Fantasy Football NFL Week 5: Start/Sit Decisions

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to throw the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the NFL Game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Here’s a look at LestersLegends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the fifth week of the 2012 NFL season.



Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

I’m sticking with Flacco here. He has averaged 369 yards in his past two starts. He’s facing the Chiefs, who are one of three teams that have allowed double-digit touchdown passes.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills

He’s been throwing TDs around like he’s on a parade float. Unfortunately mixed in with those goodies are plenty of INTs. I don’t like his chances against the Niners.


Running Backs


Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers


I chose him last week and he produced 106 total yards. I’ll stick with him again vs. a Colts team that is is allowing 131.3 ypg.

Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals

He struggled against Miami’s top-ranked run defense. This week should be different against the Rams who rank 26th against the run with 135.3 ypg. They have also allowed six rushing scores and are yielding 4.7 yards per carry.


Buffalo Running Backs

They are in a time share and are facing the Niners' Top Five run defense. Not an ideal combination.


Wide Receivers


Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens


He looked more like his old self last week and is a good candidate for success against the Chiefs.

Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

He is averaging 71.8 yards per game and has a tendency to score touchdowns at home. The Chargers have allowed seven passing touchdowns and Brees will likely add at least three to that total.


Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker is out of this game, which hinders Washington’s chances. The Vikings did a nice job with Megatron and should slow Nate as well.


Tight Ends


Fred Davis, Washington Redskins

With 160 yards in his past two games it’s clear that he’s now on the same page as RGIII. Considering the other choices in Washington, I would expect plenty of targets for Davis against Atlanta.



Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

It’s not that I don’t like Daniels. I’m just afraid that they lay the smack down on the Jets like the Niners did last week and Daniels isn’t needed. That is kind of what played out with Vernon Davis last week.




New York Giants

They can generate a lot of pressure on the quarterback, which should lead to sacks and mistakes for the rookie QB. Plus, Cleveland struggles to move the ball, ranking 27th in scoring offense (18.3) and 25th in total offense (311.5).


New England Patriots

No way am I throwing them out there against Peyton Manning and company.


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