Week 5 Fantasy Football Start and Sit Advice
Week 4 was yet ANOTHER eye opener for surprise players with big fantasy days. Brian Hartline of Miami… 253 receiving and a TD? Chris Johnson for Tennessee….141 rushing against Houston? Brandon Bolden of New England….137 rushing and a TD? Predicting anything in the NFL thus far is cloudy at best. Yet….I still rack my brain to give you your start/sit advice. And, as always, please leave me YOUR feedback and let me know who YOU would start or sit this week!
With that, here are my week 5 start/sit calls:
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Yes…it’s true. I keep putting Flacco up here. And he has been fantastic thus far. He’s a QB2 with QB1 value thus far. Great matchup against Kansas City this week. Flacco keeps rolling for 320 passing with 2 TD’s.
Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Ponder has played very well thus far in only his second season. With guys like Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Kyle Rudolph, Percy Harvin and now Jerome Simpson, Ponder has a full arsenal. I think he has a fantastic game this week against Tennessee with 315 passing and 3 TD’s.
Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers
I have to think this is the week that the pass heavy Packers ground it out more than usual against the Colts. Benson should get a lot of touches. I’m feeling 90 yards rushing, 3 receptions for 39 yards and a TD.
Willis McGahee, RB, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Should be a great game. Do you agree that the Patriots have to worry about the pass first? That’s my theory. McGahee should have a hefty workload and be pretty successful to the tune of 105 rushing, 4 receptions 38 yards and a TD.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are coming off a bye and are rested. The Eagles had a hard fought Sunday night game against the Giants. Mike Wallace will demand most of the Eagles’ attention. Brown should have a few more targets. 6 receptions, 105 yards and a TD.
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans
Here’s my wild card guy. He’s facing the deflated Jets’ defense. I love him as a WR3 or flex this week. 5 receptions, 89 yards and a TD
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
Again, facing the putrid Jets defense. Daniels had a nice week last week. No reason to think he wont keep rolling. 5 receptions 72 yards and a TD.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Steelers are well rested coming off a bye and Vick just got through a tough game against the Giants. Look for the Steelers to pressure him a ton this week. Really tough matchup.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
Bradshaw was back last week against the Eagles and wasn’t able to generate much. He’s also sharing some carries with Andre Brown. Brown will also steal redzone opportunities. Giants will rely more on the pass than the run.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Go ahead. Ask me how you can sit MJD. Well, he’s playing a Chicago defense that made Cowboys’ RB Demarco Murray non-existent last week. And Cinci shut MJD down last week as well. Put the two together and I just feel another subpar game from MJD.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
Didn’t the 49ers defense look angry against the Jets last week? Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had 4 int’s against the Patriots, who are nowhere near as good as the 49ers. Should be another long day for the Bills. I think Johnson suffers another subpar game.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe had a nice week last week but that was against San Diego. Baltimore comes into town with some extra rest playing last Thursday night. Bowe should be seeing double, coverage that is, for most of the day Sunday.
Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills
Again…just read Stevie Johnson above. The 49ers are just punishing on defense. Why go against them?
A new fantasy football contributor to NFLSoup, Terrence Kirker is an avid NFL fan and diehard Giants fan. He's been involved in fantasy football for the past ten years, with the last four being the mostly competitive for cash prizes, equating to three championships and one third place finish. Follow him on Twitter @terrencekirker