Who to Start and Sit in Week 5 of Fantasy Football
If you can’t, I’m here to help. Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another this week. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Tony Romo (QB – Dallas)
We all know Denver’s going to score close to 40 points this week, so Dallas is going to have to keep up. Romo’s got the weapons to compete with Denver for at least a couple quarters. A special mention goes out to Terrell Pryor, who’s going against San Diego this week. The Chargers have allowed the points to fantasy quarterbacks and we know Pryor can use his legs.
Eddie Lacy (RB – Green Bay)
Lacy seems healthy after his Week 3 concussion, so he’ll regain the lead dog role in Green Bay’s backfield. The Lions have given up at least one rushing touchdown in each game so far this season. It shouldn’t be surprising that they’re allowing the fourth-most points to fantasy running backs.
Bilal Powell (WR – N.Y. Jets)
Powell managed 108 total yards last week despite his team losing by 25 points. That’s exactly why you shouldn’t shy away from Powell this weekend even though the Jets could get run out of the building again. He’s the last man standing in the Jets' backfield and he keeps seeing plenty of touches.
Jeremy Kerley (WR – N.Y. Jets)
Two Jets in one start column? Yikes! You’ll be OK with Kerley this week if you’re forced to look for help with byes and injuries. Both receivers ahead of Kerley on the depth chart are injured and look unlikely to play. Someone’s gotta catch the ball when the Jets are losing by two touchdowns.
Denarius Moore (WR – Oakland)
The Chargers have been fantasy gold for wide receivers this year. Moore blew up in the last game Pyror was behind center, so look for him to be targeted heavily again this week.
Brent Celek (TE – Philadelphia)
The Giants made Sean McGrath look good last week. Who? Exactly. If McGrath can get open and grab five balls and a touchdown against some of the league’s worst linebackers, then why can’t a player with more talent like Celek.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Russell Wilson (QB – Seattle)
Something’s off with Seattle’s offense right now. It certainly isn’t humming like it was at the end of last season. Other than the game against Jacksonville, Wilson’s scored 14 points or less in his other three games. It doesn’t help that the Colts are limiting QBs to under 10 fantasy points a game.
Chris Johnson (RB – Tennessee)
Remember when Chris Johnson ran for 2,000 yards? Yeah, I don’t either. It was so long ago. He hasn’t hit 100 yards in a game this season, he hasn’t found the end zone with the Titans looking to Shonn Green or Jackie Battle near the goal line, and now he’s facing a Chiefs’ defense allowing the fourth-fewest points to fantasy running backs.
Stevan Ridley (RB – New England)
I’ve given up on Ridley. He played only 25 of 66 snaps in last week’s game in Atlanta. He even looked good in the first half, but Bill Bellichick kept putting LeGarrette Blount on the field. While the RB options aren’t that deep this year, you might be able to find a better option this week than a guy who hasn’t cracked 10 points yet this season.
Stevie Johnson (WR – Buffalo)
Thursday night games aren’t known for their offense. Combine that with Johnson being blanketed by Joe Haden, who held A.J. Green to 51 yards last week, and you’ve got trouble.
Alshon Jeffrey (WR – Chicago)
The Alshon hype train is in full effect after last weekend. Let’s calm down for a second. Jeffrey needs to be consistent before he becomes a startable player. Say what you want about the Saints, but they’re holding receivers to the third-fewest fantasy points through four games.
Vernon Davis (TE – San Francisco)
Hamstring injuries linger, so you shouldn’t expect the same explosion from Davis for a while. That’s why he only delivered two catches last week and his extra time off still won’t get him to where he needs to be. The Texans are only allowing 3.8 fantasy points to tight ends this year, so that doesn’t bode well for Davis on Sunday.