Fantasy football can at times be a very funny place to seek help when you need it most. One week, a so called “expert” will tell you to start “Player A” because “Player A” is a “can’t miss” starter who will blow up that week. A week later, that expert will deny giving that advice to their readers or followers but will be more than happy to tell you to start “Player B” this week. It would be almost comical in some instances if it wasn’t so tragic for the people who take the advice of these charlatans.
As a staff member of DLF, I can tell you that everyone affiliated with this site both loathes and detests this behavior. Every staff member on the DLF team constantly tries to learn and better ourselves so we may be of better help to you. Part of that process is being accountable for our successes, as well as our failures. We’re doing that each and every week as we’re offering personalized lineup advice as part of our premium content. We’re answering every question posted in a timely manner and helping out as best we can – those answers are public knowledge and we’ll stand by them every week.
We’ve also decided to roll out this new series entitled, “Calling Our Shots.” The premise of this series is to get some predictions for the upcoming week. Some writer’s predictions are bold, some are solid, while others, well, we wouldn’t place too much money on them in Las Vegas!
When we’re right, we’ll share our successes. When we’re wrong, it should present a great way for our loyal readers to give us a good (and hopefully friendly) ribbing. The point is we don’t hide from the advice we give or the predictions we make.
We also want to give you the same chance.
Our community is an essential part of the success of DLF. This weekly series also asks YOU, the readers, to post your own shots in the comments below. We all have that coach in our league who says, “Yeah, I could have told you not to start that guy” and perhaps that’s even you who thinks that! Well, here’s your chance to make those bold predictions when they count – before the games are played. We invite everyone to blow up the comments section again today and make any player predictions you want for the week – this will give you a perfect opportunity to officially say, “I told you so,” or offer a brutally embarrassing piece of ammunition for your opponent to use against you next week. Either way, this is a great way for the community and the writers to have some good old fashioned fun each and every week!
Every person who is featured in subsequent weeks will be put into a drawing after week 17 for a free yearly membership or their renewal to our premium content and a free DLF T-shirt!
What has been a wild and, at time, unpredictable NFL season continued into Week 5. We saw Ahmad Bradshaw rush for 200 yards against Cleveland, a feat which made him the lead rusher for this week. Meanwhile, Reggie Wayne pulled in an incredible 13 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown in a highly emotional game against the Green Bay Packers which the Colts were able to just barely squeak out and dedicated to their ailing coach, Chuck Pagano.
Following the conclusion of Week 5 the NFL now only has two undefeated teams left, one from the AFC in the Houston Texans and one on the NFC with the Atlanta Falcons. We also saw some brutal injuries that could affect fantasy teams going forward as Ryan Williams, Donald Brown and Brian Cushing all will miss significant time or the remainder of the year. All in all a week filled with emotional and statistical ups and downs.
Speaking of ups and downs the DLF staff, after riding a wave of successful weekly predictions, faced what can only be described as wipeout in terms of successful called shots. This week the DLF staff only was able to muster a grand total of 10 shots called. Once again this week Eric Olinger and TheFFGhost tied for the lead Shot Caller of the week with three successful shots called for each of them. The successful shots called are below:
(Note: Due to an unforeseen error the Monday night shots were omitted from last week’s article, one shot was called successful and two shots were close. We have added those to this article but we wanted to make our readers aware that we weren’t trying to sneak some shots in.)
Eric Olinger – Green-Ellis rushes for less than 70 yards no TDs
Eric Hardter – Andrew Luck eclipses 320 yards passing in an unexpected shootout.
Eric Olinger – Tony Gonzalez 5+ catches and a TD
TheFFGhost – Mendy returns and nabs at least 50+ total yards in shared work.
Eric Olinger – Brandon Marshall catches 7+ passes for over 80 yds
Jarrett Behar – McGahee 5+ receptions
TheFFGhost – Welker steps up due to injuries everywhere and grabs at least 10 receptions.
Eric Hardter – Colin Kaepernick vultures another rushing TD.
Jaron Foster – Mathews totals 100+ total yards and a score
TheFFGhost – Kerley is now the man in NY, he grabs at least five receptions as the Jets sorely miss Holmes.
In regards to close shots the DLF team fell just shot on five of their called shots. Here are those shots:
Eric Hardter – Michael Vick resumes his error-prone ways, accounting for three turnovers.
Andy Miley – Gore and Hunter, both, rush for 80+ yards and a touchdown
Eric Hardter – Philip Rivers throws for 300 yards as the Chargers send the Saints to an 0-5 record.
Eric Dickens – Shonn Greene & Bilal Powell account for < 40 total yards
Eric Olinger – JJ Watt increases his streak of games with multiple sacks to five. The guy is a MANimal.
While none of our readers had a particularly stellar week, just as the DLF staff, we chose “Christopher Hallam” on the strength of his Mendenhall return shot and the Lynch/Cam shot. Both were dead on and were pretty hard to call. Congratulations Christopher Hallam, you’ve been entered into our year end drawing for a chance to win a free year of DLF Premium as well as a DLF t-shirt. Good luck! Here are Chris’ called shots:
-Mendenhall celebrates his return with more all-purpose yds. than McCoy on the day; but does not get in the endzone (McCoy does).
-Lynch has the same number of TDs as Newton has INTs.
-Drew Brees will show the world one more time why he is so many levels ahead of Philip Rivers. Brees will break the Johnny U record and give his team their first WIN of the season.
So after a terrible Week 5 the DLF staff is anxious to jump into Week 6 and redeem our strong predictions from weeks 1-4. Here are the shots we’ve called for Week 6:
Oakland @ Atlanta
Eric Dickens – Julio Jones & Roddy White will combine for 250 yards and 3 TD’s.
TheFFGhost – Ryan passes for the most yards out of any quarterback in week 6.
Eric Olinger – Carson Palmer throws for 300+ yards.
Andy Miley – Start all your Atlanta passing game players, expect 300 yards passing, Julio, Roddy, and Tony will have 100 yards or a TD or both.
Eric Hardter – Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer will combine for 650 yards passing.
Jaron Foster – Quizz with 100 total yards and a score.
Cincinnati @ Cleveland
TheFFGhost – Trich has more rushing yards than the entire Bengals team.
Eric Olinger – Green-Ellis breaks 80 yards and a scores a TD.
Andy Miley – Both quarterbacks throw for 300 yards and 2 TDs each.
Eric Hardter – Trent Richardson will account for 120 total yards against an overrated Bengals defense.
Chris Rohrer – Browns get their first win of the season at home.
Jeff Beran – I expect a shootout. TDs for AJ Green and Andrew Hawkins.
St. Louis @ Miami
TheFFGhost – Tannehill passes for more yards but Bradford passes for more touchdowns.
Eric Olinger – Reggie Bush has 120+ total yards.
Eric Hardter – Robert Quinn continues his breakout season by posting another two sacks.
Chris Rohrer – Ryan Tannehill gets his first multi-passing touchdown game along with 250 yards.
Indianapolis @ NY Jets
Eric Dickens – Jeremy Kerley collects 5+ receptions (although it might take 10 targets from those QB’s).
Jarrett Behar – Vick Ballard 100+ rushing yards
TheFFGhost – Ballard rushes for more yards and touchdowns than Green.
Eric Olinger – Andrew Luck throws for 300 yards and 2 TDs.
Andy Miley – Both Indy tight ends get over 50 yards and a score each.
Eric Hardter – Tim Tebow is the quarterback for 10+ offensive plays.
Jaron Foster – Powell will have most yardage by a RB in this game.
Detroit @ Philadelphia
Eric Dickens – LeSean McCoy has his season high in carries (27+).
Jarrett Behar – Megatron 100+ rec yards.
TheFFGhost – Leshoure goes for over 75+ total yards and gets a touchdown.
Eric Olinger – Mike Vick snaps out of his funk and picks up 300+ total yards.
Andy Miley – Calvin goes crazy 140+ yards and at least 1 score
Eric Hardter – Mikel Leshoure continues his plodding ways, running for under 3 ypc.
Chris Rohrer – Stafford gets back on track with over 300 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jeff Beran – McCoy finishes with 200 total yards and at least 1 TD.
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay
TheFFGhost – Despite a washed out quarterback throwing to him Bowe goes over 100 receiving yards.
Eric Olinger – Brady Quinn finishes the game with a higher QB rating than Freeman. Also throws his first TD as a Chief.
Andy Miley – Doug Martin gets back on track with 120 combined yards and a touchdown
Eric Hardter – The Chiefs will ride Jamaal Charles to another game of 30+ touches.
Chris Rohrer – Doug Martin records his first 100 yard rushing game.
Dallas @ Baltimore
TheFFGhost – Two of Dallas’ receivers will tally more receiving yards than the top Baltimore receiver.
Eric Olinger – Dennis Pitta scores a TD and has at least 5 catches.
Andy Miley – Ray Rice finally has a breakout game 150+ total yards and 3 touchdowns.
Eric Hardter – Tony Romo lights up a soft Ravens’ pass D for over 320 yards and 2+ TD’s.
Jeff Beran – DeMarco Murray rides an improved OL to 125+ total yards and a TD.
New England @ Seattle
TheFFGhost – Seattle holds the entire New England team under 120 rushing yards but Brady throws for over 300 yards.
Eric Olinger – Brandon Bolden is the leading Patriots rusher this week after Ridley’s fumble issues resurfaced.
Andy Miley – Start your defensive players and kickers, looking like a 10-6 game
Eric Hardter – Wes Welker again leads the Pats in receiving, leading to another weekly postponement of Brandon Lloyd’s “inevitable” breakout.
Chris Rohrer – Welker has yet another 100+ yards through the air, but Brandon Lloyd gets the non-TE receiving touchdown.
Buffalo @ Arizona
Eric Dickens – Arizona almost completely abandons any semblance of a run game, rushing less than 25% of the time.
Jarrett Behar – LSH 5+ receptions
TheFFGhost – Arizona comes out angry, at least three sacks by the Arizona defense, Buffalo’s defense matches the total though.
Eric Olinger – Andre Roberts is the leading Arizona receiver in this game.
Andy Miley – William Powell gets 80 yards and a score.
Eric Hardter – Put up or shut up time for Mario Williams, who responds with two sacks.
Jaron Foster – Dynasty alert: Housler with 5+ receptions and a TD.
Jeff Beran – Buffalo defense gets back on track, shuts Kolb down and returns an INT or a Fumble for a TD.
NY Giants @ San Francisco
Jarrett Behar – Eli Manning 40+ passing attempts.
TheFFGhost – Despite the 49ers stout defense, Eli will pass for over 300 yards.
Eric Olinger – Michael Crabtree catches 5+ balls for at least 80 yards.
Andy Miley – Alex Smith throws for 275 and 3 scores.
Eric Hardter – Ahmad Bradshaw crashes back down to earth hard, totaling under 50 yards rushing.
Minnesota @ Washington
TheFFGhost – RGIII returns and goes off, over 250 yards passing and over 75 yards rushing.
Eric Olinger – Kyle Rudolph finds the endzone this week.
Andy Miley – Pierre Garcon has 100 yards and a touchdown.
Eric Hardter – Alfred Morris struggles against the stout Vikings’ run D, totaling under 75 rushing yards and no rushing TD’s.
Green Bay @ Houston
TheFFGhost – Houston doesn’t have an answer for Cobb as he pulls in at least five receptions.
Eric Olinger – Arian Foster continues to shoulder the offensive load with 150+ total yards.
Andy Miley – Andre Johnson gets 100 yards and a touchdown
Eric Hardter – Owen Daniels continues to be Matt Schaub’s favorite target and leads the team in receiving.
Jeff Beran – Rodgers leads the Packers past the Texans with 375 yards passing and a rushing TD.
Denver @ San Diego
Eric Dickens – Demaryius Thomas scores 2 TD’s with 0 fumbles.
TheFFGhost – Rivers and Manning combine for over 550 yards combined.
Eric Olinger – Antonio Gates abuses the Broncos weak LB corp for his first multiple TD game of the year.
Andy Miley – Peyton and Rivers throw for over 300 yards and 2 scores each.
Eric Hardter – Ryan Mathews fumbles and doesn’t play another snap that game.
Chris Rohrer – Ryan Mathews finally gets a full workload and wows with at least 125 yards and a touchdown.
Once again a big congratulations to Christopher Hallam, our Week 5 winner. Entry is free, just post some can’t miss predictions and see how you stack up against the DLF staff and your fellow readers. Good luck to everyone!
Don’t forget, if we select your entry we’ll enter you into a drawing for a full year of DLF premium content and a free DLF t-shirt!