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Start 'em & Sit 'em Week 5

Posted on: October 9, 2009 1:26 pm
Start 'em & Sit 'em Week 5


Start 'em
Donovan McNabb vsTampa Bay
McNabb will be returning from his rib injury that sidelined him in week 1 and will look to tear apart a Buccaneers defense that has allowed 9 passing touchdowns and a friendly 101 passer rating.
Matt Schaub at Arizona
Schaub will continue to find success facing a Cardinals defense that is ranked 30th in pass defense. Schaub should have to air it out as this should be a high scoring affair in
University of Phoenix Stadium.
Joe Flacco vsCincinnati
Flacco has continued to prove he is a weekly fantasy starting quarterback and is a must start against division opponent Cincinnati and their 26th ranked pass defense that has let up the most receptions of 20 yards or more.
Ben Roethlisberger vs Detroit.
Roethlisberger is currently leading the league in completion percentage and is 3rd in yardage. He will get some quick scores against a Lions defense that has let up a league leading 12 passing touchdowns, 72.5% completion percentage and a 119 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks. Keep your passing yardage expectations in check as the Steelers will be up early and Rashard Mendenhall will do most of the damage as the Steelers roll at home.
Other quarterbacks with favorable matchups
Brett Favre at St. Louis
Matt Hasselbeck vs Jacksonville
Sleeper Alert
Trent Edwards vs Cleveland
Edwards has struggled thus far throwing just 5 touchdowns and 5 picks and only a 76.5 passer rating. He has not been able to utilize Terrell Owens and Lee Evans making them bench fodder in most leagues. This is as good as a matchup as Edwards could ask for at home against a Browns defense ranked 21st against the pass with only 1 pick in 4 games.
Sit 'em
Mark Sanchez at Miami
Sanchez endured a long day at New Orleans last week proving he is not ready for Fantasy Football stardom just yet especially in tough road games. Sanchez will have another tough road game this time in the division facing a Dolphins defense ranked 10th overall. It may seem tempting with the acquisition of Braylon Edwards but with only one touchdown on the road and a 71.2 passer rating on the season with 5 picks he is far too risky.
Jason Campbell at Carolina
Campbell had a nice string of 3 easy games and did well in two of them but now must travel to Carolina coming off a bye week and ranked 6th in pass defense. Stay away.
Tony Romo at Kansas City
Romo was on the sit 'em last week and struggled on the road against the Broncos. He should have a little more success this week but playing at Arrowhead is no easy task and the Cowboys passing attack has sputtered for 3 straight weeks tallying only one passing touchdown. Sit 'em if you have better options.
Others quarterbacks with unfavorable matchups
Eli Manning vs Oakland (injury)
Kerry Collins vs Indianapolis
Bust Alert
Tom Brady at Denver

Running Backs

Start 'em
Rashard Mendenhall vs Detroit
Mendenhall had a coming out party on Sunday night rushing for a career high 165 yards and a couple of touchdowns on 29 carries. Willie Parker will be held out again and with a 20th ranked Lions defense coming to town letting up 5.2 YPC on the ground the Steelers will ride Mendenhall for 25+ carries and an easy 125+ yard day.
Brandon Jacobs vs Oakland
Jacobs has struggled to get into the endzone this year with only 1 rushing touchdown but with an injured Eli Manning the Giants will look for Jacobs to control the game against a Raiders team with no offense and a rushing defense letting up 146 YPG. Start him.
Tim Hightower vs Houston
Hightower really hasn't been an effective runner but does lead the league in receptions for running backs. Hightower will have little difficulty getting into the enzdone on the ground against a Texans team ranked 29th on the ground that has let up a league leading 8 scores on the ground and 5.5 YPC.
Marshawn Lynch vs Cleveland
Lynch and Fred Jackson will get plenty of opportunities against a Browns team ranked 31st in defending the run at 177 YPG with 8 scores.
Other running backs with favorable matchups
Clinton Portis at Carolina
Glenn Coffee vs Atlanta
Sleeper Alert
Jerome Harrison at Buffalo
Sit 'em
Stephen Jackson vs Minnesota
Jackson will have a tough time facing a Vikings team ranked 9th against the run and has yet to let up a touchdown on the ground. The Vikings will key on Jackson and force Kyle Boller or Mark Bulger (if he plays) to beat them with a thin and inexperienced receiving core. Sit 'em
Thomas Jones at Miami
Jones has another tough matchup against the 2nd ranked Dolphins run defense. Couple that with splitting time with Leon Washington and the teams goal to get Shonn Green more involved and he is too risky to start.
Cedric Benson vs Cincinnati
Benson will have a tough road game against a Ravens defense ranked 1st against the run with an average 2.6 YPC and only 59.5 YPG.
Michael Turner at San Francisco
It's hard to bench Turner but if you have better matchups than do so because Turner will be on the road against a 4th ranked 49ers rushing defense that has not let up a score on the ground.
Other running backs with unfavorable matchups
Cadillac Williams at Philadelphia
Kevin Smith at Pittsburgh
Bust Alert
Steve Slaton at Arizona

Wide Receivers

DeSean Jackson vs Tampa Bay
Jackson has only 12 catches on the year but with his league leading 21.6 YPC he is a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. Facing a Buccaneers team that has let up the most plays over 4o yards and 9 passing touchdowns bodes well for Jackson. Start 'em.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs Jacksonville
Houshmandzadeh has yet to get in the endzone with his new team but this should be the week as he faces a  Jaguars defense ranked 31st against the pass that has let up 7 passing touchdowns. He sits currently at 7th in receiving yards for wide receivers and will look to move up with the return of Matt Hasselbeck. Nate Burleson is also a great start.
Pierre Garcon at Tennessee
Garcon will face the 31st ranked Titans pass defense that has let up the second most touchdowns through the year with 10. Reggie Wayne will have a big day but look for Garcon and quite possibly Austin Collie to have a productive day.
Other receivers with favorable matchups
Hines Ward vs Detroit
Bernard Berrien at St. Louis
Sleeper Alert
Nate Burleson vs Jacksonville
Sit 'em
Antonio Bryant at Philadelphia
Bryant has battled injuries and has proven not to be worth the big money Franchise 1 year deal he received from the Buccaneers. He will be questionable to play and is facing an Eagles defense ranked 2nd against the pass. Stay Away.
Santana Moss at Carolina
Take away his week 3 game against lowly Detroit and Moss has 7 catches for 115 and a touchdown including games with 6 yards and 35 yards. Campbell will struggle against the 6th ranked Panther pass defense and with no other receiving threat stepping up Carolina will easily take Moss out of the game.
Wes Welker at Denver
Welker has been a bust so far due to an inured knee and is still limited in practice. Sit 'em against a 3rd ranked Broncos pass defense that has not let up a score threw the air.
Bust Alert
Steve Smith (nyg) vs Oakland

Tight Ends

Start 'em
John Carlson vs Jacksonville
Carlson could have a big day against the Jaguars 31st ranked pass defense and the return of Hasselbeck.
Owen Daniels at Arizona
Daniels will be involved in what should be a high scoring game facing a Cardinals team letting up 280 YPG through the air.
Jason Witten at Kansas City
Witten should have his most productive day of the season against a Chiefs defense ranked 28th against the pass and 251 YPG. With a banged up Roy Williams Witten will be the go to guy.
Other tight ends with favorable matchups
Brent Celek vs Atlanta
Heath Miller vs Detroit
Sleeper Alert
Todd Heap vs Cincinnati
Sit 'em
Kellen Winslow at Philadelphia
Winslow and the Buccaneers offense has been struggling and now they must travel to Philadelphia to face the 2nd best pass defense that is well rested coming off a bye. Sit 'em.
Ben Watson at Denver
Watson will face a Broncos Defense ranked 3rd against the pass with 0 touchdowns through the air. This will be a hard fought low scoring game and Watson should sit.
Visanthe Shiancoe
Shiancoe has 2 touchdowns on the year but really hasn't been involved in the passing game. He has no games above 26 yards receiving and there are better options. Sit 'em
Other tight ends with unfavorable matchups
Chris Cooley at Carolina
Dante Rosario vs Washington
Bust Alert
Tony Gonzalez at San Francisco

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