Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: 3 Wide Receivers You Must Keep on Your Bench

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants makes a reception against the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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If you are like me, the wide receiver position gives you more headaches than any other on a week-to-week basis. Since you have several on your roster, you are constantly having to shuffle guys around and it's just so hard to predict which receiver is in for a big game.

Sometimes, though, you can spot a player who is in for a long game for one reason or another. This week, the following three receivers will have tough games. They should be on your bench if you own them.


Mario Manningham, New York Giants

In the long term, I'm bullish on Manningham's potential for big games, but for this week I'd stay away.

For starters, I'm not sold that Manningham is completely over his concussion. The team says he's good to go and he played last week, but he wasn't much of a factor.

Other offensive options are also a factor in Manningham not being a good play. Victor Cruz has emerged as a real threat, and when it came down to it last week, Eli Manning was looking for Cruz. I'd start Cruz over Manningham if I were given the choice.


Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

The Chargers offense is beaten up and Floyd has been a big part of that. He is dealing with groin and shoulder injuries that have threatened to force him to miss games.

Two weeks ago he went from "doubtful" to "active" on the day of the game. It was the first time in several years that a Chargers player had played after being listed as doubtful in the final pregame injury report. I doubt he would have been active if the Chargers had been in better shape on offense.

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers takes his position against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty I
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Even when he has been on the field, he hasn't been effective. He only has nine catches in four games and he doesn't have a touchdown. There is a chance that he works things out, but I wouldn't wait around. Move on from Floyd.


Mike Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars

Generally, I always advocate starting any team's top receiving target, but this is an exception.

On paper, a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals seems like a good play, but the Bengals have had a good defense so far this season. They are largely devoid of huge names on that side of the ball, but they have played well as a unit.

This season, Thomas will go as far as Blaine Gabbert allows him to. Gabbert has plenty of arm, but the jury is still out on his accuracy and leadership skills. I'm sitting Thomas until Gabbert is at the point where he can get the ball to his receivers consistently.