Friday, October 9, 2009

Week 5 Start Em and Sit Em


Start 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 Dallas defense that has thus far failed to resemble the stout 2008 squad. Dwayne Bowe should be running on all cylinders for KC, presenting problems for the struggling Dallas secondary. The Boys come into this week ranked just 29th against the pass. The Chiefs will be hungry to earn their first win of 2009 in front of their home crowd.


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, Rosario cashed in on a TD in weeks two and three. Jake Delhomme is fighting to keep his job in Carolina, and this week’s remedy is courtesy of the Washington Redskins. Count on Dante to add another score to his resume on 5 catches.

Dallas Clark: DC will join the endzone party in Tennessee this week. (see Colts Receivers)

Sit em


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.

Chad Henne: Miami’s neophyte QB will not fare much better, having to contend with “The Revis Effect”. Whoever the primary target is this week for the Fins will have a boring afternoon. Henne won’t have much luck elsewhere, as Rex Ryan’s swarming D will have the QB running for his life all night. You can find much better QB options than the “other” Chad in Week 5.


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 Jackson in favor of DeAngelo Williams, who I recommended all of you start this week.

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 St. Louis and Detroit. This week’s foe, the Carolina Panthers, feature the league’s 6th ranked passing defense, and are coming off a bye week, playing at home. I can’t imagine this being the week that Randle-El regains his opening week form. Take a pass.

Mario Manningham: With Eli Manning a game-time decision, Mario is a shaky start this week. It doesn’t help matters that Oakland’s Nnamdi-led secondary could cause problems for either a gimpy Eli or a horrible David Carr. Besides, Steve Smith has clearly emerged as the man for Big Blue.


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.

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