Whether you are interested in who the top player will be at every position to help with your fantasy team, or to help you dominate in DFS formats, this list is for you. Once again I will be detailing who I think will be the biggest impact player at every major fantasy position:
Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has been one of the top fantasy quarterbacks this season. Last week he tore the Texans D to shreds leading his team to a 48-21 victory. Despite Ryan’s fantasy numbers not being spectacular last week, I think this will be a blow up fantasy week for Ryan. The Redskins defense has been shredded before, and I imagine the focus will be geared towards slowing down Freeman. Freeman’s back-to-back electrifying performances should open the door for the passing game, and Matt Ryan owners will be the prime beneficiary.
Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Well it is certainly no secret that Le’Veon Bell is a beast. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Bell is the best player in fantasy football. An obvious must start, but more than that, Bell’s production is barely affected by the loss of Ben Roethlisberger. Bell wasn’t the best running back in the league last week, but I believe he can get it done this week. Bell is averaging 20.1 fantasy points per game this season, and he has a very favorable match up this weekend against the Chargers. Bell is an obvious must start in standard/PPR formats, but is also worth the money in DFS leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals
This season has been a renaissance for “older” players. If you don’t agree with me, just look at last night’s football game, or just about any Arizona game. Palmer and Fitzgerald have been on the same page, and I for one could not be happier for Fitz. After a disappointing loss last week to a divisional opponent, I expect big things out of Arizona this week. On paper Arizona is the best team in the NFL, and Bruce Arians is one of the top five coaches in the league. Because of all of this I expect Arizona to come out like a bat out of hell this weekend. Expect big production from Palmer, and at least a hundred yards and a touchdown out of Fitzgerald.
Rob Gronkowski, Tight End, New England Patriots
Another obvious choice, like Le’Veon Bell. But the fact is that Gronk dwarf’s every other tight end in the league. Not to mention that Tom Brady is playing the best football of his storied career, and that the Patriots have had two weeks of rest heading into this one. I expect another 50+ point effort out of the Patriots offense against a lackluster Cowboys offense. And I expect a multiple touchdown effort out of Gronk.
Having two weeks of preparation against a team that is missing their starting quarterback and all-pro wide receiver is a lay-up for Bill Bellicheck. It is going to be a long Sunday for Cowboys fans, after two close losses. This Patriot beat-down might be the final straw for Weeden as a starter, and we might see Cassel in a relief effort, or just as a starter in the weeks moving forward. The Patriots D hasn’t been the most effective fantasy defense this year, but the deck is stacked in their favor this weekend.
Mike Nugent, Kicker, Cincinnati Bengals
I’m going out on a bit of a limb on this one. Nugent hasn’t even attempted a field goal since week two of this season, but I believe that will change drastically this week. Seattle’s defense is very good, especially in the red zone. But Cincinnati has been absolutely dynamite all season. I believe the Bengals will continue to move the ball well, and the Seahawks defense will consistently bend without breaking. I think Nugent will have a game similar to Cairo Santos’ game from last week, where the Kansas kicker nailed an astonishing seven field goals. Nugent might not hit seven, but I think five is right in his wheelhouse. Which should be more than enough to be the top Kicker in week five.
What do you guys think? What players would you swap out, and who would you swap in in their place? Let us know in the comments!