Week 5 is almost in the books and here are some early crib notes.

Cam Newton: He’s going to have his ups and downs every game like he did against the Saints, but he’s immune to bad fantasy games. He’s on pace to set the record for most quarterback rushing touchdowns in a year and by a long ways. I love me some Cam and I don’t care who knows it!

Adrian Peterson: He scored 3 first quarter touchdowns and then coasted. He remains the best running back in the league and it’s not even close. He is an unstoppable force of nature. Like a hurricane, but more agile.

Ben Roethlisberger: 5 touchdown passes on a gimped up foot wasn’t what most people were expecting. He only threw for 228 yards, but it was an efficient showing that gives me some faith that the Steelers can game plan around some of their o-line deficiencies. And makes me feel much better about Mike Wallace going forward.

Tim Tebow: Tebow somehow just rah rahs his team to at least get excited about playing football. I don’t know how much energy and grit and whatever can last, but his ability to scramble and score near the goal line will make up for some of his deficiencies, especially in fantasy.

Frank Gore: He doesn’t look too old or slow or crappy anymore. He’s been on his game the last two weeks and pretty much ran over the Buccaneers this week for 125 yards and a touchdown. Funny how quickly things can change in this game. I was ready to crown Kendall Hunter as Gore was averaging under 3 yards a carry and had hurt his ankle, but he’s looked great and I can’t say there’s any reason to sell high right now.

Vincent Jackson: He got Champ Bailey’d this week and then he’ll get bye’d and then Revis’d. That’s eff’d. But he should get 100% healthy over the bye and will have a productive second half of the season. He’s someone to target.

Aaron Hernandez: In his first game back he had 9 targets to Gronkowski’s 4, but Gronkowski was so ill that he didn’t even participate in pre-game warmups.  Next week we should see a return to the Pats tight end-centric offense with both able to put up startable numbers.

Eric Decker: His 2 receptions for -4 yards was a nice crotch kick for his fantasy owners and then seeing Tim Tebow come in for Orton was a pie to the face, but one made of shaving cream. Decker loses value with Tebow at the helm whereas Brandon Lloyd should be ok since Timmy Ballgame likes to chuck it up to him with wild abandon.

Stevan Ridley: I write this blurb with a heavy heart. Ridley got off to a slow start and Benjarvus “long hyphenated stupid face name ” Green-Ellis went off for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns.  I’m not going to give up on Ridley, but BJGE took a firmer grip on the running back job. I don’t want to drop him for the following guy, but I might.

Jackie Battle: Jackie Battle attorney at law had a nice game against the Colts. His 20 carries for 50 yards last year and his inability to do anything in 4 years didn’t instill much confidence in him coming into this week. His biggest skill is falling forward according to Matt Cassel. He needs good blocking to succeed and he got it. He is not going to blow anyone away, but he is going to continue to get his chances. Yes, if you need a live body during the byes (his is next week) I’d grab him, even for my man Ridley, but if you are stashing some lottery tickets I just don’t see cashing in on him.

Pierre Garcon: Curtis Painter seems to like Garcon and it’s paying off in fantasy. Garcon led the team with 9 targets and had 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s of course worth picking up, but I’d be selling high. This team is just not that good. The Chiefs defense on the other hand, is that bad.

A.J. Green: Green is good enough to elevate Andy Dalton’s game. He makes many catches that he shouldn’t (well, he should because he’s awesome) and as long as he keeps getting his targets he will continue to be a wide receiver 2 in fantasy circles. Those are the best kind of circles.

Ryan Mathews: This guy could be a top 5 back if he could stay healthy. He had 125 yards rushing and looked good doing it as usual, but injured his calf. Mike Tolbert left the game with a concussion so Jacob Hester was next in line. Thankfully they have a bye next week and Mathews should at least start their next game. I just hope he finishes it.

Darrius Heyward-Bey: Has he finally turned a corner or is this a mirage? I like the amount of targets he got, but the Raiders have too many good receivers and run the ball too much. I’d add DHB in the hopes that he continues to turn this corner, but he’s swerved back into the ditch enough times to not drop anyone decent for him.

DeAngelo Williams: His 69 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty and that’s what he’s capable of. Unfortunately he’s not going to sniff a goal line carry and his touches will fluctuate tremendously depending on many factors. His skill is why you’ve kept him and with teams worried about Cam Newton’s arm and legs DWilly should have good lanes to run into when he does get the ball. But you do have to expect some inconsistency.

Victor Cruz: Darn, this guy just makes plays. He led the team with 11 targets and even though Manningham did start Cruz is the full time slot guy now and will be on the field enough to get his targets. All three of the Giants receivers should be rostered, but not all three will be able to put up numbers consistently. But while Cruz is hot he is worth throwing out there.

Doug Baldwin: He had 8 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown and has thrown together a couple more nice games this season. He’s going to be inconsistent in that offense and his bye is next week so he’s not a must add in 12 team leagues. If you’ve got some crap to scrape off your team’s shoe you could scoop him up though.

James Jones: Lordy lordy look who dropped 140. That Aaron Rodgers sure is good huh? James Jones was the beneficiary this week for 140 yards and a touch down. There are absolutely too many good receivers on the Packers. They need some outbreaks of staph infection or something to thin out that crowd.

Joseph Addai: He left the game with a strained hamstring and Donald Brown and Delone Carter took over for him. Carter got a goal line touchdown, but Donald Brown out played him for the most part. That isn’t good. You really, really don’t want that on your resume. I kind of doubt he’d put that on there though. Experience: Outplayed by Donald Brown. Crumple, crumple, toss, 2 points! The crowd goes wild!

Dwayne Bowe: I hope you didn’t take my advice and sell high on Bowe! I still can’t see this offense being consistent, but somehow Bowe keeps getting his. I’d still sell high, but now it’s even higher. Don’t sell until you get to the tippy top. And he does have a bye next week. If you are hurting that might give you some incentive to sell and get that Todd Haley stink of your clothes.

Josh Freeman: He faced a bad 49ers pass defense and could only muster 187 yards passing on 33 attempts while adding a couple interceptions. This Buccaneers team just looked horrible. You won’t be able to count on any of the Tampa Bay receivers (yeah, I’m looking at you Mike Williams) until they can start getting into some kind of rhythm.

Santonio Holmes: The Jets didn’t take advantage of the Patriots obvious weakness in the secondary, but thankfully Holmes did get into the end zone. His 6 targets to Plaxico Burress’ 8 seems fairly idiotic. Burress has lost a step and isn’t going to do much after the catch if he does end up catching the ball. Holmes is their best receiver and should see more targets. We’ll see if he does.

  1. Mike says:
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    What say you about Denarius Moore and his shrinking production? On that note, what of David Nelson too?

  2. Colin says:
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    That’s what I don’t get about the Raiders and Bills. Moore is by FAR their most talented WR, I mean it’s not even close, and they don’t even use the guy. He would stretch the field even more for DMC. It’s just stupid to waste an asset like that.

    As for Nelson, the guy is a beast. A 6’5″ slot receiver? Hello? Cmon Gailey ffs…USE HIM. They guy went off in the first half against NE for 6 for 84 and then he wasn’t thrown to at all in the 2nd half and has done dick since then. Today’s TD catch didn’t make a difference because it was HIS ONLY FRIGGIN CATCH.

    I don’t understand these teams and their dumb coaches. They have killer talent right in front of them and they refuse to take advantage.

  3. Buffalo Bill says:
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    @Colin: Chan Gailey has led a bunch of undrafted Bills to a 4-1 record, I’d say he’s doing something right! Fitz is spreading the ball around, which is good for football and bad for fantasy. He’s not throwing enough to be a solid start every week. The only Bill that will have solid & consistent output is Freddy J (and George Wilson if you’re in an IDP league).

    It’s the same situation with the Raiders– DHB and Jacoby Ford are quite talented as well… Louis Murphy and Schilens have the ability to impress, but don’t do so as often. The only Raider I would ever want to start is DMC.

  4. Rocky says:
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    Would you trade McGahee, Marshall, Fitzpatrick for Mendenhall and Romo? Nicks, Bowe, S. Rice are my other wr’s. Gore, McCoy, Best are other rb’s.

  5. Michael says:
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    Need some help here – my running back situation is terrible ever since Charles went down. Right now I’ve got Tolbert, McCluster, Moreno, Ridley, and Pierre Thomas. Are any of them worth dropping for Battle? Since my team is so terrible, I’ve got first dibs on the waiver wire. I was thinking about dropping either McCluster or Thomas for Battle… thoughts?

    Thanks!

  6. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    hey Doc,what do y’think of this offer?

    its a 10 team non ppr,we start 1 QB,2 WR,2 RB,1 TE,1 W/R;I have Rice,Best,Bradshaw,Fred Jackson and D. Thomas at RB.I really need a productive TE and/or WR.

    I get Boldin and A-Her for Bradshaw.

    also,the same guy own Vernon Davis.I could try to swing a deal involving him.Which TE would you prefer ROS?

    thnks.

  7. The Vaporizers says:
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    Good morning Doc, had a question for you.

    I have a Pats homer who really wants Stephan Ridley from me. After the lawfirms huge game yesterday, I was feeling pretty open to trading him if I can get the better end of the deal. I am pretty sure that he would give me Mark Ingram since he hasn’t started him once all season. What are your thoughts on that? Who do you prefer for the rest of the season?

  8. The Vaporizers says:
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    and its in a PPR league

  9. Howie says:
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    @Doc: non-PPR waiver wire scramble– Garcon or J. Jones?

  10. Shippity says:
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    I love how half the questions asked are answered in the above article.

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    Gates was dropped. Do you see him as a better backup to Finley or should I stick with A-Her?

  12. atherton32 says:
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    Do I trade Hightower for Colston?

  13. Plainview says:
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    Would you drop Lance Moore for Steve Breaston or Victor Cruz?

  14. Van Haggard says:
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    I am a cam Newton owner who drafted Schaub. Im trying to trade schaub away to other owners weak at QB but its just impossible. I know I shouldn’t just drop him… frustrating.

  15. The Vaporizers says:
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    Van Haggard, I’m in the same boat as you with Josh Freeman. I’m putting in a claim for Tebow and dropping Freeman. Tebow could end up having trade value, but Freeman, and Schaub, don’t.

  16. Project badass says:
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    .5 PPR, non-keeper

    A team is trying to move Lance Moore and needs a TE. Who would you pair with Gresham to try and get a deal done (Ridley, Hunter, Spiller, Titus Young)?

    QB- Eli, Flacco
    RBx2- Best, Gore
    Flex- Felix Jones
    WRx3- Welker, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd
    TE- Witten

    BN RB- Ridley, Hunter, Spiller
    BN WR- Titus Young
    BN TE- Gresham

  17. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Project badass: Moore isn’t getting enough work to target right now.

    @Plainview: I could see dropping him for Cruz

    @atherton32: Yeah

    @Wilsonian: Tough call. I wouldn’t want to drop AHer for him, but I’d want to pick him up!

    @Howie: Garcon

    @The Vaporizers: I’d take Ingram for him

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Davis might be more consistent. I’d give him a shot.

    @Michael: I’d drop McCluster.

    @Rocky: Tough call. I think you could do a little better, but I’d take it if you can’t.

    @Mike: Moore was taken out by Joseph, but he’s going to stay inconsistent. I like Nelson if Jones is out, otherwise it’s going to be tough to rely on him every week.

  18. Van Haggard says:
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    Does the injury to Morgan help or hurt Crabtree? Is he a better option than Lance Moore?

  19. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Hey Doc,

    Darn – just missed your responses. Anyhow, thought I’d throw this your way…

    I have both Mr. Stafford and Mr. Newton. I am having a hard time figuring out who to start. They even have the same Bye week. I am guessing my best bet is to try and move one of them.

    Any suggestions on which you’d sell and what you’d look for? My main need is WR/RB (you don’t say!).

  20. Megatron Lives says:
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    0.5PPR. On my bench, I have Jordy Nelson and Sidney Rice to choose from for my WR2. They can be very inconsistent weekly. Is there someone better out there? Johnny Knox, Greg Little, Steve Breaston, James Jones, Doug Baldwin, Naaman Roosevelt. I hear Greg Little will be starting at the X spot. My only other guys I can drop are Kendall Hunter (backing up FJackson and JBest) or Jerod Mayo. Thanks!

  21. Scott Cass says:
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    Trade SJax & Manningham for Roddy & Addai? .5PPR 12 team

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    @Doc: ok, so I’ve got Roddy, VJax, Smiff, Santonio, DHB as my WR (we play 3). Would you drop DHB to hang on to A-Her and snag Gates? Or do you just drop A-Her? It’s a tough call.

  23. Rocky says:
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    Hey Doc, you think it’s a good deal to trade away McGahee, Fitzpatrick, and Marshall, for Newton and Blount? I was thinking about asking for Mendenhall instead of Blount.

  24. The Vaporizers says:
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    Doc, are you a believer is Jason Hill? Do you like him better than David Nelson for ROS? It seemed like Hill and Gabbert had some good chemistry out there.

  25. The Vaporizers says:
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    And throw Jacoby Ford into that mix. You dropping Jacoby for Hill? Because I think I gotta hold onto Nelson with the recent Donald Jones injury.

  26. TheJMan says:
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    Hey Doc … So I have McCoy, McFadden & Freddie Jax at RB’s. I can only start 2 RB’s, and no flex in this league. My QB situation sucks though. Which of the three RB’s would you trade away? I’ve been offered Romo for FJax straight up — worth it?

  27. The Vaporizers says:
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    One more.

    Lance Moore or Mario Manningham.

    Already have Nicks so I wouldn’t be a huge fan starting 4 Giants WR’s week to week, but I have just been hating all the Saints WR’s for some reason this year.

  28. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @The Vaporizers: I’d want Manny over Moore.

    @TheJMan: He’s the one I would trade away, but you should be able to get more than that, at least on paper.

    @The Vaporizers: I’m not really a believer. The bulk of his yardage was on a broken play.

    @Rocky: I’d rather have Mendy.

    @Wilsonian: I would drop DHB

    @Megatron Lives: I do like the news on Little, but I’d probably hold for now.

    @Scott Cass: Nah.

    @SaltyBiscuits: I’d hold Stafford because of the dome.

    @Van Haggard: I think dropping Moore for Crabtree is a decent idea.

  29. Scott Cass says:
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    Thanks, Soc!…so in a different direction, trade SJax & Graham to get FJax & Daniels? Again .5ppr

  30. Derrick says:
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    Any idea on RB’s to target for Garcon? I am struggling coming up with one.

  31. Eng says:
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    2QB league….Sage Rosenfels is still droppable as the job is Moore’s, right? Just checking….

  32. RodneyHampton says:
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    Doc,

    PPR: What do you think of me offering Gore & Bowe for Arian Foster?

    It would leave me with Roddy, Santonio, and Lance as my three starting WRs; my 2RBs+1 flex would become Foster, CJ, +Hillis/Felix Jones.

    Thanks!

  33. Doc

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    @Scott Cass: Graham may slow down, but he’s looking like he could easily be the #1TE and FJax has had a pretty easy schedule. I think I would hold.

    @Eng: It’s not cut and dry. Moore will get the first shot for sure, but I could see Rosenfels win that job. He’s droppable in the short term if you don’t have room.

    @Derrick: Starks, Ingram?

  34. T-Bone says:
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    Hey Doc, my RCL league, Assasins of Razzville, isn’t listed in the master standings. Whats goin on?

  35. Clay says:
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    Santana Moss or Cruz this week?

  36. Blain Train says:
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    Somebody in my league made the I’ll-advised decision to drop Roesthlisberger minutes before the start of his 5 TD game. Should I pick up the “Big Burger” with the Swiss cheese OL or Tim Tebow? I’m planning to drop Grossman for either if I can get ’em. If I get Tebow, I’d start Freeman during Denver’s week 6 bye. thanks for the advice

  37. passarelli says:
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    bad team here but not giving up got
    matt ryan
    Torrain
    Hightower
    Starks
    Daniel Thomas
    Ridley
    Redman
    Jennings
    Vjax
    N Wash
    Mike Thomas
    and D. more
    te is keller

    question…drop anybody for qb help can get grossman, alex smith or painter. On rb can get battle. On wr can get DHB, Titus young. On te can get cook or fred davis.

    would u move any those low tier guys for any of those fa?

  38. The Vaporizers says:
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    Thanks a lot Doc, but appreciated!

  39. batman the horse says:
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    Cutler (v Min) is my QB for next week, but I’m not feeling too confident after this first half. What are your thoughts on the following options (slim pickins, I know):

    Alex Smith @ Det
    Andy Dalton v Ind
    Sam Bradford @ GB
    Curtis Painter @ Cin

    Thanks!

  40. Randy says:
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    Fred Davis or Dickson for the rest of the year?
    Hernandez is my starter
    Davis plays CAR and Dickson plays JAC on Hernandez’s bye week if that matters.
    Thanks

  41. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @T-Bone: Can you send me the link to the standings page?

    @Randy: I like both, but Davis has more upside.

    @batman the horse: I kinda like Dalton

    @passarelli: I’d drop Redman for Battle

    @Clay: Moss most likely

    @Blain Train: That’s tough. I’m going to lean Ben, but Tebow is a bit of a wild card.

  42. Chuck says:
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    Hate to disagree on Gore. There’s a good reason to sell high. Look at the number of carries he’s had the last three years: 240, 229, and 203. Not only are those numbers low, but they’re DECLINING. Plus, we saw how he looked in the first few weeks. Odds are, he reverts soon enough. As a former LT owner, last year at this time I thought I’d hit the jackpot. But the decline had already started. We’ll see that Gore again soon enough, if he doesn’t get hurt first.

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