Fantasy Football Week 5 Predictions: Studs That Will Play Like Duds

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans blows a kiss to the fans as he celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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There are a handful of fantasy football players that are extremely difficult to put on your bench. These players have been consistent producers week-after-week for years and years.

However, even stud players put together dud performances every now and then. Here is a look at a handful of usually great players that will struggle to put up their usual points in Week 5 fantasy football match-ups.


WR Larry Fitzgerald at St. Louis Rams (Thursday night)

As ridiculous as it may be to call Fitzgerald a dud, there are two things working against the stud receiver as heads into this Week 5 matchup.

For starters, Fitzgerald still has to deal with Kevin Kolb throwing him the ball. While the past two weeks he's seen plenty of receptions (17 combined), there is always the possibility that Kolb will forget to even look Fitzgerald's way. He did this when the Arizona Cardinals played the New England Patriots, and Fitzgerald ended that game with one reception for four yards.

The second reason that this matchup isn't ideal for Fitzgerald is that the Rams have one of the better secondaries in all of football. They're barely allowing 200 passing yards a game and have only given up two touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions.

With both these factors working against the Cardinals top receiver, it could be a long night for Fitzgerald.

Predicted Stats: Four Receptions, 49 Yards, 0 Touchdowns


QB Cam Newton vs. Seattle Seahawks

There might be some that don't consider Newton a stud this year, but he is still quite a lot to like about Newton in terms of fantasy football.

Last week we saw Newton throw for three touchdowns and rush for another touchdown without having a single turnover.

However, this week Newton gets a very stingy defense in Seattle that is coming off a tough loss last week. They'll be hungry for a win, and like we saw in Week 3, the Seahawks have the ability to completely shutdown even the best quarterbacks in the league when playing at home.

The physicality of the Seahawks secondary along with their constant pass rush could make it a very long day for Newton.

Predicted Stats: 187 Passing Yards, 24 Rushing Yards, One Touchdown, Three Turnovers

RB Arian Foster at New York Jets

The Jets have the second-worst run defense in the NFL and are giving up 172.8 yards per game. So, how could they ever stop the best running back in the game right now?

No team has been berated as made fun of as much as the Jets this year and grown men can only take so much before they explode. For a defensive unit like New York has, that explosion will likely turn into a complete demolition of the Foster.

Look for New York to be aggressive all game long and give Foster and his fantasy owners fits all day.

Predicted Stats: 74 Rushing Yards, 18 Receiving Yards, One Fumble Lost