Well fantasy football lovers, we're headed into week six of the season and in the past few weeks we've seen guys like Matt Forte and Eddie Lacy bounce back and put up good numbers.
Will they do it again or is it time to err on the side of caution and make sure they are all the way out of the slump before you automatically pencil them in for the week's lineup.
Doug Martin - Baltimore @ Tampa Bay
Has there been a more disappointing RB in the 2014 FF season? A lot of guys/girls took Martin based on that monster 2012 season, and he's yet to produce.
2014 season stats: 37 rushes for 94 yards (2.5 average) 1 touchdown, 6-52 receiving with 0 TDs.
I like the 16.5 touches per game over his last two outings. I like the match-up with Baltimore, and I expect the Bucs to run the ball in a game that I'm guessing, for the first time this year, aren't trailing 14-0 or more after the first quarter.
Predictions - 22-110 with 1 TD, 5-45 receiving.
Frank Gore: San Francisco at St. Louis Rams on Monday night
In weeks two and three of the season, Frank Gore rushed for a combined 73 yards and the Niners lost both games.
Week four - 24-119
Week five - 18-107
The Niners game plan, if they want to win is pretty clear. Frank Gore needs to get 100 yards and Colin Kaepernick needs to not run around and try to make plays by himself.
Predictions: 20-105 with 1 TD, 3-35 receiving.
Giovanni Bernard - @ home vs. Panthers
A couple things I like about this game for Bernard.
1. The Bengals are coming off a tough loss to the Patriots and I expect them to be sharp.
2. A.J. Green is doubtful with that toe injury and that makes Bernard extremely valuable.
3. The match-up at home vs. a Carolina offense that has trouble scoring.
Predictions: Bernard 16-85 with 1 TD, 60 receiving 1 TD.
Andre Ellington - @ home vs. Washington
I'm kind of surprised the Arizona Cardinals are 3-1. They've had QB injuries and they haven't run the ball very well this season. I guess you can be good in this league if you have a great defense.
Ellington's top rushing game of the season was week 2 vs. the Giants with 91 yards. Last week vs. Denver, Ellington had the 4-112 receiving day.
He's had just two touchdowns this season - One rushing, one receiving.
He's yet to have a big game and mathematically speaking, I think he's due. The Redskins are a mess and I expect the Cardinals to get out to a big lead and coast home by running the ball in the second half.
Predictions: 20-110 with 1 TD, 4-50 receiving.
Ronnie Hillman - Denver @ Jets
Well, I made a move for this guy in my FF league to solidify my RB corps, now let's see what he does. I have the feeling the Jets are in complete free-fall right now. The Broncos looked like they hit 4th gear for the first time last week and I expect a solid Bronco like offense.
This is an audition for Hillman, who was pegged the starter a year ago, but then lost the job to Knowshon Moreno because he couldn't pass protect. With Montee Ball out for a few weeks, this is Hillman's time to shine.
Predictions - 14-60 with 1 TD, 4-48 receiving. (Did the Broncos find the missing ingredient?)
And now the Sit em list, you know the one that everyone is going to ignore because I have some top flight guys on the bench.
Eddie Lacy - Packers @ Dolphins
I've been thinking about this game all week. I have Aaron Rodgers penciled in as my FF QB, and I just don't like the feel of this game for the Packers. Feels like a trap game, as the Packers are 3-2 and coming off 11 days from that Thursday night game.
Packers are favored by three...I don't like it, I don't like it.
While Eddie Lacy is coming off a 13-105 with 2 TD performance, his best of the year, let's not forget it was against a bad Vikings team.
While Lacy found some holes last week, he still hasn't shown the ability this season to really get it going down hill. He so reminds me of Trent Richardson and I think he puts up Trent Richardson like numbers this week.
Predictions: 15-45 rushing, 2-17 receiving - Fantasy owners everywhere are gonna be pissed!
Zac Stacy - @ home vs. Niners
The injury report shows that Stacy has a bothersome calf and did not practice on Thursday. Like a toe is for a WR, (A.J. Green) a calf is everything for the RB. I'm guessing Stacy will play but will prove to be ineffective.
Predictions: 10-30 rushing, doesn't play 2nd half.
LeSean McCoy - @ home vs. Giants
Pretty excited for this game on Sunday night. Feel like the Eagles have kinda squeaked by this year, getting some lucky bounces and such. The one thing that this Eagles team can't do is get Shady McCoy un-tracked.
This is a tough, division game with a Giants team this is playing pretty well.
I think the Giants stack the line on defense and dare the Eagles to beat them deep with a cast of wide-receivers that aren't quite as fleet of foot as they were last year with DeSean Jackson.
Shady is due but not this week.
Predictions: 20-60 rushing, 2-10 receiving (Hasn't caught a ball in the last two games)
Alfred Morris - Redskins @ Arizona
Did you notice that Alfred Morris' rushing production has dipped in every game since he opened the season with 91 yards at Houston?
91, 85, 77, 63 and down to 29 last week.
I don't like the body language of this Washington team and I don't like where this season is headed for Morris. I think the Redskins fall behind early and Morris is a complete non-factor in this game.
Predictions: 13-39 rush, 1-10 receiving
Chris Ivory - @ home vs. Broncos
Other than the 102 yard outburst against the Raiders, it's been pretty quiet for Chris Ivory. He did have 84 yards two weeks ago in a loss to the Lions.
Other than those two weeks, he had 44 yards in week 2, 3 and 5.
The Broncos have a great run defense. The Jets have a horrible offense. The Broncos know that Ivory is the Jets best weapon. The Broncos will negate Chris Ivory.
Predictions: Ivory 15-44 rush, 1-10 receiving.
Well, there ya have it....start em, sit em...you decide.