The ups and downs of daily fantasy football can be brutal. In week one far too many studs disappointed. In week two too many studs went off. Week three was a mixed bag and this past week we were back to a lot of the big names pooping the bed.
Mainstays like Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randall Cobb all got under 10 fantasy points. Devonta Freeman scored three times again, while Jeremy Hill awoke from his slumber to the tune of three touchdowns of his own. Greg Olsen, Tyler Eifert, Jordan Reed and Travis Kelce were also misses at the tight end position, while Martellus Bennett and Charles Clay went nuts.
The Atlanta Falcons defense owned the world, while the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills cratered. Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor went from super sleepers to spare and Aaron Rodgers was pedestrian, while Drew Brees rose from the ashes to take down the Cowboys, get the Saints their first win of the year and take over the top spot at quarterback for week four.
Another week of fantasy football, another week of unpredictability. But we do our best, regardless. Last week we had site issues so even though I posted an 8 players to fade piece, it was lost in the shuffle when we got back on the web. No reflection will be necessary, but I can still tell you who I’ll be fading in daily fantasy football for week five:
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers ($7.9k) vs. Rams
I love Rodgers and when he’s at home he’s always worth a shot, so I won’t fault you for paying up for him in DFS this week. However, the Rams have a sick pass rush and just tamed Carson Palmer in the desert this past week. This is a troublesome matchup and though A-Rod should be fine, his stats should be much closer to what we saw out of him last week or in week two versus the Seahawks. He’ll be fine and the Packers will probably win, but he’s not going to meet (let alone top) his gaudy price tag.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals ($6.1k) vs. Seahawks
Hill scored three times last week but still hasn’t busted out on the ground in terms of yardage through three weeks. Even at home, it’s pretty hard to imagine that happens this week against a stout Seahawks defense. Hill is still a fine overall value, so its not about the price. I just am going to try to avoid a 6-8 point dud if I can in week five.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos ($5.3k) @ Raiders
I’m done with Anderson. I tried him one more time in an afternoon GPP last week and he failed per usual. Oakland is actually a great matchup even with this game being on the road, so he’ll surely drop 155 yards and three scores. But I’m not taking that dive.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($8.7k) @ Chargers
The Steelers kept the training wheels on Michael Vick last week and it cost them a big win. Brown actually should have hauled in a long score from Vick last week so it’s entirely possible he’s totally fine, but chemistry and Vick’s leash could be issues, while Pitt is also on the road against what has been a stingy San Diego pass defense when it comes to fantasy points given up up to wide receivers. All of that considered, there are other guys I’d rather pay up for in week five.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($7.7k) vs. Seahawks
Green was OK last week but this week he gets Richard Sherman. He obviously can win any battle but I’d rather pay up elsewhere.
Seattle Seahawks DEF (4k) @ Bengals
I know I’m fading Bengals offensive players but I also don’t love Seattle this week. Their price is the highest we’ve seen a defense this year and they’re on the road against an offense that has been one of the best in the league. It works both ways in this one, as the prices don’t match up either way for me.