Heading into Week 6 of the NFL season, many fantasy football owners begin to face tough decisions on a weekly basis. Some breakout stars at the beginning of the season have faded, while other less-heralded players have shown glimpses of potential.
At this stage in the season, every player and every game becomes crucial as the playoff run begins to shape up. There's nothing worse than having a player you've counted on play terribly while another player on your bench has a big game.
So here's a look at a few players who have had good seasons, but, for one reason or another, may be better suited on your bench for Week 6.
In his debut at Tennessee a couple weeks ago, Leshoure was phenomenal. He carried the ball 26 times, gaining 100 yards and scoring a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 34 yards.
In his next game against Minnesota, however, Leshoure was far from spectacular. He averaged just 2.0 YPC on 12 attempts, and lost a fumble.
Which Leshoure will show up against Philadelphia in Week 6? For my money, against a good Philadelphia team, the one that averaged 2.0 YPC. Keep him on your bench.
Johnson is averaging under 50 receiving yards per game, and his season high is just 61. In the past two contests, Johnson has eight total catches for 62 yards and no touchdowns.
The Bills offense is coming off an embarrassing three-point effort against the 49ers. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been unspectacular this season, and he and Johnson are not showing good chemistry.
In Week 6, Johnson and the Bills face off against an Arizona team that has had surprising success this season. Their defense is good, and I expect Johnson to have a game right around his season average, which means he shouldn't be starter-worthy.
Flacco had a great first four weeks of the season, but then came up with a dud in Week 5. And unfortunately, he runs into the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6.
Dallas has given up just 169.5 passing yards per game this season, the lowest total in the NFL. But they have been right in the middle of the pack against the run, so I expect the Ravens to jump out in front early and give Ray Rice the ball quite a bit.
That is a good thing for Baltimore fans, but not for fantasy owners. Don't count on Flacco this week.
Garcon was a trendy draft pick in August after getting paired with RG3 in Washington. But after a 109-yard performance in Week 1, he got hurt and missed the next couple of games.
In Weeks 4 and 5, Garcon had a combined four catches for 24 yards. Clearly his foot is still bothering him, and that's the kind of injury that can really linger and hamper a speed-reliant downfield threat like Garcon.
To make matters worse, RG3 is dealing with an injury of his own now and if he does play Sunday, he probably won't be 100 percent healthy. The Redskins are also facing a pretty decent Minnesota defense, so you're better off keeping Garcon on your bench.
He was the main success story and NFL's leading rusher after the first two weeks of the season. But after a shoulder injury knocked him out in Week 3, Spiller can't be counted on to produce.
Spiller's injury should be mostly healed by now, but with Fred Jackson back, carries will be split between the two backs.
There's obviously a little potential for him to have a huge game against Arizona, but the safe move is to keep Spiller out of your starting lineup.