Fantasy Football Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Week 5

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 7, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:   Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Cardinals 31-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week?  Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Seattle
Over the past two weeks he’s thrown for 575 yards, 6 TD and 0 INT on the road against the Eagles and Cardinals.  Exactly what is there not to like in those numbers?  With Hakeem Nicks looking like a superstar and Victor Cruz coming into his own there are plenty of reasons to think that he can continue to produce.  While the Seahawks have limited opposing quarterbacks to 3 TD, Matt Ryan burnt them for 291 yards and 1 TD this past week.  Look for Manning to continue to produce.

Sit – Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
There are rumors that his starting job is on the line, so there could be a bit of extra pressure hanging over Orton.  Yes, he is coming off a game having thrown for 273 yards and 3 TD, but he also threw 3 INT (he has five in his past two games) in a shootout against the Packers.  To make matters worse he draws a Chargers’ defense that is allowing the fifth fewest passing yards per game at 196.2.  Granted, the competition could be an issue, as Tom Brady scorched them for 423 yards in Week 2.  Then again, he is Tom Brady.

Running Backs
Start – Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
He shares the backfield with DeAngelo Williams, which is going to bring questions towards his viability.  Will he even get the majority of the carries?  The difference between him and Williams is that he has proven that he doesn’t necessarily need carries to be productive.  This past week he rushed for 52 yards on eight carries while adding four receptions for 33 yards.  A few weeks ago he had eight receptions for 100 yards.  Taking on the Saints, where they are likely going to have to throw the ball to keep up, Stewart figures to be the back to use.

Start – Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Kansas City
Have the Colts gone to a run heavy offense without Peyton Manning?  Of course not, and no one should’ve expected them to simply redefine their offense.  However, that’s not to say that Addai may not get a few more carries per week.  In the first four games he’s averaging 4.6 yards/carry and now gets a defense that is among the worst in the league (130.0 rushing yards/game).  He’s a gamble but a good one.

Sit – BenJarvus Green-Ellis – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
With Stevan Ridley slowly gaining more and more attention in the Patriots backfield, Green-Ellis is becoming a bigger and bigger risk.  It’s not like he has been a tremendous runner this season to begin with, averaging just 3.9 yards/carry.  With Ridley getting 10 carries in Week 4 (to Green-Ellis’ 16), would it be a surprise to see him overtake him as the lead back soon?  In fact, it could happen as soon as this week.

Sit – Thomas Jones – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
He’s averaging just 2.8 yards/carry and hasn’t rushed for more than 40 yards in any game this season.  Do you need any other reason than that not to trust him?

Wide Receivers (Two Receiver Format)
Start – Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
One of the things that makes Harvin such an intriguing option is the Vikings willingness to incorporate him into the running game.  He is averaging three rushes per game, turning those 12 attempts into 141 yards.  Throw in the fact that the Cardinals defense is among the worst against the pass (282.8 yards/game) and there is a lot to like in Week 5.

Sit – Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
He only received three targets in Week 4, though it shouldn’t have been a surprise that he was going to be eased back into the offense.  Given the other options, healthy or not, would it be surprise if he did not get a significant number of looks once again?  Obviously, he’s worth considering in three receiver formats, but in shallower leagues he’s too big of a risk.

Wide Receivers (Three Receiver Format)
Start – Plaxico Burress – New York Jets – at New England
It’s not a secret that the Jets are going to need to take to the air in order to keep pace with the Patriots, as even if the Jets defense was playing up to par chances are they would run up the score.  As the number two receiver, that alone is going to make Burress an intriguing option.  He’s been targeted 14 times over the past two weeks and that’s something that I would expect to continue.

Sit – Chad Ochocinco – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
Does anyone still have faith that Ochocino is going to post good numbers?  He’s been targeted just 11 times over the first four weeks, with seven receptions for 113 yards and 0 TD to show for it.  At this point it’s just too big of a gamble until he shows something.

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