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Below are the Perfect Challenge picks for Week 5 from Marcas Grant, Matt Franciscovich, Alex Gelhar and myself, Matt Harmon.
Anytime you can take Le'Veon Bell, it's a good idea. Marcas went that way, obviously following the idea that the Steelers will continue to lean on him while Mike Vick is under center. DeAndre Hopkins is currently on pace to finish the season with 240 targets. He's a strong bet to finish as the week's top scoring receiver every time he hits the field based on volume alone. Facing a Colts secondary that could be without Vontae Davis might just lock this pick in stone. Marcas is also holding true to the "start every tight end against the Raiders" theory. It's held true so far.
The Packers gave us something of a meager Week 4 output, by their standards, but Gelhar is back in for Week 5. The Rams defense ranks fifth in fantasy points allowed per quarterback pass attempt, but we know Aaron Rodgers I is matchup proof, especially at home. Odell Beckham has a down week against the Bills, but is a strong candidate to bounce back against a 49ers secondary that's been torched all season. Arian Foster is an interesting pick that I like. He regularly slashes the Colts, and should have shaken off the rust shown last week by now.
Franchise has a strong lineup with aforementioned strong plays like Rodgers and Bell. Isn't it funny that five weeks into the season we almost completely agree that James Jones is the Packers receiver to stack with Aaron Rodgers? Fantasy is so fun. I like the idea that Julio Jones bounces back with a big week against a Washington defense that is far more vulnerable through the air than on the ground. Franchise went with the Denver defense, a popular choice among the group. It's hard to deny what they've done so far.
Look, I'm never not putting Gronk as my tight end now that his bye week has come and gone. While a ton of people, like Marcas, will wisely jump on Daniels as the Denver player to own, I actually think the game will set up for the receivers. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas run a ton of shallow routes that tight ends usually feast on against, and should be able to torch the Raiders poor set of cornerbacks. Oh, and this is definitely setting up to be a Jamaal Charles goes nuclear week like he's prone to having every now and again.
Anyway, that's how we're rolling for Week 5. We aren't in this for ourselves though. We are men of the people. We want you to use our picks to make your own perfect lineup and come away with the $1 million prize. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for NFL Perfect Challenge and prove that you're indeed smarter than all of us. We will gladly celebrate with you if and when you take home that grand prize. Please keep us posted.