There are a bevy of tough games in Week 5 and a number of key running backs are on bye weeks, so hopefully some of these tips will help you out.
Greg Olsen (TE - Carolina Panthers) has been solid so far through the season, without being elite. In a Week 5 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Olsen has a fantastic opportunity to take his game to a new level. With the Panthers offence starting to fire and Cardinals being destroyed in previous weeks by pass-catching tight ends, I’m liking Olsen for 7 catches 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Eli Manning (QB - New York Giants) could be a sneaky bye week starter this week as he and the Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed a league-high 1,358 yards passing to quarterbacks. Eli has been on struggle street this season, especially the last two weeks where he has only thrown for 330-odd yards at a 50% completion rate. But this is the week he turns it around. Eli should come in at around 280-320 yards and two touchdowns.
Maurice Jones Drew (RB - Jacksonville Jaguars) has been a fantasy bust so far this season. He has only accumulated 138 yards rushing and a single touchdown; very, very pedestrian numbers for starting running back in the NFL. His saving grace may be a Week 5 matchup against the hapless run defence of the St Louis Rams who have surrendered over 400 yards rushing and four touchdowns to tailbacks in the last two weeks. If you need a fill in RB2 this week, MJD is your man.
Jay Cutler (QB - Chicago Bears) is not normally considered a solid fantasy quarterback (rather a week-by-week player), and this is again another week where you should be sitting him. Cutler will be facing the New Orleans Saints who have given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks for the season so far. The Saints secondary has been significantly improved this season and Cutler has a penchant for throwing interceptions. So, sit him down.
Torrey Smith (WR - Baltimore Ravens) will have a tough time scoring many points against a strong Miami Dolphins defence in Week 5. Miami is yet to allow a wide receiver to score a touchdown and are giving a stunning average of only 13.3 fantasy points to opposition receivers per game. If you have better options on your bench, use them, because Smith should be sitting on the pine this week.
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Atlanta Falcons) is not Steven Jackson, and is not a pure plug-and-play backup -- something he has proven over the past two weeks. With a good matchup he can be worth a starting spot in your lineup, but in Week 5 he will see the toughest run defence in the league: the New York Jets. The Jets have held opposing running backs to a measly 65 yards rushing per game this season, so Rodgers is a surefire sit this week.
Rashad Jennings (RB - Oakland Raiders) should be the starting tailback for the Raiders in a heavenly Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers. Key back Darren McFadden is doubtful for the game and it will be a huge surprise if he does start. While it's unlikely Jennings will light the world on fire in the rushing game, he is a great pass catcher out of the backfield and should see plenty of opportunities.
David Wilson (RB - New York Giants) has slowly been getting more opportunities for the Giants and appears to be in line for a heavier workload (especially after the release of Da’Rel Scott). Wilson averaged a solid 4.2 yards per carry against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, and it’s not hard to see him repeating that effort against a more porous defence in the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Who are you staring or sitting this season? Or who do you think might surprise as a sleeper this week?