WEEK 5 START EM AND SIT EM
Derek Anderson: Having “secured” the starting nod, and coming off a decent performance against an underrated Bengals D, Derek should put up at least 2 TD’s and 250 -300 yards, against the 21st ranked Buffalo pass defense. The emergence of Jerome Harrison will force the Bills D to focus on stopping the ground game, opening it up for the electrifying Georgia Alum Mohamed Massaquoi.
Matt Cassel: A healthy Cassel looks to get the Chiefs in the win column against a
DeAngelo Williams: The early bye week has given the Cats a chance to regroup, and their Week 5 opponent just makes things easier. The Skins continue to search for their identity in a loaded NFC East division. A fresh D-Will should turn in his first 100 yard rushing performance of the season, and add a touchdown or two in the process.
Glen Coffee: The injury to Frank Gore has opened up an opportunity for the Bama rookie to carry the load for the 3-1 Niners. Coffee carried the rock twenty-plus times the past two weeks, and will repeat the feat again this week against the Dirty Birds. The defensively thin Falcons will return home from the West Coast at .500, as Coffee will be featured all day, eclipsing the 100 yard mark on the ground, as well as contributing a few catches out of the backfield.
Colts Receivers: This could get ugly. Peyton Manning and the Colts are ripping through defenses in vintage form. The putrid Titans will have their hands full with a stable of young Colts receivers. Reggie Wayne is a must start every week, but against the pitiful Titans secondary, I would start Pierre Garcon, and even Austin Collie in deeper leagues. The stampede continues, as the elder Manning throws for another 300+ yards and 3 or 4 TD’s.
DeSean Jackson: He’s baaaack!....Donovan McNabb that is. The timing couldn’t be better for Donovan’s return, as the woeful Bucs are in town this week, following the early bye for the Eagles. DeSean should pickup where he left off with Kevin Kolb two weeks ago, and continue his stellar sophomore campaign. This one is a no-brainer, as a well rested Eagles squad will soar, with DeSean posting 7-10 catches and a pair of TD’s.
Dante Rosario: Dante is another Panther that will take advantage of the extra rest, and struggling opponent this week. Prior to the Week 4 bye,
Mark Sanchez: Although he should turn in a much better performance than the clunker that he delivered in The Big Easy, “Madison Mark” will struggle with his new-look receiving corps on the Monday Night stage. Braylon Edwards will eventually settle in as the go-to guy, but it may take a couple of weeks for the new combo to gel. Sanchez limits his mistakes this week, but throws only 1 TD to go with an INT. The growing pains continue.
Steven Jackson: This one was tough, but I’m gong to recommend benching one of the NFL’s most talented backs. I do this because the 2009 St. Louis Rams are far and away the worst team in the league, facing a charged-up, Brett Favre led, 4-0 Vikings team, which is on a mission. Sure, S-Jax will get his 20-25 carries and a handful of dump-offs, but a visit to the end zone is highly unlikely. I am taking my own advice as well, benching
Kevin Smith: A banged up Matthew Stafford plus a banged up Calvin Johnson plus a date with the Champion Steelers equals a pass on Kevin Smith in week 5. Enough said.
Antwaan Randle-El: After a strong showing in Week 1 versus the New York Giants, Antwaan disappeared against far inferior defenses in
Mario Manningham: With Eli Manning a game-time decision, Mario is a shaky start this week. It doesn’t help matters that
Kellen Winslow: Junior busted out of the gate quickly, but after a quiet Week 4, things don’t get any easier as the Bucs travel to Philly to face their third NFC East opponent in as many weeks. The Eagles boast the 2nd ranked pass defense, and will ride the excitement of McNabb’s return to a landslide victory. The Bucs will be forced to air it out often in this one, but Winslow will be lucky to corral more than 3 or 4 catches for 40 or 50 yards, and no TD’s.
Dustin Keller: He has bright future with a young Jets receiving corps, but he will struggle to produce this week, as Sanchez continues to work through his rookie experience. Maybe next week when the Bills visit “The Swamps of Jersey”, but not on Monday night.