Last week wasn’t a great one for my fantasy studs as only Trent Edwards and Jonathan Stewart had decent days. I was way off on my prediction of the Jaguars defense as the Texans were throwing all over them and made Matt Schaub look like a hall of fame quarterback. Here are my week 5 fantasy studs and hopefully my predictions only get better from here.
QB: Brian Griese vs Broncos: Griese hasn’t been that efficient this year as he has thrown 4 touchdowns to go along with 6 interceptions. On the bright side, Griese is putting up big time yards and in his 3 starts is averaging over 40 attempts a game. Now he plays the Denver defense who have had a hard time stopping any passing game. Griese could end up having a very efficient week. Expect around 240 yards and 2 touchdowns.
RB: Steve Slaton vs Colts: The Texans look like they have finally found a big play back in Slaton as he has showed lots of promise in his first two starts. Now he goes up against a banged up Colts defense that is coming off a game against the Jaguars where they allowed over 200 rushing yards. Slaton is also a very good receiver out of the backfield and showed why catching 8 passes last week. Slaton could have a very big week and with his upcoming schedule should be in your lineup for the next few weeks. Expect around 140 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Lee Evans vs Cardinals: So far this season the Cardinals have lived and died by the big play and all Evans has done so far in his career is make big plays. Evans is one of the biggest deep threats in the game and now he goes up against a Cardinals defense that allowed 6 passing touchdowns last week. Expect around 110 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Anthony Fasano vs Chargers: Even though he has been one of the best tight ends in all of fantasy football, Fasano still isn’t owned in a lot of leagues. After this week though, that shouldn’t be the case. The Chargers are dead last in the league in pass defense and Fasano is one of Chad Pennington’s favorite targets. Expect around 65 yards and a touchdown.
K: Matt Prater vs Buccaneers: Prater has been a surprise for the Broncos this year as he has become a very reliable kicker in his second year. He has a very strong leg and with the Broncos offense he should get plenty off opportunities to make fantasy owners happy. Expect around 3 extra points and 2 field goals.
Def: Carolina vs Chiefs: The Panthers defense is starting to look like a top unit once again and is a great start against a struggling Chiefs offense. If the Panthers contain Larry Johnson, they could have a huge day. Expect around 3 sacks and 2 interceptions.
Star to sit: Clinton Portis vs Eagles: Portis has been very efficient so far this year but could struggle against a very tough Eagles defense. The Eagles are only allowing 53 rushing yards a game and if you have better options, it might be smart to sit Portis this week.