Did you have a good week 4? One of my teams did (I had the New England DST). If you only care about baseball right now, your team will suffer. My advice: read up!
Byes: NE, MIA, PIT, SEA
Who to Start:
QB: Eli Manning (NYG) vs. HOU: The Texans pass D has been less than stellar this year, allowing the most passing yards per game, and the 2nd most fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s. This is an extremely good start this week, in the face of Houston’s pressure.
RB: Jamaal Charles (KC) vs. IND: Boy has the Colts run D been playing badly. Last week they allowed 174 yards to the Jaguars, and the Chiefs have a great 1-2 punch at RB. Thomas Jones gets the bulk of the carries, but Charles gets the most yards, so he’s the one to start.
WR: Mark Clayton (STL) vs. DET: I know, a Ram to start? What’s the world come to? Well, Sam Bradford has looked very good, and that makes Mark Clayton a good starting option. He’s facing Detroit, who isn’t known for their pass D, so keep him in your starting lineup.
WR: Marques Colston (NO) vs. ARZ: I know he hasn’t had a good start to the year, but Arizona’s D is playing awful right now (see 41 hung on them by the Chargers). New Orleans has to have a good offensive game eventually, so why not against a bad pass D like Arizona.
TE: Dustin Keller (NYJ) vs. MIN MON: I know the Vikings have a good defense always, but they don’t stop the opposing Tight End very well. Keller has had the 2nd best season for all TE’s this season, so he should be starting in every league this week.
DEF: Atlanta vs. CLE: The Falcons may have gotten a break seeing that Jake Delhomme will be back under center for the Browns. He has turned it over plenty often in the last few seasons, so look for the Falcon D to be opportunistic.
Who to Sit:
QB: Donovan McNabb (WSH) vs. GB: Outside of his great game against the Texans, McNabb has done little for his owners this year. Against a pretty good Packer pass D, that will continue.
RB: Marion Barber (DAL) vs. TEN: The Titans have been very stout against the run this year, so look for Dallas to try to throw the ball against the Titans this week, leaving Barber with fewer carries, and therefore, fewer points.
WR: Malcolm Floyd (SD) vs. OAK: The perennial starter in my lineups for the first 3 weeks and now he’s here. Why? He’s going up against Nnamdi Asomugha.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) vs. NO: I’m not saying sit him always, but with a rookie now under center for Arizona, look for Fitzgerald to see fewer balls thrown his way, especially against a good New Orleans secondary.
TE: Tony Moeaki (KC) vs. IND: Who? The new great Tight End for the Chiefs, that’s who he is. He’s a good player for the Chiefs, but don’t start him against the Colts, who have allowed the fewest yards to Tight Ends this year.
DEF: Tennessee vs. DAL: Tony Romo has had 2 weeks to prepare for the Titans, and he looked good against Houston 2 weeks ago. Look elsewhere for a D to start this week.
3 Super Sleepers for Week 5:
QB David Garrard (JAX) vs. BUF: Why would I ever say to start Mr. Inconsistent? Well, he’s playing against a pretty bad pass D, and an overall pretty bad D. Not a starter every week, but this week, he’s not a bad choice.
QB Shaun Hill (DET) vs. STL: Another case of not-so-great QB, against not-so-great pass D. Hill lit up the Packers last week, and there is no reason to think he won’t do that this week.
TE Jeremy Shockey (NO) vs. ARZ: He had a bad start, but in his last 2 games, he has 14 catches for 136 yards plus a TD. Arizona’s D is bad, so look for Shockey to have a good game.
Good Luck in Week 5!