Fantasy Football Week 5: Ten Under the Radar Point Machines You Must Start

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 10, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 5: Ten Under the Radar Point Machines You Must Start

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Runningback Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals waits to be introduced before the NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals def
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    We all look forward to Saturday, not only because we get to watch a full slate of college football games, it also means that we get to tweak our fantasy football teams, to make sure we either get a win or stay unbeaten in our respective leagues.

    That's were we come in. We're here to help you find those hidden point grabbers, so you have the edge on your opponent come Sunday.

    Some of these might come as a surprise, others you may already know about.

    So, without further delay, let's give you the list of players you might want to take a second look at.

No. 10: Visanthe Shiancoe

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09: Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for yards after the catch the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Vikings' tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe, is expected to make his return to Minnesota' starting lineup. He was one of Brett Favre's favorite targets, so look for him to get a lot of looks despite Randy Moss' return.

No. 9: Tim Hightower

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes upfield for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Arizona running back, Tim Hightowe, has a favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who have one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL.

    He hasn't had a big year for Arizona so far, but he could have a big game here.

No. 8: Sam Bradford

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 03:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes the ball in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on October 3, 2010 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    He may not be "under-the-radar" per se, but many people are still afraid to start a guy like Sam Bradford, if they even have him on their roster.

    After two straight wins and solid performances, he's a guy I would start.

No. 7: Kevin Kolb

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Kevin Kolb isn't someone I would normally put on this list, but since the Eagles will be in San Francisco against the 49ers, I'll put him on the list.

    He's a good enough quarterback with enough weapons to do some damage against a win-less team.

No. 6: Stephen Jackson

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 30, 2007 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.   The Cardinals won 48-19.  (Photo by Stephen D
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    Stephen Jackson is a solid start against a Detroit Lions team that's giving up more than 130 yards per game (134.5).

    He's averaging 10.8 points per game for fantasy teams, but he might get you an ever bigger game on Sunday.

No. 5: Chris Ivory

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14.    (Photo by Chris
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    With Reggie Bush still out, running backs Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts will be shouldering the load at running back.

    Though Ivory had a fumble in his last game, he still got the majority of the carries. Look for that to continue, and for Ivory to have a big game on the ground, especially against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

No. 4: Rob Bironas

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Rob Bironas #2  of the Tennessee Titans watches a field goal during a game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on September 26, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Imag
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    The Tennessee Titans will be in Dallas to take on the Cowboys. There will be a lot of points scored in this one, so Titans' kicker, Rob Bironas, should get a lot of work in.

No. 3: Jeremy Shockey

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints looks for a flag from an official after making a catch for a first down during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans,
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    Saints' tight end, Jeremy Shockey, is averaging just 5.8 points per week for the fantasy teams out there. But, against Arizona, you can never tell just who will get looks from Drew Brees.

    Shockey could be a solid option at tight end.

No. 2: Eagles' Defense

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Linebacker Trent Cole #58 and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles bring down running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonv
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    The Philadelphia Eagles' defense is averaging just seven points per game for fantasy teams. Not nearly what most people expected.

    Against San Francisco, however, those seven points should climb into the double digits.

No. 1: Tony Gonzalez

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons in action against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Falcons defeated the Saints 27-24.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Ge
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    Averaging 6.3 points per game for fantasy teams, Atlanta Falcons tight end, Tony Gonzalez, hasn't quite been the guy fantasy owners anticipated.

    This week against the Browns, look for Matt Ryan to find his future Hall of Fame tight end a few times in the end zone.