Fantasy Football Insider - Week 5

     by Tim Heaney on October 4, 2008 @ 16:18:17 PDT


KFFL's Fantasy Football Insider for Week 5 is here. Each week, KFFL dishes the dirt with our network of insiders with every NFL team. Along the way, juicy tidbits will emerge to help determine your fantasy football team's lineup for the given week. Here are some of the key fantasy football tidbits that came across our desk for the upcoming week....


  • Baltimore Ravens signal caller Joe Flacco has been aggressively thrust into the passing game. The rookie is more comfortable throwing to the outside, which has helped vet Derrick Mason. He's apt to throw 20 to 25 attempts per game now, and the team will switch to a run-heavy plan if they earn a lead.
  • The Detroit Lions offense doesn't want to become Mike Martz Part Deux, but they want to try to be more aggressive with the pass early to avoid falling behind by large margins. They're not giving up on the run, though.
  • The Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) remains a game-time decision. His absence would devalue the Packers wideouts.
  • Will the real Peyton Manning please step forward? The Indianapolis Colts quarterback is 11-1 against the Houston Texans, so this could be the week he returns to form. The Colts offense was on the whole kept off the field in their last contest, but our source says Manning should return to his normal self this week. His O-line needs to block for him, though; his shuffling feet can't save him forever.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars' David Garrard has had less protection from his tattered O-line and less chemistry with his wideouts this year, in part leading to his fantasy disappointment so far this year.
  • The New England Patriots have "no confidence" in Matt Cassel's ability to effectively throw beyond 20 or 25 yards with.
  • The lack of protection for San Francisco 49ers quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan is a trade-off of the Niners' big-play ability under offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Niners are tied for second in the league with 20 plays of 20 yards or more.

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Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • The Atlanta Falcons prefer to utilize a blocking tight end; offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, a former NFL tight end, was more of a blocker than a receiver. Current position holder Ben Hartsock is more of an H-back. 
  • Rookie John Carlson should still see some involvement in the Seattle Seahawks offense despite the influx of returning receivers. They don't want to cut him off completely because they like his talent.

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