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Fantasy Football Players to Start or Sit: Week 5

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Sean Patterson continues the "Start or Sit" segment and offers advice for Fantasy Football players on who should be in their line-ups week 5. Sean's fantasy football player watch list for the waiver pick-ups is also included.


This segment is designed to help you decide which of the “lower end” or more “questionable” players to start of sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Julio Jones or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out. Good luck fantasy players!

Guys to Start:

LeSean McCoy: (MUST START) The only team worse than the Eagles is the Giants. Have fun with this match-up. Feel free to start your Eagles. Who knows, maybe you can even start your Giants this week.

Phillip Rivers: (MUST START) I am so confused by this. Rivers is on fire this year. I do not think it will last for much longer (because the Chargers roster just is not good), but the good times in San Diego will likely continue in Oakland.

Darren Sproles: Do not let this match-up trick you. Sproles is going to have to deal with some Bears linebackers in the passing game, not with their nightmare defensive line. Sproles will be fine. In fact, he might do extremely well this week because of the tough corners in Chicago.

David Wilson: I know he has not been great this season, but the Giants “rage cut” Scott. Brandon Jacobs cannot play a whole game himself, so Wilson should be a good play this week. The Eagles are not so good this year.

Daryl Richardson: Richardson really has not been what I was expecting this year. But I think that is more likely the Ram’s offensive coordinator’s fault more than Darryl’s. The Jaguars are a favorable match-up and Richardson should provide decent flex point totals this week.

Julius Thomas: No, saying to start Denver receivers is obvious at this point, but Thomas against the Cowboys is an extremely good match-up. Start him with no fear.

Antonio Gates: Gates is Partying like it is 2010. He is having a monster season and the Raiders are not looking so good. You could do worse than Gates this week.

Guys to Sit:

Trent Richardson: The Seattle Rule is still in effect. I know the Colts are a good offensive team, but I have a hard time starting guys against that defense. It is a road game for the Hawks, which means the Colts players may be okay this week. I still would not test fate.

Chris Johnson: The Chiefs are apparently awful to play against these days. That front seven is extremely nasty. I doubt he will hit a home run this week.

Rashard Mendenhall: The Panthers front seven are extremely underrated. I would not test them with an ineffective running back.

Stevie Johnson: The Browns, and Joe Hayden, and wide receivers are not my favorite match-ups. Johnson may also not be 100%, and I really do not like that.

Vernon Davis: I know he is a monster, but I do not like his match-up. In addition, the only fantasy quarterback that has been more disappointing than RG3 is Kaepernick. Avoid the 49ers this week.

Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)


Brian Hartline (Mia-WR): Wallace has been less than great

Danny Woodhead (SD-RB): Every Charger is getting hurt. Woodhead is the guy…apparently.


EJ Manuel (BUF-WB): Really Like him as a No. 2 guy

Terrelle Pryor (OAK-QB): Not as good as Manuel, but worth watching

Donnie Avery (KC-WR): Not consistent

Aaron Dobson (NE-WR): He is a low-end option, but an okay add.

Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR): Geno seems to be doing well with holmes

Stephen Hill (NYJ-WR): He looks like a no. 1 wideout, maybe he can play like one

Eddie Royal (SD-WR): Week 3. That’s about right.

Marlon Brown (Bal-WR): He has looked pretty good.

Coby Fleener (Ind-TE): Could be a good no 2 guy with upside.

Charles Clay (MIA-TE): Interesting guy. Dolphins TE looks like an interesting no. 2 option.


Ted Ginn Jr. (Car-WR): Numbers can lie, but he is worth keeping an eye on

Robert Woods (Buf-WR): I really like this kid.

Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR): If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.

Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE): Really solid looking no. 2 TE. He could win that job soon.

Jordan Reed (Was-TE): Davis might be hurt

Denarius Moore (OAK-WR)

Alshon Jeffery (CHI-WR): Could be a good match-up guy.

Bryce Brown (PHI-RB): Good back up/hand cuff

Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR)

Percy Harvin (SEA-WR)

Heath Miller (PIT-TE)