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Fantasy Fixx Week 5

Week Five in the NFL

We are always in search of knowledge and more importantly that all important commodity information. If you are planning on setting a winning fantasy football lineup for week 5, then you better be in the know and certain which players are going to perform this week.

Now that we are a quarter of the way into the season, we can start to discuss trends, note tendencies, but more notably recognize that numbers don’t lie. This week’s focus for the fantasy fanatics is more target practice. If you are looking for much needed help heading into week 5, you’ve targeted the right place and we’ve got your fix.

Who’s worried….

The numbers are down somewhat at the moment, but fantasy owners should not panic when it comes to the Falcon’s wide receiver Roddy White. In his first three games this season he has been targeted 26 times, indicating it’s just a matter of time before he’s back on track. Taking into account White’s late arrival to camp, he’s sure to have shaken the rust by now, so owners can expect to see better production from him soon.

His first two games were quiet, just 61 yards receiving, but over the past two weeks it appears the Bronco’s playmaking receiver Brandon Marshall is starting to come to life. In the past two weekends Marshall has grabbed nine balls for 158 yards and scored two touchdowns. For the season Marshall has been targeted consistently (28 times) and it finally looks like he’s starting to heat up. Fantasy owners can now look forward to seeing more great things from “Baby T.O.”

One of the newer additions to the Titan’s passing game this season is former Steeler’s receiver Nate Washington. He was brought in to give quarterback Kerry Collins and the Titan’s a legitimate deep threat in the aerial attack and while things haven’t quite panned out as planned fantasy owners shouldn’t get too nervous. While Washington does only have 14 receptions for 135 yards, he’s had plenty of opportunity with 31 targets this season indicating the prospect of a much better second quarter of the season.

Another pass catcher off to a disappointing start that should not be overlooked is the Bear’s tight end Greg Olsen. With just 10 receptions and only 94 yards, it becomes very easy for owners to give up on the former Miami Hurricane; mistake. In the team’s first four games, Olsen has been consistently targeted and has seen a total of 25 balls thrown his direction. The numbers aren’t there yet, but give it time he and his quarterback will soon be on the same page.

Keep your Eye on these gems…

If you caught the matchup between the Bengals and Browns this past Sunday, sure it was a marathon of a lot of nothing, but after taking a closer look it’s hard to avoid the emergence of rookie receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. The kid snagged eight balls for about a buck and a half, but the more compelling factor were the 13 balls thrown his way. With Derek Anderson now in the huddle, Massaquoi looks like he’ll be the favorite by far.

After seeing only one pass in his direction in week one, the Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker is quickly regaining some of the notoriety he earned in small stints a year ago. In his past three starts Walker has seen a total of 30 balls thrown his way and he has delivered with fantasy-like production; 19 receptions, 278 yards, 3 touchdowns.

Here is the breakdown for fantasy pass catchers (targets) this season;

Through four weeks:

Top-30 Targeted Pass-catchers

Player         Targt

Smith, Steve-WR, NYG                   45

Moss, Randy-WR, NE                     44

Burleson, Nate-WR, SEA                41

Johnson, Calvin-WR, DET              40

Wayne, Reggie-WR, IND                40

Houshmandzadeh, T.J.-WR, SEA  38

Johnson, Andre-WR, HOU             38

Ochocinco, Chad-WR, CIN             36

Smith, Steve-WR, CAR                   36

Gates, Antonio-TE, SD                              35

Holmes, Santonio-WR, PIT            35

Cotchery, Jerricho-WR, NYJ                   34

Clark, Dallas-TE, IND                     33

Mason, Derrick-WR, BAL               33

Ward, Hines-WR, PIT                     33

Carlson, John-TE, SEA                             32

Cooley, Chris-TE, WAS                            32

Manningham, Mario-WR, NYG     32

Sims-Walker, Mike-WR, JAC         31

Washington, Nate-WR, TEN                    31

Gage, Justin-WR, TEN                    30

Ginn Jr., Ted-WR, MIA                   30

Murphy, Louis-WR, OAK               30

Winslow, Kellen-TE, TB                  30

Clayton, Mark-WR, BAL                 29

Driver, Donald-WR, GB                   29

Fitzgerald, Larry-WR, ARI              29

Jackson, Vincent-WR, SD               29

Moss, Santana-WR, WAS               29

Daniels, Owen-TE, HOU                 28

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