Here we are in Week 5 with another batch of waiver wire possibilities with rest of season potential, weekly must-start studs and one-hit wonders who can help you more than you might expect for your Week 5 needs.
HAND-SELECTED WEEK 5 PICKS
The following players are my own personal choice to have an excellent game in Week 5. Call it clairvoyance, but it's more like matchup and situational awareness. I will try to pick a player who isn't rostered in most leagues, so you can find someone who would otherwise be on your bench or waiver wire without my recommendation. I'll try to hold myself accountable by noting how the previous week's suggestion performed.
Last week's pick: Aubrayo Franklin, Indianapolis Colts – 1 total tackle (miss)
Ahtyba Rubin, Cleveland Browns: It appears that Rubin finally has his feet back under him after missing the season's first two contests with a calf injury. Rubin was a tackling machine in 2010 and 2011, averaging over 5 combined tackles per gam; that's crazy production for a DT.
Last week's pick: Brian Robison, Minnesota Vikings – 1 total tackle (miss)
Chris Long, St. Louis Rams: St. Louis plays host to Jacksonville in Week 5 and they're allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing defensive linemen. Through four games, they've already allowed 11.5 sacks just to DL.
Last week's pick: Nate Irving, Denver Broncos – 2 total tackles, 1 assist, 1 TFL (miss)
Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos – 4 total tackles, 4 assists, 0.5 sacks (hit)
Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos – 9 total tackles, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 PD (hit)
Pat Angerer, Indianapolis Colts: I've whittled it down to one player this week and that's Angerer. He's been dinged up a bit this year, but injury shouldn't slow him down Sunday as he's expected to play. His opponent, Seattle, allows the second-most fantasy points to LBs due to their run-heavy scheme and the loss of left tackle Russell Okung.
Last week's pick: Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins – 3 total tackles (miss)
Rashean Mathis, Detroit Lions: Mathis contributes decent tackling numbers in most weeks and he is also ranked just outside the Top 10 with five PDs. Green Bay is giving up the third-most points to defensive backs per game. The Pack's persistent aerial assault creates plenty of man-to-man coverage and tackling opportunities on an island.
Last week's pick: Usama Young DNP, Raiders started Brandian Ross – 2 total tackles, 4 assists
Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers: The former LSU rookie has been a pleasant surprise in this young season for IDP owners. Largely drafted in dynasty leagues only, he's slowly putting himself on the radar in redraft leagues as well.
These players have to be in your lineup every week, regardless of opponent! These lists are in no particular order. Each player is listed by position, which assumes you must start a player at that position.
DT: Dontari Poe, Haloti Ngata, Geno Atkins, Ndamukong Suh, Fletcher Cox
DE: Mario Williams, Calais Campbell, DeMarcus Ware, J.J. Watt, Chandler Jones, Jared Allen, Jason Pierre-Paul, Charles Johnson, Robert Quinn, Cam Wake (injured)
LB: Luke Kuechly, D'Qwell Jackson, Paul Posluszny, Derrick Johnson, Brian Cushing, Chad Greenway, James Laurinaitis, Jerod Mayo, NaVarro Bowman, Bobby Wagner, Lavonte David, Kiko Alonso, Daryl Washington
CB: Charles Tillman
S: Mark Barron, Eric Berry, Harrison Smith, Eric Weddle, Bernard Pollard, Aaron Williams, Duke Ihenacho, Reshad Jones, Tyvon Branch (injured), Morgan Burnett (injured), LaRon Landry (injured)
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