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Fantasy Football Week 5: Lineup suggestions
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News and notes to help you make those all-important lineup decisions for Week 5

Byes: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington.

If you waited through his four-game suspension and kept Justin Blackmon on your roster, congrats. He’s back. That’s the best thing you can say about the awful Jacksonville offense these days. Blackmon has a favorable matchup in Week 5. St. Louis has given up the eighth-most points to wide receivers, and the Rams have allowed four touchdowns to wideouts in the last three games. That’s all good news for Blackmon owners. The bad news is the Jaguars’ beyond-terrible quarterback situation. If you add Blaine Gabbert’s fantasy points for the season (four) to Chad Henne’s to create one super (awful) Jaguars signal caller, Hennert/Gabne would still have fewer total points than Josh Freeman, who just got cut by the Bucs. Combined, Gabbert and Henne would be the 31st-ranked fantasy quarterback in terms of points. Even if you’re in a league that’s 12 teams or deeper, and even if you need a bye-week replacement, it’s tough to start Blackmon and expect anything more than low-end flex production.

Trivia time: Which former fantasy star running back has busted completely this season, failing to rush for more than 45 yards in a single outing? If you guessed Maurice Jones-Drew, you probably own him. At which point condolences are in order. MJD had just 28 total yards against the Colts, which entered the game as the 26th-ranked run defense in the NFL. For the year, Jones-Drew has fewer fantasy points than Andre Ellington, Jacquizz Rodgers, Kendall Hunter, LeGarrette Blount and Daniel Thomas, among many others. Regardless of league size and format, you can’t start MJD any longer. That’s probably painful given his average draft position, but it’s far less damaging than actually putting him in the lineup.

This is how bad running backs have been this season: Bilal Powell has the 12th-most points at the position. That says more about how much RBs have underachieved than it does about Powell’s ability. But because the position is so thin, Powell is clearly a starter, even in 10-team leagues.

If you’re in need of a bye-week quarterback, Alex Smith might be worth a look in deeper leagues (14 teams or larger). That probably sounds strange. And yet the numbers are hard to ignore. Smith has scored the fifth-most points among QBs in standard leagues, and he’s thrown for at least two touchdowns in three of the Chiefs’ four games. His Week 5 matchup isn’t great – the Titans have been pretty good against quarterbacks (18.2 fppg, 10th fewest) – but if you’re in a large league and you’re stuck, Smith is an OK waiver wire option.

What to do with Russell Wilson? His ADP placed him among the top 12 quarterbacks in fantasy, but the Seattle signal caller hasn’t performed that way yet. He’s thrown for more than one touchdown in just one of the Seahawks’ four games. And he has fewer total points in standard formats than Matt Schaub, Jay Cutler and Jake Locker. That’s troubling, and so is this: The Seahawks will play at Indianapolis in Week 5. The Colts have allowed 16.4 fppg to QBs. Among teams that haven’t had a bye yet, only the Steelers have been stingier. If you can help it, you’re probably not starting Wilson this week.

Torrey Smith is suddenly dependable. In the first three games, he had 92, 85 and 92 receiving yards respectively. Last week, the Baltimore wideout had his best game yet, catching five passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. Even more encouraging: Smith has 42 targets, which ties him for seventh most in the league. He used to be a boom or bust player. Now he’s getting consistent work. That makes him an auto-start in all formats.

In his last two games, Titans’ receiver Nate Washington has been targeted 18 times, catching 12 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He has 45 fantasy points this season, which puts him 12th among receivers in standard leagues. The Titans host the Chiefs this week, which isn’t a great matchup. But it’s not horrible, either. K.C. has allowed 20.5 fppg to WRs (19th). If you need a bye week receiver or flex, Washington is an option.

Among running backs, only Jamaal Charles has more targets (35) than Danny Woodhead (27). And only Charles and Matt Forte have more receptions (23 each) than Woodhead (22). It’s not a surprise that Woodhead is involved in San Diego’s passing game. It’s a little shocking, though, that Woodhead has been so productive as a fantasy player. He has the 19th-most points at the position in standard leagues. And in PPR and half-PPR leagues, he’s a top-10 guy. If he’s still available in your league (and he might be; Yahoo! Sports had his ownership percentage around 80 after Week 4), this will probably be the last week you can grab him.

Quick hits: The Eagles have surrendered 19.7 fppg to RBs. Giants running back David Wilson had 15 yards on 13 carries in last week’s loss to the Chiefs – both of which were season-highs. If Wilson doesn’t perform this Sunday, it might never happen. …Oakland quarterback Terrell Pryor (concussion) has been cleared to play against San Diego. The Chargers give up 30.1 fppg to QBs. That makes Pryor a solid option if you need a bye-week replacement. … Dallas Clark is still in the league. Seriously. The Baltimore tight end has a good matchup this weekend, too. Miami allows the second-most fantasy points (17.2) to tight ends.