Fantasy Football Start and Sit: Week 5
A few big trades have given us some questions that need answering. Who will be the featured back in Seattle? Can Randy Moss re-capture his Minnesota glory years? That, and we all are left to wonder whether or not Terrell Owens is truly back, if Peyton Hillis can continue to be trusted as a RB2, and if Matt Forte will ever run for 100 yards again.
So many questions, so little time during the week. We make our best effort with the Start/Sit column this week, giving you four guys to try, and four to ride the pine:
QB Shaun Hill, DET vs. STL
Hill had a career game in Green Bay last week, and should continue to produce against the Rams this week. Expect this to be a high scoring game in the 30s.
Projected stats: 30/40, 318 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 3 rushes, 23 yards
WR Greg Jennings, GB @ WSH
Most years Greg Jennings would be an automatic start every week. This year he is averaging only 4 catches per week for 40 yards. Expect some big plays against Washington’s secondary on Sunday.
Projected stats: 7 catches, 151 yards, 1 TD
RB Cedric Benson, CIN vs. TB
Cincinnati has emerged into a pass first team, and seem to have forgotten about the back that basically propelled them into the postseason last year. Against Tampa, expect a lot more touches going his way.
Projected stats: 24 rushes, 96 yards, 2 TD, 3 catches, 28 yards
TE Brent Celek, PHI @ SF
Celek finally caught his first TD of the year last year. Celek and Kevin Kolb seem to have nice chemistry together, unlike Celek and Vick. If Kolb is QB, expect at least a decent fantasy day from the TE.
Projected stats: 6 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD
QB Kyle Orton, DEN @ BAL
Orton has been a nice fantasy option this year, despite not having Brandon Marshall. Look for the Ravens’ #1 pass defense to stifle the Broncs’ pass attack.
Projected stats: 21/31, 242 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 rushes, 8 yards
WR Randy Moss, MIN @ NYJ
A Monday night game in New York usually means gusty winds, so expect this to be a ground war. Moss is just getting back into the groove in Minnesota, and with a QB who has never thrown to him, don’t expect the world in his first game back in purple.
Projected stats: 5 catches, 62 yards, 0 TD
RB Jamaal Charles, KC @ IND
Indy will be playing extremely hard after a tough loss to Jacksonville last week. Expect them to score early and often, forcing Kansas City into an almost pass only offense most of the second half.
Projected stats: 11 carries, 38 yards, 0 TD, 6 catches, 32 yards
TE Jason Witten, DAL vs. TEN
Witten doesn’t seem to be the target player for Romo anymore. With Miles Austin’s emergence and Roy Williams rebounding his career, Witten may struggle fantasy-wise all year.
Projected stats: 4 catches, 46 yards, 0 TD