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Fantasy Football Week 5 - Start 'Em & Sit 'Em

Start 'em


Ben Roethlisberger

  • The last three weeks, the Jaguars have allowed Kirk Cousins, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers to combine to go 82/111 (74%), for 997 yards (332 avg), with 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Expect Big Ben to torch this Jags defense for a 4th straight week.

Philip Rivers

  • Rivers is looking like an MVP candidate early on this year as he has thrown for 1,155 yards with 9 touchdown and an interception. He's coming off a great game against the Jaguars, going 29/39 for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Chargers host the Jets on Sunday and if Donald Brown had no success against a Jaguars run defense then he has no shot against the Jets defense. Rivers should throw close to 40 times in this one and the Jets secondary is not good.


Reggie Bush

  • Detroit will take on the Buffalo Bills in week 5 and the Bills are currently a top 5 run defense. Bush hasn't had much success so far this season splitting time with Joique Bell. However Bell is not likely to suit up on Sunday after suffering a concussion against the Jets. Bush should be an every down back against the Bills and could be used heavily in the passing attack for Detroit.

Rashad Jennings

  • The Falcons defense is an absolute joke. They surrendered over 240 yards last week on the ground to the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson wasn't on the field. We saw what Jennings is capable of after seeing him run all over the Houston Texans. Expect Jennings to see 20 carries and hit the century mark.


Vincent Jackson

  • Jackson has been a huge disappointment so far this season, thankfully a few 4th quarter touchdowns have saved him from being a complete bust. It's not like the ball isn't being thrown his way, as he's seeing nearly 10 targets a game, he's just not in sync with the quarterbacks. However, this will be the week he breaks out. Mike Evans will be out and the Saints secondary is beatable. Mike Glennon will throw Jackson's way quite a bit on Sunday and I expect him to make big plays.

DeAndre Hopkins

  • Hopkins has scored in 3 of the Texans 4 games this year as he continues to be a playmaker for Ryan Fitzpatrick. At just 22 year old, Hopkins is a star in the making. He's going up against a weak Cowboys secondary and has the potential to go off Sunday.


Heath Miller

  • Tight ends have been killing the Jaguars all season long.  They allow 13.5 fantasy points per game, 3rd worst in the league.  Heath Miller is a nightmare matchup for the Jaguars defense and is hot, coming off a 10 catch performance last week.

Larry Donnell

  • He's not going to score 3 touchdowns again but the Falcons defense is dreadful. Donnell is a big athletic target for Eli Manning and continues to make plays week in and week out. The Falcons aren't the team who are going to slow him down.


San Diego Chargers

  • It's hard not to like the Chargers facing the Jets in San Diego. Geno Smith is making a habit of taking bad sacks and throwing the ball to the wrong team. This game could get ugly and has the potential for a quarterback change for the Jets (Michael Vick ).

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • The Steelers are playing the Jaguars. Start them.

Sit 'em


Nick Foles

  • The Eagles will face a tough passing defense when they take on the Rams on Sunday. The Rams have allowed the fewest completions and yards in the league. However they are allowing over 5 yards per carry, which is what the Eagles need. Look for the Eagles to get LeSean McCoy back on track and go with a run heavy offense.

Tom Brady

  • If you watched last Monday night when the Patriots went into Kansas City and got embarrassed by the Chiefs, then you know the Patriots offense is nothing like what it used to be. Brady will be going up against a top 5 pass defense when the Patriots host the Bengals on Sunday night. It doesn't look like a good matchup for Brady at all and it's best you keep him on the bench this week.


Montee Ball

  • Montee Ball has had little success so far in 2014, and his job won't get any easier facing the best run defense in football when the Broncos face the Cardinals. With Peyton Manning as the quarterback, if the run game doesn't work early then expect the Broncos to abandon it all together and let Peyton air it out.

Alfred Morris

  • Tough matchup for Morris on Monday night facing the Seahawks defense. Kirk Cousins should continue to struggle against Richard Sherman and the LOB, which will make Morris' job even tougher. Only upside is the Redskins are home. 


Jeremy Maclin

  • Maclin got off to a hot start, scoring in the Eagles first 3 games of the season. However last week the 49ers kept him in check and he now faces a Rams defense who is currently ranked #1 in the league against the pass. Expect the Eagles to increase their rushing attempts, which means Maclin will have limited opportunities to make a big play.

Larry Fitzgerald

  • 10 catches for 107 and 0 touchdowns through 3 games this year. Nothing sexy about Fitzgerald this year, especially if Carson Palmer is still sidelined and Drew Stanton is getting the start.


Rob Gronkowski

  • Still not getting close to 100% of the snaps and the Patriots offense is a mess. Always has a chance for a red zone touchdown, but has yet to reach 50 yards in a game. Bengals are a tough defense, so don't expect much to change this week.

Travis Kelce

  • After the performance on the ground last week between Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, the Chiefs have no reason to throw the ball. The 49ers have great linebackers who match up well with Kelce and should really limit what he does in the passing game. 


Carolina Panthers

  • The Panthers defense has been a huge disappointment, as they have given up a leagues worst 5.7 yards per carry and they are ranked in the bottom half in the league against the pass. They'll face a very good Bears offense and will have their hands full with Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett.

Baltimore Ravens