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Make Week 5 a win in league and daily fantasy football play

You're heading in to a tough week that you're not sure if you're going to win. Here is where you win, by knowing more than anyone else. Prepare to do that now.

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First things first...

Willie Snead currently leads the New Orleans Saints in reception yards, Antonio Andrews (last week's 'Get Called Shiesty' on Monday) is the starting running back for the Tennessee Titans and wide receiver Dontrelle Inman led the San Diego Chargers in reception yards last week.

Grab those guys now if you are desperate at running back or wide receiver. Tight end Owen Daniels from the Denver Broncos is another guy (finally) that you can insert into your lineup safely. The Oakland Raiders are still fantasy football's worst defense against tight ends and Daniels has scored touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Last week I insisted (nine times) that you pick up Charles Clay of the Buffalo Bills. If you did, he rewarded you with 111 yards on 9 receptions and if you started him and watched him play you saw him lose not one, but two touchdowns. So he could have been worth at least 12 more points to you than he already was.

I have no idea what I am doing...

League Play Waiver Wire:

Last week I said Charles Clay and if you do as I say, then you were probably still making fun of whoever you beat on Wednesday.

Where I led you astray, Percy Harvin. If you took me at my word, you got 3 receptions for 26 yards. If you took Rishard Matthews (who I called iffy and a desperation) you got one reception for 16 yards. And Kenny Britt, who I did not recommend, but did give you a zero regardless if you started him. Tavon Austin made you a happy coach though, didn't he?

Where you made bank was with Andy Dalton, 17 receptions for 321 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Karlos Williams came highly recommended by just about everyone including me and got you 18 attempts for 40 yards, 3 receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown stolen from him, so he could have been an even better play. Williams suffered a concussion during the Bills week 4 game against the New York Giants.

As of submit time Williams has not been cleared to play. His backup is Boobie Dixon. Dixon is someone that you should add to your roster and just wait and see on Sunday morning. I'd play him if he's starting over a lot of guys that you definitely have on your roster.

Going into running back was not what I had planned, what I do want to do is apologize for my recommendation on the waiver wire pickup for quarterbacks... This week I am recommending the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Smith is my sixth projected quarterback this week and the Chiefs are playing the Chicago Bears and their 11th worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks. That was rough to type.

Running backs, well, I'd recommend picking up Boobie Dixon right now and taking your chances that Williams is not a go for Buffalo on Sunday. Williams did not practice Wednesday and has been in the NFL's concussion protocol since Sunday.

Though Dixon is not a guarantee, Washington will play running back Chris Thompson should be available in your league and although it is not clear who the starter is in the nation's capital Thompson does way more with his carries and receptions than Matt Jones or Alfred Morris. I'd pick him up and start him with confidence.

You laughed all of the way to the bank if you grabbed Duke Johnson and started him last week (as I recommended) if he is still somehow available in your league, don't start him this week though unless you're feeling incredibly brave. The Cleveland Browns face the Baltimore Ravens this week and they are the fifth best fantasy defense against running backs this week.

Did you keep Ronnie Hillman on your roster? If so, make the leap, Hillman has had more carries than C.J. Anderson in every game this season. The Broncos play the 12th worst defense against running back this week, the Oakland Raiders. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said that Hillman has earned more reps. Last week he doubled the entire yardage total for Denver running backs in one run.

If Dion Lewis is still available in any of your leagues (due to being vultured on three, three... Three touchdowns two weeks ago) grab him and start him. He's the eighth best play at running abck this week for fantasy football.

Wide receivers this week are rough for sleepers, if Kendall Wright is still available in your league grab him, he's the 18th best play for me and he's playing the Bills who are the third worst fantasy defense against wide receivers.

If you still own Travis Benjamin in your league, start him this week with reckless abandon. Just below Benjamin on my rankings I have a guy that could blow up your scoreboard like he did last week-- Tavon Austin from the St. Louis Rams.

Don't forget Martavis Bryant is back from suspension and even with Michael Vick throwing him the ball, his prospects still look good. Defenses will have to figure out whether to cover Antonio Brown or Bryant. They're going to pick Brown and cross their fingers on Bryant. Everyone's numbers are going to flourish this week on the Pittsburgh Steelers offense because of it.

Oh man, tight ends... There are so many, Charles Clay should still be available in your league for some reason. I mentioned Owen Daniels earlier, if for some reason you've had Antonio Gates on your bench activate that old dude. Here's a top five guy for you at tight end this week that is probably available in your league, Coby Fleener.

If you want really deep, like scary deep, Jordan Reed is not playing this weekend and Derek Carrier is his replacement. Google him and you can't love that guy.

Steaming a defense? Grab the New York Giants, especially if you get special teams.

Get called shiesty this Monday and Tuesday:

Last week I recommended that you grab Antonio Andrews (running back) from the Tennessee Titans, you likely still have him on your bench. Keep him there this week too until Tennessee sorts out who they want as a lead back, it was Andrews prior to their bye week. I expect it to be Andrews again, so if you're desperate, I have Andrews just behind Alfred Morris, but ahead of Ryan Matthews this week in my rankings.

You want to get called shiesty this Monday or Tuesday? Grab tight end Derek Carrier.

Daily fantasy:

What fun is FanDuel if you don't get the satisfaction of grabbing someone on the cheap and watching them light up your scoreboard and wallet?

These are my recommends this week:

Go with these guys::

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Ryan Mallett
RB: LeVeon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Devonta Freeman, Justin Forsett, Matt Forte
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Julian Edelman, Keenan Allen
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Charles Clay, Delanie Walker, Antonio Gates

Avoid these guys:

QB: Brandon Weeden, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford, Colin Kaepernick
RB: Tevin Coleman, Thomas Rawls, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ryan Matthews, Andre Williams
WR: Stevie Johnson, Sammy Watkins, Marvin Jones, Marques Colston, Danny Amendola
TE: Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jordan Reed, Jacob Tamme, Heath Miller

Broncos players:

By now you know to start Owen Daniels, you are always safe starting Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. I recommended above starting Ronnie Hillman over C.J. Anderson. You can also breathe easy starting Peyton Manning this week.


Five worst fantasy defenses to QBs (worst to fifth): Chiefs, Saints, Bills, Patriots, Raiders
Five best fantasy defenses to QB (best to fifth): Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Cowboys
Five worst fantasy defenses to RBs (worst to fifth): Falcons, Chargers, Cowboys, Texans, Rams
Five best fantasy defenses to RBs (best to fifth): Redskins, Seahawks, Steelers, Eagles, Ravens
Five worst fantasy defenses to WRs (worst to fifth): Chiefs, Ravens, Bills, Patriots, Eagles
Five best fantasy defenses to WRs (best to fifth): Chargers, Broncos, Seahawks, Packers, Rams