It’s a “Love/Hate” thing when it comes to fantasy football. You see I’m currently in six different leagues, and they’re not with random peeps. These are with friends, and people I’ve built friendships with throughout the years thanks to fantasy football. If you ever need an ice breaker, fantasy football should be a go to. The hate part comes from the injuries that are unwanted, but normal, and well, punishment. Now when I say punishment I don’t mean physically, more like humiliating.

I’m in a punishment league with some friends and let me tell you how last year’s punishment worked out. Prior to the 2016 NFL season, the guys and I, from our infamous “Punishment League”, got together and started flirting with this idea of going beyond some lame standing in the corner of the street with a sign saying “I suck at fantasy football” or even having the loser get some sort of hideous tattoo. No we all cAme to an agreement that the loser would have to host the 2017 draft in lingerie, and if the loser failed to meet the agreement than he would be out, and we would go on to find another man/woman for the 2017 season. Keep in mind we’ve been together, same group of guys since 2011, so we all want the bragging rights. Well the loser handled it like a champ, and Matt maned up and served us beer with nachos, while his girlfriend snapped photos, but weren’t shared, because he was being a baby about it, but hey if you don’t want to be a grown man wearing skimpy lingerie well it’s simple, don’t suck at fantasy football!

So, going back to my point. This year’s punishment, we dialed it back and the loser has to take the fantasy squad out for drinks. Nothing crazy $50 limit for the group was agreed between everybody, except the loser will have to be dressed with whatever the league comes up with. Heels, see through skirt with a thong, but of course nothing too revealing since we’ll be out in public, and I’m currently sitting in the 8th spot. It’s still a young season, so I for one will Man up on these calls, because there’s no way in hell I’m going to be that guy when the day comes. Back to the article and your fantasy needs. I hope I can help fill some of those bye week fill ins, and most importantly, I hope your team crushes in week 6, unless of course you’re facing me.

Man Up

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Matt Ryan

Ryan has been a bit of a bust compared to what he did last year, and where his adp was when he was drafted this year in leagues. The good news is that Atlanta is fresh off a bye. Julio Jones isn’t missing time, and what a better way to avenge that loss to the Bills at home then to torch a Dolphins team that has been very misleading, and dreadful to watch. Lock in Ryan as a QB 1 this week.

Robby Anderson/Jermaine Kearse

The past two weeks the New England Patriots have allowed two quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards on them defensively. I’m not going to go as far as saying that the Jets win four straight here, or that Josh McCown is going to torch them as well, but he definitely has the weapons who can get deep in Anderson and Kearse

Adam Thielen

Stefon Diggs is not suiting up for Sunday’s contest due to a nagging groin injury, so that means more targets for Rudolph, Treadwell, Floyd and Thielen. Thielen has the speed to get deep, and looking back to their late meeting from December last season, Thielen torched the Packers defense for over 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Zach Miller

Time and time again we hear about how tight ends are a quarterback’s best friend, and that statement couldn’t be more spot on. Miller should see around 6-8 targets and another touchdown is possible here. Miller is in a great spot this week.

Julio Jones

I try to keep big names off of here, but I’ve seen several people panic about Julio by trying to trade him away for what ever they can get, and some labeling him as a bust. Calm down folks. Julio was healthy enough to re-enter that Bills game at home, but Quinn played it safe holding him out. With Julio getting his rest on a needed bye, this is the big game we’ve been waiting for.

Willie Snead

Hopefully you haven’t dropped Snead. Especially if you’ve been hanging on tight to him. Snead has been a headache with his suspension and hamstring injury derailing the first quarter of the season, but he’s healthy and should see a healthy amount of targets for a possible shootout with the Lions.

Alvin Kamara

We see a glimpse of what Kamara can do, and with Peterson gone both Ingram and Kamara will see more touches. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ingram has more after Sunday, but don’t be surprised if week by week Kamara’s workload starts increasing while Ingram’s decreases. Kamara is a special player and is a solid RB 2 with high upside against the Lions.

Step Aside

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Adrian Peterson

I love Peterson, and he will go down as one of the all-time greats to never win a Super Bowl, but if you’re thinking he’s going to come into a new Cardinals offense and turn back the clock like it’s 2012, wake up. Those days are over and he’s not doing much against an average Buccaneers defense either.

Jerrick McKinnon

McKinnon had a surprisingly good game Monday night, although a lot of those yards came on one big play. I understand that’s the way fantasy works, but if you’re rolling out McKinnon again, temper expectations, because repeating those numbers is not a sure thing.

Jay Ajayi

It is very discouraging that I even have Ajayi on here. I have plenty of Jay Ajayi stock in many leagues and he’s been one of my busts so far, and has been a player that has killed me several weeks in close games. Of course it would happen to me to look like a fool if Ajayi rushes for 130 and a touchdown, but if that happens so be it. Although the volume is there, Ajayi simply can’t produce with the line in front of him.

Amari Cooper

Is this even a surprise? Until Cooper shows us something, keep him benched, even if he goes off. It’s too hard to trust him, and if I have another WR 2 or 3 that’s producing more, I’m going with that player.

Ben Roethlisberger 

What happened to the all mighty Big Ben. These days he’s thinking more and more about retirement and he’s probably regretting coming back for another season. I’m just waiting for another classic six touchdown performance, but after hearing him say last week that “maybe he doesn’t have it anymore” I am completely staying away from this mess in Arrowhead.

Matt Breida

Only reason I have a back up running back on here is because I’ve had some people ask me if Breida is a must start or worthy of a flex over Carlos Hyde, and the answer is no. Until Hyde is completely off the grid, which isn’t happening anytime soon, I’m going to continue rolling Hyde out there in my lineup. I think this could be a bounce back week for Hyde silencing the Breida hype train for a bit.

 

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