Fantasy Football Insider - Week 5

by Bryce McRae and Tim Heaney on October 9, 2010 @ 00:34:38 PDT

 


Here's what KFFL's inside sources are saying this week.

Quarterbacks

  • Arizona Cardinals rook Max Hall commands the huddle well and makes decent decisions but doesn't have much of an arm. Biggest thing in his favor? He'll probably be starting the rest of the way unless he's horrible.
  • The lack of QB protection in a Mike Martz offense, the New York Giants' pass rush, the Chicago Bears not giving tight ends blocking help and Jay Cutler holding the ball too long produced Sackapocalypse 2010. The Bears will probably discuss more with Cutler on why it's important to get rid of the ball.
    Even with Todd Collins starting this weekend, the Bears should run their normal offense, though they might eliminate some deep drops to make it easier on the offensive line.
  • The Cleveland Browns won't make a decision until Saturday night, but Jake Delhomme (ankle) likely will be back behind center come Sunday.
  • The Baltimore Ravens should be able to contain the Denver Broncos' Kyle Orton. Our insider felt Orton wouldn't go for 300 yards again. Baltimore should let the Denver receivers catch passes but won't let them knock out big yards after the catch.
  • Matt Schaub likes to wait for downfield routes to develop ... hence, the ample times he has been sacked. The Houston Texans will try to focus on having Schaub take fewer five-step drops, and have him make quick decisions - throw it quickly, or throw it away.
  • Brett Favre (elbow, ankle) has been wearing a big wrap on his elbow and the tendonitis could eventually be a big concern. He'll be on a pitch count for now.
    The league is also looking into his "actions" while a member (pun not intended) of the New York Jets. A suspension is a possibility.
  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid hasn't ruled out sticking with Kevin Kolb even if Michael Vick (rib) is healthy. It probably depends on how well Kolb plays and how long Vick sits.
    Some question whether Kolb looks downfield enough, but our source felt he is capable of throwing the ball deeper.

Running backs

  • Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
    Catching flak, but will play
    The Atlanta Falcons aren't scared of much in the Cleveland Browns' offense and will focus most of their efforts on slowing Peyton Hillis (thigh).
  • The only way Jerome Harrison (no carries last week) gets more than a handful of carries for the Browns is if Hillis is hurt or Cleveland needs to run the ball to the outside more. Harrison doesn't look 100 percent healthy, either, and take awhile to get loosened up.
  • The Baltimore Ravens have floated around Willis McGahee in trade offers and would be willing to give him up, but no one has bitten.
  • Expect Fred Jackson to hold a slight edge on touches as the new Buffalo Bills' starter. C.J. Spiller won't be an afterthought. Though he's struggling on pass protection, Buffalo will try to avoid having him perform those duties - lining him up in the slot and also sometimes havinn Jackson to block. Both backs can perform goal line work, but the bigger Jackson is the better bet.
  • Our Dallas Cowboys insider is at the "believe it when I see it" point regarding Dallas increasing Felix Jones' touches; the sage believes that if Dallas follows through, though, they ought to give him 12 to 15 touches per game.
  • The Denver Broncos might sprinkle in Andre Brown behind starter Laurence Maroney and No. 2 Correll Buckhalter this week with Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) out in Week 5.
  • The Detroit Lions' Jahvid Best (toe) didn't appear to be too affected by his injured toe. Field conditions might have played a part in his down week.
  • The Green Bay Packers might be throwing some carries at Dimitri Nance this week given the way the ground attack has stalled under John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson. Despite not being all that fast, Nance is physical for his size and has short-area quickness. Not saying to go and grab him in every fantasy league, but at least keep an eye on his Week 5 performance. James Starks (hamstring) is also nearly able to come back, so Nance's impact might be limited anyway.
  • Expect to see a heavy dose of Kansas City Chiefs runners Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles this week to keep the Indianapolis Colts' offense off the field.
  • The New Orleans Saints should split the touches evenly again between Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory, maybe slightly more of Betts because of his pass protection and receiving skills. The latter was hobbled around a bit earlier this week but will still play.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) should see his usual work for the New York Giants unless his injury flares up during the game. He has played through this injury before, and he has forgone practice and still played on Sundays before. Brandon Jacobs will be in his typical small complementary role. 
  • Michael Bush will receive all the work for the Oakland Raiders that would normally have gone to Darren McFadden (hamstring).
  • The expectation is that LeSean McCoy (rib) won't be slowed by his injured rib, but the Philadelphia Eagles runner has never played with it outside of the second half last week. He's expected to play but will wear a flak jacket.
  • The St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson (groin) wore what he calls a "groin contraption" in Week 4, which is composed of two pairs of compression shorts and a strap attached to his thigh that helps shorten his stride. He'll wear the same thing when he plays in Week 5.
  • Ryan Mathews owners might feel a bit queasy after reading this. Mike Tolbert should see 20-plus touches for the foreseeable future until the San Diego Chargers are confident enough to let Mathews carry the load. They want the rookie back to be fully healthy physically and mentally. Mathews has proven to be easily shaken during his first NFL season, admitting that he vomits before games and doesn't rebound well emotionally from mistakes.
    San Diego wants him to find some success in situations with less pressure so he has a foundation to build on. If you have Mathews on your team, you must stand pat because the team wants him to eventually move into the featured back role, but you'll have to be patient.
  • The San Francisco 49ers could get Brian Westbrook more involved this week, especially with his former team coming to town.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers' breakdown of touches probably will have Cadillac Williams with most of the carries, Kareem Huggins giving him a break for a couple of series and LeGarrette Blount receiving short-yardage work.
  • Chris Johnson has appeared more tentative this year, like he's trying to hit the home run, but the Tennessee Titans' offensive line hasn't been as good. A lack of a vertical passing game and Johnson being the focus of opposing defenses has also contributed to his "slow start."
  • Our insider didn't expect to see the Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis (groin) again this year, and Portis will have to take a big reduction in pay to stick around next year.
    Touch split with Portis out: majority for Ryan Torain, followed by Keiland Williams getting more than Chad Simpson. The 'Skins are more confident in Williams' blitz pickup for third downs. He's expected to be activated off the practice squad Saturday.
    Washington also believes Torain's previous injuries (anterior cruciate ligament tears) were freak accidents.

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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