In this short post I go over the Sit ’em & Start ’em picks that I made before the weekend. I also go oer players who had a breakout game and could be worth a waiver wie pickup. Get a hold of me on Twitter: @Blackie_Mike
(CIN) Andy Dalton: 26/43 234 yards, TD, 2INT, 21 rush yards – Dalton disappointed at home in a loss to the Dolphins, getting picked off twice and failing to reach even 250 yards. The Bengals run game also struggled as expected. Go ‘Fins.
(SF) Kendall Hunter: 11 rush 81 yards – Couldn’t come away with a TD, but still took advantage of 11 carries for a very nice 7.8 yards per carry. I don’t see to many other matchups as pretty as this one coming up, so I’m only considering keeping Hunter in deep leagues.
(HOU) Ben Tate: Did not play.
(MIA) Reggie Bush: 19 rush 48 yards, TD, 2 catches 24 yards – Not the greatest yards per carry average but still totaled 72 yards due to his 2 catches and scored a TD. Reggie is continuing to play well whenever he is on the field.
(SD) Malcom Floyd: 5 catches 108 yards – Came away with the most catches and receiving yardage of any Charger, but it was teammate Robert Meachem who burned his former team for 2 TDs; but hey, I mentioned Meachem as a good start too and you can’t complain about double digits from Floyd.
(DEN) Brandon Stokley: 2 catches 10 yards, TD – Was pretty quiet with only 2 catches in the game but was came up with one of Peyton Manning three TDs so there was still some value to be had. Would have been more useful than having Andre Johnson in your lineup like I did.
(MIN) Kyle Rudolph: 4 catches 23 yards, TD – Rudolph came through for me and any owners who went with him despite his dud effort in week four with a decent 8-point game due to his TD grab. He is certainly looking better as a late round draft pick than Antonio Gates as a top TE has been through five weeks.
(BUF) Ryan Fitzpatrick: 16/26 126 yards, INT – As expected the Bills struggled for 60 minutes against the ‘49ers and failed to even score a TD in the 45-3 blowout loss. Fitz is still a good QB to have as a backup to exploit in the odd matchup.
(CIN) BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 9 carries 14 yards, 1 catch 2 yards – Struggled to gain much against the Dolphins and only ended up with 9 total carries as QB Dalton ended up with 43 pass attempts.
(CAR) DeAngelo Williams: 6 rushes 6 yards, Fumble Lost – Another rough game for Williams, and the Carolina Panthers in general. The woes even have Cam Newton owners worried about his production for the rest of the season. As someone who wants Steve Smith to have a good year I am hoping Cam and the guys can turn it around, but I don’t care to have DeAngelo Williams on my team.
(BUF) Fred Jackson: 9 rush 24 yards, 1 catch 5 yards – A bad game for Jackson and the Bills, but he still got 9 carries and should be a valuable RB going forward. I am worried that the Bills are going to routinely fall behind in games and be forced to throw the ball a lot, but Jackson is still the best offensive player they have and someone they need to get going to get their season back on track.
(PHI) DeSean Jackson: 4 catches 58 yards – Jackson continued the trend of following up each good he has with an equally disappointing one. I hate trying to figure this guy out and have generally avoided drafting this guy for quite a few years.
(WAS) Pierre Garcon: 3 catches 24 yards – A lot of people were hoping that Garcon would have a good fantasy outing in a high scoring game against Atlanta, but coming off an injury and against a Falcons secondary that had only allowed four passing TDs going into week five, it would not be the case. The good news is that RGIII seems to be fine after leaving the game with a head injury and Garcon is still a valuable WR going forward.
(PIT) Heath Miller: 4 catches 41 yards – Miller has been having an excellent start to his season, but hit a road bump in wek five against the Eagles who are almost always stingy to opposing TEs.
Breakouts / Pickups:
(CLE) WR Josh Gordon – There are a few other players who had big weeks such as Devery Henderson for the Saints, Santana Moss for the Redskins and Kyle Williams for the ’49ers, but Josh Gordon is the one I would be targeting the most. Henderson and Moss are veterans of the league that usually have had good seasons in the past, Moss is particular is a very under appreciated fantasy wideout. As for Williams, I don’t particularly like any San Fran wide receiver and he likely won’t see a better matchup than the one this week against the Bills. Josh Gordon on the other hand plays on a team that desperately needs a quality wideout, and rolled the dice by taking Gordon with a second round pick in this years supplemental draft. Greg Little has potential but is constantly dropping balls, and Mohammed Massqauoi is a solid route runner but doesn’t scare defences. Coming off a 2 TD game against the Giants, (granted, they have struggled against the pass) Gordon may be pushing his way to the top of the Cleveland WR depth chart sooner rather than later. You can read a more indepth article on Josh Gordon by RotoAsk.com writer Matthew Craig here.