Fantasy football week 5: Start’em and sit’em
We’re already a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and only eight of the 32 teams have a winning record. This is the point in the season when fantasy football owners need to start paying extra attention. The injury bug and bye weeks are starting to make roster decisions interesting for fantasy players.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week four:
Start: Justin Forsett RB, Baltimore
Last week, the Raven’s running back finally looked like himself, torching Pittsburgh’s defense for 150 rushing yards. Forsett has yet to score this season, but he should be the featured weapon in week five when Baltimore plays Cleveland. The Browns struggle to defend the run, and Steve Smith, Baltimore’s best receiver, is injured.
Start: Allen Hurns, WR Jacksonville
Hurns has benefitted significantly from all the attention opposing defenses give to teammate Allen Robinson. Last week, he caught 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against Indianapolis. He should have similar success next week when Jacksonville takes on a weak Tampa Bay team.
Start: Owen Daniels, TE Denver
Daniels has had a quiet season so far, but week five will be the time for the veteran tight end to step up. He has recorded a touchdown in each of his last two games and will be facing Raiders defense, which has surrendered at least one score to opposing tight ends in every game this season.
Sit: Colin Kaepernick, QB San Francisco
2015 has been a tough year for Kaepernick. The 49ers signal caller has thrown five interceptions compared to just two touchdowns. In his last two contests, Kaepernick has been particularly bad throwing four interceptions against Arizona and then completing just 13 passes against Green Bay. The Giants are not a particularly good defense, but Kaepernick is best left on the bench.
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Sit: Melvin Gordon, RB San Diego
Gordon’s rookie season has not gotten off to a great start. The 15th overall pick in the draft, Gordon has yet to score a touchdown and has been losing snaps to teammate Danny Woodhead. In week five, the Chargers face a Pittsburgh defense, which has been tough against the run but has struggled to defend the pass. San Diego will most likely lean heavily on quarterback Philip Rivers; this means Woodhead, the better receiver of the two running backs, will see more action.
Sit: Michael Crabtree, WR Oakland
Crabtree is having a solid season so far, but he has seen his targets drop in each of the last three weeks. The Raiders have a very tough matchup next week against a Denver team that boasts the league’s best defense. Oakland’s passing attack has been a pleasant surprise through the first four weeks of the season, but that success will not carry over to week five.
Will Justin Forsett continue to perform well or was last week just a flash in the pan? Can Colin Kaepernick salvage his 2015 season? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4