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Fantasy football projections, Week 5: Patriots-Cowboys featuring Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Joseph Randle

We break down the Week 5 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Week 5 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys should be a one-sided affair with plenty of points being scored. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.

New England Patriots

While most people probably thought Tom Brady would get plenty of rest to start the season while serving a suspension, he actually had to wait for the team's bye in order to do so. He needed it, because the future Hall of Famer is absolutely lighting up the NFL, perhaps sending a message to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Not only has Brady thrown nine touchdowns and no interceptions in the first three games of the season, he's currently averaging over 370 yards passing per game. The Cowboys have one of the better secondary units in the league, but it doesn't matter, because Brady is on another level this season.

As has been the case over the last number of years, a big performance from Brady will serve to pad the stats of tight end Rob Gronkowski. To this point in the season, the Dallas Cowboys have not surrendered a touchdown or more than three catches to a tight end, but it goes without saying that Gronk is going to change that. He's as dominant a tight end as there is in the NFL, and there's no reason that domination shouldn't continue on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys had last week's game against the New Orleans Saints locked up until the closing moments of the fourth quarter, when Drew Brees brought his boys back. Dallas went on to lose in overtime, and Weeden finished with just 16 completions and one touchdown. The Cowboys can't wait for Tony Romo to come back, and until he does, no passer in Dallas is worth adding to a fantasy roster. Those who gambled on Weeden can fold their hand and walk away now.

On the other hand, one player who may be worth sticking with is running back Joseph Randle. After scorching the Atlanta Falcons for three touchdowns in the first half just two weeks ago, Randle managed to score again last week. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn't like the fact that he reached over the goal line to get his score, however, which led Randle to the bench. He's not expected to light it up against the Patriots, but since Lance Dunbar is out for the season and the score may get out of hand, Randle could get garbage-time points that make him worth starting.

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