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Fantasy Overview, Week 5

Get yourself caught up on what's going on in the league as we enter Week 5 of the NFL season. Here's my take on the fantasy landscape around the league and how you can benefit. 

It's hard to believe, but we are a quarter of the way through the season. In fantasy terms we're even further, considering most league's playoffs start in Week 14. For those of you with a 4-0 record, Conratulations! All the power to you. 

This week's edition is more for those that are 0-4, 1-3 or 2-2. I'll take a look at some struggling players from each position and let you know what you how you should proceed with those players. These do not include any players who have have missed multiple games with an injury. 


Matt Ryan, ATL

Current rank:18th
Drafted as: QB1. 
Opponents played: at CHI, GB, at DET, BUF
Record: 3-1
Upcoming schedule: BYE, MIA, at NE, at NYJ, at CAR 

Matt Ryan and the Falcons are lucky to be 3-1 considering they had two close, last play wins. In Week 1 at Chicago, the Bears failed to score the winning touchdown in four consecutive plays inside the 10 yard line. Atlanta escaped with a victory. In Week 3 at Detroit the Falcons escaped with a fortuitous call at the goal line and a 10-second run off that sealed the victory. Week 4 they lost at home to a good Buffalo team. They enter the Week 5 bye at just the right time with an ailing Julio Jones (hip) and Mohamed Sanu (hamstring). Ryan has only one game with multiple touchdown passes this season and he has five interceptions in the last two games. Last year was an MVP season for Ryan and we rarely see a follow-up season with similar numbers. A regression was expected and so far that's what we're seeing. Ryan is a career 11th ranked quarterback. I have a feeling we will see better games from him in the near future, but also some disappointing games. He and the Falcons are playing like a 2-2 team or worse. Imagine the adversity they would have to overcome if not for those helpful good luck charms received at the end of Week 1 and 3. 

Result: Hold but don't expect Top 5


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