NFL Week 5 Fantasy Fill-ins
I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall destroyed the Chargers last week and I look for Pittsburgh to ride the hot hand as they take on the Lions this week. Even if Willie Parker is in the mix, there should be enough to get out of Mendenhall to make him worth starting.
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Cleveland Browns - Now that Braylon Edwards is gone, Massaquoi can continue to gel with Derek Anderson. Buffalo is 21st against the pass, so there should be opportunities there.
Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings - Favre has hooked up with Rice for a TD in each of the past two weeks. His size, speed, and leaping ability make him tough to cover, especially if you’re the 19th ranked Rams.
Sean Ryan, TE, Kansas City Chiefs - I don’t think he’ll score or even put up significant yardage, but he could be a decent plug-in this weekend, especially in PPR leagues. He has 9 receptions the past two weeks. Dallas is desperate and will likely try to pressure Matt Cassel, which could lead to plenty of looks for Ryan as a hot read.
Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo Bills - Cleveland has allowed 7 FGs and 12 PATs already this year. The last time the Bills played a terrible team, Tampa Bay in Week 2, Lindell had 4 FGs.
Buffalo Bills D/ST - Last week I loaded up on Niners, this week it’s the Bills. Cleveland has allowed 13 Sacks, which is tied for 27th in the league. Buffalo has recorded 11 Sacks, which is good for 6th in the league. Cleveland is also 31st in the league by throwing 7 INTs. If nothing else, Buffalo should be good for multiple sacks and a couple of turnovers.
Your turn. Who do you see as a good fill-in play this week?