Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Titus Young and the 3 Smart Starts for Deep Leagues

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 6, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions  plays against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Detroit won 16-6.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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I don't know about you, but I love the 12 and 14 team fantasy leagues.

A lot more strategy goes into it, and the waiver wire is huge. 

In Week 5, there are a few smart starts for those "deeper" leagues out there. 


Titus Young

Forget Calvin Johnson for a second. 

There are other weapons on the Lions offense. 

Young is starting to attract the attention of Matthew Stafford, and with more double and triple coverage assuredly headed Johnson's way, Young could see more single coverage out of the slot. 

Against the Bears in what could be a high scoring affair, Young is a solid start, especially if in PPR leagues. 


Kendall Hunter

Frank Gore looks to be back to 100 percent and will receive the majority of carries in San Francisco. 

Having said that, Hunter is the change of pace, scat-back needed to keep Gore's legs fresh for four quarters. 

He had nine carries for 38 yards and two catches for 62 yards against the Eagles that included a 44-yard scamper in which he displayed his shiftiness and speed. 

Maybe he can start at RB No. 2, but is an ideal candidate for that flex position. 


Dexter McCluster

I'll start by saying this Chiefs runner hasn't been as productive as I thought he'd be when Jamaal Charles went down for the year.

However, McCluster will receive a good amount of touches this week against the Colts, who are giving up the eighth most fantasy points to opposing running backs. 

I see him having a solid performance against Indianapolis and should be featured in the short passing game with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis not giving Matt Cassel much time to throw. 

(Sidenote: McCluster is listed as a WR/RB in Yahoo! leagues—another added plus.)