Fantasy Corner – Starts & Sits: Week 5
Dak Prescott – QB (DAL
I listed Prescott as a start here last week and he delivered with almost 30 points. You should stick with him again this week as he has a nice matchup against a Packers defence that gives up alot of points to opposing QB’s. In fact in his last 2 games against the Packers, Prescott has thrown for 6 TD’s.
Other QB’s to start: Eli Manning (NYG), Alex Smith (KC)
Isaiah Crowell – RB (CLE)
Crowell has been a complete bust this season, disappointing week after week. However I would put him in your lineup to give him one more chance this week, as he has a nice matchup against the Jets.Opposing runners have been running all over the Jets and they have given up double digit fantasy points to 5 RB’s already this season. Croweel should be a good start this week.
Other RB’s to start: Bilal Powell (NYJ), Marshawn Lynch (OAK)
Jarvis Landry – WR (MIA)
Another week and another recommendation to start Landry: even though Miami’s offence has been so bad over the past 2 weeks that it has left fantasy owners wondering if their abbreviation stands for missing in action rather than for Miami (MIA). Over that span Landry has still been receiving a high number of targets and he is always good in PPR. This week should be the week that Miami’s offence gets back on track and their WR’s start producing as expected. They have a brilliant matchup against a Titans defence that is awful at defending opposing WR’s and has given up the most TD’s to that position. Keep Landry and Parker active.
Other WR’s to start: Pierre Garcon (SF), Jermaine Kearse (NYJ)
Hunter Henry – TE (LAC)
Henry has been very up and down this season as Gates has continued to eat into his targets. However both of them are great starts this week as they go up against a Giants D that can’t defend TE’s. They have already given up league high 5 TD’s to opposing TE’s this season and that trend should continue this week.
Other TE’s to start: Evan Engram (NYG), Charles Clay (BUF)
Cam Newton – QB (CAR)
Newton finally exploded last week with a performance that we have been expecting all season. However, I would be very wary of starting him this week as he has a much tougher matchup. Last weeks matchup was against a Pats defence that is one of the worst in the league, whereas this week he must face a Lions defence that give up just over 10 points to opposing QB’s. I would temper my expectations.
Other QB’s to sit: Philip Rivers (LAC), Andy Dalton (CIN)
LeGarrette Blount – RB (PHI)
Blount had a great game last week, but if you look closer he is still getting less snaps than Smallwood in a timeshare. I would keep him on my bench this week as he faces a Cardinals defence that have been very good at stopping opposing runners. I expect Blount to bounce back down to earth with a bang this week.
Other RB’s to sit: Ameer Abdullah (DET), Eddie Lacy (SEA)
Amari Cooper – WR (OAK)
I listed Cooper here last week and it proved to be the right decision, and I am doing the same again this week as it looks like he could be in for another poor performance. He will have Manuel throwing him the ball and he has a tough matchup against a Ravens defence that is very good at stopping opposing WR’s. I do think things will improve for Cooper soon, but it is too hard to trust him in your lineups at the moment.
Other WR’s to sit: Sammy Watkins (LAR), Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
Kyle Rudolph – TE (MIN)
Rudolph has really suffered from the Sam Bradford injury and hasn’t put in a good performance since then.It is too difficult to trust him at the moment and you have to keep him on your bench until Bradford returns. This weeks matchup is also a tricky one against a Bears defence who have been good against TE’s since week 2.
Other TE’s to sit: Jason Witten (DAL), Jimmy Graham (SEA)
This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21