Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5: Top Fantasy Players Facing Tough Matchups This Week

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes upfield against the Indianapolis Colts January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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While these players would be solid fantasy football starters most weeks, it is time to give them a rest on the bench.

Fantasy owners must pay attention to the matchups, because even the best players are likely to have a bad game against a great defense.

For these men, that bad day will be in Week 5.


Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

Only two teams have allowed fewer passing yards per game than the Steelers this season. Combine that with the struggles Vick has had holding onto the football this season, and the quarterback is in line for a tough game.

The Pittsburgh defense is finally healthy with James Harrison and Troy Polamalu returning from injuries, according to CBS Sports.

Vick is more likely to increase upon his nine turnovers than throw multiple touchdown passes this week.


Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponent: Chicago Bears

Jones-Drew has been very inconsistent this season. Two weeks ago, he totaled 177 yards on the ground, but was only able to manage 38 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bears have only allowed 67.3 rushing yards per game this season, good for third-best in the league. They also have given up only one touchdown on the ground in four games.

The star runner still has a lot of talent, but he might not get the chance to succeed against this veteran defense.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Opponent: Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have their faults, but the team has the No. 1 run defense in the NFL. Miami has allowed only 56.8 yards per game on only 2.4 yards per carry.

Green-Ellis has only totaled 14 points in the last two weeks combined in standard leagues, and he has lost a fumble in each of those games. For someone who did not fumble in his entire career prior to the season, this is not a good sign.

He will get the carries, but there is little upside for the Bengals running back this week.


Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

Opponent: New York Jets

Andre Johnson has had a disappointing start to the season for those who drafted him in the first two rounds. He scored less than six fantasy points in two of four games and is unreliable as a week-to-week starter.

However, this is not his fault. The Texans have beaten their four opponents by an average of over 17 points per game this season and that leaves little need for the passing game. Instead, running back Arian Foster is reaping all of the benefits as the team runs out the clock late.

This should continue against the Jets this week. Teams have done so well running against New York (No. 31 against the run) that they do not need to throw (No. 5 against the pass).

Great talent does not always equal fantasy production.


Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles

Miller has turned himself into a solid fantasy starter after four touchdowns in his first three games. Unfortunately, that luck will run out this week against the Eagles.

Philadelphia has allowed only one touchdown to tight ends this season and only once has that position totaled more than three receptions.

The entire defense is solid, but receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are more likely to have a good game in the passing attack.


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