Fantasy Football: Week 5 Start’em & Sit’em

tim-hightowerTotal Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Matt Schaub vs. ARI – Through only three games the Arizona Cardinals defense has allowed a total of seven touchdowns through the air.  Now they will have to face Matt Schaub following their bye week and the air show should continue.  After being shut out in week one against the New York Jets, Schaub has since recorded 8 touchdowns.  With Kevin Walter back and healthy and Andre Johnson lined up on the other side, expect another strong stat line from Schaub.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Ben Roethlisberger vs.DET, Matt Cassel vs. DAL, Tony Romo vs. KC

Sit’em: Kerry Collins vs. IND – Collins had a terrible time last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.  Don’t expect this week to be the one where he rebounds.  The Colts are allowing just over 200 YPG through the air in their first four games and have only allowed two touchdowns.  Teams have found it much easier to run the ball against them and keep Peyton Manning off the field and it is very likely that the Titans will employ the same strategy with Chris Johnson and Lendale White in their backfield.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Kyle Orton vs. NE, Jake Delhomme vs. WSH, Jason Campbell vs. CAR

Running Backs

Start’em: Tim Hightower vs. HOU – Last week the Texans defense looked like it may have finally found its game, but don’t let those number fool you.  Stopping the Oakland Raiders offense is something most college teams can accomplish.  Prior to last week’s game, the Texans defense had allowed eight rushing touchdowns over three games as Thomas jones, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew all put up huge numbers.  Expect Hightower to reopen the floodgates in the Texans front seven.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Brian Westbrook vs. TB, Rashard Mendenhall vs. DET, Brandon Jacobs vs. OAK

Sit’em: Cedric Benson vs. BAL – Cedric Benson has been quite the surprise this season thus far, but his fantasy production dropped last week and it should do the same again in week five against the Ravens.  Baltimore has been stingy against the run allowing a league best 59.5 YPG on the ground and only two touchdowns over four games.  The Bengals will have to stick with the run to keep their blitzing linebackers honest, but expect most of their offense to come through the air.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Kevin Smith vs. PIT, Steven Jackson vs. MIN, Thomas Jones vs. MIA

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Pierre Garcon vs. IND – The Titans find themselves at 0-4 to start the season and much of that is the result of their poor pass defense.  Now they will have to face the always dangerous Peyton Manning and that may result in their already league worst 282.2 YPG through the air growing even greater.  While we all know Reggie Wayne is a must start, Pierre Garcon may have to be added to that list.  The Titans may try to do all they can do to keep Wayne off the board and that should open things up for their number two guy, Garcon.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Santonio Holmes vs. DET, Hines Ward vs. DET, Nate Burleson vs. JAC

Sit’em: Steve Smith vs. OAK – It is hard to bench a guy like Smith against the Oakland Raiders, but he does have several factors working against him.  Eli Manning’s health is in question, and it is not known whether he will be able to play in the game.  Whether he does or not, the Giants may decide to stick to the run in order to control the clock and protect whoever is under center.  When the Giants do throw the ball, Smith will have Nnamdi Asomugha all over him, and that usually means a limited stat line.  And finally, the Raiders pass defense has not been much of a weakness for them.  In their first four games they have allowed only 210.5 YPG and four touchdowns.  These all add up to the possibility of a quiet day for Smith.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Antonio Bryant vs. PHI, Santana Moss vs. CAR, Nate Washington vs. IND

Tight Ends

Start’em: Vernon Davis vs. ATL -Davis has become a favorite target for Shaun Hill and has been especially productive over his last two games.  He should continue to produce against the Falcons and their 27th ranked pas defense.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Owen Daniels vs.ARI, Heath Miller vs. DET, Dustin Keller vs. MIA

Sit’em: Zach Miller vs. NYG – With the Raiders set to take on the Giants this weekend, don’t expect their offense to show any signs of life.  That includes Miller.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Kellen Winslow vs. PHI, Ben Watson vs. DEN, Tony Scheffler vs. NE


Start’em: Jeff Reed vs. DET – Kickers have been able to produce against the Lions and Reed should continue that trend.

Sit’em: Jason Hanson vs. PIT – He has been putting up good numbers thus far, but with many questions surroounding the health of the offense this week, the Lions may not make it past the 50 yard line against the Steelers.


Start’em: Giants vs. OAK – An already great defense should be productive against the Raiders anemic offense.

Sit’em: Broncos vs. NE – Brady has been getting better each week and should put up points against the Broncos.

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