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Week 5 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

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We’ve gotten through the first quarter of the 2014 season, and a number of player storylines are taking shape.  The one involving injuries and suspensions is a big one. Here is a look at some players to start and sit this week.  Good luck in Week 5!

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Start ‘Em

Philip Rivers (QB, San Diego Chargers) vs. New York Jets

Call this one the no brainer of the week. Rivers has been hot through the first quarter of 2014 and Week 5 will feature as favorable of a matchup as he can get. He’ll be facing a Jets defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Look for Rivers to have another big week.

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers) vs. Chicago Bears

Tender ribs have led to a slow start to the season for Cam, but things will start getting back into shape very soon. Week 5 could be the week as Newton and the Panthers will be facing a Bears defense that has struggled versus the pass.  Chicago is giving up an average of 18.2 fantasy points to opposing QBs. Combine that with the dual threat that Cam brings, and it could be a rough day for the Bears. Look for Cam to put up his first big game of 2014 win Week 5.

Rashad Jennings (RB, New York Giants) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jennings has had a big start to the 2014 season, and he looks to continue the trend in Week 5. Jennings and the Giants will be facing an Atlanta defense that is worth in the league in terms of giving up points to running backs. Atlanta is giving up a league high average of 31.9 points to RBs.

Bishop Sankey (RB, Tennessee Titans) vs. Cleveland Browns

The rookie has been slowly emerging as a fantasy option and in Week 4 he saw his most snaps of the season. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sankey will start seeing more snaps, and that’s a good sign. Technically, he isn’t the starter and he’s behind Shonne Green on the Tennessee depth chart. However, the writing is on the wall and Week 5 could be a big week for Sankey to emerge. The Titans will be facing a Cleveland defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to running backs this season. Sankey could be a good flex start bordering on RB2 this week.

Marques Colston (WR, New Orleans Saints) vs. Tampa Bay Bucs

Colston has started off slow in 2014 and has failed to reach more than 10 fantasy points in a week thus far. Week 5 could be a breakout week for him as the Saints will be facing a Tampa Bay defense that is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to wide receivers. Certainly the danger with New Orleans receivers is that the ball gets spread around and there will be weeks when some players are involved more than others. However, Colston is due and this is the best matchup he will have all season. Look for him to put up his first big week of the year.

Eddie Royal (WR, San Diego Chargers) vs. New York Jets

It’s 2013 all over again. Go ahead, run Royal out there this week. He may be the #3 receiver for the Chargers, but he’s been getting the targets and has been coming up big so far. In the last three games he’s had 16 receptions for 216 yards and 4 touchdowns. San Diego will be facing a Jets defense that is giving up a whopping average of 29.5 points to wide receivers. Royal could have another big week and he’s worth a start.

Owen Daniels (TE, Baltimore Ravens) at Indianapolis Colts

With Dennis Pitta out for the season, Daniels is seeing an expanded role in the Baltimore offense. He has very good upside in Week 5 as the Ravens will be facing a Colts defense that has given up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends so far in 2014. He could be a sneaky start.

Cincinnati Bengals D/ST at New England Patriots

The Bengals defense has gotten off to a good start in 2014. Alternatively, the Patriots have been a mess. The Pats offensive line is in shambles and the opportunity to get to the QB is certainly there. Cincinnati is going to be fresh off a bye week and in their first three games they compiled six interceptions, seven sacks and allowed an average of 11 points per game. That’s pretty darn good.

Sit ‘Em

Kyle Orton (QB, Buffalo Bills) at Detroit Lions

The EJ Manuel experiment might be over as he’s been benched in favor of Orton, but don’t expect any kind of big improvement in Week 5. Orton and the Bills will be facing a Lions defense that is giving up the fewest number of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Montee Ball (RB, Denver Broncos) vs Arizona Cardinals

Ball has been lackluster in his first three games of 2014 and, surprisingly, the Arizona Cardinals defense have been very good considering the losses they saw coming into the season. Peyton Manning’s offense may be potent, but Ball has a terrible matchup this week as a running back. The Cardinals are giving the up the second fewest fantasy points to RBs in 2014.

Sammy Watkins (WR, Buffalo Bills) at Detroit Lions

Watkins has shown flashes of greatness at the beginning of the 2014 season though it’s hard to gauge what’s going to happen as the Bills will be switching QBs in Week 5. The matchup is terrible for Watkins and the Bills as they face a stingy Detroit defense.  The Lions are giving up the second fewest fantasy points in the league to wideouts this season.

Dwayne Allen (TE, Indianapolis Colts) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Allen has had some big games through the first quarter of the 2014 season, but it will be hard to count on production in Week 5. The Colts will be facing a Baltimore defense that is giving up the fewest points to opposing tight ends.

Baltimore Ravens D/ST at Indianapolis Colts

Yeah, I did mention the matchup woes that Colts TE Allen faces. That said, the Colts offense should be able to succeed in other areas and will make the Ravens defense struggle. Baltimore’s defense has been good at times this season, but they aren’t going to be a good fantasy start in Week 5. Opposing defenses are scoring the fewest points in the league against the Colts so far in 2014.

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