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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 5 Start/Sit

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 5

October 2, 2014

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It’s Thursday, and not only does that mean it’s time for Week 5 in the NFL to get going, but it’s also time for our weekly Start/Sit list for the world of fantasy football. We’ve got our usual round of interesting names on tap for today, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at the numbers to see which players you should be aware of this week.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2014: Week 5 Start/Sit


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: This one seems like a no-duh decision on the surface, but there’s really more to it than that. Roethlisberger has thrown five touchdowns over the past two weeks, and has broken the 300-yard mark in two of four games so far. Factor in the fact that he’s playing against a Jacksonville defense this week that’s struggled everywhere, and you’ve got yourself a QB1.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: We’ll admit, there are plenty of people out there shying away from Watkins this week due to a strong Lions secondary, but we feel like he’s on the upswing. He should get a nice boost in production from new QB Kyle Orton, who has a habit of looking for his No. 1 receiver as a first option.

Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants: We’re pretty sure it’s safe to say that Donnell has broken into TE1 status in the fantasy game. He posted seven grabs for 54 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4, cementing his status as one of Eli Manning’s go-to guys in key situations. He’ll get his share of targets against Atlanta.

Sit ‘Em:

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Normally this season, we’ve been rooting for Romo on a weekly basis. We’re taking our names out of the hat this week, however, as he’s going up against an ugly Houston pass defense.
Sure, Romo returned to form last week, but with the stiff matchup it’s hard to trust the Cowboys this week.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: We’re going to phone this one in and simply say to avoid the matchup against Seattle this week. Sure, the Redskins are playing at home, but it’s hard to trust anyone against that defense. On top of that, Garcon simply hasn’t emerged as the steady fantasy play that he was last season.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen is a TE you need to have on your roster, but he shouldn’t be activated this week. Not too many people are hoping for much from him against Baltimore, as he’ll likely spend his afternoon protecting Andrew Luck from the rush. Stash him for the more favorable matchups down the road.

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