By : Steve DeAngelo
Week 5! Wow. Anyway, your weekly Start Em , Sit em, Get them in, Get them out , Bring em to the party , Leave the nerds at home column is here. Again I am trying to leave out the no brainers out as much as possible, but If I feel you need to be reminded then I will list it here. Make sure to check into our Radio Show tonight at 11:30 est. If you can’t listen live, you can download anytime or listen on demand. Blogtalkradio.com/Fantasysavvy.
QB’s to Start
Shaun Hill vs STL
Hill has been pretty solid this year filling in for the injured Matthew Stafford. In 2 of his 3 starts he has gone over 300 yards and thrown for 2 TD’s. This week at home on the turf where his skill players (Megatron and Jahvid Best) can take full advantage of their speed, Hill is a quality guy to start. Hill has been targeting Calvin Johnson a ton and has developed a nice relationship with his tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler as well. Nate Burelson also returns this week which will help. Look for Hill to pass in the high 200’s and finish with at least 2 TD’s.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Jacksonville
If your options are minimal this week, then Fitzpatrick is not a terrible guy to go with. The Jaguars are letting up the most points to Fantasy QB’s as of now and are even worst than Houston which is hard to imagine. Fitz has a pretty decent arm and can get it downfield. He has developed a nice little relationship with Steve Johnson who has went for TD’s back to back weeks with Fitz at the helm. 250 yards with multiple TD’s from Fitz is extremely likely this week against the horrific Jaguars Pass D.
Sam Bradford @ Detroit
The Young Sam Bradford and his St. Louis Rams are 2-2 as they head to Detroit. Bradford has played fairly well for a Rookie QB, despite throwing 6 Int’s he has 6 TD’s and has thrown for just under 1,000 yards in 4 games. Detroit as we know doesn’t possess a good defense and currently they are allowing the 26th most points to QB’s. Look for Bradford to throw 1-2 TD’s and get over the 200 yard mark as he continues to mesh with Mark Clayton and dump some passes off to Steven Jackson.
Other more viable options , don’t be shy- Brett Favre @ NYJ, Mark Sanchez Vs Minnesota, Eli Manning @ Houston!, Matt Ryan @ Cle, Carson Palmer vs TB– Eli and Ryan are must starts this week
QB’s to Sit
Kevin Kolb @ SF
Yes Kolb has the weapons in Mcoy, Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek but this guy to me really isn’t anything special. He loves to checkdown with little dink and dunk passes. Lesean Mcoy had 12 catches last week as a result. When Kolb goes deep he is inaccurate as he really hurts Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin’s value. The 49ers are home and are desperate for a win after coming up short yet again last week vs Atlanta. While San Fran’s D hasn’t been the greatest against the pass this year they still did a pretty nice job last week vs Matt Ryan. Sit Kolb this week as I don’t think he throws for anymore than 225 yards and a TD as the 49ers play their most inspired game of the year.
David Garrard @ Buffalo
At home you can think about Starting Garrard but on the road fughedabouit. Dating back to last year, in 9 games on the road David Garrard has just 4 TD’s and posts only a 75 QB rating. The guy is just brutal when he’s away from home. The winds will be swirling in Buffalo as fall is upon us and the Jaguars are going to be focusing on the run vs Buffalo’s weak run defense. Mike Sims-Welker has virtually disappeared and his other receiving options are nothing to write home about. Just stay away from Garrard this week.
Others that shouldn’t touch your lineup- Todd Collins @ Carolina, Josh Freeman @ Cincinnati, Jake Delhomme vs Atlanta, Max Hall vs New Orleans, Jimmy Claussen vs Chicago
RB’s to Start
C.J Spiller vs Jacksonville
Now with Marshawn Lynch finally gone things should open up for Spiller, despite Chan Gailey saying that Fred Jackson would lead the team in carries. The Bills drafted the guy ninth overall and his talent is easily visible but the bills refuse to name him the starter. So for the time being this situation will be similar to the Thomas Jones/ Jamal Charles situation in Kansas City. Still, the Bills will get Spiller more looks this week and he should be effective against a weak Jacksonville defense (22nd most points to RB’s). Spiller is a good flex play this week and even better in PPR leagues. It’s just a matter of time before this guy breaks a couple plays that make you say WOW. Spiller should see at least 15 touches this week any less than that and the Bills are dopes and will lose as a result.
Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert @ Oakland
While Matthews was out with an ankle sprain, Mike Tolbert showed off his talents especially last week as he went over 100 yards. Matthews did return last week but didn’t see full action because of his ankle, also he hurt his elbow in practice leading up to the game and had it heavily wrapped against Arizona. Because of this it appears Tolbert is going to see a bigger role now, although Matthews should still dominant the carries. Oakland’s Run D is awful, 31 most points let up to Fantasy RB’s and the Chargers now have won 13 in a row vs Oakland by an average of 14 points. Because of this there should be plenty of carries to go around for Matthews and Tolbert. I like Matthews as a #2 RB this week and Tolbert as a flex. Get them both in your lineups.
Felix Jones vs Tennessee
Jerry Jones has vowed to get Felix more involved to give this run game a spark, so look for that to happen this week against the Titans. Jones, really hasn’t seen many touches thus far as he only has is averaging about 9 touches per game. He really needs to see the ball more, especially in the passing game where he only has 4 catches this year. Darren Mcfadden tore up this Titans defense in Week 1 with his quickness so there is no reason Jones can’t do the same providing he gets a good amount of touches. I think coming off the bye week the Boyz and Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett will get Felix the ball more than ever and Jones will prove to be a nice Flex play.
Beanie Wells vs New Orleans
New Orleans Achilles heal right now is stopping the run as they are 29th in points allowed to Fantasy RB’s. The Cardinals will be looking to keep the Saints offense off the field and take pressure of their Rookie QB Max Hall as they try to pound the run. Beanie Wells complained last week after not seeing his first carry until late in the 2nd half. He said he was going to have a discussion with Coach Whisenhunt. Look for Beanie to be focused and come out running real hard and Whisenhunt will surely be giving Beanie plenty of carries in this game. The only concern you have here is if the Cardinals D can slow down the Saints and their passing offense. Regardless I think Beanie will see at least 15-20 carries and will get near the 100 yard mark. He makes for a nice flex play this week.
Other more viable options Jamal Charles @ Indy, Ahmad Bradshaw @ Houston, Cedric Benson vs TB
RB’s to Sit
Shonn Greene vs Minnesota
Greene saw his first 100 yard game of the year last week vs Buffalo but it gets a whole lot tougher this week as the Jets face Minnesota and their infamous Run D. The lanes up the middle are not gonna be easy to get through with Pat ” the fat” Williams filling the gaps. It also doesn’t help that L.T. is getting more looks and is taking the goal line carries. Look for other options this week as Greene probably won’t go over 50 yards.
Michael Turner @ Cleveland
Turner really only seems to feast on the weaker Run defenses and really doesn’t impress much against the better D’s. So this week against Cleveland (3rd fewest points let up to RB’s) I would sit him. Also I really don’t think Turner’s body is at full strength and Jason Snelling continues to steal carries from him. If you have better options this week sit Turner, although Turner might see a TD I don’t think he gets over 60 yards rushing.
Stay Away– Legarrete Blount @ Cincy, Lawrence Maroney @ Baltimore, Correl Buckhalter @ Baltimore
WR’s to Start
Mario Manningham @ Houston
Manningham was shutout last week against Chicago but before that he had been averaging about 70 yards per game. I think he makes for a nice little flex play this week against the brutal Houston Pass D. There should plenty of passing in this game and I think Manningham will finish with around 5 catches for 60-80 yards and maybe a score.
Lance Moore @ Arizona
While Reggie Bush continues to be out of the lineup Lance Moore will be a factor. He now has TD’s in back to back weeks and Drew Brees loves to throw to this guy. Moore is talented as well and honestly I think he could take over being the #1 receiver on the team from Marques Colston while Bush remains out. He has a juicy matchup this week against Arizona so make sure to get him in your lineups.
T.O./ Ocho vs Tampa Bay
T.O went nuts last week for 222 yards with 10 catches and a score while Ocho was silent with just 34 yards. Have no fear with starting Ocho because things will balance out this week. I think both will have productive games as Carson Palmer keeps it going after a pretty good game last week. Look for both to get in the endzone this week. Getcha Popcorn Ready!!! Love that Video……
Santana Moss vs Green Bay
After a solid 3 games in a row, Santana Moss disappeared last week vs the Eagles as he had 0 catches. Very surprising but no need to panic. I think Moss bounces back this week at home vs GB. Look for Moss to catch a TD on a play action Bomb.
Mark Clayton @ Detroit
The Bradford and Clayton Oklahoma Sooner connection just keeps going every week and there is no reason for it stop this week at Detroit. Keep Clayton in your lineups as he will probably go for about 70-80 yards with TD.
Steve Johnson vs Jacksonville
Fitzpatrick and Johnson now have connected for TD’s in back to back weeks and I expect them to continue the streak this week against Jacksonville. In deeper leagues Johnson makes for a nice little flex play this week. Johnson possess good size at 6’2 and 202 pounds and is fairly talented. Look for a 70 yard game with a score this week.
WR’s to Sit
Mike Williams @ Cincinnati
There is no doubt that rookie Mike Williams is talented but this week will not be easy, going against two of the better corners in the league in Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph. This tandem, arguably the most talented in the league is only letting up the 6th most points to Wideouts this year. That coupled with the inexperience of Josh Freeman and you should keep Williams on your bench this week. I don’t think Tampa gets into the endzone.
Johnny Knox @ Carolina
As most of you know yet another Mike Martz QB is sidelined as Jay Cutler suffered a concussion last week and is out this Sunday against Carolina. In comes Todd Collins who really is nothing to write home about. So avoid all bears wideouts this week including Johnny Knox.
Roy Williams vs Tennessee
Don’t get overly excited about Williams 100 yard 2 TD effort vs Houston two weeks ago. Houston’s secondary is brutal , although Roy did look pretty good. Still, look for the Cowboys and Tony Romo to look back to Miles Austin this week as well as getting Dez Bryant more involved. Also like I stated Felix Jones will be getting more looks this week. Sit Roy because he probably won’t go over 40 yards.
Shouldn’t see your lineups- Legedu Naanee @ Oakland, Demaryius Thomas @ Baltimore,
TE’s to Start
Tony Moeaki @ Indy
Moeaki is Cassell’s favorite target right now and should be in your lineups. Look for the Iowa rookie to finish with around 5 catches for 70 yards. BTW Indy is letting up the fewest points to Tight ends but they also haven’t faced a solid tight end all year (Kevin Boss, Owen Daniels who is hurt, and Mercedes Lewis). Don’t let that stat stop you from Sitting MOEAKIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vishante Shiancoe @ NYJ
A lot of experts are saying Shiancoe’s value goes down with the presence of Randy Moss. I disagree, I think it just opens things up even more for Shiancoe. Eventually teams would have started focusing more on him knowing he was Farve’s favorite target but now with Moss they can’t do that any longer. Look for Shiancoe to still remain a Favre favorite and put up around 50 yards with a possible score.
Jeremy Shockey @ Arizona
Like Lance Moore, Shockey is seeing an increase in targets with the absence of Bush. In two games with Bush out, Shockey has 14 catches for 135 yards and a TD. Shockey should continue that production this week against Arizona, get him in your lineups.
Others to consider- Jermaine Gresham vs TB, Shawn Nelson vs Jacksonville