It was a crazy week in the NFL, and things are stranger than ever. Injuries continue to abound, and new faces continue to make a showing. Once again, enjoy and set your lineups responsibly. Before we get to it, let's see how we did last week in our Toasts and Tabs recap...
Andy Dalton: 27.44 pts. Andy Dalton is on fire, and the embers around him burn hot. A toast! To the Red Rifle!
Brandon Marshall: 14.8 pts. Marshall continues to dazzle. It's great to see him back in full swing.
Jason Witten: 5.7 pts. At only 0.3 points below what I consider to be the minimum standard for TEs, I call this one a toast, but barely.
A.J. Green: 8.2 pts. Considering the overabundance of fantasy studs who produced 5 points or less last week, I'm tempted to call this a low level toast. But, I just can't. I was looking for at least 12 for Adriel Jeremiah Green.
Jeremy Hill: 24.00 pts. I'm definitely picking up the tab on this one.
Week 5 Pourcast
Duke Johnson (RB - CLE)
Ranking: Spaten Pils
"I'm not too familiar with this brand, but it was damn good! I think I'll have another!"
Josh McCown is looking pretty tight the last two games, and the weather's supposed to be perfect in Baltimore on Sunday. The Ravens have been tough on Running Backs, but generous toward Wide Receivers, a role which Johnson (is it too early to call him Duke Nukem?) filled brilliantly with 9 catches, including a stunning TD where McCown let Duke use his athleticism to catch up to a ball thrown deep in the end zone in a narrow loss against San Diego last Sunday. With the potential for a newly expanded role in this teetering offense, I consider Duke a strong play this week.
Charles Clay (TE - BUF)
Ranking: Brooklyn Brown Ale
Full-flavored but retains smoothness. Brooklyn celebrates NY's newest Tight End import with a fine, malty domestic ale.
Clay has been on fire the last three weeks, with 17 receptions on 26 targets for 212 yards and 2 TDs. The Titans have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Tight Ends this season, and this matchup should be no exception. Expect decent to good numbers for Mr. Clay this week.
Cincinnati Bengals (DEF)
Ranking: Oranjeboom 5L Party Keg
"Finishes with a pleasant medium long aftertaste that is nicely dry and hoppy" - oranjeboom1671.com
Actually, that's not why the Bengals have this beer this week. It's more indicative of what they are going to drop on the Seahawks... a big, nasty ORANGE BOOM! Russell Wilson has been going down like a cheap whore this season, with totally inadequate pass protection. This is just the kind of weakness that the red hot Bengals D can exploit on Sunday. Start them with confidence.
Derek Carr (QB - OAK)
Ranking: Designated Driver
He doesn't even get a beer. The Broncos are destroying QBs thus far, rendering a paltry average of 7.37 fantasy points at the position. Carr has had a couple of very strong showings so far, but don't expect this weekend to yield another. If you have him in your lineup, you might want to consider streaming a QB in Week 5.
Kendall Wright (WR - TEN)
Ranking: Trillium Brewing Sleeper Street IPA
Even the World Of Beer has its sleepers, just like the NFL
Wright has shined in two of three starts, and the other game was largely based upon Marcus Mariota's inability to hit his receivers against Cleveland. The Bills pass defense has been surprisingly bad, and Wright, Mariota and crew are rested and ready to host a Bills team that is yielding an average of 30.15 FP per week to Wideouts. With Wright getting the majority of looks on the Tennessee offense, count on him for good production Sunday morning.
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