Fantasy Football Start'em Sit'em and Sleepers Picks Week 5

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst IOctober 1, 2008

So far rookies are making quite an impact in fantasy leagues. If you own players like Chris Johnson, DeSean Jackson, and Eddie Royal you know what I am talking about. There is no doubt that competition for Rookie of the Year in 2008 is about as stiff as any in my lifetime.

This week, look for a few other rookies to make a case for the coveted title and help your fantasy squad in the process.

Start em if you got em

Matt Forte RB (CHI) - Look for the Bears rookie to have success against a horrible Detroit rush defense. The Lions are giving up 208 yards rushing per game and will be no match for Forte who is averaging 86 yards per game rushing against much tougher opponents like Phili, Carolina and Tampa.

Look for 135 yards on the ground, 50+ through the air and 2 touchdowns total this week.

Steve Slaton RB (HOU) - Another hot rookie takes on an Indianapolis squad that is nearly as bad as Detroit. Indy is 31st in the league and they are giving up an embarrassing 199 yards per game. Slaton has only one 100 yard effort this year but two weeks ago he got it - 116 and a touchdown - against a great Tennessee defense. That earned him more playing time and a solid week last week with 8 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown numbers through the air against Jacksonville.

Look for this versatile back to get 100 yards on the ground and 50 yards through the air with one touchdown mixed in there somewhere.

Sit em if you got em

Carson Palmer QB (CIN) - Even if Palmer is a go this week you might want to set him down to be safe. He has been sacked nine times in three starts and will be playing a very aggressive Cowboy defense this is 6th in the league with 12 sacks and will be looking to make amends for a disappointing loss to the Skins.

If he can go and makes it the whole game he’ll have a shot at 200 and maybe a touchdown.

Julius Jones RB (SEA) -  If you are still all jacked up about his last two 100+ and a TD performances and are thinking about putting him in this weekend, consider these things first. First, he is not playing St. Louis or San Fransisco. The mighty Giants defense will be on the other side of the ball this week and they have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher this season and have only surrendered one rushing touchdown.

Next, even if he gets close to the goal line, he may get pulled and vultured by Duckett or Weaver or a pass. Finally, with all of the receivers back in the fold and ready to play, look for the Seahawks to pass more. I’ll give him around 10 carries for 50 yards and no touchdowns.

Sleepers: Don’t be surprised if…

Bernard Berrian  WR (MN) gets his first 100 yard game of the season against the Saints on Monday night (if he can hang on to the ball). The Saints have allowed a receiver to go over the 100 yard mark in all but one game this year. If he holds on to the damn ball - sorry I am a disgruntled Vikes fan - I think he has a great shot at 100+ and a touchdown.

…Chris Cooley TE (WAS) - struggle against the Eagles. Not only are the Eagles playing lights out at home this year (zero touchdowns allowed at home so far) but Cooley has only 16 catches for 151 yards and 1 touchdown in 5 career games against the Eagles. If you have a player with similar ability but with a better match-up, you might want to sit Cooley or risk something in the neighborhood of 2-4 catches for 40 yards and no touchdowns.

More for you

Don’t forget to check this post again after the games. Every Monday or so I go through and grade my performance based on the final stats so that you know how much stock you can put into my picks the following week.

Also, be sure to stop by and check out the Fantasy Football Librarians blog for her extremely thorough listing of start em, sit ems from around the web. I may have a few more for you too so check back later in the week.

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