To help you win this weekend, here are my week 5 fantasy football players to start and sit:
Guys to Start:
QB Christian Ponder, MIN (vs. TEN) – The Titans are allowing 285 yards through the air per game, so expect Ponder to put up another quality performance.
RB Ben Tate, HOU (@ NYJ) – Houston will score so many points on Monday night, it will make the Texans backup running back, Ben Tate, worth starting.
WR James Jones, GB (@ IND) – Jones caught 2 touchdowns last weekend when starter Greg Jennings went down with a nagging groin injury. Since Jennings will miss this weekend’s game as well, Jones is a must start.
TE Scott Chandler, BUF (@ SF) – Chandler has hauled in 5 touchdowns in his first four games this season, and appears to be Buffalo’s favorite red-zone target.
IDP: Brooks Reed, HOU (@ NYJ) – Any Houston Texans’ defensive player is worth starting this week, as they will embarrass the Jets on Monday night.
Guys to Sit:
QB Cam Newton, CAR (vs. SEA) – Newton scored 3 touchdowns last week and responded well after his hometown newspapers trashed him all week. However, he faces a much tougher matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom.
RB Rashard Mendenhall, PIT (vs. PHI) – Just because Mendehall is returning this weekend, does not mean that he warrants a starting spot in fantasy. He is likely to be a little rusty and out of shape, so keep him on the bench for now.
WR Brian Hartline, MIA (@ CIN) – Hartline may have exploded for 253 receiving yards last week, but the Dolphins’ offense is not exactly among the tops in the NFL. Expect Hartline to come back down to earth with around 60 receiving yards against the Bengals on Sunday.
TE Steve Johnson, BUF (@ SF) – Johnson was only able to haul in 23 yards last week even though Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 49ers’ defense will be all over Johnson, so it will be better to sit him this weekend.