Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit To Help You Win This Week

Paul GrecoContributor IOctober 7, 2010

Eli Manning
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Eli Manning (Giants) vs. Texans: Manning is due for solid fantasy day and this is the week he has the match up. He has thrown two interceptions and zero touchdowns over the past two weeks. Through the first four games he has thrown for under 195 yards twice. However, the Texans allow the most passing yards per game (338).  The defensive unit has also yielded eight passing touchdowns and 25.5 points per game.

Shaun Hill
(Lions) vs. Rams: Since taking over as the starting QB in Week 2, Hill already has two 300+ passing games. He also has thrown five passing touchdowns and even rushed for 53 yards last week. He has thrown the ball 45, 43 and 54 times over the past three weeks. Hill is third in the NFL with 161 passing attempts. He has plenty of weapons to utilize with Jahvid Best, Brandon Pettigrew and Calvin Johnson. The Rams defense is improving  but they still allow 231 passing yards per game.

Honorable mention: Sam Bradford (Rams) at Lions

Sleeper Start: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills) vs. Jags


Donovan McNabb (Skins) vs. Packers: McNabb threw for a season low 125 yards last week against the Eagles. He has yet to throw for more than one touchdown in a game and has at least one interception over the past two weeks. The Packers allow just 185 passing yards per game.

Kyle Orton (Broncos) at Ravens: Orton has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks this season but has his toughest match up year to date. The Ravens have allowed just one passing touchdown and a league best 119 passing yards per game.

Honorable mention: Bruce Gradkowski (Raiders) vs. Chargers

Running Backs


Mike Tolbert (Chargers) at Raiders: The Raiders are allowing the second most rushing yards per game in the NFL (162). Tolbert rushed for a season high 100 yards and a touchdown last week against the Cardinals. Over the past three weeks he has received 16, 17, and 16 carries. While Ryan Matthews is back as the starter, Tolbert will still see a good amount of touches.

Thomas Jones (Chiefs) at Colts: Jones has been the workhorse for the Colts, averaging 21 carries and 89 yards, over his past two games. The Colts defense has been ravaged by injuries and they are averaging 150 rush yards per game. Jones should be fresh coming off a bye and is a threat to score a touchdown near the goal-line. Last season after the bye, he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Honorable mention: Peyton Hillis (Browns) vs. Falcons

Sleeper start: Fred Jackson (Bills) vs. Jags


Clinton Portis: Portis could be placed on I.R ending his season

Brandon Jackson (Packers): Jackson has not been getting enough touches to make him fantasy relevant. Over the past two weeks he has 16 carries for 43 yards and zero touchdowns. John Kuhn received the same amount of carries (9) last week as Jackson.

Honorable mention: Felix Jones (Cowboys) vs. Titans

Wide Receivers


Steve Johnson (Bills) vs. Jags: Johnson leads the Bills receivers in receptions (12), yards (168) and touchdowns (2). He has scored a TD in two straight games and has caught three passes in each game. The Jags are allowing 319 passing yards per game and have allowed several big fantasy games to opposing receivers.

Donald Driver (Packers): Driver leads Pack receivers in receptions (21) and yards (218). He also has scored three touchdowns through the first four games and has 12 receptions over the past two weeks. The Skins are allowing 316 passing yards per game.

Honorable mention: Mark Clayton (Rams) vs. Seahawks

Sleeper Start: Harry Douglas (Falcons) vs. Browns


Eddie Royal (Broncos) at Ravens: Royal is having a nice bounce back season but is one of many mouths to feed for Kyle Orton. I mentioned before the Ravens have a tough secondary which could limit the amount of targets Royal see.

Chad Ochocinco (Bengals) vs. Bucs: Since his monster week 1, Ocho has had pedestrian numbers since. He has posted games of 44, 34, and 59 yards. Terrell Owens caught 10 passes last week while Ocho has 11 receptions over the past three games.

Honorable mention: Louis Murphy (Raiders) vs. Charger

Tight Ends


Chris Cooley (Skins) vs. Packers: Cooley caught his second touchdown of the season last week. He is the second leading receiver on the Skins making him a primary asset in the passing game. Last week the Packers allowed 14 receptions for 154 yards against the Lion’s tight ends.

Honorable mention: Brandon Pettigrew (Lions) vs. Rams

Sleeper Start: Tony Moeaki (Chiefs) at Colts


Kellen Winslow (Bucs) at Bengals: Winslow has just 11 catches for 139 yards and zero touchdowns in three games. While he is coming off a bye week he has been quiet in the offense.

Honorable mention: Kevin Boss (Giants) at Texans



Saints at Cardinals: For the second straight week the Saints face a rookie quarterback making his first career start. Jimmy Claussen was sacked three times last week and threw for 146 yards. This week the Saints face Max Hall who, completed 8-of-14 passes for 82 yards last week.

Honorable mention: Bears at Panthers

Sleeper start: Falcons at Browns


Colts vs. Chiefs: Last week the Colts defense allowed 30+ points for the second time this season. The unit ranks 24th in the NFL allowing 367 yards per game. The defense has several injuries and will be tested by an improved Chiefs team (3-0) coming off a bye. Melvin Bullit the safety replacing an injured Bob Sanders, was lost for the season with a right shoulder injury.

Honorable mention: Skins vs. Packers

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