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Fantasy Land: Stud and Dud For Week 5



    With last week being the first week of NFL bye weeks, setting your lineup officially can be a huge hassle for the next 10 weeks or so, depending on your players' off weeks.

    This week's byes: Dolphins, Seahawks, Patriots and Steelers.

    That means no Brady (sans Moss anyways), Steelers defense, Chad Henne, and really that's about it. Not a huge impactful set of teams with byes this week.

    Stud of the week:

    Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Look, all of us in Dallas know how sparingly spare Elisha Manning is, but if you're hurting for a quarterback this week, he's your guy. The Giants face Houston, and the Texans pass defense is the worst in the league, allowing everyone they've faced to have near-season high passing totals. Look for Manning to have a big game and build on the Giants whuppin' of Chicago last week.

    Dud of the week:

    Kyle Orton, QB, Broncos: It pains me to say this, because Orton has been a star on my team, going from a good fantasy backup to a must-start QB this year. Orton has been a 300-yard passing machine so far this season but this week he goes up against the stout Baltimore Ravens defense. And unfortunately for Orton, the Broncos have absolutely zero in the ground game as Laurence Maroney has failed to take the job by the horns since coming from New England. That means that fierce Ravens D will be able to pin back its ears and come after Orton because it wouldn't surprise me if the Broncos just completely give up on the run pretty early on. If you own Orton, put him on your bench and just hope he comes out of this game healthy.

    In other fantasy news, the Randy Moss trade obviously affects fantasy football quite a bit. Tom Brady goes from a Top 5 QB to probably a Top 10, maybe Top 15 guy. The good thing is, before Moss arrived in New England, Brady was still a valuable commodity when he was throwing to no-names. Also, the trade of Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo to Seattle opens the door for Fred Jackson in Buffalo. The best RB in Buffalo for the past three seasons, Jackson will be sharing time with prized rookie C.J. Spiller, but Jackson should see the majority of the work now that the Lynch showcase has ended.

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