The Week 5 NFL injury report has been released, and we are but hours away from the Sunday games. With the new news comes adjustments to the fantasy value of many players and, accordingly, changes in decision-making on whether to start some players and sit others.
Below will be a few more matchup-based guys highlighted since the Week 5 start ‘em, sit ‘em article posted earlier this week.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos (at New England Patriots)
As if you needed another reason to watch the Broncos and Patriots clash on Sunday afternoon: Manning has thrown for over 250 yards and multiple scores in three of his four games in a Broncos uniform.
The Patriots have allowed 350-plus yards and three or more scores in each of the last two weeks.
Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears (at Jacksonville Jaguars)
Matt Forte should be ready to go in this game. Yet, there still may be enough carries for two backs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Opponents running backs have rushed 30.5 times per game against Jacksonville, fourth-most in the NFL.
And Bush tends to get goal-line carries.
James Jones and Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (at Indianapolis Colts)
Jones and Cobb should see additional passes thrown to them from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Colts are also missing two cornerbacks (including starter Vontae Davis) for this matchup.
While we may not know who will get the most work in Greg Jennings’ absence, Rodgers is good enough to allow them both to post big days.
Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants (vs. Cleveland Browns)
There won’t need to be any argument about whether Hixon or teammate Ramses Barden is the better fantasy football start for the Giants this week. Barden and Hakeem Nicks both will miss this game against the Browns, leaving Hixon, Victor Cruz and Martellus Bennett to do most of the damage in the team’s passing attack.
It doesn’t hurt Hixon’s value that Joe Haden will be serving the final game of his four-game suspension in Week 5.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Miami Dolphins)
Miami has a run defense that’s likely legit enough to make the Bengals try chucking it downfield on them at home. The expected cornerback matchup for Hawkins, Dolphins' starter Richard Marshall, will be out for this game.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Diego Chargers)
New Orleans should have an emotional Sunday night contest with the Chargers as Drew Brees and Darren Sproles welcome their old team to the Superdome. Brees will look to tie Johnny Unitas’ streak of consecutive games with a TD pass and help his team stave off an 0-5 start.
His receiving corps will be a man down. Lance Moore will be out for this game, so Brees should look to Colston a bit more to pick up the slack.
Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers (at New Orleans Saints)
The intrigue surrounding the Saints offensive unit for this game doesn’t really carry over to the defensive side of the ball. Nate Kaeding, the Chargers’ usual placekicker, will be out for this game and Novak should put up some points.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Green Bay Packers)
Brown’s saving grace could be his ability to get incorporated into the passing game. The Packers figure to get up early and force the Colts to be one-dimensional.
He’s only got one reception (for 39 yards) this year, however. Brown has gotten an encouraging 17 carries per game in his team’s last two outings but averaged just 3.1 yards.
Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons (at Washington Redskins)
Yes, it’s conceivable that Turner gets a touchdown and makes this game worthwhile for his fantasy owners.
Still, the weakness in the Redskins defense is its inability to stop the pass. The Falcons are more than able and willing to throw the ball.
Turner is averaging 4.7 yards per carry this season, which is a nice number, but he’s been facing some of the weaker run defenses in the league. Washington is giving up 4.1 yards per carry this year.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants (vs. Cleveland Browns)
While dealing with injuries, Bradshaw hasn’t had the best fantasy season so far.
In addition, Andre Brown is looking to get more snaps in the Giants offense. The concern with him seems to be his pass-blocking, which lends credence to the idea that Brown may be the one on the field in more obvious running situations.
Add to that the fact that the Giants should have a nice day passing the ball (which could open up the possibility of running Brown late), and Bradshaw becomes a serious must-sit candidate until we know more about his role going forward.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
Atlanta has not given up many points overall to fantasy wideouts this season. The Falcons are allowing an average of nine catches and 116.3 yards per game—to all wide receiving corps.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills (at San Francisco 49ers)
The only touchdown the 49ers have allowed to a wide receiver this season was given up to James Jones of the Packers in Week 1. And before getting too excited for the potential of “garbage-time” numbers, know that the Jets’ wide receivers in Week 4 combined for nine catches and 86 yards.
Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets (vs. Houston Texans)
Not yet. Just…not yet.
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