Start/sit fantasy football advice, Week 5

Sam Greenwood

It's time to look at this week's overachievers and underachievers in fantasy football.

Each week in this space I will review players who are ranked outside the top 10 for QBs and TEs and top 20 for WRs in the weekly ESPN rankings based on who I think will flourish and who will disappoint this upcoming week. I do not review those ranked higher since they are probably highly drafted and unable to be benched. Last week was a good week, I went 6-2 in the "play them" and 6-3 in the "bench them." We have our second bye week with Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Washington being off.  Let’s get to this week:

Play Them

Terelle Pryor (12) –  He is back, healthy and should be able to put up a solid day versus the average San Diego defense.

Eli Manning (14)- If you still have him, here is his make or break week against the awful Eagles defense.

David Wilson (21) – The release of Scott and the Eagles defense combined with Wilson getting more and more carries means this should be his 2013 breakout.

Ryan Mathews (25) – I do not love him, but the Raiders are not great and he did total up 100 yards last week.

James Jones (20)- The Lions pass defense has a ton of holes, and with the Packers off the bye week, they should explode at home.

Steve Smith (22) – As good as the Cardinals are against the run is as bad as they are versus the pass.

Kenbrell Thompkins (25) – He is now the favorite deep threat in New England, and should continue to get better and better.

Coby Fleener (13) – Andrew Luck in his limited throws continues to force the ball to his college teammate.

Bench Them

Andrew Luck (11) –  He has not had back to back weeks with two passing TDs since early last year, and I think he struggles with the Seahawks defense.

Sam Bradford (16) – Fisher is promising a run heavy game plan, limiting Sam’s decisions and pass attempts. Stay far away.

Stevan Ridley (22) – He is in a three-way job share, plus missed all practices this week.

Rashad Jennings (24) – Even if McFadden does not play, he showed nothing last year when given the job, do not take that chance.

Cecil Shorts (24) – I would usually say start all players versus the Rams but he was banged up all week and not sure how the targets will fall with Blackmon back.

Mike Wallace (26) – With only one good week out of four, who knows when he will play well again. Let it be someone’s else issue.

Stevie Johnson (30) – He will get matched up against Joe Haden, which is bad news for the best receivers in the game.

Brent Celek (16) – Vick very rarely looks to him, bigger chance of him busting than a boom

Thanks for reading and please free to ask any questions on Twitter or in the comments below.


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