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Week 5 Start-Sit Injury Advice: What You Should Know.

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants stretches during pregame warm-ups just prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 4, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

For most of us, the final step to building our WK 5 team rosters are nearly complete. The tedious task of finding that perfect combination of players each week, is just as much of an art form to Fantasy owners as sculpting was to Dali—yes, he was a sculptor too!

But this can’t be achieved without first looking at the injury updates from around the league as well as understanding the injuries you read about—Eli Manning’s injury is a great example of this which we will get to shortly.

So let’s dive right in shall we? Once you have read the latest injury report, come check out my Week Five WR Start- Sit Rankings and from there follow the links to other positions and Free Start Sit Advice!!!

Saturday’s Injury Report:

Frank Gore-RB-49ers: Gore is hoping to make his comeback in week seven vs. the Texans. He will begin testing the ankle today. Coffee continues to start, and is a nice choice against the Falcons.

Correll Buckhalter-RB-Eagles: At this point, Buckhalter is week to week and there is no guarantee he will regain the starting role if Moreno has a good couple of outings which is likely, drop him in shallow leagues.

Jamal Lewis-RB-Browns: That nagging hamstring hasn’t subsided, and Lewis was limited in practice for a third straight day. He isn’t exactly setting the world on fire and should not be considered an option in Fantasy at this point.

Antonio Bryant-WR-Bucs: Bryant is bound to be a nice option at WR this year for Fantasy owners, but against a very good Eagles’ secondary—and the fact that Bryant is NOT 100 percent—Bryant is more of a risk this week; he should be sat.

Keenan Burton/Donnie Avery-WRs-Rams: Both Burton and Avery are dealing with hamstring issues and against the Vikings are not even worth a squirt! Don’t use either of them.

Felix Jones-RB-Cowboys: Jones is quickly becoming more of a Fantasy risk than anything else as this is turning into another straight year of not being able to stay healthy. He is slated to return in WK7 and you should keep your eye on Tashard Choice going forward since he is much more resilient.

Roy William-WR-Cowboys: The cartilage damage in his ribs and the bye week after this one is enough for the Cowboys to sit Williams, and so should you. After the bye he should be fine.

Kevin Curtis-WR-Eagles: Curtis is doubtful this week, and going forward I would consider dropping him or possibly finding a trade. Curtis just can’t seem to shake the knee issue which is a shame because when 100 percent he is a dangerous WR. Jeremy Maclin should now be on your radar. Mohammed Massaquoi has a mere 27 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues for those wondering.

Matthew Stafford-QB-Lions: The super hush-hush Lions won’t say it, but Stafford is more than likely not gonna play which means Culpepper gets the start. Monitor Stafford going forward as his unique injury (Subluxation) invites problems with swelling.

Matt Hasselbeck-QB-Seahawks: Hasselbeck is likely to play, and that means good things for everyone on the Seahawks; particularly TE John Carlson. Start him against a porous Jaguars D if you have no other options.

Willie Parker-RB-Steelers: The key here is to monitor Mendenhall NOT Parker. Even when Parker is in, he hasn’t done a whole lot and doesn’t have a high ceiling for improvement right now. Currently, he is listed as week to week with turf toe.

Analyzing Eli Manning: Last week Eli Manning suffered an injury to his plantar fascia, which is the big center tissue that connects the heel bone to the head metatarsal bones;  basically the toes. This is an odd injury that normally is not very dangerous.

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 The problem is, every writer with a keyboard, a gallon of coffee, and writers’ block have jumped all over this like…well you know what metaphor is coming next right?

As the week progressed Manning was able to jog, run, take snaps, run the offense, drop back and move around in the pocket.

But there has been a huge sentiment that Manning should be sat—really?

Manning IS going to start, let us get that out of the way, and even if the Giants focus on running more—which they will—there is still no reason to sit Manning with weapons like Manningham and Smith.

Look, it’s not like they’re gonna run on every play right? I see Manning throwing for 230 yards and two TDs while Jacobs get two TDs of his own; would you sit a guy with those stats? Right, me either.

So there you have it. Remember to visit my weekly column at Top-Fantasy-Football.com for your weekly WR Start-Sit Rankings and advice.

Good Luck this week everyone!

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