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Week 5 fantasy picks


Matt Schaub is primed for a big game against the Cardinals.

In Week 5 of the **Home Team Challenge**, the free fantasy football game with great prizes on, the winning player receives a pair of game tickets to the 49ers game, with pregame sideline passes as well.

Remember to pick your new team each week and use 300 points to construct a squad. For example: this week, Peyton Manning is the most expensive player, points-wise, and costs you 74 points. If you want to skimp at the QB spot and go cheap, Raiders signal-caller JaMarcus Russell is yours for a mere 30 points against the New York Giants.

Here's my absolute…airtight…110%...guaranteedyouwillwinoryoucankeymyMercedesBenzlimo weekly fantasy advice, with a few players I like and a few players I don't.

PRICE IS RIGHT RB Adrian Peterson, MIN, 53 (@ STL) The game's premier running back heads down the Mississippi River to face a woeful defense in Saint Louis. The Rams let San Francisco rookie Glen Coffee pick up 74 yards on the ground last Sunday, and Peterson's a big step up. Plus, he's playing in a dome yet again, so load up with the Vikings' marquee player.

VALUE PICK WR Steve Breaston, ARI, 21 (vs. HOU) On a weekly basis, you could choose Steve Breaston as your "value" pick and never go wrong. In his last game, a Week 3 loss to the Colts, Breaston finished with a team-high 94 yards on seven receptions. The man finished with better than 1,000 receiving yards in 2008. He's at home this weekend and you don't need to worry about his knee injury. He'll play.

NOT WORTH IT RB Ronnie Brown, MIA, 38 (vs. NYJ) Nobody's rushed for 100 yards against the Jets' defense, and Ronnie Brown won't be the back to break that trend. He may do some trickery in the Wildcat formation, but he won't put up enough points in the ballgame to justify you spending 38 in your lineup. Stay away from Brown.

SLEEPER SPECIAL WR Wes Welker, NE, 27 (@ DEN) Remarkably, Wes "The Slot Machine" Welker still hasn't scored a touchdown in 2009. He caught more than 100 balls last season for the Pats and he's played through injury—like he has since his college days with the Red Raiders—but still is second on the team in receptions. Look for his scoring drought to end this weekend in the Rockies, and count on another seven or eight catches for Welker.

TEXANS FANTASY STARTER OF THE WEEK QB Matt Schaub, HOU, 57 (@ ARI) The Jets game in Week 1 aside, Schaub is putting up consistently strong numbers on a regular basis for the Texans. Don't be fooled by the semi-impressive numbers posted by the Cardinals' defense. The one upper-echelon quarterback they faced was Peyton Manning, and he shredded Arizona for four touchdowns. Schaub's going to roll in this one.

To register for the Home Team Challenge, click **here**. Make sure to set your lineups by Sunday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.

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