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Posted by Darin Zoccali on Friday, October 05, 2012 11:54 PM

Pigskin and Ponies (Week 5)


Overall Record: 9-5-2

Week 5 Record: 3-1


Game1: Atlanta (-3) at WASHINGTON


I have been riding the Atlanta bandwagon and this is no time to stop now.  Washington has one of the worst pass defense in the game and Matt Ryan is going to pick apart the Redskin defense.  While Washington will put up points, I side with Atlanta to win by a touchdown or so.

Play: Atlanta (-3)


Game 2: MINNESOTA (-5.5) vs. Tennessee


The Vikings are one of the biggest surprises in the league.  It's great to see Adrian Peterson running like he was before his torn ACL/MCL.  The way the Titans have been playing on both side of the ball, I just cannot see them staying with a team with this type of running attack.  Minnesota keeps rolling.

Play: MINNESOTA (-5.5)


Game 3: CINCINNATI (-3) vs. Miami


Arizona just finished up a wild game with the Dolphins before they were embarrassed Thursday Night in St. Louis.  While the Dolphins have a very stout run defense, they are extremely thin against the pass, and their secondary is banged up as well.  A.J. Green and Andy Dalton are going to have a big day. 

Play: CINCINNATI (-3)


Game 4: Houston (-8) at NY JETS


This game opened at 4 1/2 and has since moved to 8.  No Santonio Holmes, No Darelle Revis, No Running Game...No good.  By the end of this game Tebow chants will fill the air at Met Life Stadium.  It's going to be very ugly.  Houston will run all over the Jets diminished defense.

Play: Houston (-8)


Fantasy Football:


The Perfect Lineup for Week 5:

QB - Matt Ryan

RB - Arian Foster

RB - Adrian Peterson

WR - AJ Green

WR - Roddy White

WR - Percy Harvin

TE - Rob Gronkowksi

K - David Akers

D - Houston Texans


Start em:

This is where we list the not so obvious fantasy impact players.  (You'll never see us say, "start Aaron Rodgers")


QB - Andy Dalton: The Dolphins Run Defense is the best in the league, but their pass defense is one of the worst. Dalton airs it out.

QB - Eli Manning: Eli has gotten to the point where he makes players around him.  Joe Haden, the shutdown CB is not playing. Big #'s coming.

RB - Alfred Morris: RG3 will continue to air the ball out, opening things up for the run game.  Morris should continue to roll along.

RB - Cedric Benson: There will be many great Luck/Rodgers showdowns in the years to come.  But this game should be handled by Green Bay. Benson gets plenty of work.
WR - Domenik Hixon: No Hakeem Nicks, No Ramses Barden, enter Domenik Hixon.  There are only so many players left for Manning to throw too.  Hixon should get his looks.
WR - Demariyus Thomas: New England has problems with big athletic receivers.  This game has the look of a shootout on paper. Get him in the lineup.
TE - Jermaine Gresham: It's the same belief as starting Andy Dalton.  The Bengals will be throwing. Gresham is picking it up and gets red zone looks.
Sit em:

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick: Last year Fitz had a big start, then one bad game and fizzled out.  It is very easy to see this game starting that trend again.
RB - Ahmad Bradshaw: The Giants have no reason to pound him.  Andre Brown will get looks and David Wilson will begin to gain some trust from the coaches as well.
RB - Fred Jackson: Expect the 49ers to open up a big lead and neutralize the run game. Big bounding backs don't fair well against San-Fran.
WR - Antonio Brown: Bad matchup against a very good Eagles secondary.  They will try to neutralize Brown and force Ben to take chances way downfield to Wallace.
WR - Stevie Johnson: Alot of receivers have good matchups this week.  Although Johnson is a typically solid WR2, his matchup is bad and there are too many better options.
TE - Brent Celek: The Steelers are good against Tight Ends.  This game is going to be a mid-scoring slugfest.  I doubt there is much space for Celek.






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