Start These Guys and Sit Those Dudes: Week 5

By alexreside

Though my recommendations for starters were hit and miss last week, I did call the LT explosion. Plus, my sit recommendations were spot on, despite that Brandon Jacobs finally had an OK week. Here are the stats for my sit recommendations. Honestly, I was surprised that Portis got 7 points.

Ray Rice: 2 pts

Jermaine Gresham: 3 pts

Clinton Portis: 7 pts

Brandon Jacobs: 12 pts

Alex Smith: 7 pts

Start These Guys

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco somewhat dismantled the Denver secondary last year when they met in Week 7. Flacco went 20-for-25, but with only 175 yards and a TD. Now, with the additions of Anquan Boldin and T.J. “all I do is catch game winning TD passes” Houshmandzadeh, Flacco has a lot better receiving threats. Plus with the news that Denver CB Andre’ Goodman may not play this week, the only person Flacco will have to look out for is Champ Bailey.

Hakeem Nicks

He may not be a household name just yet, but he will be talked about after this week. Against the Texans especially soft secondary, Nicks should burn them. If the line can keep Mario Williams at bay, Eli and Nicks will excel.

Thomas Jones

The Colts have allowed an average of 149.5 yards, and even with Jamaal Charles nipping at Jones’ heels, expect Jones to get around 20 carries. Against the terrible Colts defense, that should equal out to about 100 yards and a TD. Does that sound good to you?

Atlanta Falcons D/ST

Currently, they are averaging 9 fantasy points a game. If that doesn’t entice you immediately, then you should know that they also lead the NFL in interceptions. Still not enough? They are playing the Browns, and yes, Jake Delhomme is starting.

Fred Jackson

Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson (22) is pushed out of bounds by Miami Dolphins Jason Allen (32) during second quarter action at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Doug Benz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Is there finally a fantasy-worthy Buffalo Bills player? Well if the Marshawn Lynch trade tripled Jackson’s value, he is still only worth 9 fantasy points. I like the way he runs, but he is on the Bills, so you have to consider him a sleeper. I also like anyone who plays against the Jaguars, so he is a tiny bit safer than a sleeper this week. Your worst fear is how C.J. Spiller is used, but I still think Jackson will get the most touches in the matchup.

Sit These Dudes

Randy Moss

I know you are all excited about Randy Moss going to the Vikings, but fantasy owners should be wary. It is currently Week 5, and the leading WR on the Vikings is Percy Harvin who has 12 catches for 106 yards and just 1 TD. Those numbers are what Andre Johnson does in one game (OK, maybe not 12 catches). The bottom line is Randy Moss is great, but this team is not a passing team right now. Plus, the last time that Randy Moss played against Revis in Week 2 he was shut down with just 38 yards. 34 of those yards resulted in a TD, BUT that TD was only made possible because Revis pulled his hamstring on that play. Basically, don’t expect immediate results and this matchup isn’t ideal.

Laurence Maroney

Anybody who rushes the ball 11 times for 5 yards should be dropped in every league and maybe even banished from the NFL. Plus, the Broncos travel out of their thin air in Denver to play the Baltimore Ravens. On the east coast, the air will be thick and so, too, will be the Ravens defensive line. Even if Knowshon Moreno returns this week, they are both “bench worthy.”

Jermichael Finley

The Redskins have allowed 305 passing yards per game, but have shut down TEs all season long, allowing just 25.6 yards per game. With Green Bay’s elite passing game, one might hope that Finley will be the exception, but just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Jonathan Stewart

If you pay attention to the Panthers, it is easy to see that DeAngelo Williams is the feature back in Carolina, but most ESPN fantasy drafts made you think that Stewart was a third to fourth round pick, above Arian Foster in some cases! Despite his nice TD grab last week, this week against the Bears’ 6th ranked rush defense, he will struggle. Leave Stewart on the sidelines.

Larry Fitzgerald

I rarely would put this perennial Pro Bowler on my bench, but with Max Hall under center, Fitzgerald, who has barely been fantasy relevant this season, will become even less of a factor. I’m starting Mark Clayton over him, so if, for some reason, Fitzgerald blows up this week, we will die together in the explosion.

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