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5 Fantasy Football Players to Sit In Week 5

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With the giant influx of fantasy football general managers, there is a constant demand for more fantasy advice. Often a fantasy football victory comes down to whether or not the right player was started or benched. A larger number of fantasy owners are scouring the Internet for advice, making start and sit articles more important than ever.

Last weekend I prognosticated to start Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, even if his hometown papers did not necessarily agree with me. Newton finished the game with 3 total touchdowns, 215 passing yards, and another 86 yards on the ground. Millions of experts went against Newton last week and I happened to be one of the few who liked his matchup.

Conversely, last week I also recommended sitting New York Jets’ wide receiver Santonio Holmes. In week 3 Holmes did haul in an insane 147 yards through the air against the Miami Dolphins, but I was not a fan of Holmes in week 4, as he played a very physical and angry San Francisco 49ers’ defense. I proved to be right, as Holmes racked up a meager 29 yards on 4 catches and eventually left the game on a cart after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his foot. I know you can never predict injuries, but if you didn’t listen last week, then you ended up stating a receiver who finished the game on the Injured Reserve.

To make setting your final fantasy football lineup easier this weekend, here are my top 5 fantasy football players to sit in week 5.

Make sure you read through all of it, before hitting “submit” on your final week 5 roster!

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Number 5: WR Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

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WR Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (@ Cincinnati Bengals) – Hartline may have exploded last week for 253 yards, but do not put too much faith in his career game. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill was averaging a meager 205 yards in his first three games, before exploding last weekend for 431 yards in an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Tannehill will not keep this up, so expect Hartline’s numbers to come back down to earth as well. He may get 50-60 yards a game, but don’t expect many more 200-yard receiving games.

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Number 4: RB Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

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RB Michael Bush, Chicago Bears (@ Jacksonville Jaguars) – Bush only gained 29 yards on 10 carries last weekend. With Matt Forte coming back last week, Bush’s role was significantly reduced, and the goal-line back will continue to get minimal carries outside of the twenties. He also faces a stingy Jaguars’ goal line defense this weekend, so look elsewhere for a final starter or flex option.

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Number 3: RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers

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RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Mendenhall will finally suit up for the Steelers this weekend. He missed the first four weeks due to him recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in the last game of the 2011 season. Mendenhall is said to be the starter for this week’s game and the featured back in the Battle of Pennsylvania.

However, he will be extremely rusty and will likely only get 10-12 touches in the game. Mendy is better to sit out this fantasy matchup, so park him on the bench until he shows that he can run with authority like he did last season.

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Number 2: WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (@ San Francisco 49ers) – Last week Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick had another aerial show, as he threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns in the team’s 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots.

However, with all the offense Buffalo put up last weekend, Johnson was limited to only 23 yards and was held out of the end zone. Do not expect much better this week against a tenacious 49ers’ defense.

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Number 1: QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. Seattle Seahawks) – Newton rebounded last weekend, but expect him to have another rough game against the heavy hitting Boom Squad. In the last two games, Seattle has limited Aaron Rodgers to only 223 passing yards and Sam Bradford to 221 passing yards, so don’t expect Newton to post anything close to a 300-yard performance. Keep Newton on the pine this weekend.