Week 5: Fantasy Football Starts and Sits

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QB - Jay Cutler, CHI

The Chiefs still lead the league with 11 touchdown passes allowed in 2015. Cutler returned from his hamstring injury last week and threw for 281 yards with two TDs against Oakland. If Alshon Jeffery returns to the Bears offense, I like Cutler even more.

Other notables: Andrew Luck (IND), Alex Smith (KC), and Blake Bortles (JAC)

RB - Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount, NE

Yes, I'm listing both of the Patriot running backs this week. The Cowboys defense has allowed a plethora of fantasy points to opposing running backs both on the ground and through the air. Last Sunday night, it was Mark Ingram (77 rushing yards) and C.J. Spiller (99 receiving yards) who carved up the Dallas D.

Other notables: T.J. Yeldon (JAC), Duke Johnson (CLE), and C.J. Spiller (NO)

WR - Kamar Aiken, BAL

Somebody has to catch the ball in Baltimore. Steve Smith Sr. is not likely to play. The Ravens are still without rookie wide receiver, Breshad Perriman. That means Aiken needs to step up. Last week, against the Steelers, Aiken was targeted on seven passes and made five receptions for 77 yards. He even scored a TD. This week, he'll face a Browns secondary that could be without Joe Haden for a second straight week.

Other notables: Mike Evans (TB), Allen Robinson (JAC), Rueben Randle (NYG)

TE - Owen Daniels, DEN

This is your weekly "who-is-facing-the-Raiders" update. Every week, the opposing TE has scored against Oakland. In Week 4, Martellus Bennett continued the trend by making 11 catches for 83 yards and a score. Daniels has scored a TD in back-to-back games.

Other notables: Delanie Walker (TEN), Antonio Gates (SD), and Richard Rodgers (GB)


QB - Mike Vick, PIT

Even though Pittsburgh had a long time to rest and prepare for San Diego, I don't believe it was enough time to make Vick a startable fantasy QB. In that Thursday game, Vick threw for 124 yards and a TD. Le'Veon Bell also had 22 attempts in that game. Look for that number to soar on Monday night. San Diego has allowed the second-most points to opposing running backs, thus far.

Others include: Matthew Stafford (DET), Brandon Weeden (DAL), and Derek Carr (OAK)

RB - Matt Jones, WAS

I think it is time to drop Jones from your fantasy roster. He was a stud in Week 2 against the Rams (123 yards and two TDs), but has been a dud ever since. This week, Washington travels to Atlanta. The Falcons defense is the worst against the run (seven rushing TDs allowed to opposing RBs). However, Atlanta has also allowed a lot of points to receiving running backs. Players like Lance Dunbar, Shane Vereen, and Darren Sproles all had at least seven catches against them. I expect Chris Thompson to have a better game than Jones this week.

Others include: Tevin Coleman (ATL), Bishop Sankey (TEN), and Giovani Bernard (CIN)

WR - Martavis Bryant, PIT

I may not like Mike Vick this week, but you need to start Antonio Brown. Every week. However, that is not the case for Bryant. He is returning this week from his four-game suspension. After the combined 16 targets to Brown and Le'Veon Bell, Darrius Heyward-Bey (five targets) was next on Vick's radar. Plus, while the Chargers have allowed plenty of points to running backs, they are the best against opposing wide receivers.

Others include: Marvin Jones (CIN), Golden Tate (DET), and Stedman Bailey (STL)

TE - Gary Barnidge, CLE

The popular waiver wire addition just has a bad matchup this week. Baltimore has only allowed eight receptions to opposing TEs in the first four games, and none of them were for touchdowns. Heath Miller, Tyler Eifert, and Owen Daniels all struggled against the Ravens defense. Look for Barnidge to join that list.

Others include: Marcedes Lewis (JAC), Jared Cook (STL), and Eric Ebron (DET)