2012 Fantasy Football, Week 5: Ryan Williams, Arian Foster are smart starts this week

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

A look at Week Five of the NFL season with a fantasy football twist.


Not a great week for my predictions. For three up I was right about Aaron Rodgers, but Brandon Lloyd and Percy Harvin were decent, not great. In three down Cam Newton and Alfred Morris were both tremendous so I was dead wrong about that, was on point about Ryan Williams.

Three Up

Arizona Cardinals Running Back Ryan Williams

Last week I didn't like Williams, this week I think the Cardinals running back has his breakout game against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night. I expect him to get in the end zone and be right around 100 yards, maybe even cross the century mark. In Week 4 the Seahawks ran for 179 yards on 5.3 yards for carry at the Edward Jones Dome. Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100 yards and got into the end zone. On the year the Rams have allowed the 26th most rush yards in the NFL and have allowed six rushing touchdowns, which is tied for second worst across the league.

Houston Texans Running Back Arian Foster

I know it's easy to put his name in here, but going up against the New York Jets with Ben Tate being a little bit banged up a 200 yard and multiple touchdown day is in play. This could be the biggest fantasy football statistic day of the year. The Jets have allowed seven rushing touchdowns on the season and allowing 172 yards per game.

New York Giants Wide Receiver Domenik Hixon

Two weeks ago it was Ramses Barden and this past week Hixon was the Giants WR to step up in the absence of Hakeem Nicks. It doesn't sound like the outlook is much better for Nicks this week when New York will be taking on the Cleveland Browns, who are still without top flight cornerback Joe Haden. Nixon got significantly more snaps that Barden and looked to be higher on Eli Manning's list of targets. This gets erased if Nicks is active.

Three Down

Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew

The Chicago Bears defense has been nothing short of phenomenal so far this season and that's what MJD has to deal with on Sunday. Chicago has allowed less than 300 rushing yards total this year and only given up one rushing TD.

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

I hate putting Big Ben on the list even when they play a team like Philadelphia. An offense like the Steelers who struggle to run the ball are always a threat to put up big numbers through the air no matter who they are playing. But with their offensive line woes and how good the Eagles corners are on the outside I could Pittsburgh's offense struggling.

New York Jets Offense

Don't play anyone, might be that way the entire season. Only player to really monitor is back up running back Bilal Powell.

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