Start Em Sit Em Week 5: Plays You Must Make to Gain Edge in Your Fantasy League

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium on September 23, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints pass defense has been horrible all season. They are ranked 24th in the league against the pass. So despite the fact that Philip Rivers is only averaging 224 yards and 1.5 touchdown passes per game this season, he’s a smart play.

Former Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem will be returning to New Orleans, but this isn't the same defense he practiced against for four years. He's had a slow start in San Diego, but this is a game in which he could break out.

Rivers and Meachem will both have solid games. The Saints are even worse against the run. Their 186.8 yards allowed is the worst in the NFL. Ryan Mathews is set up to have a big game, but I'm cautious with recommending him because of his recent injuries.

Still, starting him against the Saints makes sense.

Here is another player with a favorable matchup this week.


Matt Forte

The Bears star running back has been hobbled a bit this season with an ankle injury. He played in the team's 34-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. He only had 13 rushes, but he emerged physically unscathed.

This week the Bears face the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forte’s ankle will be closer to 100 percent, and the Jags’ run defense is ripe for the picking. They rank 30th in the NFL against the run, allowing just over 150 yards per game.

Forte's ability to break off the long run will be on display in this one. He should have room to operate as the Jags try to account for a Bears' passing attack that looked sharp last week. Jay Cutler sliced the Cowboys' defense up with 275 yards and two touchdowns.

This should ensure Forte will be running against seven in the box, and the Jags have proven they can't stop the run already this season. Look for No. 22 to put up big numbers in this one.

Those are examples of players you should start, but there are at least two examples of stars that owners should sit this week.


Matt Schaub

The Houston Texans’ QB is great, and he’s engineering what could be a special season for the Texans. This week they face a physically and mentally battered New York Jets team on Monday Night Football.

Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis have both been lost for the remainder of the season, per Detroit Free Press.

To compound issues, the Jets are horrible against the run. They are ranked 31st in rushing yards allowed. This should lead to a steady diet of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Texans could very well blow the Jets out, and that will lead to even more rushing attempts from the backs. 

Schaub will probably be smiling late in this game, but his statistics won’t be overwhelming. If you have another solid quarterback on your team, I’d start him over Schaub this week.


Cam Newton

The 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year has had some problems this year. His performance in Week 3 vs. the New York Giants probably sunk a few fantasy teams. He rebounded a bit last week with two touchdown passes against the Atlanta Falcons, but this week will be a tough matchup for him.

In case you haven't noticed, the Seattle Seahawks defense is really good. They have allowed 20 points in only one game, and they have a bevy of athletic and capable pass rushers. This is the type of unit that can give Newton major issues. 

Their total of 12 sacks is proof they get into the backfield consistently. The speed of Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin should help to keep Newton contained on rushing attempts.

Cam is a bad play this week.


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