Sunday Sidepiece: NFL Week 5

Alright, loyal followers, I promise I will not ramble on about trying to find a way to fit James Washington into your starting lineup for a third week in a row…

But I will tell you that this week’s sleeper picks come with my personal guarantee that if you happen to use one of them, and they don’t live up to your expectations, I’ll dedicate the opening of my beer to begin a podcast episode to you. You just need to hit me up on Twitter letting me know which player I suggested that ended up screwing you over. And if you don’t know about the ceremonial cracking of a beer to begin each podcast episode, I suggest you get subscribed via one of the links below.

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Alright now that you’re subscribed to the podcast and you have my personal guarantee if I fail you, let’s get you some sidepiece action.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins

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Has Sony Michel found his way out of your starting lineup after scoring double-digit fantasy points just once through the season’s first four weeks? If so, it’s time to crawl back. After thinking about it, Michel is more so your main chick that you’re asking for forgiveness from after getting caught with your sidepiece. But since he may have been demoted from your starting lineup the last couple of weeks, we’re throwing him into this sidepiece article because it’s time to give him another spin. Washington has allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game, and after Tom Brady takes the Redskins’ sole in the first half, the Patriots will lean on Michel to work the clock in route to an easy victory on Sunday. Look for a nice bounce back of 100+ yards and at least one score.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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After recording over 100 receiving yards and double-digit fantasy points each of the first two weeks, Larry Fitzgerald has failed to top 47 receiving yards in a single game. A couple of things here. First, you can’t keep Larry Legend down for too long, and second, who better to bounce back against than the Cincinnati Bengals? The Bengals’ defense, despite allowing 27 points last Monday night to the Steelers, looked better against the pass than they should have as Pittsburgh did almost everything it could to handcuff Mason Rudolph and limit the amount of passes that traveled more than 10 yards through the air. Despite being limited by play calling, Rudolph still totaled 229 yards and two TD’s in the Steelers’ romping of the Bengals. Expect Kyler Murray to be given multiple chances to make plays down the field, and expect Fitzgerald to be a primary beneficiary.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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This may be my favorite sidepiece play so far this season. Some of you may be starting Jacoby Brissett since he’s had a pretty consistent fantasy season so far, but in the event he’s riding your bench and your typical starter has a less-than-ideal matchup this weekend, go ahead and commit the ultimate sin and cheat on your quarterback by inserting Brissett. His fantasy points and number of pass attempts have continued to rise each week, and he’s tied for the league lead with 10 passing touchdowns. Now Brissett gets a prime-time matchup against the Chiefs who’ve given up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this season. On top of that, T.Y. Hilton may return from injury this week, reconnecting Brissett with his most talented offensive weapon. So go ahead, do it, plug Brissett into your QB1 spot. Do you feel dirty? Good. You should – it’s a sidepiece article.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals

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Have you heard all of the terrible stats regarding the Cardinals and their inability to slow down opposing team’s tight ends this year? I’m sure you have, so I’m not going to regurgitate them all here for you, but in case you haven’t, just know that the Cardinals have been miserable against TE’s so far this season. And while it’s not like the Bengals are some offensive juggernaut, I do see them scoring some points in this one as the Cardinals are fourth worst in the league allowing nearly 29 points per game. The Bengals haven’t been able to get it going on the ground this season, averaging a league-worst 49.5 rushing yards per game (wait, the Dolphins aren’t last in every stat???), so expect Andy Dalton and the offense to try to get it going through the air against the Cardinals this week. With tight ends typically being the most difficult position to project on a week-to-week basis, play the odds here and give Tyler Eifert a chance against the league’s-worst defense against tight ends.

Be sure to check out this week’s podcast episodes as we get you set for this week in fantasy with our NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview and provide you our straight up and against the spread picks for each game with our Gambling Preview Podcast!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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