Week Five Fantasy Surprises

Last week as a whole wasn’t the best for my fantasy surprises. Neither Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph didn’t put up the numbers I expected. On top of that, Malcom Floyd and Cedric Benson only had average performances. This is the first week with four teams on their bye week so it’s important to look for favorable matchups on the waiver wire and take advantage.

QB: Andy Dalton vs Dolphins: Few would have expected it but Dalton has actually been putting up very nice fantasy numbers through the first four weeks. That trend should continue against a Dolphins defense that is among the middle of the pack against the pass. Expect around 230 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Cedric Benson vs Saints:  Benson was solid last week and now he has yet another favorable matchup against a Colts team that has struggled against opposing running backs. IF the Packers get out to an early lead, look for Benson to get his fair share of touches. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Jerome Simpson vs Titans: With four teams on bye this week, owners could have to look to the waiver wire for an option at receiver this week. Simpson is a player who should be a popular option this week. As the Vikings deep threat, he could be an inconsistent performer week to week but against a Titans secondary that’s struggled a big game could be in order. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Dennis Pitta vs Chiefs: PItta didn’t do anything last week against the Browns but owners shouldn’t be worried. The three performances before that were all very strong and Joe Flacco has targeted him heavily. Now the Ravens play a Chiefs defense that has had more than its share of struggles against the pass. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Nick Novak vs Saints: With Nate Kaeding out, Novak fills in this week as the Chargers kicker. He gets a very favorable matchup as the Chargers/Saints matchup has shootout potential. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Bears vs Jaguars:  With so many good defenses playing below average offenses this week, picking the Bears isn’t as obvious as one would think. While they won’t get as many interceptions as they did against the Cowboys, the Jaguars offensive line is very banged up there should be plenty of sacks. Expect around five sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.


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