BY J.P. SCOTT ON OCTOBER 2, 2013
Fear not, victims of the bye week! Know It All Football is back again this to offer up some free advice to save you time and energy tinkering with your roster and cruising the waiver wire to compensate for the holes in your lineup. Last week, we were all over Alshon Jeffery‘s big game against Detroit and actually undershot the number of carries Le’Veon Bell had against the Vikings. We did miss on a couple others, but that’s the nature of gambling with sleepers.
Let’s see who looks good in Week 5.
Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs – McCluster had a highlight-reel punt return against the Giants last week, but he was also targeted in the passing game five times, catching all five passes that came his way for 48 yards. I’d look for Andy Reid to start finding more ways to get his most dynamic player the ball. That starts Sunday in Nashville against an underrated Titans team.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars – When it comes to the 2013 Jaguars, we know they are pretty much always going to be playing from behind or in a middle of a close game with a bad team. Either way, they are going to throw the ball. The return of Justin Blackmon this week is going to draw extra attention from the St. Louis secondary. Look for Shorts to capitalize on that attention and take advantage of single coverage throughout most of the day.
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans – Schaub has been kicked around in social media all week, including by some restaurants offering specials mocking him. All of that may be merited for what the impact of his mistakes on the outcomes of actual game was, but from a fantasy perspective, he still had a fairly solid day against Seattle — one of the league’s top defenses. Now he’ll face a 49ers team that has shown some weaknesses. With the amount of offensive firepower around him, I expect Schaub to have another solid day in Week 5, especially with Aldon Smith not hurrying him.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers – Woodhead is averaging 13 touches a game over the past three weeks. The Chargers are 2-1 and real close to being 3-0 in those games and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Good things tend to happen when he’s in the game – just like we saw in New England. More often than not, those good things come when the ball is in his hands. I like him to have a big day against a shoddy Raider defense.
Brandon Myers, TE, Giants – For a struggling offense to target their tight end only once in a game is unacceptable, but that’s exactly what happened in Kansas City. The Giants abandoned all logical thinking early on in terms of trying to move the ball in week four. That included ignoring Myers as a safety net and repeatedly looking for Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks on deep routes that take time to develop. That’s a recipe for disaster when you are playing behind a substandard offensive line. Look for Tom Coughlin and the Giants to make it a point to establish some offensive rhythm against the Eagles by feeding the ball to Myers early and often.
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