One of the best things about fantasy football is owners getting to feel like NFL head coaches, deciding which players give them the best chance to win each week. It's an especially tricky task when bye weeks are involved like in Week 6.
If the right decisions are made, the owner feels like a genius and the opposite is true if the wrong ones are made. Furthermore, it's just as difficult after five weeks as it was in the opening week because of injury concerns, playing-time situations and matchups.
In order to provide some help with the process for this week, let's take a look at three players who belong on the bench.
QB: Joe Flacco
Flacco is a frustrating quarterback to own because his production varies greatly from week to week. He produced two straight games over more than 350 yards and 20 fantasy points before throwing for just 187 yards and no touchdowns last week.
The main reason for the wild swing in numbers is the balanced Baltimore offense. When the running game led by Ray Rice is working, Flacco is going to have far fewer opportunities to throw and it leads to fantasy clunkers like Week 5.
Flacco's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, have kept opposing QBs at or below 12 fantasy points in three of their four games. They are also coming off a bye week. It all adds up to another subpar performance from the Ravens field general.
RB: Fred Jackson
Jackson has a total of eight fantasy points through five weeks. A combination of injuries, the emergence of C.J. Spiller and an offensive line that's struggling to open holes has caused one of last year's best fantasy RBs to become a major bust so far.
The Buffalo Bills offense is a mess right now and until that changes, playing Jackson will be a major risk. He received just nine carries last week. Without guaranteed touches, there simply isn't enough upside to rely on him.
Despite his slow start, owners shouldn't consider dropping him or trading him at a reduced price. Just keep him on the bench and hope the Bills sort things out in the coming weeks. The talent is there, but the chances to produce isn't right now.
TE: Jason Witten
The last time fantasy owners saw Witten before his bye week, he was tearing apart the Chicago Bears en route to 13 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. While it was a terrific outing, it's important to remember he scored just six points in the first three games.
Witten's biggest problem is the number of other weapons available to Tony Romo. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Kevin Ogletree and DeMarco Murray are all fighting for targets along with Witten, making it tough to predict when he'll have another big game.
The chances of it happening in Week 6 are low. If he wants to know how tough the Ravens are against tight ends, he should ask Rob Gronkowski, who had just two catches for 21 yards in Week 3. That's bad news for Witten's value on Sunday.
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