Qualls' Fantasy Football Corner

In the realm of fantasy football there is nothing more irritating than watching a bench player score more points than all of your starters combined. Sometimes it is a situation where no one saw it coming. Or, it may be just a misunderstood matchup that was not obvious. "Qualls' Fantasy Football Corner" brings that inside information designed to show hindsight bias who's the boss.

Understanding matchups is the key to a successful fantasy football campaign. Anyone is capable of drafting high rated players and then watching them grind decent stats throughout the course of the season. The way to rise above the average fantasy football enthusiast is to be bold in your roster decisions. Below are the top five sleeper starts and the top five potential duds of week five.

Top Five Sleeper Starts:

1. Steve Slaton: After entering the league under the radar, Slaton has shown to be a fast and elusive back with a wide variety of talents. During last weeks' loss he racked up 116 total yards and provided the Texans with a viable option in the backfield. This week he will start against the Colts who boast the second worse rush defense in the NFL. They have allowed nearly 200 yards per game on the ground.

2. Kyle Orton: While this may be an unpopular pick because of his history, Orton should still be valued highly this week. Facing a terrible Lions team, he should see plenty of red zone opportunities. If Orton can limit his turnovers, a three touchdown game is not unlikely.

3. Melwede Moore: It was a tough decision adding Moore to this list. But he has shown great abilities during his limited playing time. With Rashard Mendenhall done for the season and Willie Parker on the mend, Moore has the chance to become the feature back for a few games. The Jaguars have a stingy defense so yards may be scarce on the ground. Luckily their less than stellar pass defense should allow Ben Roethlisberger to move the ball with ease and create red zone chances. Expect around 70-80 yards and a pair of TD's.

4. Lance Moore: The injury to Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey has thrust Moore into the limelight in New Orleans. Minnesota's stifling run defense will force Brees and company to the air for the majority of the game. Moore should benefit the most from this. If you have him, start him and reap the benefits.

5. J.T. O'Sullivan: The Patriots are reeling and their trip out to the West Coast will not help their rehabilitation. The 49ers are scrappers and light years ahead of a Dolphins' team that manhandled the Pats. O'Sullivan has been solid all season and will easily out play his opponent Matt Cassel.

Top Five Potential Duds:

1. Marshawn Lynch: Lynch has not lived up to expectations so far this season and the Cardinals are back home looking for vengeance after a poor road trip. The Cardinals posses an above average run defense and with the possible return of Adrian Wilson his yardage will not come easy. His red zone presence is hard to ignore, but against the much improved Cardinals defense his options will definitely be limited.

2. Carson Palmer: Anyone who drafted Carson Palmer has enjoyed the most disappointing season of his career. Injuries and lack of production have plagued 2008 for Palmer and it does not get any better against Dallas. Stay away from Palmer at all costs this week. His is not 100 percent healthy, it is an away game, and he has not showing anything resembling a quality quarterback since last season.

3. Randy Moss: It might as well have been Randy Moss' knee that went down with Tom Brady. After the loss of their star quarterback, Moss has all but disappeared. How much things change in one year. Last season a Moss vs. Niners matchup would have fantasy owners licking their chops. This time around, it is a different story. Nate Clements is a top tier corner and Cassel has shown there is a reason why he hasn't started since high school. Unless it's a bye week, benching Moss is never a good decision. Just be prepared for a difficult week if he is your star player.

4. Santonio Holmes: Holmes was a preseason favorite to break out and reach his fantasy potential. Clearly that hasn't happened. Roethlisberger should have a solid day, but none of that will go Holmes' way. As he recovers from a lingering neck injury it would be best to avoid Holmes for a few more games and let him become fully healthy before relying on him for fantasy output.

5. Roy Williams: With the emergence of Calvin Johnson, Williams has become an afterthought. This week he faces a tough Chicago defense with a bum knee. He is averaging a meager 37.7 yards per game and has yet to break out. Kitna has fallen in love with the versatile Johnson making Williams the less than desirable number two option.


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