America's government might be shut down, but America's fantasy team is open for business.
Your squad scored its third straight win in Week 4, surviving a furious challenge from Marcas Grant's Championship Fring to squeak out a 98.76-98.18 win. That win, coupled with a loss by Molly Qerim's Qerim's Harem means America's Team claimed sole possession of first place in Division 1 of the NFL Fantasy LIVE experts league.
Now comes a chance to put a little distance between yourself and the rest of your competition with Qerim's Harem coming next on the schedule. And good news everyone ... Aaron Rodgers is back from the bye week!
Yet not all is well with America's Team heading into Week 5. There's an issue with one of your running backs. Patriots rusher Stevan Ridley hasn't been too patriotic this season, averaging just 4.7 fantasy points per game so far this season. He's apparently taking this government shutdown seriously since he's no sure thing to play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Not to be underdone, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is averaging just 6.3 fantasy points per week and is starting to lose touches to Giovani Bernard on an increasing basis every week. Oh ... and they're playing each other, which means you could potentially watch just one game to see two of your RBs underacheive.
Or you could just drop one of them.
That of course means you're on your way to the waiver wire to find a little help at the running back position for Week 5. If you've spent any time there in your other fantasy leagues, you know it's a desolate, lonely place.
So perhaps the best option is to choose between the guys who could be taking Ridley's job in the Patriots offense. There's LeGarrette Blount, who's had 23 carries in the past two weeks -- tops in the New England offense. Or there's Brandon Bolden, who has only seen nine touches in the past two games, but has made the most of them, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Plus #Belitricks.
So what do you want to do America? Time to stop guessing at the riddle of Ridley? Or are we taking the Law Firm off retainer? Plus, is there a move you'd like to see this team make? Let us know -- either in the comments below or by hitting us up on Twitter. Just be sure to include the hashtag #AmericasTeam.
Be sure to get your votes in to help Team America set its lineup for Week 5. You can make your voice heard by clicking on the images to the right or by going over to Fantasy Genius. And if you still have questions that you need answered for your own fantasy team this week, head over to Genius and put it out to the fantasy audience at large.
Good luck and happy Week 5. Go America!