By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – This week the Falcons high powered offense comes to Denver to take on the Broncos stingy defense. The Broncos have questions at quarterback and so do a lot of fantasy owners this week.
Who should you start in Falcons vs Broncos?
In Week 3 the Falcons ran for more than 200 yards. In Week 4, they threw for more than 500 yards. So, what will happen this week when they face arguably the best defense in football?
If you own Falcons, you must continue to play Julio Jones (WR-ATL) after his 300 yard performance last week. Devonta Freeman (ATL-RB) is also a solid start because his backfield mate Tevin Coleman (RB-ATL) may not play due to sickle cell anemia and the mile-high air.
I’d still feel confident dialing up the Broncos defense if you are fortunate enough to have them. C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) is a no-brainer, but the wide receiver situation is a little more confusing. Emanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) and Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) are both decent starts – but the matchup isn’t quite as juicy this week and I’m less optimistic with a banged up Trevor Siemian (QB-DEN) under center.
Which quarterbacks should you target in Week 5?
Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle are all on bye weeks. That means you must sit fantasy stars like Drew Brees (QB-NO), Russell Wilson (QB-SEA) and Blake Bortles (QB-JAC). Also, Cam Newton (QB-CAR), Carson Palmer (QB-ARI) and even last week’s popular pickup Trevor Siemian (QB-DEN) were knocked out of their Week 3 matchups. So who’s available?
Snatch Philip Rivers (QB-SD), Derek Carr (QB-OAK), Kirk Cousins (QB-WAS), Andy Dalton (QB-CIN) or Matt Ryan (QB-ATL) if by chance they are available. If you are in a deeper league, try Carson Wentz (QB-PHI), Joe Flacco (QB-BAL), or Brian Hoyer (QB-CHI) for a one-week band-aid.
Deflategate is officially over! What impact will Brady’s return have on the rest of the Patriots?
Tom Brady (QB-NE) couldn’t script a better team to return against, the (0-4 Cleveland Browns). Avoid playing any Browns as a general rule, but particularly this week. Brady was the best QB in the game last season and I think he’ll be out to prove he’s the best in the game again this week.
Expect big things out of Brady, Julian Edelman (WR-NE), LeGarrette Blount (RB-NE), and Martellus Bennett (TE-NE) who I believe can co-exist with Gronk even when he’s healthy (remember the production Aaron Hernandez had opposite Gronk?)
Which star players should we be concerned with?
Speaking of Rob Gronkowski (TE-NE) a lot of owners put their first round draft pick on the bench last week. When he’s healthy, he will be the best at his position once again. Expect production soon, if not this week.
I was concerned about Julio Jones after a 17-yard performance in Week 3, and then he proved every doubter (300 yards, 1 TD) why he’s the top receiver not named Antonio Brown.
I expected a similar explosion from Odell Beckham who has been held in check for the most part this year. That didn’t happen in Week 4. He’s obviously not on the same page with Eli Manning after posting just 23 yards against the Vikings. I expect better in the weeks to come when Beckham faces the Packers and the Ravens.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR-HOU) has also disappeared the past two weeks, and in Week 5 gets the Vikings (see Odell Beckham above). I’d seriously consider sitting him down, if you have other options. He’ll come back around – but not this week.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.