Fantasy Football: Week 5 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup

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Fantasy Football: Week 5 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup
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After another exciting week of fantasy football action, we take another close look at every game and all of the fantasy matchups.

Week four gave us a lot to think about with Arian Foster tearing up the Raiders in just three quarters, Terrell Owens looking like he’s 25 again, and Peyton Hillis churning out his second straight 100+ yard rushing game.

What are the constants, and who can we expect to hit a wall with a tough matchup this week? Read on as we dissect all of the issues and rate each player’s value for week five in fantasy football:

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills

QB David Garrard- Garrard had a great fantasy week, but it was against a very suspect Colts defense. He’s still not worth starting in most formats, but this is the week to start if you have to. **

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- MJD owners finally got a great week out of him, and he should be able to follow it up well against the Bills. *****

RB Rashad Jennings- He’s still not getting enough carries or receptions to warrant a fantasy start. *

WR Mike Sims-Walker- MSW was targeted once. Garrard doesn’t get the ball enough to his receivers to warrant Sims-Walker starting weekly. **

WR Mike Thomas- Thomas is the better option out of the two as he’s getting good separation, but Garrard is still the QB. **

TE Marcedes Lewis- Lewis is still producing, and is a guy to keep track of if you are hurting for a fantasy tight end. He’s still not consistent enough to start. ***

Jacksonville Defense- Jacksonville’s inconsistent defense still makes them risky, but if you need a spot start, this may not be a bad week, especially with Marshawn Lynch being traded. ***

 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- Fitzpatrick is scoring points, and is still a decent QB2 in deeper leagues. The Jaguars defense may make him a decent start. ***

RB C.J. Spiller- With Lynch being traded, Spiller will get more touches, and this could be a good week for him to start producing for fantasy owners. ***

RB Fred Jackson- In deeper leagues, Jackson may be worth a look, but he’s still going to split carries with Spiller. **

WR Lee Evans- Evans is still being targeted, but just isn’t producing in fantasy. I’m not starting him in any league as of now. **

 

WR Steve Johnson- Johnson has now scored in the last two weeks, and is showing that he may be a legitimate downfield threat . ***

 

TE Shawn Nelson- He may not get the start, but he’s going to be a solid fantasy option once he starts regularly. He’s coming off a 4 game suspension. **

Buffalo Defense-  Buffalo’s defense shouldn’t start even against the lack of offense the Jags have had in recent weeks. *

 

Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens

QB Kyle Orton- He just keeps producing, and he’s hard to sit. I think he’ll still make plays, but he’s going to start a decline over the next two weeks against better defenses.  ***

RB Knowshon Moreno- There’s a good chance Moreno will play against the Ravens, and their run defense hasn’t been very good the last few weeks. Stay with us and we’ll let you know if he’s a go for sure on Sunday. ***

RB Laurence Maroney- Maroney rushed 11 times for five yards. Sit him unless he magically breaks out. *

RB Correll Buckhalter- In deep PPR leagues, Buckhalter is worth an add as a Flex player. **

 

WR Jabar Gaffney- Gaffney is producing with Orton on a hot streak. Solid flex option. ***

 

WR Brandon Lloyd- Lloyd just keeps getting receptions. If you have him, put him as your WR3, or Flex until he slows down. ***

WR Demaryius Thomas- Thomas didn’t get much attention last week with the other three wide receivers lighting it up, but he’s still a great downfield threat. ***

TE Daniel Graham- Graham is not a fantasy tight end at all. *

Broncos Defense- I’m still not sold on Denver’s defense. They aren’t consistent enough, and Joe Flacco is slowly improving. **

 

QB Joe Flacco- Flacco was solid against Pittsburgh, although he still threw an interception. I’m not confident in Flacco as a QB1, but he’s a solid QB2 this week. ***

RB Ray Rice – Rice is good to go and should be starting barring any setbacks. Get him back in the lineup. ***

RB Willis McGahee- He suffered a head injury against the Steelers, but should be good to go. He’s still limited value from a fantasy perspective. *

 

WR Anquan Boldin- Keep plugging Boldin in the lineup. He’s not really slowing down. ****

WR Derrick Mason- Mason isn’t seeing enough footballs his way to warrant a start.**

 

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh- Houshamazilly had a touchdown, but still isn’t involved enough to start weekly. *

TE Todd Heap- There are many better options than Heap who’s just not getting the receptions. **

Baltimore Defense- Baltimore’s defense is still tough, but they are giving up too many yards on the ground. There are better matchups this week, believe it or not. ***

 

St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions

QB Sam Bradford- Bradford just keeps impressing. He’s not lighting the fantasy world up, as he’s still throwing picks, but he’s not a bad QB2 option, this week. ***

RB Steven Jackson- Jackson is good to go for the Lions. Get him back in the lineup. ****

RB Kenneth Darby- Darby isn’t a bad pickup if you need a Flex in deep leagues, he’s a good handcuff for Jackson.**

 

WR Mark Clayton- Keep getting Clayton in the lineup. He didn’t get a Week 4 touchdown, but he still had a few catches and over 70 yards. ****

WR Laurent Robinson- Robinson may be out again this week, but shouldn’t be started regardless. *

WR Danny Amendola- PPR leagues are loving this guy. Not a bad Flex option in deep leagues. ***

TE Daniel Fells- He’s not the greatest pass catcher, and there are better fantasy tight ends out there. *

St. Louis Defense- They shut down a slumping Seahawks offense, but that’s not enough to warrant a start against an impressive Shaun Hill. *

 

QB Shaun Hill- Hill had a surprisingly good game against the Packers, despite two interceptions. Hill may not be a bad start this week against a suspect St. Louis secondary. ***

RB Jahvid Best- Best should get back on track this week, and is still a great option in PPR. ****

RB Kevin Smith- Smith isn’t a fantasy option unless Best goes down. *

WR Calvin Johnson- Shaun Hill is throwing the ball well, and he’s getting it to Calvin Johnson. Keep him in. ****

 

WR Nate Burleson- Burleson should be back against the Rams. But keep him on the bench still. **

TE Brandon Pettigrew- I’d consider putting Pettigrew in weekly as he keeps making plays. He dropped a few passes, but is still being targeted heavily. ***

 

TE Tony Scheffler- Scheffler is getting catches still, and may not be a bad backup tight end if you’re hurting. He’s seeing receptions. ***

Detroit Defense- Bradford is playing well, and Detroit’s defense keeps giving up points. Bench them still. *

Key Note-  Matthew Stafford is out with a sprained AC joint.


Atlanta Falcons @ Cleveland Browns

QB Matt Ryan- The Browns secondary has been awful as of late. Start Ryan with confidence. ****

RB Michael Turner- You can’t sit Turner against the Browns inconsistent defense. ****

RB Jason Snelling- Snelling is still a nice handcuff for Turner. He’s getting a few carries and receptions still. He’s worth a Flex look in very deep leagues. ***

 

WR Roddy White- Anquan Boldin and Terrell Owens have put up nearly 400 yards up against the Browns in the last two weeks. White should fare well here. ****

WR Michael Jenkins- Sit him until he’s 100%. *

WR Brian Finneran- He’s not consistent enough to be started. *

 

TE Tony Gonzalez- Keep Tony G in until further notice. He’s going to produce this week. ****

Atlanta Defense- I think Cleveland has a decent day offensively, but Atlanta should still be a solid start. ***

 

QB  Seneca Wallace- Sit Wallace as Delhomme as starting again.

QB Jake Delhomme- Delhomme is going to start against the Falcons. His value is limited. *

RB Peyton Hillis- We can’t bench Hillis until teams show that they can stop him. ****

RB Jerome Harrison- Harrison’s value is limited with Hillis taking the carries. *

WR Brian Robiskie- He’s still recovering from a hamstring, but we’re not trusting any Browns wide receivers just yet. *

 

WR Mohamed Massoquoi – Mo Mass can’t stay consistent, and has is on the receiving end of poor quarterback play. *

TE Ben Watson- He had a somewhat productive game, and nearly had a touchdown. He’s worth a look in very deep leagues. ***

TE Evan Moore- His only catch was a touchdown, but he’s being utilized more as a blocker. **

Cleveland Defense- Until the secondary can learn to stop somebody, we’re sitting the Browns defense. *

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cincinnati Bengals

QB Josh Freeman- Freeman isn’t a bad QB2, but there are better options against the Bengals' stud cornerbacks. **

RB Carnell Williams- He’s going to start splitting carries, and isn’t worth starting in fantasy. **

RB LaGarette Blount- He has value in deeper leagues as a short yardage and red zone back. **

WR Mike Williams- Williams isn’t a bad play this week, but there are better options as he’ll go up against Leon Hall. ***

 

WR Michael Spurlock- Spurlock’s fantasy value is still very limited. *

WR Sammie Stroughter- Again, another limited fantasy option in any week. *

TE Kellen Winslow- Freeman is dumping the ball off to Winslow who is producing well. He’s a solid start this week. ***

Tampa Bay Defense- Carson Palmer rebounded well against the Browns, and should have a solid game against Tampa Bay. Sit this defense unless they start stopping teams consistently. *

 

 

QB Carson Palmer-  Palmer still missed his receivers, but had an excellent Week 4. Keep him in the lineup unless you have one of the top QBs. ****

RB Cedric Benson- Benson only had 15 carries, but had 60 yards. He’s not a bad Flex play this week but he’s struggling to find the end zone. ***

RB Bernard Scott- Scott’s role looks to increase with Benson complaining to the coaches. But he’s still not starter worthy just yet. **

WR Chad Ochocinco- #85 made a few nice plays against the Browns, and should get in the end zone this week.  ****

 

WR Terrell Owens- Owens exploded last week as he was wide open nearly every time. He won’t have the same luxury this week, but he should still produce as a Flex. ***

WR Jordan Shipley- Shipley got hit hard and suffered a concussion after a rough attempt at a catch in the end zone. Sit him this week as he most likely won’t play. **

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Clinton Portis won't be starting for any team over the next few weeks.

TE Jermaine Gresham- Gresham is being targeted more and more each week. But he’s not getting the yardage you’d like to see just yet. Not a bad deep league option. **

Cincinnati Defense- I like Cincinnati’s defense this week. They only have to focus on the passing game as the Buccaneers run game is non-existent. ****

 

 

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

QB Aaron Rodgers- Two interceptions hurt him this week, but he’s still finding the end zone. Keep him in the lineup every week. *****

RB Brandon Jackson- Jackson isn’t producing at all. *

RB John Kuhn- Kuhn gets a carry here and there, but the Packers rely heavily on the passing game to score. *

 

WR Greg Jennings- He repeated his two catches and a touchdown performance. Teams are focusing on him more, but he’s going to see more catches this week. ****

WR Donald Driver- Driver finally had a catch over 13 yards, but is a PPR league gem. Start him in the Flex. ***

WR James Jones- Keep Jones on the bench until he starts seeing consistent receptions. **

TE Jermichael Finley- Finley is a must start every week, no questions asked. *****

Green Bay Defense- The Packers should be able to keep McNabb and company from scoring more than 14 points. ****

Key Note- Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.


QB Donovan McNabb- McNabb still isn’t a good fantasy option. Sit him this week as well. **

RB Clinton Portis- Portis will be out this week. *

RB Ryan Torain- Torain should be picked up as the handcuff for Portis, but I’d consider keeping him on the bench against the Packers, although he could find a score. ***

WR Santana Moss- Moss laid an egg last week, and goes up against Charles Woodson. I think he’ll see a few more receptions, but stays out of the end zone. ***

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Can Cutler bounce back after being sacked 9 times?

WR Joey Galloway- Galloway had one nice week, but isn’t seeing many targets as McNabb isn’t throwing the ball a lot. *

TE Chris Cooley- Cooley produces whether it’s by yardage or in the end zone. He’s a poor man’s Dallas Clark. ***

Washington Defense- Washington got the pleasure of not having to play against Vick. They will have to face Aaron Rodgers this week, however. **

Key Note- Clinton Portis will be out between 4 and 6 weeks with a groin injury.

 

 

Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers

QB Jay Cutler- If Cutler can play this week (concussion), then this will be a good rebound for him, but there’s a chance he sits out in favor of Todd Collins. ****

QB Todd Collins- If Collins does start, then there’s no value here. *

RB Matt Forte-  Forte, and the rest of the Chicago offense was stymied on Sunday night. He has a favorable matchup, this week, however. ***

RB Chester Taylor- Taylor isn’t involved enough with the offense to warrant a start. *

WR Devin Hester- Hester may be worth a start if Cutler starts, but that’s still pushing it. **

WR Johnny Knox- If Cutler starts, then get Knox in your lineup. Otherwise bench him. ***

WR Devin Aromashodu- Keep him on the bench, if he’s even on your roster. The Bears don’t trust him enough. *

TE Greg Olsen- Olsen was somewhat productive this week. Much like the wide receivers, he’s only a good start if Cutler does indeed play. ***

Chicago Defense- Chicago’s defense isn’t bad, but I think the Carolina runners have a coming out party. **

Key Note- Jay Cutler is not starting. Todd Collins will start Sunday versus Carolina. Hunter Hillenmeyer was placed on the IR effective September 14, 2010. 


QB Jimmy Clausen – Clausen didn’t throw any interceptions in Week 4, but his production was still limited. Keep him on the bench as his wide receivers are non-existent. *

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Austin Collie is looking like a safe start every week.

RB DeAngelo Williams- Despite just 13 carries, Williams broke out for a nice touchdown. Start him this week. ****

 

RB Jonathan Stewart- Stewart’s only touchdown came on a long reception from Jimmy Clausen. I like Stewart this week to score. ***

WR Steve Smith- Smith most likely won’t play this week. Even if he does, it’ll be on a tender ankle. **

WR David Gettis- Gettis will most likely start Week 5 for Steve Smith. But he’s not worth a start. *

WR Brandon LaFell- He had one reception this week, and can’t be trusted in your lineup. *

TE Jeff King- There are many better options. He’ll split time with Dante Rosario and doesn’t see the end zone. *

TE Dante Rosario- Neither he or King have great value. *

Carolina Defense- The Panthers defense isn’t fantasy worthy of a start any week. *

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts

QB Matt Cassel- I can’t justify starting Cassel until we start seeing some sort of consistency. *

RB Jamaal Charles- I’m starting Charles against the Colts. I believe the Chiefs will use him against the less than stellar Colts running game. ****

 

RB Thomas Jones- Jones may be worth a Flex start as he can still get in the end zone. But he and Charles are splitting carries. ***

WR Dwayne Bowe- He’s not getting enough receptions to warrant a start every week. **

WR Chris Chambers- Excellent down field threat, but is the victim of poor quarterback play. Keep him on the bench. ***

WR Dexter McCluster- I’m keeping him on the bench until his role grows with the Chiefs, but he’s worth a grab in deeper leagues. **

TE Tony Moeaki- I like Moeaki as a backup tight end. He can make plays after the catch, and in the red zone. ***

Kansas City Defense- This is a good week to sit KC’s defense despite the fact that it’s been somewhat impressive. **

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Arian Foster doesn't seem to be slowing down.

 

 

QB Peyton Manning- Manning threw his first interception on a tipped pass. He’s still a surefire start every week.  *****

RB Joseph Addai- Addai rebounded well with two touchdowns, and 63 yards rushing. I like him this week as well. ****

 

RB Donald Brown- There’s a good possibility that Brown will be inactive against the Chiefs as well. Sit regardless. *

WR Reggie Wayne- Peyton Manning loves Wayne, and vice versa. Keep plugging him in. ****

WR Pierre Garcon- Garcon sat again. We’ll have to keep him benched, but he’ll produce if he can get healthy. *

WR Austin Collie- Collie didn’t have a huge week, but still got in the end zone. Keep him in the lineup. ****

TE Dallas Clark- You shouldn’t be sitting Clark as long as he has Peyton Manning. *****

Indianapolis Defense- The Colts defense couldn’t stop Garrard or Maurice Jones-Drew. I think it’s safe to sit them until they start playing consistently. **

Key Note- Bob Sanders will miss a significant amount of time this season with a torn biceps injury.

 


New York Giants @ Houston Texans

QB Eli Manning- Manning may be a good QB2 this week versus a weak Texans secondary. ****

 

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Bradshaw isn’t slowing down, and was a yard away from having two touchdowns, instead of one. Keep him in the lineup. ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- Jacobs had a productive Sunday night, gaining 62 yards and a one yard touchdown. However, the carries aren’t enough to warrant a weekly start. **

WR Steve Smith- He’s a WR2 at the most in PPR leagues. He’s not a great touchdown target, which hurts his value. ***

WR Hakeem Nicks- I’m keeping Nicks in my lineups. He’s becoming Manning’s favorite receiver. ****

WR Mario Manningham- Manningham laid an egg on Sunday night, but still is worth a Flex spot in deep PPR leagues. **

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Tony Romo is fresh off of a bye week.

TE Kevin Boss- Boss had one really nice play, but other than that was ineffective as a wide receiver. *

TE Travis Beckham- Beckham is seeing targets, but isn’t productive enough for fantasy just yet. *

New York Defense- How about their Sunday night. I didn’t predict they’d have nine sacks in the first half. I don’t see them having that big of a game against Houston, however. ***

 

 

 

QB Matt Schaub- Schaub could have a tough day against the Giants who are 2nd against the pass this year. But he should get Andre Johnson back. Start as QB2 if you can. ***

RB Arian Foster- Foster was shut down until the 4th quarter, when he broke out for fantasy owners. Keep plugging him in. ****

RB Steve Slaton- Slaton shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

WR Andre Johnson- Johnson is day to day right now. If he’s at least 80%, then we are starting him. We’ll keep you up to date. ****

WR Kevin Walter- Even with Andre Johnson out, Walter didn’t do much. He’s still a nice Flex option in PPR leagues. ***

WR Jacoby Jones- Jones may sit out Week 5. He’s not consistent enough to start weekly anway. **

TE Owen Daniels- Daniels still only had one catch against Oakland. I was optimistic, but I think it’s safe to sit him until Schaub starts getting him the football more. **

Texans Defense- Sit the Texans defense who have to go up against a heavy spread attack and Ahmad Bradshaw who’s running tough. **

 

 

 

Tennessee Titans @ Dallas Cowboys

QB Vince Young- Young’s best start of the season came against Denver and he still only threw one touchdown and didn’t eclipse 200 yards. Sit him. *

RB Chris Johnson- Johnson has been shut down twice, but there’s no reason to go away from your fantasy workhorse. ****

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Max Hall gets the start over Derek Anderson on Sunday.

WR Nate Washington- You can’t expect much with Young at quarterback. Washington is too inconsistent to start. **

WR Justin Gage- Gage will most likely sit out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury. *

WR Kenny Britt- Britt’s inconsistent hands are what keeps him from not producing. He should start opposite of Nate Washington, and is a better red zone option, however. ***

TE Bo Scaife- You can do much better than Scaife who’s had no more than three receptions in any game this year. *

Tennessee Defense- Tennessee struggled to stop Kyle Orton, and the Cowboys passing attack is a bit better. You may want to sit this week. ***

 

QB Tony Romo- Romo seems to produce regardless. Get him in the lineup. ****

 

RB Felix Jones- Keep Jones on the bench until he starts to get more carries. **

RB Marion Barber- The Cowboys keep abandoning the run. Sit Barber this week. **

WR Miles Austin- Keep Austin in the lineup. He’ll have his off-weeks, but should be pretty consistent overall. *****

WR Dez Bryant- I like Bryant this week as Austin will be busy with Cortland Finnegan. ****

WR Roy E. Williams- Roy had a great game against the Texans, but is still only a mediocre Flex option. **

TE Jason Witten- Witten should be started almost every week. ****

Dallas Defense- Dallas couldn’t hold Arian Foster, and I can’t see them stopping Chris Johnson, either. However, they will force turnovers. There are better options this week. ***

 

New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals

QB Drew Brees – Brees against the Cardinals defense = big fantasy points. *****

 

RB Pierre Thomas – Thomas sat against the Panthers, but should be back for Arizona. We’ll keep you up to date, but if he starts, he’s a good play. ****

 

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Darren McFadden may be sidelined this weekend.

RB Chris Ivory- Ivory isn’t a bad handcuff for Pierre Thomas, but he’s not worth a start this week unless Thomas is 100% out. **

WR Marques Colston – Colston is beginning to worry us as teams are covering the deep ball well. I like him to rebound this week, but if he doesn’t, it’ll be hard to keep plugging him in. ****

WR Lance Moore- He didn’t have a huge gain, but he’s looking like a worthy PPR add to play in the Flex. ***

WR Devery Henderson – Henderson saw five catches on Sunday, but didn’t get into the end zone. He could have a nice Week 5 for those in deeper leagues. ***

TE Jeremy Shockey – Shockey had five receptions, and provided a down field spark for Drew Brees. I like him for a 3rd straight week. ****

New Orleans Defense – Start the Saints defense over Derek Anderson or Max Hall. Arizona’s offense is anemic. ****

 

QB Derek Anderson- He was benched in favor of rookie Max Hall. There’s a good chance he sits Week 5 and shouldn’t be owned in any league. *

 

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Can Kevin Kolb be effective taking over for the injured Vick?

QB Max Hall- Hall is still a rookie quarterback with a questionable receiving corps minus Fitzgerald. He’s not worth a start, but perhaps a pickup in very deep QB2 leagues if Coach Whisenhunt names him the starter. **

RB Beanie Wells- It’s hard to start anybody on this Cardinals offense. Wells could be a solid Flex start if you don’t have better options. ***

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower isn’t going to see enough touches to warrant a start. **

WR Larry Fitzgerald- I’m still staying true to Fitzgerald. He’s usually good for a score or big yardage, but he’s not an elite fantasy wide receiver until he gets a quarterback.  ****

WR Stephen Williams- Williams was targeted eight times, and is a promising, young downfield threat. But he’s not starter worthy yet. *

WR Andre Roberts- Roberts has almost no fantasy value.*

TE Ben Patrick- Patrick is one of the worst fantasy tight end options out there. *

Arizona Defense- The Cardinals defense shouldn’t be started in any format.  *

Key note: Steve Breaston should miss another week or two with a torn meniscus, and Max Hall is officially starting on Sunday.

 

San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders

QB Philip Rivers- Rivers will only continue to produce. Keep him in. ****

 

RB Ryan Mathews- Mathews should be starting in all formats this week. The Chargers having a big lead kept Mathews from playing a lot as there was no need to rush him. ****

RB Darren Sproles- Sproles doesn’t see enough touches to start. *

RB Mike Tolbert- Tolbert got more carries as Mathews was eased back into the role. If the Chargers get up big again, Tolbert could have another solid day. If you’re hurting for RB’s, start as he could at least get in the end zone. ***

WR Malcolm Floyd- Floyd only had two receptions, but had 45 yards. He’s still going to be targeted heavily.  ****

WR Legedu Naanee- Keep Naanee benched until he can be more consistent, or has a very favorable matchup. ***

TE Antonio Gates- Gates just continues to produce, and he should continue to be in your lineup. *****

San Diego Defense- If you started San Diego’s defense, then you most likely won in Week 4. Keep starting them with confidence as they are hot. ****

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Will Favre bounce back with Randy Moss on the team?

 

 

 

QB Bruce Gradkowski- Gradkowski had a nice day, albeit two interceptions on Sunday. Sit him this week against the Chargers, however. **

RB Darren McFadden- If McFadden does play (hamstring), he should be in the lineup, but there’s a chance he sits out this week. ****

RB Michael Bush- Keep an eye out for the McFadden injury. If McFadden doesn’t start, then Bush will get the carries, and could be worth the add. ***

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- I can’t start Heyward-Bey until he starts catching the ball more. *

WR Louis Murphy- It’s worth sitting Murphy this week after he was heavily affected by his shoulder injury in Week 4. **

TE Zach Miller- Miller is becoming a top notch tight end. Start here with questions at WR for Oakland. ****

Oakland Defense- I can’t start the Raiders at any point in time this season, without improvement. *

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers

QB Michael Vick- Vick left with a rib injury and will sit at least one week. *

QB Kevin Kolb- Kolb gets the start against San Francisco, but needs to show more before he starts in fantasy. **

RB LeSean McCoy- McCoy is becoming a very solid RB2 and at the least Flex option. Keep him in your lineup. ****

WR DeSean Jackson- Jackson was limited as a downfield option, but will rebound against San Fran. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin- The Eagles get a full week of practice having Kolb with the ones. Keep Maclin in. ****

TE Brent Celek- Celek got his first touchdown of the season. Look for him to be a big target for Kolb. ****

Philadelphia Defense- Philadelphia’s defense isn’t bad, and should have a decent day against a struggling Alex Smith. ****

 

QB Alex Smith- Smith should be benched again this week. ***

RB Frank Gore- Gore should be in your lineup each week. He just keeps producing. ****

RB Anthony Dixon- Keep Dixon as a handcuff for Gore. But he stays on the bench. *

WR Michael Crabtree- Crabtree finally had a somewhat productive game. I’m still benching him against Asante Samuel. *

WR Josh Morgan- Morgan is still worth a Flex look as a red zone guy, but that’s about it. ***

WR Ted Ginn Jr.- Just keep Ginn on the bench until we get proof that he’s 100%. *

TE Vernon Davis- Davis still got a touchdown, despite not blowing away anybody with yardage. Keep him plugged in. ****

San Francisco Defense- This is a big game for San Fran as they need to make a statement and get a victory. They have to get pressure on Kolb. ***

Key Note- Teddy Ginn Jr. may be sidelined again on Sunday.


Minnesota Vikings @ New York Jets

QB Brett Favre – Favre has to turn it around at some point, right? This is the week. ****

RB Adrian Peterson – Peterson makes plays against all defenses. Start regardless. *****

RB Toby Gerhart – Keep Gerhart on the bench, but he’s a nice option down the road. *

 

WR Randy Moss – Not a great matchup, but he scored last time he faced Revis, and he might be revitalized with the trade. ****

WR Percy Harvin – Harvin should rebound against the Jets who are struggling a bit in the passing game. ****

WR Bernard Berrian – It may be time to give up on Berrian. Keep him out of the lineup until Favre starts getting hot. *

WR Greg Camarillo – Keep sitting until he gets more involved. *

TE Visanthe Shiancoe- Keep starting Shiancoe. He’s Favre’s favorite target. ****

Minnesota Defense – I like Minnesota’s defense to pull out this game. They will get pressure on Mark Sanchez and force at least two turnovers. ****

QB Mark Sanchez- Sanchez isn’t lighting it up, but he’s being productive. I think he takes a step back this week, however. **

RB Shonn Greene- Greene had a great day in a blowout win against Buffalo. But Tomlinson is the starter until he slows down. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- I’m plugging in Tomlinson until he starts to slow down. He’s hot right now, even though the matchup isn’t the greatest. ****

Santonio Holmes- We’re sitting Holmes for his first week, while he gets his feet wet. But he will be a nice play going forward.

 

WR Braylon Edwards- Edwards saw another solid week. Holmes coming back makes him a mediocre start.  **

WR Jerricho Cotchery- We’re keeping Cotchery benched with Holmes back. *

TE Dustin Keller- Keller should be started almost every week as he keeps finding the red zone and producing, although that could change with Holmes back. Monitor closely. ****

New York Defense- I don’t like the Jets defense this week as I think Brett Favre comes off the bye week hot. ***

Key Note- Kris Jenkins (NT) for the Jets is out for the season.

 

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