Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 5
In last night's loss to the Browns, who have won three consecutive games, Jackson gained 93 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns to lead all players in fantasy points on Thursday Night.
Although he was limited to only eight carries, a long touchdown run saved the day for fantasy owners that found it too difficult to bench a player with Spiller's talent. Spiller ended up with a season-high 12 fantasy points as he rushed for 66 yards and a score on his eight attempts.
Every week, I put together a list of players that may be worthy of starting in your fantasy league(s) and those that deserve to be on your fantasy bench.
Of course, a huge factor in determining which players to start (or sit) is the rest of your roster and depth of your league. In addition, we now have four teams on bye: Vikings, Redskins, Buccaneers and Steelers.
Looking ahead to the rest of the games, here are some players to consider starting in Week 5:
QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
One of the bigger surprises this year, Rivers is currently third in fantasy points scored at quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Although he has either thrown for more than 400 yards or less than 200 yards in all four games this season, he has three games with three-plus TD passes. He has an 11:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio through four games.
The Raiders have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)
After sustaining a concussion in Week 2, sitting out the team's Week 3 matchup and Week 4 bye, Lacy will be back in Week 5 against the Lions. The Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season and three of the other top-five friendliest defenses for RBs are on bye this week. In other words, Lacy and the Packers' running backs have a great matchup this week.
RB - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (at STL)
Pocket Hercules and the Jaguars offense in general have struggled this year. Jones-Drew has yet to rush for more than 45 yards in any game, is averaging only 2.4 yards per carry and has less than five fantasy points in three of four games.
That said, he has a favorable matchup this week. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing RBs this season than the Rams. The Rams have allowed four RBs to finish with double-digit fantasy points in the past three weeks and both DeMarco Murray (175) and Frank Gore (153) have rushed for 150-plus yards against them in the past two weeks.
RB - David Wilson, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
With the release Da'Rel Scott, it implies that Wilson is in store for a larger workload in Week 5. Wilson has seen his carries increase in each of the past two weeks to 11 (Week 3) and 13 (Week 4).
In addition, Wilson has a nice matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
WR - Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
After two dud performances in two weeks, Nicks gets a favorable matchup against the Eagles to help break him out of his slump. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing WRs than the Eagles, who have allowed nine TDs in four games.
WR - Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NYJ)
White has less than 30 receiving yards in all four games so far this season as he has been recovering from his high-ankle sprain suffered in the preseason. An encouraging sign, however, was the fact that White played in 74 of the team's 76 offensive snaps in Week 4. It may be one week early for White to bounce back, but I have him ranked as a low-end WR2 this week.
WR - Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at CIN)
Earlier this week, Amendola (groin) was described as "moving well" in practice but he was limited yesterday. Although it's unclear whether he will be active this week, he should be in your starting lineup if he is. Amendola had 10 receptions on 14 targets for 104 yards in the only game in which he was active this season.
TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
Only three TEs have more fantasy points than Gates this season: Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas. Gates ranks second among TEs in yards (364) and third in receptions (25). He currently has a streak of three consecutive games with double-digit fantasy points and a line of 23/305/2 over that stretch.
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Here are some players to possibly sit for Week 5:
QB - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SEA)
In large part to his rushing stats (16/126/2), Luck has scored the seventh-most fantasy points among QBs in the first quarter of the season. After averaging 39.2 pass attempts per game last year, Luck is throwing only 32 passes per game this year. As a consequence, he is averaging 43.9 fewer passing yards per game.
While the Seahawks defense is tougher at home than on the road, no team has a better secondary (or nickname) than the Seahawks do with the Legion of Boom. Seattle's defense has intercepted seven passes and allowed only three passing touchdowns.
RB - Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (vs. JAX)
In general, this would be a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Jaguars, who have 10th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. That said, Richardson tweeted earlier this week that he won't be starting and it's unclear exactly how the workload will be allocated. Not only would I sit D-Rich, but I would sit any of the team's backs this week.
RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at CIN)
Not only does Ridley have single-digit fantasy points in all four games this season, he had only 11 carries in each of the past two games as LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden have seen their roles expand. To make matters worse, Ridley is dealing with a thigh bruise although the injury isn't considered to be serious.
RB - Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (vs. CAR)
In his past two games, Mendenhall has 21 carries for just 50 yards (2.38 YPC). Mendenhall has recently been called out by coach Bruce Arians and rookie Andre Ellington has been more effective with his limited touches. It is hard to have confidence in Mendenhall this week against one of the league's better front-sevens.
WR - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at TEN)
Bowe has a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points in two of his four games this season, but he has yet to finish with more than four receptions or 58 yards. It seems unlikely to expect a ton of targets for Bowe, who is averaging just 37 receiving yards per game.
The Titans have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs this season.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. SEA)
As noted earlier, the Seahawks have the league's best secondary and it could be a long day overall for the team's passing attack. While expectations for Reggie Wayne should be tempered, I still have him ranked as a low-end WR2. That said, I would keep all other Colts pass-catchers on my bench this week.
WR - Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (vs. KC)
Washington has been one of the most productive receivers this season and especially so in the past two weeks. In those two games, he has 12 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns. It's hard for me to expect a third straight 100-yard game for Washington and although he has struggled when on the field, Kenny Britt returns to action this week as another player to get a few targets.
TE - Brandon Myers, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
After a big first game (7/66/1) of the season against the Cowboys, Myers has only nine receptions for 107 yards over the past three games. In fact, he had no receptions and only one target last week. With the team's offensive line struggling, it means more blocking and fewer pass routes for the tight end.