Predictions from Week Five can be found here The predicted numbers and the actual numbers for last week can be found at the end of this article.
Last weeks game was gut wrenching from me to watch. The offense looked horrible for three and a half quarters. The defense had great moments followed by DOH!!!!! I felt the urge to turn off the TV during ever 1st down. A few KC players still managed to have a good fantasy day based on one drive late in the 4th quarter. In lieu of an actual KC win, I'll take that as a victory.
But as the Chiefs giveth, so they taketh away. LJ is officially a fantasy football team killer. He has value for what he has done in the past and RB's are hard to find. But for the first 5 weeks of the LJ has been less than useless. He's holding a spot on the bench hostage based on 2005. If LJ doesn't show something this weekend it may be time to think about picking up that kicker you've been eyeing on the waiver wire and dropping LJ to do it.
3 Chiefs and a Sleeper for week 6 after the break:
KC Defense / Special Teams
The Chiefs offense is ranked 24th in rushing. The Redskins are ranked 25th. The game on Sunday has the potential to be this year's "Offensive Futility Bowl". Where there is mediocrity, there is opportunity. If the Chiefs can shut down Marion Barber, they should be able to shut down a petulant Clinton Portis. Jason Campbell is struggling as well, averaging one interception and 2.6 sacks per game. If the Chiefs can stop an unhearlded WR from turning in a pro bowl performance, the D should be solid this week.
KC Defense / ST prediction: 300 yards, 0 TD, 1 int, 1 fumble, 2 sacks
The Redskins are having issues with moving the ball and stopping the run, but on paper it looks like they are a good passing defense. Teams are averaging just 171 yards per game through the air against Washington. But this stat is misleading. The Skins secondary has shown a tendency to get torched, especially DeAngelo Hall. Cassel is becoming the 4th quarter kid for KC. 130 yards of Cassel's 253 yards came in the 4th quarter. Could this bode well for Cassel? Maybe. Cassel has solidified himself as a Fantasy Backup in the box scores, but it's scary as hell to put him in a fantasy game after watching him struggle for the first 3 quarters of every game.
Matt Cassel Predicition: 225 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int
5 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD ?!?!?! Is Bowe back??!?!?! I certainly hope so. It looked, for one quarter anyway, like Cassel and Bowe are getting on the same page. Dwayne was running down the field with authority and using his size and strength to yank the ball out of the air. I got all misty. The box score stats show that Cassel targeted Dwayne 10 times. I don't remember that many passes Bowe's way, but even if it was only 6 times, It's about damn time. D-Bowe still remains the only Chiefs player that can be considered a front line fantasy starter. It's time to get him back in your lineup. And if you can find somebody who has been disappointed with D-Bowe so far, trade for him now. His value is only going to increase.
Dwayne Bowe Prediction: 6 catches, 85 yards, 1 TD
KC Fantasy Sleeper
He didn't fumble last week and he was by far the most effective KC running back on the field last Sunday. Haley has to be rooting for Charles to hold onto the ball. The job is there to be taken from LJ. Savage and Battle aren't going to do it. If Charles can increase his workload by holding onto the ball and not piss off Haley he will become a flex RB in fantasy. Keep an eye on his number of carries. Last week he had 3. If this number starts to increase you might want to nab him if you are desperate for a running back.
Jamaal Charles prediction: 6 carries, 40 yards, 6 receptions 40 yards, 0 TD's
kudos to redmicone for calling the 2 TD's by Cassel last week.
Mushin's Week 5 Predictions:
Matt Cassel prediction: 275 yards, 1 TD, 0 int
Actual Numbers: 253 yards, 2 TD, 0 int
-Larry Johnson (AKA the stomach turning prediciton)
Larry Johnson prediction: 105 yards, 1 TD, 3 receptions, 20 yards receiving
Actual Numbers: 37 yads, 0 TD, 1 reception, 9 yards
Ryan Succop prediction: 2 FG's, 2 EP
Actual Numbers: 2 FG, 2 EP, one blocked FG
Sean Ryan prediction: 6 receptions, 65 yards, 0 TD's
Actual Numbers: 2 recpetions, 27 yards, 0 TD's