NFL Week 5 Fantasy Fill-ins

Oct 9, 2009

Putting the final piece of your fantasy football puzzle together

I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens - Facing the Bengals at home, who have the 26th ranked pass defense, is a great matchup for Flacco.  Look for him to spread the ball around and turn in a productive game.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills - Jackson is sharing the load with Marshawn Lynch, but against Cleveland, there should be enough for Jackson, who is still the lead back. 

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?

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    October 9th, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    Here’s my one question Ryan. If the Bills defense is a good pick-up because of their ability to get to the QB (Cleveland’s inability to protect the QB), isn’t that going to make it difficult for Massaquoi to have a good game?

    Don’t get me wrong, I picked up Massaquoi in all three of my leagues. I’m just curious if you think the Bills defense may actually hinder his ability to rack up many points, especially now that teams don’t have Braylon Edwards to focus on?

  2. LestersLegends
    October 9th, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    It’s not like they are going to keep them from moving the chains at all. Even if he manages 60 yards, that’s a solid number for a WR3 in a bye week.

    It’s not ideal to start one of your players against your defense, but they both could put up points.

    I’m sure you’ve watched games where a QB gets sacked 5 times, throws a couple of picks, yet still manages to throw for 250+ yards.

  3. modd
    October 9th, 2009 at 11:52 am #


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