Oct 8, 2011

Week 5 Previews

For the second week in a row, there will be only cross-divisional match ups as Division 1 and Division 2 face off. Last week, Division 2 completed the clean sweep, sending all of Division 1 on losing streaks. Division 1 is looking for revenge this week.

Red Hawks (2-2, 0-2) vs Red Dragons (0-4, 0-3)

One of these owners will live true to their name and be seeing red after this week. A Red Hawks win would help Mitch keep pace with the division leaders, but would send Steve to a dismal 0-5. On the other hand, if Steve manages to pull out a win, Mitch will certainly not be happy. The first Bye Week does not seem to have a major impact on either team and both teams are healthy. The odds therefore will have to favor Mitch. Until Steve gets a win, there is not much reason to think he will in a healthy, even match like this.

Yahoo Prediction: Red Hawks win 93.76-85.83
Drew's Prediction: Red Hawks win

Players to Watch:
Red Hawks: RB LeSean McCoy- Going against a less than great Bill's defense could lead to a big day in what could be a shootout.
Red Dragons: QB Eli Manning- If Eli has a big day against the abysmal Seahawks, Steve could pull off the upset.

The Rabid Penguins (2-2, 1-2) vs Annihilating Angels (1-3, 0-2)

The Eggleston brothers go head to head this weekend as they both try to give their team a jump. Sitting in 4th place in their respective divisions, the loser of this match up will have even more work to do to salvage their season. Both teams are hit rather hard by the Bye Week, making this an even more intriguing and hard to predict match-up. As of Saturday morning, Ryan had not yet set his lineup, throwing Yahoo's prediction off. For that reason, it has not been included.

Yahoo Prediction: N/A
Drew's Prediction: Annihilating Angels wins

Players to Watch:
The Rabid Penguins: WR Eric Decker- With 5 total touchdowns already this year, Decker is a huge breakout player and can make a difference in the win-loss column.
Annihilating Angels: QB Curtis Painter- Painter looked respectable last week and faces a Chief's team that could allow him to have his first big day as a pro.

Lehman Demons (2-2, 2-0) vs Dogs of War (2-2, 1-1)

The Dogs of War come limping into this matchup with injuries to the top of Scott's RB and WR corps. Last week, the injury to RB Beanie Wells did not seem to slow him down, but WR Andre Johnson is out for sure. Demon's RB Rashard Mendenhall has been disappointing thus far and is now injured as well. This does not hurt the Demons much though, with two other strong RBs in Ryan Matthews and Fred Jackson to fill the void. The Demons are better then their 2-2 record may indicate and are just fractions of a point behind the Ferocious Foxes for the second highest scoring team in the League.

Yahoo Predictions: Lehman Demons win 102.31-84.70
Drew's Prediction: Lehman Demons win

Players to Watch:
Lehman Demons: RB Fred Jackson- Fred Jackson is 4th in the NFL in rushing. The Eagles are 3rd worst in run defense. 'Nuff said.
Dogs of War: RB Beanie Wells- Scott needs another huge day from Beanie against a poor Vikings D.

Ferocious Foxes (3-1, 2-0) vs Angler Pigs (2-2, 2-1)

Husband and Wife square off in this battle for Fantasy Family supremacy. Maria is enjoying a great start to her Fantasy career with impressive wins over Mike's Big Dawgs and the Lehman Demons. The Angler Pigs, meanwhile, continue to be the model of consistency, scoring between 107 and 115 points every week thusfar. Unfortunately, this has not been enough for the Angler Pigs twice, and they sit in the middle of the pack at 2-2. Worse yet, this is the first in a series of match-ups against the top teams in the League, with the Demons on the schedule for next week, followed up by Mike's Big Dawgs after that. With additional problems from Bye Weeks in coming weeks, the Angler Pigs could very well drop to 2-5 before things get better.

Yahoo Prediction: Ferocious Foxes win 99.60-89.72
Drew's Prediction: Drew does not predict his own game.

Players to Watch:
Ferocious Foxes: QB Tom Brady- Brady's favorite target, Wes Welker, is the Angler Pig's best player. Any passes to Welker will help the Pigs more than the Foxes.
Angler Pigs: RB Shonn Green- The RB problems continue for the Pigs. Green has yet to show his worth as a fantasy starter, but the Angler Pigs simply don't have a better option.

White Star Fleet (3-1, 2-0) vs Lehman Demons (3-1, 2-1)

Two of the top teams in the League face-off this week in a high powered matchup. After some injuries and a tough match took Mike's Big Dawgs down in Week 1, they have been on a rampage since. White Star Fleet, on the other hand, suffered their first loss in an upset last week. This pairing is actually good for the rest of the League, as some teams will be able to gain some ground on one of these two. Both teams have some starters that are on the Bye, but the replacement players should fill in pretty well. Yahoo has this a game of inches, with prediction separated by just over a point. Also at stake is the record for longest winning streak so far in League history. Mike's current three game streak matches the three game streak Keith put together early in the season. With a win, Keith will keep his name in the record books, but Mike is looking to take sole possession of that record to go along with his 5 other records.

Yahoo Prediction: White Star Fleet wins 100.69-99.31
Drew's Prediction: Mike's Big Dawgs win

Players to Watch:
White Star Fleet: RB Isaac Redman- From the waiver wire to the starting line up, Redman is a good bye week replacement considering the injury to Mendenhall.
Mike's Big Dawgs- QB Aaron Rodgers- Six touchdowns like last week probably won't happen again, but Rodgers is arguably the best fantasy player right now.

Prediction Records:
Last Week (Week 4):
Yahoo! Predictions: 2-3 (0.400)
Drew's Predictions: 2-2 (0.500)
Yahoo! Predictions: 5-5 (0.500)
Drew's Predictions: 5-3 (0.625)

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