PRYOR, OK —
Five weeks into the season, still all I can talk about is Peyton Manning. It may seem like I have a man-crush on Manning — but that’s because I do. How could you not? Manning started his season with an NFL record-tying seven touchdown performance. Since then he’s continued to shred every defense the Broncos play.
Manning has thrown 16 touchdowns thus far — more than any other NFL team has scored running or throwing. Even more amazing, he has yet to throw an interception. Manning should have another mind-boggling performance this week at Dallas.
Now that my Manning rant is over, here are some other players who can help you defeat Manning owners:
Quarterback: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: Vick has had a solid fantasy season thus far. He’ll make his fantasy owners very happy this week at New York. The Giants have been struggling both offensively and defensively and will give the Eagles a good chance to get back on track. The Giants have given up the third-most points to quarterbacks four weeks into the season, and Vick should also do damage on the ground.
Running back: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Forte has been putting up great numbers on the ground, but even greater numbers as a receiver. He’s the Bears’ best offensive weapon with the ability to run and catch the ball. Forte may not hit the 100-yard mark on the ground this week, but he will rack up quite a few receiving yards in a shootout against the Saints.
Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: I have yet to pick a successful receiver in my Fantasy Forecast, but Johnson is a great pick anytime. He is probably the best receiver in the league, and will have a huge week against Green Bay. The Packers have given up the fourth-most points to opposing wide receivers and Detroit will have to air the ball out to keep up with Aaron Rodgers.
Sleeper: QB Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns: Hoyer should no longer be considered a sleeper after two great performances, but he is still not getting the respect he deserves. Hoyer has only started two games, but won both games and has turned around Cleveland’s season, throwing for 590 yards and five touchdowns. His downfall was throwing three picks in his first start, but he didn’t throw one last week. Hoyer will be a good pickup this week against Buffalo, but should also be a contributor for the remainder of the season.