Week Five Picks: QBs & RBs

We’ve just completed the 1st quarter of the NFL season and teams and players have started to form a clearer picture in our head. The 2nd quarter of the season begins now in week 5; therefore based off the past four weeks, I’m going to give you the quarterbacks and running backs that I like this weekend. Here are my tone-setters for week 5.


Tom Brady vs. Dallas Cowboys

I’m going Mr. Obvious here with Brady! He has been on fire to say the least through 3 games (9 TDs and 0 INTs), averaging an insane 370 passing yards per game. To put that into perspective, his passing yards alone would be 11th in the NFL in total yards per game for teams. Dallas gets Mr. Brady with 2 weeks to prepare and a defense that couldn’t stop Dew Brees or Matt Ryan, with Brees throwing for 359 yards and 2 TDs while Ryan had 285 with 2 TDs and 0 INTs.

Matt Ryan vs. Washington Redskins

As much as it pains me to pick a QB against my former team, I have to be realistic. Let’s face it, Ryan and Julio Jones are significantly better than Sam Bradford and Riley Cooper. After watching Bradford connect with Cooper, Miles Austin and Nelson Agholor for BIG plays in the 2nd half last week against a banged up Redskins secondary, Ryan has to be excited. Not to mention Washington’s defense is hard to run on, therefore I expect Atlanta to try and air it out.

Others: Aaron Rodgers vs. STL; Eli Manning vs. S.F


Justin Forsett vs. Cleveland Browns

Baltimore finally got Forsett going in the run game against Pittsburgh last week, gaining 129 yards on the ground. Cleveland’s defense ranks 31st against the run, just one from the bottom. With WR Steve Smith Sr. out, look for Baltimore to emphasize Forsett pounding the football against the Browns.

Mark Ingram vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Ingram has been the most consistent player on Saints offense this year; he leads the team in rushing yards and receptions.  I know C.J. Spiller had the game-winning TD catch in OT against Dallas, however Ingram is still their bell-cow. Philly’s defense only gives up 3.3 yards per carry, but expect Ingram to get plenty of passes thrown his way, which also helps in a PPR format like FantasyDraft’s.

Others: Le’Veon Bell vs. S.D.; Darren Sproles vs. N.O

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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