Fantasy Football: Dennis Pitta and 5 More Players to Stick with After Bad Week 4
Sometimes even the best players have off weeks in the NFL and, as a result, fantasy football.
Don't sit a star player after just one bad week. I learned that the hard way after sitting down Trent Richardson following a less-than-stellar Week 1 effort.
Going into Week 5, we're smarter now and able to stop panicking.
A tough matchup against a stout Bears defense did not bode well for DeMarco Murray, who carried the ball 11 times for 24 yards and caught seven passes for 57 yards.
Murray managed a measly 8.1 points in standard scoring, worrying fantasy owners who drafted this Cowboy running back extremely high.
The truth is, this rusher has the talent to rebound from this game. He is part of a high-powered offensive attack that will look to get going soon.
The Bills didn't look like themselves on offense against the Patriots in Week 4, considering how limited Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were in the game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick found tight end Scott Chandler more than usual in the game, and Stevie Johnson was held to just two catches and 23 yards (2.3 standard scoring).
When the Bills get rolling on offense, Johnson will get his touches.
One of my favorite fantasy sleepers this preseason, Doug Martin has a lot of good things going for him in Tampa Bay.
His coach likes to run the ball, his offense is balanced and he has just enough talent to explode on occasion.
Held to a measly eight carries and 33 yards (along with nine yards through the air for a paltry 4.2 points), Martin will find his way back to fantasy relevance in weeks to come.
This one hits close to home, considering I started Dennis Pitta this week on my own fantasy team and narrowly escaped with a victory.
Pitta didn't even record a catch during the game, failing to tally a single point and leaving many fantasy owners scratching their heads.
Maybe I'm stubborn, but I won't give up on this oft-targeted tight end who is Joe Flacco's safety valve and is usually good for eight or so points per game.
One of the league's most physically gifted running backs, Darren McFadden put up an abysmal performance against a top-notch Bronco defense.
McFadden rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries and disappointed many fantasy owners with a 3.8-point day in most leagues, showcasing the worst we'll see of him this season.
The Raiders aren't going to stop giving him the ball.
The Texans are loaded across the board and should improve to 5-0 this week with a matchup against the lowly New York Jets.
Arian Foster has done an excellent job running the ball in Houston, and Matt Schaub has been getting the ball to his tight ends with success.
Johnson, though held to just 56 yards on three catches, will start to see a lot more passes his way when teams crowd the box against tight ends James Casey Owen Daniels, and running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
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