Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football: Pierre Garcon and 4 Must-Starts

John MancusoContributor IOctober 6, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Receiver Pierre Garcon #85 of the Indianapolis Colts runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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With the bye weeks now upon us, lineup decisions can get even trickier. Here's a look at five must-starts for Week 5.


Pierre Garcon

Curtis Painter has apparently raised Garcon’s fantasy value greatly. The two connected on two huge TD passes last week, one for 87 yards and one for 59.

Garcon seems to be Painter’s favorite target. Against a struggling Kansas City, look for Garcon to have a solid game.

Will he duplicate last week’s performance? Probably not. Will he be worthy of a flex start this week? Absolutely.


Eric Decker

Even with a healthy Brandon Lloyd in the lineup last week, Decker managed to catch two TD passes from Kyle Orton.

Lloyd is still the No. 1 target in Denver and will rack up more yardage in most games, but Decker seems to be Orton’s main TD target. He’s been one of the top sleepers at WR this season.

You can expect another shootout this week against San Diego, meaning there’s a good chance Decker will find the end zone again.


Isaac Redman

Rashard Mendenhall looks like he may play this Sunday, but he certainly won’t be 100 percent.

Even when he's been healthy this season, the Steelers RB has been a huge disappointment (although the Pittsburgh offensive line is partly to blame for that).

Redman is averaging 4.9 yards per carry compared to Mendenhall’s 3.0. When he’s been given an opportunity, Redman’s been very solid and is a must-start if Mendenhall is out.

Even with Mendy in the lineup, Redman is a nice flex option. 


Jordy Nelson

Nelson has played great so far in 2011. He’s average 73 yards per game for the Packers (second only to Jennings) and has 3 TDs already (tied with Jennings).

With Aaron Rodgers playing on another level, Nelson is not only a must-start this week, but is almost becoming a must-start on a weekly basis.

Look for a high-scoring affair this week against Atlanta, making Nelson a great WR3/Flex play.


Stevan Ridley

Ridley is quickly becoming a nice weapon in the New England running game.

After not playing at all in Week 1, his touches have increased in each of the subsequent weeks (two in Week 2, six in Week 3, 10 in Week 4).

Expect the Jets to focus heavily on the Patriots' passing game, which should allow Ridley to do some damage when he gets the ball. Expect between 10 and 15 touches for him this week.