Start ‘em or sit ‘em week 5

Week 5

After a weak overall week 3, week 4 saw a pretty good overall showing in Fantasy Football. Although receivers like A.J. Green and Desean Jackson disappointed, guys like Reggie Bush, Demaryius Thomas and Arian Foster showed why they are elite fantasy weapons.

 

Quarterbacks:

Start’em

Matt Ryan: The Falcons have their backs against the wall at 1-3 going into a Monday night game against the Jets. Look for Ryan to play lights out against a medicore Jets defense.

 

Sit’em

Cam Newton: Coming off the bye playing against Arizona you would think Cam Newton would be a must start, but crazy things happen when teams play in the desert. The Cardinals defense is a tough matchup when playing at home and Cam Newton traditionally struggles on the road. If you don’t have a clear better option or better matchup keep Newton in, just be cautious with him this week.

 

Running Backs:

Start’em

Frank Gore: He is starting to get more carries in this offense, and the few extra days of rest will do him good. The Texans run defense is not good enough to make me hold back on starting Gore, he should notch 12-15 points this weekend

 

Sit’em

Chris Johnson: It is about that time folks. Ridley, Spiller and Wilson have all seen exits from peoples starting lineups and this guy is next. He isn’t a threat in the red zone and hasn’t been very productive this year, plus, the Chiefs have been stingy to opposing back this year, aside from LeSean McCoy. However, he is a top 5 fantasy running back, and Johnson is certainly not.

 

Wide Receivers:

Start’em

Larry Fitzgerald: The Cardinals don’t have a run game as of now, and the Panthers stop the run pretty well. If you put aside the Giants pathetic effort two weeks back, teams have had success passing against Carolina, and the Cardinals will be throwing plenty.

 

 

 

Sit’em

Nate Washington: I don’t mean to hate on the Titans, but with a handful of teams on bye week, people will start reaching a little further into their bag of receivers. This guy seems attractive, with back to back big games, but the Chiefs defense is pretty tough overall and Washington has historically been up and down so I might shy away from putting Washington in as a flex for week 5.

Defense/Special Teams:

Start’em

Rams: The Indianapolis Colts just held the Jaguars to 3 points. The Colts D/ST scored 22 points, so go pick up the Rams Defense up and put them in there without any hesitation.

 

Sit ‘em

Cowboys: Denver is unstoppable as of right now, and I made this section to point out two simple things. If a defense is playing the Jaguars, it’s a no-brainer start, and it’s the exact opposite if they play Peyton Manning and the frighteningly good Broncos offense. Weekly shifts in your D/ST are crucial to having a good fantasy season and the waiver wire is often a good place to look