Start Em Sit Em Week 5: Last Minute Advice for Fantasy Owners

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

Sept. 30, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) turns to hand the ball off to running back Alfred Morris (46) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Washington defeated Tampa Bay 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Open a tab for your fantasy team. 

Then listen up. 

You don't have much time to set the ideal lineup, and the last second advice is conveniently below.  

Absolutely start Domenik Hixon, especially in PPR leagues.

No Hakeem Nicks. No Ramses Barden. Last week, Hixon garnered 11 targets, only two fewer than the targeted-on-seemingly-every-pass wideout Victor Cruz. 

Not only did Hixon receive more than 10 targets from Eli Manning, he turned the looks his way into a productive evening. 

The veteran had six receptions for 114 yards and was not encumbered by any lingering injury issues. 

Breaking news—the Cleveland Browns secondary is not intimidating. To be more specific, they're allowing 286 yards per game through the air, and stud cornerback Joe Haden is serving the last game of his suspension. 

As usual, Cruz will be New York's focal point on offense, but Hixon should, at the very least, near 10 targets at home for the G-Men. 

In other words, start the guy. 

Sit Devery Henderson

According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, receiver Lance Moore will not play against the San Diego Chargers this week. 

While that news in itself is encouraging for Henderson and the small faction of his fantasy owners out there (seriously, do you have him?), don't expect a major spike in production. 

He has six grabs on the year, and has never really been a consistent fantasy wideout. 

Don't look too far into Moore's absence, Henderson is far too risky to drag into the starting lineup. 

Start Alfred Morris

Easy one, right? 

Eh, well, I still feel the need to throw it in there. 

Morris has yet to fall victim to Mike Shanahan's running back carousel, and based on how he's toted the rock in the Washington Redskins' first four games, his starting job is safe in the foreseeable future. 

The Atlanta Falcons defense has played stingy against guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers this season, but don't forget, they've surrendered 5.2 yards per rush. 

Robert Griffin III and Matt Ryan should put on an aerial show today, but keep Morris in mind. The Redskins have carried the ball 138 times in 2012, the second-highest total in the NFL

He'll be a major contributor for the 'Skins. 

Don't hold a grudge against Dennis Pitta 

Pitta was one of the trendiest tight end starts after 18 catches and a touchdown in the Baltimore Ravens' first three games. 

Then, fantasy disaster struck. 

He was targeted twice and failed to get his name in the box score against the Cleveland Browns. 

No grabs. 


However, the Kansas City Chiefs' secondary has allowed a 114.7 QB rating to opposing quarterbacks, and they've allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. 

Pitta actually leads his team with 32 targets—not the most known statistic at the year's quarter pole. 

(Any questions? Drop a line in the comment section, and I'll be sure to answer your question before the early games kick off.)



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