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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Start-Sit

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 5

October 3, 2013

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Get those fantasy lineups in order; Week 5 in the NFL is already upon us. The bye weeks have expanded for this round of games, so you may be working with a thinner roster than usual and have to rely on some borderline players this week. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at our lineup recommendations for Week 5, as we check out who to start and who to sit.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Start-Sit

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David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: We don’t like it any more than you, but this may be the week to put Wilson back into the starting lineup. He’s progressed statistically each week (granted, he couldn’t have gotten much worse), and he’s heading into a very inviting matchup against the Eagles this weekend. If the Giants lose this one, their spirits will be completely broken, so expect them to come out strong. Wilson should see lots of work.

Kellen Winslow, TE, New York Jets: The Jets’ receiving corps is so beat up, we wouldn’t be surprised if they brought in Don Maynard for a mid-season look. Santonio Holmes has been ruled out for the Falcons game Monday, and Stephen Hill is dealing with a concussion. That leaves very few receiving options for New York in what’s sure to be a pass-heavy game. Winslow is one of the only reliable targets left standing, so he should get plenty of looks.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions: Pettigrew finally showed some life in last week’s win over the division rival Bears, and he’s picked up some waiver wire attention because of it. He makes a pretty decent bye-week fill-in for Week 5, as there will be plenty of passing happening in Green Bay. With Nate Burleson ailing, Pettigrew should be able to pick up some extra work.

Sit ‘Em:

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s head back to the Monday night game and check in on Rodgers. He’s coming off an 88-yard effort in the loss against the Patriots, but only 32 of those came on the ground. Granted, the Falcons were in comeback mode and tossing a lot in that game, but the seven rush attempts are pretty alarming. Rodgers will see a pretty stout Jets rush defense on Monday, and even if he does get enough carries, there may not be anywhere for him to go.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: Speaking of the Jets rush defense, they bottled Johnson up for just 21 yards on the ground in their Week 4 matchup. He’ll face another solid front this week against Kansas City. Besides a Week 3 game against the Eagles, no player has tallied more than 55 rush yards against them this season. Sure, QB Jake Locker is banged up, but the Titans have a capable backup in Ryan Fitzpatrick. The change shouldn’t hurt the passing game.

Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Regular readers know how high we’ve been on Cleveland Browns QB Joe Haden this season. So far, he hasn’t proven us wrong, shutting down such big-name wide receivers as A.J. Green and Mike Wallace. He’ll be contending with Johnson this week, so we obviously don’t like that matchup. Besides, Johnson is banged up heading into this one anyway.

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