Fantasy Football Week 5: Hot Players You Must Bench

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2013

Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It's not easy to bench fantasy football players who have recently won games for you, but sometimes it's the right move. 

Matchups determine everything in fantasy land.

One of the scoring leaders in Week 4, the Indianapolis Colts defense was able to rack up 22 points in a date with the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. 

The Seattle Seahawks come to Indy in Week 5, however, and nobody should expect the Colts to shut down Seattle's multifaceted offense. 

Indy's defense isn't the only hot fantasy football play you should avoid at all costs in Week 5, either. Here's a look at a few players who have been feasting of late but who are bound for a down week. 


Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns

Starting in place of Brandon Weeden through the past two games, Brian Hoyer has had Cleveland's offense rolling. The Browns have now won two contests in a row. 

Hoyer has passed for 590 yards with five touchdowns in those two games, and there's a good chance he'll become one of the hottest players on the waiver wire heading into Week 5. 

Don't buy the hype. 

The Buffalo Bills are the next team on Cleveland's schedule, and the Bills have been creating turnovers like crazy lately. Geno Smith tossed two interceptions in Week 3, and Joe Flacco coughed up five picks in Week 4. 

Hoyer has already shown a propensity to turn the ball over, throwing three interceptions in Week 3. Chances are, he'll give the Bills a few extra chances in Week 5. 


Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Spiller can't stay healthy, and while he's been spending time on the bench during games getting treated by the doctor, Fred Jackson has been making plays on the field. 

So far this season, Jackson has rushed for 256 yards with two touchdowns on just 48 carries for an average of 5.33 yards per carry. He's also added 13 catches for 113 yards. Fantasy owners are likely wondering if he's a better option at this point than Spiller, who has struggled this year.

Whether Spiller is a must-start back is certainly debatable, but if you're going to look for production elsewhere, you'd be smart to look outside Buffalo's roster.

In case you missed it, Jackson suffered a sprained MCL in the game against Baltimore on Sunday, as noted by ESPN's Mike Rodak:

Given his history of knee problems, Jackson isn't a smart play in Week 5 when the Bills take on the Browns on a short week of rest.


Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated, and Alex Smith has been playing like a star for Andy Reid to open up the 2012 season. 

Smith threw three touchdown passes in Week 4 against the hopeless New York Giants to go along with two interceptions. For the season, he has passed for 957 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. 

He's proven to be a reliable fantasy quarterback, but owners would be smart to consider his next opponent before slotting him into the starting lineup for Week 5. 

The Tennessee Titans have been dominating the line of scrimmage this year on defense, allowing just 307.7 yards per game (No. 8 in the NFL) while creating nine turnovers in four games. 

Smith and the Chiefs won't be able to make many positive plays against this stingy unit. 


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