Fantasy Football Week 5: Players to Keep On Your Bench

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Fantasy Football Week 5: Players to Keep On Your Bench
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Wondering who you should consider keeping on your bench this week? If so, check out our Fantasy Football Week 5 Sit ‘Em article to see who made the list of players to avoid at each position.

Remember, just because we recommend you stay away from these players, it doesn’t mean that you do so at all costs. If you are looking for a replacement because you own a guy on our ‘Sit ‘Em’ list, make sure you target someone with a favorable matchup.

Donovan McNabb (Washington Redksins) @ Green Bay

Maybe it’s name recognition. Week in and week out, fantasy owners plug Donovan Mcnabb in their lineup, and right now it’s not doing any good. After throwing for 426 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans, McNabb has combined for just 361 yards and two touchdowns over the Redskins last two games.

With a mediocre running game, and no downfield receiving threat outside of Santana Moss, the veteran signal caller has relied on dumping the football off instead of attacking opposing secondaries. This is not good news for those who believe in McNabb as their low-end QB1 in 12-team formats.

On top of his own struggles, the matchup isn’t ideal for McNabb and the Skins. Outside of a minor blip in which Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw all over the Green Bay Packers, their secondary has been one of the best in the NFL.  Look for Green Bay to gameplan around taking Moss and tight end Chris Cooley out of this contest, thus limiting the chances that McNabb will get to make the big play.

Cadillac Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Cincinnati

After receiving 49 carries in the first two weeks of the season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams rushed just six times for 22 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In that game, rookie running back LaGarette Blount had eight carries and ran for a touchdown. After the Buccaneers Week 4 bye, head coach Raheem Morris decided Tampa Bay will use a running back by committee in which Williams, Blount and Kareem Huggins will see touches.

This doesn’t bode well for Williams, nor does a matchup against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has stubborn against the run. The Bengals allow just 107 yards per game and with no one knowing how Morris will distribute the carries it’s best to stay clear of Williams in Week 5.

Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings) @ New York Jets

Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe played well in the first two weeks of the season, but then he suffered a hamstring injury in a Week 3 win over the Detroit Lions. Shiancoe is listed as probable but has either missed practice or been limited throughout the week.

Even if he plays against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, we expect him to be limited. If his injury wasn't enough, playing against the New York Jets is never an easy task.  Despite allowing a touchdown to the tight end position in each of the last two games, New York has held opposing tight ends to just three receptions during that span. If Shiancoe is your TE1, consider an alternative route this week.


To see who else you should considering benching in Week 5 go here: Week 5 Sit 'Ems

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