Fantasy Football Week 5: 3 Unpredictable Flops That Will Make Your Head Spin

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 2: Running back Frank Gore #2 of the San Francisco 49ers drags cornerback Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles into the end zone for a touchdown during an NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 9, 2011

It's hard to sit your fantasy football stars, especially when the matchup isn't concerning.

But sometimes there are hints that they will have a dud of a performance, even if the matchup isn't that bad.

There's nothing worse than getting single-digit points from your fantasy stud while your fantasy foe who literally is called No Name racks up 20-plus points with a bench-warmer.

Here are three unpredictable flops that will have your head whizzing after Week 5.


3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

That's right, I said it. I'm predicting that everybody's favorite "little engine that could" will flop after recording over 50 fantasy points in four weeks.

Jones-Drew has bounced back this season after a lackluster 2010 (by his standards). But he has a far more menacing foe ahead of him than we all realize: the Cincinnati Bengals.

I know we don't usually associate the Bengals with the word "excellent," but the Bengals indeed have had an excellent run defense so far. Through four weeks, they've given up a minuscule 3.1 yards per carry, tops in the NFL.

Given they also have a solid pass defense, I think they're going to stack the box against Jones-Drew and force Blaine Gabbert and, well, whoever he throws to, to beat them.


2. Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Wallace is a superstar receiver so I don't expect anyone to sit him, but the Steelers do have a banged-up offensive line, banged-up Ben Roethlisberger and banged-up Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall may not even play anyway, which will have the strong Tennessee Titans secondary focused more on the pass.

I think Wallace will follow up his single-digit performance from last week and make fantasy owners angry once again.


1. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

This is hard for me to say, given I'm a Bay Area guy, but I predict a decline for 49ers star running back Frank Gore. Gore, like longtime St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, has been a workhorse throughout his career and he's starting to get hobbled with injuries.

Gore was limited to just 15 carries in Week 4, but still was able to rack up 127 rushing yards against a poor Eagles rush defense. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are much better against the run and I predict the 49ers won't push Gore too hard, given they still have rising rookie backup Kendall Hunter out of Oklahoma State.

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