Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 5: Players with High Upside That You Must Play

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16:  Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots reacts after catching a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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There are a number of risky players to consider in Week 5 for fantasy football, but there are just a few who are certainly worth the risk to start this week.

Remember that some risks don't always pay off.  Chris Johnson, who is always a risk with huge upside, ran for just 21 yards last week, putting up just three fantasy points.  At the same time, other risks paid off huge dividends, including Danny Woodhead, who put up 20 points thanks to two receiving touchdowns.

Here are a few risky players who are absolutely worth starting based off the matchups they're going up against.  They may be inconsistent fantasy options, but starting them will pay off this week.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off ESPN's standard scoring leagues.


Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders thows a second quarter touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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Even though he didn't play last week after suffering a concussion against the Denver Broncos, Terrelle Pryor is still going to put up some big numbers this week.

When Pryor has played, he's put up at least 10 points in all three games.  He had 18 points against the Denver Broncos last week, throwing for 281 yards and a touchdown while also running for 36 yards on the ground.

The news gets even better for Pryor owners this week, as he will be playing the San Diego Chargers and their struggling defense.  As a team, the Chargers are allowing 312.3 yards through the air and 120.5 yards on the ground per game, a total of 432.8 yards per game, which is the third-worst mark in the NFL.

We all know Pryor is a dual-threat quarterback who can put up points with his arm and legs, so going against a defense that is struggling this much is a good sign for him.  Unless you have a guy like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, you should probably consider putting Pryor in your starting lineup.


Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions scores on a one yard run in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Even with Reggie Bush healthy, Joique Bell has the opportunity to put up some nice numbers this week.

We saw Bell put up just two points last week against the Chicago Bears.  He had 12 yards rushing on seven carries and was quite a disappointment.

However, don't let that keep you from benching the backup running back this week against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers have given up 311 yards per game through the air and 93.3 yards rushing.  Bell is a dual-threat guy out of the backfield, who makes plays on the ground and through the air.  He's already put up 338 total yards and three touchdowns through four games this season.

Even though Reggie Bush will get more carries, Bell will get his shots with the team in the red zone.  That means plenty of chances to score touchdowns, and that makes him worth a flex spot or even an RB2 in deeper leagues.


Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs after a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin (21) pursues during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory
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After much anticipation from fantasy owners, it looks like Danny Amendola is finally going to play again after missing the past three games for the New England Patriots.

Amendola has been sidelined with a groin injury, but according to Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald, the Patriots' new receiver will play this week.

Even if he's not 100 percent, you can bet that Tom Brady is going to be looking for Amendola this week.  In Week 1, Brady threw to Amendola 14 times, and he caught 10 passes for 104 yards.

Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have continued to improve as the season has progressed, but they aren't as talented as Amendola.  Expect the Patriots to get the ball in Amendola's hands often to get him back into the feel of things, and for him to put up some solid points worthy of a WR2 or flex spot.