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Fantasy football – week five, Vick out, Kolb back

October 8, 2010

Going into week five the NFL has one undefeated team left, the Kansas City Chiefs, after both the Bears and Steelers both lost last Sunday. Donovan McNabb beat his former team while the Michael Vick early season MVP performance seems to be over and Kevin Kolb has to start again. Randy Moss is back on the Vikings and Marshawn Lynch gets traded to the Seahawks. Once again injuries to star fantasy players might sit them out this week.

Quarterbacks are easy to start when you have Manning, (the good one) Brees, or Rodgers, but get out of the top elite it has been a toss-up this year. This week however, Sam Bradford is a great choice facing the Lions, with growing confidence and a great report with wide out Mark Clayton; he should throw for a pair of touchdowns and might eclipse the 300 yard mark for the first time in his career. Also with the Broncos being one of the best running defenses this year, expect Joe Flacco to throw a lot this week as the air attack for Ravens start to gain momentum.

On the sideline part of the field you should see a Donovan McNabb sitting there because his season has not been very good. Take away a huge game against the 32nd ranked pass defense Houston Texans, he is averaging under 200 yards and the Packers defense is very solid.

Running backs Johnson, Peterson, and Foster should have huge weeks as always. If your looking for someone outside of the obvious then I would start either Thomas Jones or Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are 3-0 because of good coaching and with an extra week off to prepare for the Colts lackluster defense expect the backs to run wild.

Injuries have plagued many players this year in the NFL and the running back position has been hit the hardest. Both Ray Rice and Jahvid Best are both hurting and not 100 percent. Until they are I would have them on the bench. On the flip side of the Chiefs backs starting, sit the Panthers duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart who are playing the rejuvenated Bears defense.

The wide receivers will be led by Andre Johnson, Roddy White, and Reggie Wayne who should all put up their typical 100 yard games. The Lions star wide out Calvin Johnson is playing the Rams this week and should have a solid day receiving. Another good wide receiver who will look like a hall of famer this weekend will be Hakeem Nicks on the Giants. Playing the worst pass defense in the league should boost his stats tremendously.

This week seems to have groups of players sitting and for wide receivers I choose the whole Denver Broncos receiving core. Playing the best pass defense, Baltimore, should make receptions hard to find for any of the four. Another player I personally have on my bench is Randy Moss. Being with the Vikings less than a week, he cannot know most of the plays or be on the same page with Favre. Not to mention he has been a shell of himself we remember him to be from last year.

BY JACK DONNELLY
Co-Sports Editor

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