Oct 4, 2012
Batten down the hatches, it’s Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season, and we’re entering our first big bye week. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts were off last week, but with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all off this week, fantasy rosters are changing drastically, owners are swapping players, and difficult decisions are being made. We’re here to help you with those final decisions before you submit your lineup. Also be sure to check out our Week 5 Waiver Wire Savior , Waiver Wire Cut List articles, and Long-Term Investing Articles.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 5 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis Rams) vs. Arizona Cardinals
Kickers rarely impress but Zuerlein’s 58-yarder and 60-yarder against helped seal the Seahawks fate in Week 4. He’s been flawless this season and even though the Rams have had trouble punching the pill into the end zone, that’s bodes well for Zuerlein who we’d rather see kick field goals than extra points.
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Matt Bryant (Atlanta Falcons) at Washington Redskins
One thing the Falcons have not had a shortage of this season is offense and Bryant has been cashing in. He’s perfect for the season in field goals (9) and extra points (13), and is 4-4 beyond 39 yards. This week he’ll be kicking against the Redskins who are doing their best to keep the dam from breaking every week. They’re not keeping anyone away from the end zone, giving up 11 touchdowns, but we’ve noticed that they allowed just three field goals inside the 39-yard line; the rest have been beyond 40 yards. Ching-ching!