Start Em Sit Em Week 5

Start Em Sit Em Week 5

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start RB J Charles at home vs an atrocious CHI defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!

Bye Week- Miami- Minnesota- NY Jets- Carolina

Quarter Backs
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PHIL Sam Bradford (vs N.O.) – The Saint’s QB might be healing up but the Saint’s dreadful defense hasn’t. QB Sam Bradford at home has his best match up all season

NYG Eli Manning (vs SF) – Between Beckham, Randle, Harris, Donnell, Jennings, Vereen and Williams…..Manning has a lot of weapons. He should carve up the SF 28th ranked pass defense

CHI Jay Cutler (at KC) – If Cutler can avoid his minimum of 1 INT a game, he should be a fantasy star this week. Teams are throwing all over the Chiefs this year

Sleeper- KC Alex Smith…..CHI is 2nd worst DEF in the NFL- Smith at home could have his best game- FUN game to watch

Running Backs
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ST L T Gurley ( vs GB)- You can’t pass on GB ( 5th ranked defense vs the pass) but you can have some success running on them ( 31th ranked defense vs the run) so Gurley should get plenty of opportunities

BALT J Forsett (vs CLEV) – Thru Week 3 RB Forsett hadn’t topped 68 yards in any game ( 0 TDs)  In Week 4 he reminded us why we drafted him ( 27 carries for 150 yards). He still doesn’t have a rushing TD, but they will come. CLEV is 24th vs the run

ATL Devonta Freeman (vs WASH) –Even though WASH is better against the run ( ranked #7 in the NFL) you have to keep rolling with the hot hand of Freeman

TB Doug Martin ( vs JACK)- Not my most comfortable starter this week, but the match up is good and TB gave him 25 touches last week ( totaling 143 yard- 1 TD)  You should see the same formula Week 5

Sleeper – BUFF Anthony Dixon/ Dan Herron at TENN ( ranked #32 vs the run)    Sleeper– NYG Rashad Jennings vs SF

Wide Receivers
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KC Jeremy Maclin (vs CHI)- LOVE Maclin at home this week vs the 29th ranked pass DEF Chicago Bears

HOU DeAndre Hopkins ( vs IND)- The HOU receiving corps is beat up badly ( WRs C Shorts and N Washington are both out for Week 5) so Hopkins will get a ton of targets

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs CLEV) – With WR Steve Smith shelved with a back injury, Aiken is thrusted into the #1 WR role ( he also produced well week 5- 5/77 yards and 1 TD)

CHI WRs A Jeffery/ E Royal ( at KC)- Both are banged up but expected to play. They both have an ideal match up vs a porous KC pass defense

WASH Pierre Garcon ( at ATL)- We know after 4 weeks that ATL can put up points- a lot of point, so WASH will pass plenty trying to keep up. QB K Cousins knows that Garcon is his best player- I expect 10+ targets week 5

Sleeper- SEA Doug Baldwin…..SEA is passing more trying to keep their RBs healthy

Tight Ends
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CLEV Gary Barnidge (vs BALT)- He started his recent run vs OAK Week 3 ( OAK is worst in the league vs TEs) and has racked up 180 yards and 2 TDs Weeks 3 & 4. Now QB McCown trusts him and targets him

CHI Martellus Bennett- He could easily get 80+yards and a TD vs KC

DEN Owen Daniels ( at OAK)- From 5 receptions for 24 yards- 0 TDs in Weeks 1 & 2….. 7 receptions for 37 yards- 2 TDs in Weeks 3 & 4. QB Peyton Manning is playing much better starting in the shotgun. He will find Daniels more and you know that Peyton is aware of how bad OAK is vs TEs

Sleeper- HOU Garrett Graham….The HOU receiving corps is beat up badly

Defense
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HOU (vs IND)- The HOU DEF will attack whoever starts for IND Week 5, either Luck ( injured shoulder) or Hasselbeck ( battling a virus). Gore hasn’t quite jelled with the Colts and has had fumbling problems- this all adds up to some turnovers by HOU

NE ( at DAL)- Considering who the Pats lost in the off-season, they are a very good defense. Should be a tough day for QB Weeden

JACK (at TB) – TB J Winston has 7 INTs so far this season, 4 of them coming in Week 4- He’s a rookie prone to mistakes and JACK will pressure him into more

NYG ( vs SF)- Facing perhaps the worst offense in the league and Kaepernick is on pace to absorb 56 sacks this season.

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

Quarter Backs
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OAK D Carr ( vs DEN) – Hopefully you have other choices than Carr this week because the Denver has the #1 pass defense

STL Nick Foles (at GB) – His schedule has been brutal and it doesn’t get easier Week 5 vs GB ( 5th ranked defense vs the pass )

DET Matthew Stafford (vs ARI) – You may have to start him, but I wouldn’t want to. ARI is the 3rd best DEF in the NFL and Stafford is struggling badly- Only 5 TD passes all season and none Week 4

QB Colin Kaepernick- 2 passing TDs in 4 games- The worst QB in the NFL right now

Running Backs
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ALL DET RBs- HC J Caldwell is a terrible head coach. For fantasy owners, a team with 4 RBs is a team with none

DAL Joseph Randle ( vs NE) – Belichick is going to force QB Weeden to beat the Pats threw the air. Additionally, Randle’s carries have declined every week from Week 2. In Week 4 he only had 11 carries

SF Carlos Hyde ( at NYG)- He’s done NOTHING since his Week 1 breakout game. SF knows that they can’t win without getting RB Hyde on track but doubtful Week 5 as NYG are #1 vs the run

Wide Receivers
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OAK Amari Cooper (vs DEN)- Should be a tough day for Cooper vs the #1 Defense in the NFL

CINN Marvin Jones (vs SEA) – Facing 2 of the best corners in the game, the Bengals are going to have tough time moving the ball through the air Week 5

SF Torrey Smith/A Boldin (vs NYG)- The SF offense is seriously so bad, that SF players could be listed in Sit Em every week until I get tired & bored putting them here

DET Golden Tate ( vs ARI)- Megatron has a way of getting some catches vs tough defenses, but Tate is averaging only 40 yards a game with 0 TDs this season

Tight Ends
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PITT Heath Miller (at SD) – PITT QB Mike Vick doesn’t even look at Miller. Since Roethlisberger’s injury, Miller has 5 receptions for a total of 33 yards

N.O. Ben Watson/ Josh Hill ( at Phil ) –Both have roles in the Saints offense, but they are too small of roles to score for fantasy owners