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Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 5
Start – Ben Roetlisberger vs Jets
Big Ben has his Le’Veon back, last week’s domination of the Chiefs shows that with Le’Veon in the lineup it makes things a lot easier for Roethlisberger. He doesn’t have to force passes to Antonio Brown in double teams any more as a simple dump off to Bell can go the distance. Defenses will focus more attention to the man in the backfield with Roethlisberger which allows Ben to play pitch and catch with his receivers. If that doesn’t give you the ammo to fire up Big Ben this week then his matchup against the Jets secondary should. Revis is out in this one but that doesn’t matter much with Revis struggling this season. What does matter is the Jets propensity for giving up big plays in the passing game over and over again. Roethlisberger should be able to carve up the secondary for the Jets if his linemen can keep him clean in the pocket. Big Ben is a must start and should be a Top 3 fantasy quarterback this week.
- Derek Carr vs Chargers
- Phillip Rivers vs Raiders
- Carson Wentz vs Lions
Sit – Kirk Cousins vs Ravens
After a cake matchup last week against the Browns where Kirk Cousins threw 3 touchdowns, fantasy owners might believe Cousins will get things back on track. Not so fast as he travels to Baltimore in a tough road game against the feisty Ravens defense. The Ravens have allowed the second fewest passing yards per game this season and will look to avenge their loss last week against the Raiders. Cousin’s home/road splits tells the story here as his passer rating is 14 points lower in road games and has a career 25/20 TD:INT ratio on the road. I expect Cousins to be harassed this week resulting in his patented bad decisions and interceptions.
Start – Jordan Howard vs Colts
If it’s not broke then don’t fix it. Jordan Howard gets the nod with back to back starts for me after rushing for 111 yards on 23 carries last week against the Lions. Expect for the hard nosed John Fox to continue to ride the bruising back. Howard gets another plus matchup this week against a Colts defense who has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Expect another 20 plus carry game for Howard in this one with a couple of scores. He is a dual threat back that barely comes off the field and should be entrenched as a RB1.
- C.J. Anderson vs Falcons
- LeGarrette Blount vs Browns
- Terrance West vs Redskins
Sit – Ryan Mathews vs Lions
Maybe I overreacted by dropping Ryan Mathews in my money league but I believe the writing is on the wall for the back who came into the season as the Eagles starting running back. It was not because he only received 2 carries for negative 5 yards in Week 3 against the Steelers or because he is yet again battling another injury; rather it’s because of the emergence of Wendell Smallwood and the electrifying Darren Sproles having a huge role in the offense. Mathews is a touchdown dependent fantasy back who is fully engulfed in a 4-man committee. A committee that favors Sproles as the lead back at that. Head Coach Doug Pederson and Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich comes from the mindset of inserting smaller backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield that can make defenders miss in the open field. Even in a juicy matchup against the Lions I do not expect Mathews to get off.
Start – Michael Crabtree vs Chargers
Before the season started I expected Amari Cooper to have a monster season in his second year with Derek Carr and I overloooked the crafty Michael Crabtree. I was all over King Crab last season as a fantasy sleeper but we should all be ‘awake’ now and insert Crabtree in your lineup every week. Cooper is demanding double teams and is usually matched up against opposing teams’ best corners which has freed up Crabtree, who has caught 4 touchdowns this season and has caught at least 7 passes in 3 of 4 contests. Carr and the Raiders passing offense will also have a boost in this contest as Chargers’ star corner Jason Verrett is out for the season. Fire up Crabtree in this enticing matchup.
- Brandon Marshall vs Steelers
- Julian Edelman vs Browns
- Travis Benjamin vs Raiders
- Sterling Shepard vs Packers
Sit – Will Fuller vs Vikings
The Vikings defense is nothing to play with. As a fantasy owner you need to tread lightly whenever you have a player facing up against the 2016 version of the Purple People Eaters. The Vikings are allowing the second least fantasy points to opposing receivers this season and have shutdown Kelvin Benjamin and Odell Beckham in back-to-back weeks. The Texans passing offense has been anemic this season thanks in large part to the play of their big money free agent Brock Osweiler. I would of recommended benching DeAndre Hophins but I’m not that bold, so I settled on Will Fuller who has had a better year than Hopkins thus far. Osweiler will struggle to find receivers in this matchup as Mike Zimmer and the multiple looks his defense shows will confuse the inexperienced Osweiler. Keep Fuller on your bench in this one.
Start – Zach Miller vs Colts
The Bears have been decimated with injuries on both sides of the ball which includes their pass catchers. Kevin White is lost for the season, Alshon Jeffrey is always battling an injury and Eddie Royal might be limited in this contest. This leaves the scorching hot Zach Miller who has caught 3 touchdowns in the last 2 games as the main beneficiary in the Bears passing offense. New starting quarterback Brian Hoyer should get another 300 yard passing game (2 in a row) against a Colts defense who has struggled to stop opponents this season. The Colts have been in many shootouts with their style of play and this game shouldn’t be any different. Expect Miller to get the ball early and often as he should push 100 yards with another score.
- Delanie Walker vs Dolphins
- Hunter Henry vs Saints
- Jesse James vs Jets
Sit – Jacob Tamme vs Broncos
I’m going back to the well here and sitting Jacob Tamme once again this week. He only caught 2 passes for 3 yards last week against the Panthers but salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown reception. He faces yet another talented front seven this week in the Denver Broncos and should have difficulties separating from linebackers and safeties. As the season goes along the Falcons will look to get rookie Austin Hooper more snaps which will limit Tamme’s chances of producing fantasy numbers.
Defense to stream
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jets
Steelers are money at home. A week after stifling the Chiefs offense the Steelers get to go up against the turnover prone Ryan Fitzpatrick. Even without Ryan Shazier in the lineup the Steelers should have no issues getting a handful of sacks and a couple of interceptions this week.