Fantasy Football Week 5: Matthew Stafford and 5 QBs Set to Fail

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 7, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 5: Matthew Stafford and 5 QBs Set to Fail

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    Quarterbacks have been tearing up NFL fields so far this season, littering each stadium with hundreds of yards week after week.

    Passing records continue getting shattered and defense seems like a thing of the past at times. However, the time for some quarterbacks to come off their plateau has come. These types of performances can’t last all season.

    Some of the quarterbacks on this list will bounce right back in their next game, but others will have their confidence thrown. A quarterback without confidence is known as Luke McCown or J.P. Losman.

    In fantasy football, it can be a terrifying proposition to sit your quarterback. You don’t want to have a guy riding the bench when he has his best game of the season. Then again, some people start Mark Sanchez against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 because they’re afraid to sit him.

    In the case of these five QBs, they should spend Week 5 on your bench.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    The Philadelphia Eagles will be ready when they travel to Buffalo to face Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Buffalo has been the talk of the country with their hot start, including a win over the New England Patriots.

    However, the Eagles defense is sick of the criticism and will lock down against the Bills. Their star-studded secondary will get hands on plenty of Fitzpatrick passes.

    If the Eagles get an early lead and Fitzpatrick is forced to press the issue, the Eagles will come up with some interceptions.

Kevin Kolb

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    The Arizona Cardinals are set to face the 0-4 Minnesota Vikings, who have been torched by the pass all season.

    Conventional wisdom would be to start Kevin Kolb, but do not trust your instincts on this one. The Vikings are going to play inspired football on offense. On defense, they are going to drop into coverage and force the Arizona Cardinals to trust Beanie Wells and Kolb’s accuracy and hot reads.

    Kolb will fail the test in Minnesota, throwing a pair of interceptions in a loss.

Tarvaris Jackson

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    Tarvaris Jackson posted an impressive performance against the Atlanta Falcons last week, but will fall back to mediocrity against the New York Giants this week.

    Jackson has some weapons in Seattle, but he was sacked 14 times in the first three games of the season. The Giants have registered 12 sacks in the first four games of the season, and will add to that number on Sunday.

    Jackson will struggle to find running room, as the Giants are used to facing Michael Vick. It’s going to be an ugly day for Tarvaris.

Matt Hasselbeck

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    Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has impressed everyone, leading the Titans to a 3-1 record despite disappointing performances from Chris Johnson.

    However, the loss of Kenny Britt will cost the team dearly in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh will force Hasselbeck out of the pocket and he will struggle to keep his throws on target.

    Nate Washington and Jared Cook won’t be enough to keep Hasselbeck from having a bad day at Heinz Field.

Matthew Stafford

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    Matthew Stafford has passed for 11 TDs in just four games and his undefeated Detroit Lions look like a legitimate contender in the NFC North.

    He has shown that, when healthy, he is already one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. He has connected with Calvin Johnson on eight of his 11 scores, making them a tantalizing duo for any defense to plan for.

    The Chicago Bears relish the chance at knocking off a team that’s at the top of their game. Last season, they beat the Packers in Week 3 to end their undefeated start and also ended a three-game winning streak for the Eagles in Week 12.

    The Bears are a team that loves to spoil a good time, and they will shock the Lions and the world in Week 5.

    The Lions will bounce back from the loss, but any divisional loss stings more than the rest.