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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5 Thursday Night Football: Amendola, R. Williams & More

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16  of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2016

Thursday Night Football is upon us once again, so it's time to look at who to start and who to sit in tonight's game. 

 

Must-Start Options

  • Quarterback - None
  • Running Back - Steven Jackson (Stl)
  • Wide Receiver - Larry Fitzgerald (Ari)
  • Tight End - None

 

Options to Discuss

Quarterback: Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

He has definitely made the most of his opportunity, with 752 yards and seven touchdowns. However, his Week 4 performance (322 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) was by far his best yard-wise, and it came in a shootout against a Dolphins defense allowing the third-most pass yards per game (297.8). The Rams play the pass much better than that, so I would temper expectations. He is a low-end QB2 at best.

Verdict: Sit him, outside of the desperate two-quarterback format.

 

Quarterback: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Bradford continues to fall short of the expectations everyone had for him, throwing for 221 yards or fewer in three of his four games. Over his past two games he has no touchdowns vs. three interceptions. Like with Kolb, it is hard to trust him outside of the deepest of formats.

Verdict: Sit him outside of the desperate two-quarterback format.


Running Back: Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals

With Beanie Wells out, Williams will have his opportunity to entrench himself as the starter in Arizona. He faltered in his first game, but as I said before, this should be the week for him to bust out. The Rams are among the worst rushing defenses in the league, allowing 135.2 yards per game as well as six touchdowns. I would expect the Cardinals to give Williams ample opportunity to produce, meaning big numbers could be on the horizon.

Verdict: Solid RB2 in all formats.


Wide Receiver: Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

Fantasy owners have been waiting for a receiver to step up in St. Louis, and it appears Amendola finally has. While the upside isn’t necessarily as high as some other receivers, he is the go-to option in this passing game.

Through the first four games, he has been targeted 44 times, with the next-highest player being Brandon Gibson at 19 (who is far too risky to trust this early in the week). There is no reason to think that anything is going to change in that regard. He has 31 receptions for 351 yards and two touchdowns, making him enticing, especially against a defense that has yielded 89 completions thus far (placing them in the middle of the pack).

Verdict: Good PPR play, otherwise consider a low-end WR2/high-end WR3.


Wide Receiver: Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

After posting somewhat unspectacular numbers through three weeks (nine catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns), Roberts erupted against the Dolphins for six catches, 118 yards and two touchdowns. It was a great outing, but do we really think he can replicate those numbers against a Rams defense that has allowed just two receiving touchdowns this season?

We all have seen receivers break out only to come back to earth the following week (i.e. Kevin Ogletree, Ramses Barden, etc.). While that doesn’t mean I am against adding him on waivers, trusting him would be a mistake.

Verdict: A bit too risky, unless you are in dire need of a WR3.


Running Back: Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams

He has had some nice moments, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, but if Steven Jackson is healthy Richardson is nothing more than a change-of-pace back.

Verdict: Not usable.


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