Gimme Five: 5 Things About Week 5 in Fantasy Football

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  • Fried Rice?
    • Ray Rice had fantasy owners excited when he suited up on Sunday against the Bills. By the end of the game he had the same fantasy owners cursing his name after only rushing for 17 yards. Ray Rice has totaled only 89 yards on the ground through 3 games and the Ravens running game has been inept to put it lightly. Giving up on Rice wouldn’t make sense at this point because you likely spent a 1st or 2nd round pick on him, and you are not likely to get equal value in a trade. All you can is hope is that the run blocking gets better in Baltimore.
  • That’s Mr. Jennings, to you
    • It took a trip across the pond to London, but ladies and gentleman I can confirm that Greg Jennings is alive and well. After failing to find the end zone in the 1st 3 games Jennings scored his first 2 touchdowns of the year and topped 90 yards in what was his best game of the season so far. The real question is will Matt Cassel continue under center next week? Jennings seemed to have a chemistry with Cassel that he lacked when Ponder lined up at QB.
  • Brian Hoyer for backup?
    • When the Browns traded Trent Richardson, I strongly thought about writing an article warning you to stay away from the Browns offensive players. However, since the trade of Richardson to the Colts, Brian Hoyer has emerged onto the fantasy landscape. He’s posted 590 yards and 5 tds through his first two starts and with legitimate weapons like Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron on the field there’s no reason to think he won’t produce in the near future. Grab him and stash him on your bench until he cools off or use him if your starter goes down due to injury.
  • Open the Gates
    • Raise your hand if you thought this was the year Antonio Gates would return to his All-Pro form? I thought so. Apparently Antonio Gates has found the same, deer antler spray , fountain of youth that Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta has been enjoying for the last couple of seasons. Gates reemergence along with the play of Philip Rivers has allowed fantasy owners to enjoy top TE performance from a player who was drafted several rounds after players of his caliber would have long been off the board.
  • Getting Defensive
    • With four weeks of the season gone it’s time to start looking at the teams that present the best match up for any defense on a weekly basis. Through four weeks, these 3 teams have been a buffet for opposing fantasy defenses. The Giants are first up on the list, at 0 – 4 they possess a penchant for turning the ball over and their lack of scoring only bolsters fantasy defensive statistics. The Jaguars make the list for many of the same reasons and because of the fact that with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under center the likelihood of a Jaguars offensive explosion is about as likely as you winning the lottery. Lastly, we close with the Jets. They haven’t been as horrid as the Giants and Jags so far (they’ve actually won 2 games), but Geno Smith’s penchant for making mistakes and his general carelessness with the ball is a recipe for defensive fantasy scoring.

2 Guys Fantasy – 2 Guys 2 Watch: Week 4

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Frank’s Week 4 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Torrey Smith is arguably one of the fastest receivers in the league. Unfortunately he hasn’t had a lot of game breaking plays this season. Look for that to change this week. On Sunday Smith and the Ravens will get a chance to go up against the 18th ranked Bills pass defense, and with Ray Rice likely limited (if he plays at all), they will need to make plays through the air. Look for Smith to top 100 yards and find the end zone in this one.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vincent Jackson is a good start most weeks but this week the Bucs are in a tough position. A new signal caller at the helm, rookie Mike Glennon, causes me concern as they go up against an Arizona secondary that features the all world corner Patrick Petersen. Jackson hasn’t found the endzone yet this season and I don’t think he finds it in this contest, either. Look for Jackson to have less than 70 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Week 4 Game Picks

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Frank picks against the spread for Week 4.
Bears(+2.5) over Lions
This may come as a surprise, but right now Jay Cutler is playing the best of all QBs in the NFC North.
Redskins(-3.5) over Raiders
RG3 and the Skins will leave the black hole victorious.
Broncos(-11.5) over Eagles
Peyton has never been better. That's bad news for a beleaguered Eagles secondary.
Falcons(-2.5) over Patriots
Gronk will likely be back on the field but the Falcons are always a tough out in the Georgia Dome.
Last Week: 2 - 2 (2 - 2 vs spread)
Season: 4 - 4 (3 - 4 - 1 vs spread)

Four Warned – 2 Guys talk about the hottest Waiver Wire pickups and trades that are available heading into Week 4 of Fantasy Football

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Heading into Week 4 it’s time to put up or shut up. The fantasy season is almost a third of the way over and it’s time to make sure you are getting the most out of your roster.

This week Frank and Evan talk about fantasy surprises like Jordan Cameron, Brian Hartline, and Eddie Royal are performing at a level that is sustainable throughout the season.

2 Guys also examine the head scratching performance of the Giants offense and where or not they are still fantasy worthy.

Lastly, 2 Guys encourage listeners to become more active in trade talks with other owners in their league.

On the Hartline – 5 Things about Week 3 in Fantasy Football

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  • Jordan Cameron to the rescue
    • Jordan Cameron is the early breakout candidate for most improved player of the year. The third year TE continued to be a bright spot in the Cleveland offense hauling in three touchdowns in yesterday’s victory over Minnesota. Right now Cameron is looking like the best value in fantasy football at TE with 4 touchdowns and 269 yards through three games. Continue to play him regardless of the match up.
  • Big Blue Zero
    • The Giants offense didn’t do their fantasy owners any favors. The Giants being shutout at Carolina was the surprise of the season so far. The outlook for the Giants offense isn’t good because they haven’t been able to block anyone up front and have rushed for less than 100 yards for the season. Right now I’d stay away from the Giants RBs until they prove they can run block a bit better. Eli remains an enigma and should remain on your bench as well. The only worthy starters are Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw’s stock rises
    • With the trade of Trent Richardson still ringing in everyone’s ears, Ahmad Bradshaw made the Colts remember that he still is very much alive. 15 carries and 95 yards later Bradshaw reminded everyone that he still can be a productive back when healthy. However, health has been Bradshaw’s biggest issue since he entered the league. With Richardson in the fold Bradshaw knows his days are numbered. If you own Bradshaw you should look to trade him very soon. His value will never be higher than it is now.
  • Ben Tate for FLEX
    • This isn’t good news for Arian Foster owners but Ben Tate is not going anywhere. Through 3 games Tate has 27 carries for 184 yards. He hasn’t found the end zone yet but it appears Gary Kubiak and the Texans coaching staff want Tate involved in the game plan. He has consistently received 9 carries per game and has average no less than 4 yards per carry in each contest. With the Texans reliance on the run game Tate should be in your line up more weeks than not due to his explosive ability and his consistent production so far.
  • On the Hartline
    • It looks like somebody is benefiting from the addition of free agent acquisition Mike Wallace. Brian Hartline has 18 catches for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns through three games. Hartline continues to develop a strong chemistry with Ryan Tannehill and seems poised for a huge season. Hartline is worth trading for as he looks to be a great option at WR2 throughout the season.

Week 3 Game Picks

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Frank picks against the spread for Week 3.
Texans(-2.5) over Ravens
The Ravens have struggled offensively this season and Houston is averaging over 30 points a game so far. Call it Texans by a TD.
Giants(-1) over Panthers
Eli and the Giants will get on track against the Panthers beat up secondary.
Dolphins(-2) over Falcons
Ryan Tannehill is quietly leading the Dolphins to early season success.
Seahawks(-20) over Jaguars
20 points is an unbelievable number but I don't know how the Jags are going to score against the Seahawks defense.
Last Week: 2 - 2 (1 - 2 - 1 vs spread)
Season: 2 - 2 (1 - 2 - 1 vs spread)

2 Guys Fantasy – 2 Guy 2 Watch: Week 3

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Evan’s Week 3 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Montee Ball, Running Back, Denver Broncos

Prior to the start of the season, many experts thought Montae Ball would be the best of the bunch of rookie runners in 2013. That thought has not held true as through 2 weeks, Knowshon Moreno has been the guy getting the most touches in the Denver backfield. The Broncos matchup with the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 should lead to plenty of opportunity for several backs to post solid numbers. All-pro left tackle Ryan Clady, who normally protects Peyton Manning’s blind side, went down in Week 2 which should have the Bronco coaching staff eager to run the ball to prevent their veteran quarterback from taking too many hits. Additionally, I expect the heavily-favored Broncos to be running away with the game in the second half. Due to these factors, Montae Ball should expect to get 15-20 touches this week. Any fantasy owner who starts Ball should expect at least 80 total yards with a good shot for Ball to find the endzone for the first time in his career.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Maurice Jones-Drew, Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars

While I am not high on another running back who has changed teams today (see Richardson,T) in Week 3, the guy who I am avoiding with a 10 foot pole is MJD. Jacksonville is a mess offensively which has allowed defenses to key on the talented Jones-Drew over the first two weeks of the season. Things do not get any easier as Jacksonville has to travel all the way across the country to face the team whose rush defense has been shutting down opposing runners for a couple seasons now, the Seattle Seahawks. After watching the Seahawks hold Frank Gore to just 16 yards on 9 carries in Week 2, Maurice Jones-Drew cannot be looking forward to Week 3, and fantasy owners who have him on their roster should look at other options. I would be shocked if Jones-Drew is able to surpass 45 total yards in the game and I cannot see him finding his way into the endzone.

Frank’s Week 3 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Eli Manning, New York Giants

Eli Manning is off to a slow start this season to say the least. 7 interceptions in 2 games has him on pace to throw over 50 interceptions. That would be a record by the way. In all seriousness, it’s always darkest before the dawn with Eli and this week I believe he starts to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Carolina’s secondary is in shambles and the Giants receiving corps will be hot to trot against the Panthers beleaguered defensive backfield. Eli might throw another interception (or two) but he will throw for close to 400 yards and have at least 3 touchdowns in the air before it’s all said and done.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s been a tough season for the Steelers offense so far. Their 19 points scored in 2 games is fully testing the limits of offensive futility. This week the Steelers offense face the Chicago Bears defensive unit who have a knack for making plays in the secondary and putting the clamps on receivers without the speed to take the top off of their patented cover 2 defense. Antonio Brown is a more a possession receiver and while he will make a few catches against the Bears defensive backs, I think he gets held out of the end zone for a third straight week and ends the game with less than 60 yards receiving.

Triple Threat – 2 Guys talk about what to watch for in Week 3 and 3 players on Waivers that can make an impact

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Week 3 is already upon us and your fantasy team might be riding high or sitting low.

Regardless of your position 2 Guys discuss a number of players that can keep your team on top or bring you back from the doldrums of your league.

Frank discusses 4 running backs who are currently available and worth picking up for Week 3 and beyond.

Lastly, Evan talks about which injured and suspended players are worth acquiring on your fantasy roster.