Woody: “What’s shaking, Norm?”
NORM: “All four cheeks and a couple of chins.”

Woody: “What would you say to a nice beer, Normie?”
NORM: “Going Down?”

Woody: “Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?”
NORM: “Like a baby treats a diaper.”



Woody: “Hey Mr. Peterson, there’s a cold one waiting for you.”
NORM: “I know, if she calls, I’m not here.”

Woody: “Whatcha up to, Norm?”
NORM: “My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”

Woddy: “What’s going down, Normie?”
NORM: “My butt cheeks on that bar stool.”

Woddy: “What’s going on, Mr. Peterson?”
NORM: “The question is, `what’s going ‘in’ Mr. Peterson?” A beer, please, Woody.”


These are my favorite one-liners from NORM.  Here are my favorite FF players for week 5 followed by a great recipe for coffee and smoke sauce; a natural match for smokey barbecue.


Here is Hillary “Norman” Peterson’s Must-Starts for week 5



“It’s a dog eat dog world, and I’m wearing Milkbone underwear”

“Women. You can’t live with ‘em. Pass the beernuts”




Arian Foster

Maurice Jones-Drew

Alfred Morris

Ray Rice

Ryan Mathews

Trent Richardson

Adrian Peterson

Reggie Bush

Stevan Ridley

Marshawn Lynch

Jamaal Charles

Frank Gore

LeSean McCoy

 Matt Forte




Roddy White

Steve Smith

Dwayne Bowe

A.J. Green

Victor Cruz

Wes Welker

Julio Jones

Brandon Marshall

Mike Wallace

Andre Johnson

Percy Harvin

Demaryius Thomas

Larry Fitzgerald




Matt Ryan

Robert Griffin III

Ben Roethlisberger

Aaron Rodgers

Eli Manning

Peyton Manning

Drew Brees

Michael Vick

Matt Schaub

Tom Brady

Cam Newton

 Andy Dalton




Jimmy Graham

Martellus Bennett

Dennis Pitta

Rob Gronkowski

Jermichael Finley

Kyle Rudolph

Vernon Davis

Antonio GatesGreg Olsen

Tony Gonzalez


You may have noticed some changes to Norm’s must-start rankings from the ones in the past, 4 teams on a bye will do that. It is also because of match-ups.  Here are some notable changes this week. A.P. moves close to the top of the RB list,  Alfred Morris and T-Rich are must starts, he projects that Roddy White will lead all WRs, Both Andy Dalton and Matt Shaub can be considered a QB1, and Greg Olsen makes for a nice TE1.


Depending on your league settings, chances are that you have some kind of combination of the above for your starting lineup. These are the top options for this week and it is hard to make a case to bench any of them. It’s when you get into the players not on this list where it gets tricky.


For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. To get to this number and above, you will need at minimum 12 points from each of your starters (a little more from your QB and a few from your kickers and defense). This is the threshold for my IN/OUT predictions.


Brandon Lloyd vs. DEN

New England gave up 350 yards and 4 TDs through the air last week, and in week 5 they are playing against the Peyton the elder statesmen. He is having a nice year so far and we have seen many times what he can do against the patsies. I expect a shootout with “double L” being the beneficiary.


Andrew Hawkins vs. MIA

Miami is giving up 317.2 receiving yards per game, third-most in the NFL. “Baby Hawk” is manning the slot and will catch more than he did the first week, which is probably why you have him on your team. This is the week to use him.


Kyle Rudolph vs. TEN

I have to admit, I am a bit biased here, as he is my TE2 behind the Gronk. I have not had the nerve to start him yet, but this week if you have a W/R/T FLEX and some players on a bye like I do, why not start him? If your starting TE went down with an injury (Hernandez) or is on a bye (Witten) Kyle is definitely your guy, because he will be facing a Titans defense that has given up 39 receptions for 396 yards and seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends.




CJ Spiller & Fred Jackson @ S.F.

It seems like every week, I tell you to bench any back playing against the niners. In four games, they have allowed 351 total yards and zero touchdowns to opposing running backs. You may be in a position where you have to start one of them because of byes. Explore your options and seriously consider benching both.


Chris Johnson @ MIN

Last week he rushed for 141 and many people were talking about a comeback and how the zone blocking scheme is starting to work. Don’t listen to them. The Vikings have not allowed a TD to an RB or given up more than 100 yards a game to opposing backs at ALL this season. Because of this, there will be no more talk.


Brian Hartline @ CIN

He was the #1 Waiver Wire addition this week, and those who got him want to get all those points he had last week. I am sorry to say that he left them on the field. You may be in a PPR league, and if so, I will say that you can do worse. I don’t expect a lot of points out the WRs this week, as I predict only a handful will have over 11 points in a standard scoring system,  and Hartline is not one of them.




Coffee and Smoke BBQ Sauce



2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Tablespoons canola oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

3 garlic cloves, peeled

2 Tablespoons toasted and freshly ground ancho powder

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 Teaspoon ground fennel seed

1 Teaspoon paprika

3/4 Cup ketchup

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 1/2 brewed dark roast coffee

1/2 cup cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste



In a large saucepan, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. And the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes.

Add the ancho powder, cumin, coriander, fennel, and paprika and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add ketchup and brown sugar and cook, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Stir in coffee, vinegar, and Worcestershire.  Season with S&P.

Simmer on low for about 30 minutes.  Use an immersion blender or transfer to blender and process until smooth.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week.


makes about 4 cups




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