Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Murray Returning to 2014 Form

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Murray Returning to 2014 Form

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Week 5 marks the long-awaited return of New England quarterback Tom Brady. I also hope it marks the last time I have to hear or read the word "deflategate," but I doubt I'll be that lucky.

This week the bye teams are Kansas City (no comment), New Orleans, Seattle and Jacksonville.

Let's look at Week 5.

After the bad decision to leave Dallas followed by an even worse decision to sign with a Philadelphia offense that didn't suit him in 2015, Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray is back with a vengeance and finally benefiting from a new offensive scheme. So far in 2016 Murray has amassed 496 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and five total touchdowns.

He'll face a capable Miami run defense in Week 5, but do not be intimidated. The Murray of 2016 is shaping up to be the Murray of 2014: a weekly must-start for your fantasy squad.

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph continues to be one to the top players at his position, scoring a touchdown in each of his past three games. This week he'll have a tough assignment against a Houston defense that has limited tight ends to a microscopic 2.5 fantasy points per game (third fewest in the league).

Still, in spite of the matchup, Rudolph is too important to a resurgent Vikings offense to be ignored, as quarterback Sam Bradford will look for him early and often. Unless something drastically changes, Rudolph should be constantly in your lineup as a TE1.

With 122 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his past two games, Los Angeles wide receiver Brian Quick is emerging as a serviceable fantasy contributor. He'll face a Buffalo pass defense in Week 5 allowing 23.2 fantasy points per game to wideouts.

Quick should be a decent WR3, bye-week replacement option this week. He should still be on waivers in most leagues, so you'd better act Quick(ly).

After making noises about shaking up the Baltimore backfield, coach John Harbaugh named running back Terrence West his Week 4 starter. West responded nicely, rushing for 113 yards in place of the ineffective and now-released Justin Forsett. …

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