Fantasy Football Week 5 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

Yes, we know, smarty pants, we listed Eli Manning as a bust this week, despite the matchup. It doesn’t have to apply to his receivers necessarily. Victor Cruz has been good in fantasy to date, while Manning has stunk. It is Nicks’ turn to rise up against an Eagles defense that given up the most points to receivers in fantasy. Ride Nicks through thick and thin.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

He wasn’t quite as good with Matt Flynn a week ago, but the return of Terrelle Pryor should mean much better fantasy numbers for the Raiders’ clear go-to receiver. Moore also gets the benefit of a Chargers defense that has given up the sixth-most points to wide receivers in fantasy. The Chargers offense should push the pace and leave Moore with 100-plus yards and a touchdown, even if it comes in garbage time.

Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

Yes, we get it: Blaine Gabbert is terrible and struggles to get the ball downfield. The good news is Blackmon is back from his four-game suspension, and the Rams are the seventh-worst team in fantasy against receivers. Both Shorts and Blackmon are good enough to start during the thick of the bye season. Heck, you can even hope the Rams run it up early and the Jags are forced to go back to Chad Henne, who made Shorts and Blackmon both fantasy starters at the end of last season playing off of each other.

Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

Austin couldn’t get started against the 49ers defense in Week 4, but the Jags are clearly more favorable of a matchup for the rookie slot receiver. The Rams are determined to get him started, and Austin will be get high-volume work out of the slot and potentially break some long ones against a Jags defense that cannot stop anything or anyone.

Play him if he plays: Danny Amendola (groin), New England Patriots

The Pats added Austin Collie off the street, but Amendola is still looking forward to a return Sunday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Amendola is the type of receiver you force back into fantasy lineups if he plays. He will be Tom Brady’s most frequent target.

Sit ‘Em

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

He has been gutting it through his high-ankle sprain, but a looming Monday night blowout of the Jets precedes the bye week. After watching White struggle through 97 percent of the snaps last Sunday night against the Patriots, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, we probably should expect a light workload against the Jets. White’s ankle needs a couple of weeks off right now. He hasn’t been good anyway. You won’t be missing much.

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans

Washington was a popular pickup off waivers, but you probably wasted your pick. Before Kenny Britt (ribs) was in the Titans’ doghouse, it was reserved for Washington. Couple Britt’s return from injury Sunday with the Titans having to go to their backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and you have a bad situation for fantasy. The Titans just have too many interchangeable receivers, including Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and rookie Justin Hunter, who has vultured touchdowns each of the past two weeks. Washington is not a good start with so many of these variables.

Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

They haven’t produced consistent starter-quality numbers, and they are facing that irresistible force in the Seahawks secondary. Seattle is No. 1 against fantasy wide receivers and Pep Hamilton hasn’t done as much good for Andrew Luck and the passing game as Bruce Arians did a year ago. It is a bad week to have any Colts receiver in your starting lineup, even if you think they will eventually get it going.

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

He has had his moments as a rookie, but you should fully expect Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and even Garrett Graham to be Matt Schaub’s leading targets in this matchup. The 49ers defense is a lot better than it has shown. Hopkins just doesn’t make the cut in most leagues for his pending four catches for 45 yards.

One-week disappointment: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Jeffery is emerging as an added weapon for Jay Cutler in Marc Trestman’s West Coast offense, but Rob Ryan has the Saints playing better defense than anyone expected, especially against the pass. The Saints are the fifth-toughest team against wide receivers to date. Jeffery isn’t quite starter-worthy, even if he was a must-add option off waivers this week.

Three salary-cap sleepers (with their price)

  • Tavon Austin ($6,550): The best part about this price is uses a PPR format. Austin should be good for seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown, making him a steal at this price.
  • Hakeem Nicks ($8,600): His slow start isn’t on him. It is on Eli Manning, who just cannot be this bad against that Eagles secondary, right?
  • Eddie Royal ($6,450): Apparently, the salary-setter is not sold on Royal. We are sold on the resurgent Philip Rivers and as sour on the Raiders as ever. Royal is a steal here.
Week 5 Wide Receivers Rankings – Eric Mack
1 Calvin Johnson Det at GB 1 0
2 A.J. Green Cin vs. NE 7 +5
3 Dez Bryant Dal vs. Den 2 -1
4 Brandon Marshall Chi vs. NO 6 +2
5 Demaryius Thomas Den at Dal 3 -2
6 Julio Jones Atl vs. NYJ 5 -1
7 Victor Cruz NYG vs. Phi 4 -3
8 Wes Welker Den at Dal 8 0
9 Jordy Nelson GB vs. Det 10 +1
10 Randall Cobb GB vs. Det 9 -1
11 Larry Fitzgerald Ari vs. Car 13 +2
12 DeSean Jackson Phi at NYG 11 -1
13 Josh Gordon Cle vs. Buf 16 +3
14 Andre Johnson Hou at SF 12 -2
15 Torrey Smith Bal at Mia 14 -1
16 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Phi 19 +3
17 Mike Wallace Mia vs. Bal 23 +6
18 Anquan Boldin SF vs. Hou 18 0
19 Marques Colston NO at Chi 17 -2
20 Eric Decker Den at Dal 15 -5
21 James Jones GB vs. Det 22 +1
22 Dwayne Bowe KC at Ten 28 +6
23 Steve Smith Car at Ari 20 -3
24 Julian Edelman NE at Cin 26 +2
25 Steve Johnson Buf at Cle 32 +7
26 Danny Amendola NE at Cin 31 +5
27 Reggie Wayne Ind vs. Sea 21 -6
28 Eddie Royal SD at Oak 39 +11
29 Tavon Austin StL vs. Jac 36 +7
30 Denarius Moore Oak vs. SD 35 +5
31 Kenbrell Thompkins NE at Cin 27 -4
32 Sidney Rice Sea at Ind 52 +20
33 Kenny Britt Ten vs. KC 74 +41
34 Justin Blackmon Jac at StL 29 -5
35 Cecil Shorts Jac at StL 25 -10
36 Roddy White Atl vs. NYJ 30 -6
37 DeAndre Hopkins Hou at SF 34 -3
38 Brian Hartline Mia vs. Bal 24 -14
39 T.Y. Hilton Ind vs. Sea 37 -2
40 Golden Tate Sea at Ind 45 +5
41 Nate Washington Ten vs. KC 38 -3
42 Alshon Jeffery Chi vs. NO 33 -9
43 Rueben Randle NYG vs. Phi 47 +4
44 Vincent Brown SD at Oak 44 0
45 Miles Austin Dal vs. Den 48 +3
46 Kendall Wright Ten vs. KC 49 +3
47 Mohamed Sanu Cin vs. NE 59 +12
48 Robert Woods Buf at Cle 43 -5
49 Donnie Avery KC at Ten 56 +7
50 Keenan Allen SD at Oak 60 +10
51 Michael Floyd Ari vs. Car 41 -10
52 Andre Roberts Ari vs. Car 57 +5
53 Chris Givens StL vs. Jac 40 -13
54 Riley Cooper Phi at NYG 62 +8
55 Ryan Broyles Det at GB 53 -2
56 Doug Baldwin Sea at Ind 70 +14
57 Rod Streater Oak vs. SD 55 -2
58 Stephen Hill NYJ at Atl 54 -4
59 Lance Moore NO at Chi 68 +9
60 Brandon LaFell Car at Ari 61 +1
61 Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Atl 42 -19
62 Marlon Brown Bal at Mia 46 -16
63 Jason Avant Phi at NYG 67 +4
64 Austin Pettis StL vs. Jac 51 -13
65 Brandon Gibson Mia vs. Bal 69 +4
66 Justin Hunter Ten vs. KC 77 +11
67 Harry Douglas Atl vs. NYJ 71 +4
68 Davone Bess Cle vs. Buf 63 -5
69 Jon Baldwin SF vs. Hou 79 +10
70 Kyle Williams SF vs. Hou 78 +8
71 Marvin Jones Cin vs. NE 91 +20
72 Damian Williams Ten vs. KC 103 +31
73 Ted Ginn Car at Ari 64 -9
74 Darrius Heyward-Bey Ind vs. Sea 66 -8
75 Brandon Stokley Bal at Mia 89 +14
76 Dexter McCluster KC at Ten 84 +8
77 Terrance Williams Dal vs. Den 50 -27
78 Kenny Stills NO at Chi 73 -5
79 Earl Bennett Chi vs. NO 80 +1
80 Jacoby Ford Oak vs. SD 90 +10
81 Kris Durham Det at GB 72 -9
82 Dwayne Harris Dal vs. Den 82 0
83 Brian Quick StL vs. Jac 96 +13
84 Aaron Dobson NE at Cin 65 -19
85 Greg Little Cle vs. Buf 83 -2
86 Ace Sanders Jac at StL 81 -5
87 Seyi Ajirotutu SD at Oak 117 +30
88 Stephen Williams Sea at Ind 116 +28
89 Austin Collie NE at Cin 119 +30
90 Brice Butler Oak vs. SD 93 +3

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