Week 5 Fantasy Football Projections: Top Fantasy Players at Each Position
Another week has passed in the never ending cycle that is fantasy football.
Players have had their stock fall, others have seen it shoot up after great performances a week ago.
Typically this rising and falling doesn't effect things at the top of the spectrum.
Here are predictions for top fantasy performers this weekend at every position.
QB: Cam Newton (Carolina)
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Cam Newton has taken the league by storm.
In his first few games, Newton has put up numbers that nobody could have ever expected from the rookie prodigy.
This weekend the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints have allowed 281 passing yards and two touchdowns per game this season.
The Panthers have put all the weight on Newton so far this year, and this game will be no different.
Carolina likely won't win, but Newton will put up numbers in this shootout.
RB: Arian Foster (Houston)
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Arian Foster is back at full force this week and it couldn't come at a better time.
We saw last week that Foster had no problem carrying the load after his injury. His 30 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown was one of the top performances of the week.
That came against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week a much simpler opponent is in the crosshairs.
The Oakland Raiders are the second worst rushing defense in terms of fantasy football this season. Foster is set for a big day.
TE: Jimmy Graham (New Orleans)
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The New Orleans Saints are going to air it out every week. They will likely air it out more this weekend in the expected shootout against the Panthers.
Jimmy Graham has emerged as Drew Brees' favorite target with the absence of Marques Colston.
Graham has been targeted 36 times this season, the most on the Saints.
He has had over 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the last two games. Expect a follow-up performance this weekend.
WR: Steve Smith (Carolina)
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It's really hard to bet against the Newton to Smith connection at this point.
In four games, Smith has had three showings where he totaled over 150 yards receiving. The only one where he didn't was because it was played in a monsoon.
Another 150 yard game may be getting a little ridiculous, but 100 yards and a touchdown is more than feasible.
DEF: Detroit Lions
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One of the two remaining undefeated teams this season has been the surprising Detroit Lions.
This has been thanks to fantastic offensive and defensive play by the team.
This weekend the Lions take on the Chicago Bears in what should be an exciting NFC North matchup.
Expect the Lions defense to get to Cutler often. A lot of sacks and some potential turnovers will make them the defense to pick this week.