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Fantasy Football Week 5 - 4 Teams on Bye

Thursday Night Football
October 4th, 2012
Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

8:20pm EST on NFL Network

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The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a BYE this week

Bye Week Impact
QB:  Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer, Josh Freeman
RB: DeMarco Murray, Mikel LeShoure, Darren McFadden, Doug Martin
WR: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Denarius Moore, Vincent Jackson
TE: Jason Witten, Brandon Pettigrew

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Favorable QB Matchups

Christian Ponder vs Teneesee Titans - The Vikings have the been surprise team of the league after a quarter of the season and a matchup against the Defense that has allowed the most completions should provide Ponder with excellent fantasy numbers.

Eli Manning vs Cleveland Browns - Without Joe Haden the Browns can't stop anyone that decides to throw the ball on them.  No team has been thrown on more than the Browns and Eli and Co. are pretty good at tossing the pigskin around.

Matt Ryan @ Washington Redskins - No team has allowed more passing yards than the Redskins and the Falcons have two of the leagues best receivers, plus the greatest TE of all time.

Favorable RB Matchups

Marshawn Lynch @ Carolina Panthers - The Panthers allow more than 5 yards per carry and have allowed 42 receptions to RBs, 8 more than anyone else! 

Adrian Peterson vs Tennessee Titans - The Titans are clearly the leagues worst defense and no team has seen more rushing attempts against them.

Ryan Mathews @ New Orleans Saints - If Ryan Mathews owners have been looking for a break out game, here it is.  The Saints defense has already allowed 589 yards on the ground!

Favorable WR Matchups

Roddy White / Julio Jones @ Washington Redskins - As mentioned these two might be the BEST WR duo in the league.  Match that up against a terrible secondary and you have magical fantasy numbers!

Victor Cruz vs Cleveland Browns - It doesn't matter if Hakeem Nicks plays or not, Cruz will be wide open all night and Eli knows how to get him the ball.

A.J. Green vs Miami Dolphins - Bengals wide receivers have scored 7 TDs, tied for the league lead with the Cardinals.  Green is the teams target leader (43) by a long shot and the Dolphins rank 30th in passing defense.

Favorable TE Matchups

Rob Gronkowsk vs Denver Broncos - This going without saying but the Pats are the top TE scoring team in the league and the Broncos are in the bottom 10 defending against the TE.

Jacob Tamme @ New England Patriots - The Broncos will counter Gronk with Tamme as the Patriots are the second worst in the NFL at defending the TE.

Kyle Rudolph vs Tennessee Titans - My gosh if there was ever a matchup for Rudolph owners this is it!  The Titans have allowed 34 receptions to opposing TE and 6 TD! 

Favorable DEF / ST Matchups

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers - Seattle is the only team in the league to hold opposing QBs under 17 fantasy points per game and that includes matchups against Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers.  Cam Newton is playing scared football and could be a turnover machine this week.

Minnesota Vikings vs Tennessee Titans - The Vikings have proven to be one of the leagues top defenses and Chris Johnson and his fantasy owners can expect him to have a lot of trouble gaining yards in this one.  Only the Niners contain RBs better.

Houston Texans @ New York Jets - Remember last week how many points the 49ers defense scored for your fantasy team?  Expect the exact same thing this week with the Texans.  When was the last time a team was shutout in back to back weeks?

Upset of the Week (1-3) 
Eagles @ Steelers

Pick 6 (15-9)
Packes @ Colts
Ravens @ Chiefs
Falcons @ Redskins
Giants vs Browns
Seahawks @ Panthers
Texans @ Jets

What to Look For

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams - Can the Rams prove they are for real in the surprisingly tough NFC West?

Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Rashard Mendenhall is back but what can he bring to the Steelers terrible run game?

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers - Turnovers are becoming Cam Newton's specialty.  Against a defense this good, can Cam Newton turn his image and the Panthers season around?

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots - The greatest QB rivalry returns but this time Manning is in a Broncos uniform.  Tom Brady usually comes out on top, but this should be a great game to watch!  Can Brandon Bolden back up last weeks performance?

San Diego Chargers @ New Orleans Saints -  If the Saints fall to 0-5 they would be the best 0-5 team in recent history.  Imagine the Saints with a top pick in this years draft and then their coaching staff returning next year?  Might be worth an 0-16 season!

Houston Texans @ New York Jets - This might be the most watch game of the early season as it seems everyone loves to see the Jets struggle and are just waiting for Rex Ryan to pull the plug on Mark Sanchez are give the ball to Tim Tebow.  Jets fans will be VERY vocal during this blowout.