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AFL Quickplay Week 5

Andrew Nordmeier
Friday April 24, 2015

It’s good to be back in the states after a trip to Ireland. I went around the country and visited several cities. The countryside is full of sheep, rocks and fields of green. Yes, the potent potables are amazing and some of them came back home with me.

In the meantime, we saw some high-scoring weeks in the league with a few players being key to big success over the last three weeks. I set my lineup and did it as a total crapshoot since I had limited internet access and almost no way to keep up on all of the news on the league.

So where did that put the Set-It-And-Forget-It Lineup in the overall standings?

Surprisingly, the Unemployed Punters are in fourth place. I was surprised to see how well things went while on my trip. The Cincinnati Rockers lead the way with 825 points while Legnbaz is right behind with 820. The Greer Arena Acres squad sits third with 812 points while the Punters have 802. The Cracker Croakers are fifth with 771 points and the next five spots are separated by 21 points.

Last week the Rod Windsor (43 pts)-Nick Davila (59 pts) stack for Arizona paid off for the high scorers. Adrian McPherson (51 pts) put up solid numbers but the KISS is still winless.

So, what will we do this week to try and get closer to the top? Well, let’s first look at the schedule and there are no byes to contend with. All times are Eastern

Friday 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Cleveland (Roster deadline 6:00 p.m.)
Friday 8:00 p.m. Las Vegas at Jacksonville
Saturday 10:00 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles and Orlando at Spokane
Saturday 10:30 p.m. Portland at San Jose
Sunday 4:00 p.m. Philadelphia at New Orleans

Let’s see what we’ve learned so far as we try to sift through this puzzle. It’s easier to start with what we can eliminate.

Spokane hasn’t shown much life offensively this season. They’ve only hit 43 points in each of their first three games. They’ve used four quarterbacks in those three games which makes picking anyone on that team a poor proposition. Mike Washington (21 catches, 346 yards, 5 TDs) and Rashaad Carter (18-190-5) are finding the end zone at the same clip so neither of them stands out that way.

Orlando is equally as puzzling from a fantasy standpoint. Randy Hippeard seems to be the passing quarterback with 1,022 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. Bernard Morris, the other quarterback, has 14 carries for 31 yards and six of the team’s 11 rushing touchdowns. This makes neither of them appealing since you don’t know what’s going to happen from snap to snap.

Greg Carr (20-278-4) has been disappointing this season and four players have at least three touchdowns. In the three years I’ve written this column, I’ve never seen a team that is this puzzling from a fantasy standpoint.

Las Vegas has a 2-1 record and is facing a desperate, winless Jacksonville team this week. The Outlaws have 131 points in their last two games which is encouraging but it’s not all been offense. Las Vegas had three defensive/special teams touchdowns in the upset over Arizona. Quarterback JJ Raterink had his first solid game with 294 yards and nine touchdowns two weeks ago but can it continue after the bye? Also, the Outlaws had three receivers with at least six catches in the win over Los Angeles two weeks ago. The big question is who is getting the ball and we don’t know who it will be week to week.

Jacksonville has a pair of one-point losses this season and has scored at least 48 points per game in each of its first four games. Quarterback Tommy Grady has quietly put up 1169 yards and 21 touchdowns against three interceptions so he can be a good play at quarterback.

His receivers are basically a coin flip between Anthony “Tiger” Jones and Joe Hills. Their stats are:

Jones (40-605-10) and Hills (39-364-10) are basically identical. The yardage is the difference, but at a point per 20 yards, they are separated by three fantasy points per game. That makes both of them difficult to pick one over the other, so we’ll pass on both of them until someone emerges above the other.

Lets make some decisions and build the lineup.

West Division

Here we’re going to get on the Nick Davila and Rod Windsor stack this week. The decision was made much easier when a tweet came out last night from our site that said Adrian McPherson of the KISS was put on injured reserve and Matt Bassuener has been assigned to the team. It also drops the value of Donovan Morgan significantly as he has to adjust to a new quarterback two days before a game against the world champs.

East Division

We’re going to run another stack here with the Soul’s Dan Raudabaugh and Ryan McDaniel. The divisional matchup against the VooDoo looks great on paper and the Soul has been hot to open the season. McDaniel gets the nod over Marco Thomas since he has more touchdowns (12 to 9) and has been called on to occasionally run the ball close to the goal line.

We still need our fullback, kicker, wide receiver and another quarterback from the other two divisions.

South Division

This week it’s Derrick Ross, because, well, you know. The other pick is going to be Tommy Grady. Jacksonville needs a win in a big way. The Outlaws travel all the way to Duval and my gut tells me this is the week the Sharks go off and get a big win. I’m looking for a point total from Jacksonville in the 55-65 range with Grady and Ross leading the way.

Pacific Division

Nich Pertuit of the Sabercats leads all kickers in terms of points scored with 35 points so he’ll stay on the lineup. Jamar Howard of Portland will round things out for us as our final wide receiver. Spokane looks dreadful and San Jose is well balanced on offense between Reggie Gray and Adron Tennell. Howard has been the one real threat the Thunder have this season and he’s cashed in with 43 catches for 585 yards and 13 touchdowns. Even in a matchup against the tough San Jose defense, Howard should be getting his due and will put up another solid fantasy performance.

Unemployed Punters Week 5 Lineup

Ryan McDaniel WR-PHI
Dan Raudabaugh WR-PHI
Derrick Ross FB-JAX
Tommy Grady QB-JAX
Nich Pertuit K-SJ
Jamar Howard-PDX
Nick Davila-ARI
Rod Windsor-ARI

Andrew Nordmeier is a freelance sportswriter originally from Chicago. Andrew is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and has won more than three dozen fantasy championships. He has written for local newspapers in the Phoenix area covering high school sports for the last seven years. Andrew also has done play-by-play in the USHL and on the Arizona Rattlers internet broadcast in 2011. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and two sons. You can find Andrew on Twitter @AndrewNordmeier.
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