Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week five (5) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(NYG) QB Eli Manning vs. (PHI): 24/52 334 yards 2TD, 3INT – Solid yardage total and a couple of touchdowns from Eli, but he continues to turn the ball over at a record pace, now with 12 interceptions on the season. I would not drop Eli Manning from my team anytime soon but I would platoon him with another option if possible. Hopefully Eli owners took the time to grab someone like Terrelle Pryor off the waiver wire.
(PHI) QB Michael Vick vs. (NYG): 6/14 105 yards, 7 rush 79 yards – Vick was on pace to have a huge day but it was ruined by yet another injury late in the first half. Unfortunately this is the risk you take when starting Vick; he can put up outstanding numbers but is never a guarantee to finish the game. Foles is an interesting pick up and potential start if Vick is unavailable this coming weekend, but it is already sounding like he will be good to go.
(NYG) RB David Wilson vs. (PHI): 6 rush 16 yards TD – Well, he finally found the end zone, but it was on a measly six carries for 16 yards. I am still not ready to drop David Wilson, but I think he is going to go back to riding the bench for a few weeks until another favourable matchup, or he actually breaks out. He has also been ruled out for the Giants Thursday Night Football matchup against the Bears.
(OAK) RB Rashad Jennings vs. (SD): 10 rush 41 yards – Issues with him hamstring limited Jennings to only 10 carries on the game, meaning I won’t be looking to have Jennings in my lineup again anytime soon. Jennings is becoming really good at having good games when no one needs it then laying an egg the next week with a featured role.
TNF (CLE) WR Josh Gordon vs. (BUF): 4 catch 86 yards TD – Gordon now has solid games behind him with both Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weedon playing quarterback, helping showcase how talented this kid really is. Despite the Browns recent success they still have no running game and should lose plenty of the remaining games, which means Gordon should continue to be a must start player.
(JAC) WR Justin Blackmon vs. (STL): 5 catch 136 yards TD – Like Josh Gordon before him, young and talented Justin Blackmon came back from his suspension with a great fantasy effort, giving 136 yards and a score to fantasy owners who had the smarts to start him. I like Blackmon’s odds of staying a weekly fantasy starter and could be helped further if Chad Henne starts.
(DAL) WR Terrence Williams vs. (DEN): 4 catch 151 yards TD – With Miles Austin out and playing in an absolute shootout with the Broncos, the situation was perfect for Terrence Williams to have a breakout game. While he likely wont be having 100+ yards with a touchdown every week, as long as Austin is out and the Cowboys are playing in favourable matchups, I would consider getting him into my lineup.
(CAR) TE Greg Olsen vs. (ARI): 5 catch 79 yards – Olsen was the best receiving option for the Panthers on Sunday, grabbing 5 catches for a team high 79 yards, but also by not dropping key catches (ahem, Smith and LaFell). While he only has one touchdown so far through four games, Olsen is yet to go below 54 yards and has 273 total for the season.
(SEA) QB Russell Wilson vs. (IND): 15/31 210 2TD, INT, 13 rush 102 yards, FumbleLost – The passing stats that Wilson ended up with are the type of stats I was thinking he was going to get, so when I first looked at the final box score I was happy with what I saw. And then I saw the rushing stats. Wilson ran the ball 13 times for 102 yards, to exactly tie teammate Marshawn Lynch’s rushing total for the day. While it is a distant third from Romo and Manning, both Wilson and Cutler (below) had 22 fantasy points and were the next best options at the position.
(CHI) QB Jay Cutler vs. (NO): 24/33 358 yards 2TD, 4 rush 27 yards, FumbleLost – Cutler was much better than I expected against the Saints on the weekend, despite the Bears losing definitively. Cutler now has 300+ yards and a pair of touchdowns in back to back games and has been cut down on turnovers in that time as well. I don’t lie Cutler as a must start each week but he will have a few of weeks with top-12 point production.
(NE) RB Stevan Ridley vs. (CIN): Inactive – Should be available for week six.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (ARI) – 12 rush 39 yards, 2 catch 30 yards – Williams and the whole Carolina offence for that matter had trouble getting going on Sunday against the Cardinals. With the Panthers trailing for the majority of the game Williams was only handed the ball 12 times while catching a pair of balls for almost as many yards as he rushed for. It was an overall ugly game for the Panthers offence that saw Steve Smith drop a touchdown and Brandon LaFell drop an easy first down catch. Williams should be able to bounce back next week providing he gets close to 20 carries as he had been.
(KC) WR Dwayne Bowe vs. (TEN) 4 catch 35 yards – With Alex Smith as his quarterback, playing a very safe style of football that does not send the ball downfield very often, Dwayne Bowe has become a very questionable fantasy starter. He is yet to top 60 yards in a game this season and is dependent on a touchdown catch in order to worthy of a fantasy start. I would not drop Bowe, but I would consider putting him on my bench in favour of someone with higher upside.
(MIA) WR Mike Wallace vs. (BAL) 7 catch 105 yards – Wallace had a solid day for fantasy owners with over 100 yards for the second time this season. Unfortunately this time he didn’t have a touchdown to accompany the yardage and really help out owners. It’s actually surprising that Wallace didn’t end the game with more yards as he had 99 yards by half time. Wallace has become a DeSean Jackson circa 2010-2012 with 220 yards in two games while only totaling 61 yards in the other three. Unless the Dolphins make more of an effort to involve Wallace on a weekly basis, it is not going to be fun trying to figure out when you should start him and when you should leave him on the bench.
(IND) WR T.Y. Hilton vs. (SEA) 5 catch 140 yards TD – Hilton gave my Sit’ Em list the biggest lump of the week by lighting up the Seahawks secondary for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Sunday and helping hand them the first loss of the season. Hilton beat different Seahawks defenders on his two touchdown catches, including Richard Sherman. Obviously he is not going to have 26-point fantasy efforts very often, if ever again this season, but with Andrew Luck throwing the ball and the Colts looking as good as they do you have to like Hilton’s potential.
(GB) TE Jermichael Finley vs. (DET) 6 catch 32 yards – Coming back from concussion, Finley saw a good number of targets against the Lions and was able to convert six of them. Unfortunately though the six catches only totaled 32 yards. I like Finley’s chances of improving these numbers next week against the Ravens and possibly grabbing a touchdown.
Beware: (BUF) RB C.J. Spiller vs. (CLE) 8 rush 66 yards TD – It was very close to being another awful game for Spiller who had less than 10 carries in the loss to Cleveland. He was able to help out fantasy owners in the end though by breaking a 54-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, basically accounting for his entire fantasy production. Man, as a fantasy owner of Spiller in more than one league I find myself wishing for a Fred Jackson injury; nothing to serious!