As we move in to our week 5 Start-Sit column, many owners are now being forced to dip into bench stashes to keep a full roster in play.
Start-Sit options become more important as injuries mount and bye weeks nibble away at your team.
It’s usually pretty obvious that you start Jamaal Charles every week, but picking between mid-tier guys like Amari Cooper in a bad match-up or Jeremy Maclin in an average one is a little tougher.
Rest assured, that’s what we are here for, to help with these more difficult decisions. While this series is focused on weekly changes to your lineup, you can extrapolate these weekly articles to season long concerns about some players, or on the other hand buy low opportunities.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at who to throw out there this week and who to throw out.
Week 5 Start-Sit
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
Let’s start out this week with an overly bold prediction right off the bat. Playing against the Giants, a team that is allowing 316 yards in passing each week, Kaepernick will finish as a Top 10 QB in Week 5. This is bold because Kaepernick has really stunk it up so far and might even be yanked by half time this week if he continues to struggle. The bright spot here is that he is running for just under 50 yards per game, which in many leagues equals about 200 yards passing in Fantasy points.
While the 49ers will likely lose this game, expect the tattooed passer to scramble his way to 200 yards passing and another 50-plus rushing as the niners are down by 20 in the third quarter. He’s probably good for a TD or two as well which would put him into QB1 territory. However, keep in mind this is contingent on him not getting benched. With the bye weeks now hitting owners, he might just be worth a flier in season long leagues and could be a possible tournament start in the daily game.
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Bradford found some touch on his deep throws last week, completing a couple for touchdowns. While he’s had his struggles through four games, opening up the passing game successfully bodes well for Bradford going forward. We do have to keep in mind he’s gone basically two years without playing meaningful football prior to this season. Look for Bradford to progress a little more against a Saints team that is beatable through the air.
— NFL (@NFL) October 4, 2015
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Bengals QB has somewhat surprisingly been one of the best in the league, but look for his hot streak to get a big test against the Seahawks. If you drafted Dalton as your back up QB, its time to put him back on the bench. If you are streaming quarterbacks due to injury, it might be time to check out your waiver wire and see if you can replace him with someone with a better match up.
T.J. Yeldon, Ja0cksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yeldon has stepped right into the bell cow role in Jacksonville already this year. He just eclipsed the 100 yard mark for the first time on 22 carries last week. The Jags are showing they trust the rookie and want to put games on his shoulders when possible. With the team facing the Bucs in Week 5, Jacksonville may actually be able to dictate game flow and feed Yeldon 20-plus carries again. Oh, and did I mention that Tampa Bay is ranked 30th against the run allowing over 136 yards per game on the ground so far?
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
If you hold Morris you know the RB situation in Washington is Belichickian to this point. One week it’s Morris, then Matt Jones, then the coach declares Morris the starter again, then they both stink and it goes on. Morris may have already been demoted to your bench and for good reason.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals vs Seattle Seahawks
I had Hill right here last week as well, and he subsequently put up three touchdowns. Well, I’m going to double down and say bench him again this week. The Seahawks are allowing just 3.47 YPC on the ground and get Brandon Mebane back in the middle of their line this week. Giovani Bernard looks to be the beneficiary as the Bengals go around the defensive line rather than through it. Hill might get a shot at a goal line score, but don’t expect anything over 40 yards this week.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
Hyde is doomed by the woeful offense he is surrounded by. Game flow continues to wreak havoc on the talented back’s workload as he was down to just eight carries last week. And, when he does get the ball, defenses are stacking the box as they dare Colin Kaepernick to beat them through the air. The Giants are terrible against the pass, but rank first against the run in yards allowed. Expect Kaepernick to throw often, particularly after the 49ers get down big on the Giants. Hyde may have his days when the Niners keep it close, but this projects as limited game for him.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Thomas has been good, but not great so far this season as the Broncos have looked out of sync for the most part. After costing most owners a first or second round pick, more than one TD through four games was expected. Still, Thomas has 90-plus receiving yards in three of the four and is still a focus in the Bronco’s passing game. The Raider JV secondary should let the Broncos look like the well oiled machine we’ve seen the past couple years this week. Look for a possible break-out game for Denver’s No. 1 receiver in Week 5.
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are allowing just over 300 yards per game through the air so far and have Washington coming to town this week. Garcon hasn’t exactly lit the league on fire in an offense that that is below average, but if you have him and need a bye week fill in, he’s not a bad choice, particularly in PPR leagues. Garcon has at least five catches in each game to this point and there’s a good chance that the Redskins fall behind to the high powered offense in Atlanta. This equals plenty of garbage time catches in the second half and the potential for a nice Fantasy game out of the Frenchman.
Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears
The Chiefs have a real life professional wide receiver! Maclin has become the No. 1 option for targets with Kansas City and has over 140 yards receiving in each of the last two games. If you still have doubts about him, you can shake that off and get him in your lineup this week.
Jeremy Maclin % of Chiefs targets by game: 29% 29% 30% 29% — Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 8, 2015
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
Since an introductory Week 1, the rookie wide out has consistently put up WR2 numbers. It looks like Cooper is going to be a solid starter most weeks, but the Raiders get a very tough match-up in the Broncos for Week 5. He’s also performed in enough games that teams are going to start rotating defenses towards him to offer extra support in coverage. Even the best wide receivers have down weeks and I’m guessing this is one of those 5-60 sort of weeks for Cooper.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Gates makes his return on Monday night against a Steelers defense that has taken a number of steps back from the dominating units of the past. Gates has a chip on his shoulder about his suspension and will be looking to blow off steam on national TV. He might even still be on your waiver wire and if so, grab him if you have TE problems and trot him out this week.
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
The Browns have forced everyone playing Fantasy Football to learn a new name, and that name is Gary Barnidge. The Brown’s TE has TDs in two straight games in addition to yardage totals of 75 and 105 during the span. He has become arguably Josh McCown’s favorite target recently. Because of all this, Barnidge is worth a pick up. However, facing the league’s stingiest defense against tight ends, don’t count on him this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Jags D is a little bit under-rated, most likely due to the years of incompetence with this club. Regardless, they are starting to come around having allowed 20 points or less in three of their four games. Jameis Winston has thrown seven picks so far and is someone to stream defenses against. I would expect Jacksonville to collect a couple interceptions and add another three-plus sacks while keeping another team under 20 total points.
St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at Lambeau since something like 1953, so take that out of the equation. The Rams do lead the league in sacks through 4 weeks, but don’t expect Rodgers to give in that easily. You never want to start even a good defense against an elite offense, so see if you can find an alternative.
Best of luck with your fantasy football teams this week! Hopefully our Week 5 start or sit column helps guide you to victory. Make sure to check out our plethora of other fantasy football articles including waiver wire advice, weekly rankings, daily talk, and other life changing information right here!
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