With mounting injuries, under-performances and now the bye weeks to contend with, making optimal roster decisions take on more importance than ever.
So, with that said, here are your start/sit recommendations to consider from FantasyPros911 as we head into Week 5.
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Terrelle Pryor: Oakland Raiders
Now that he has been cleared to play in Sunday’s contest with the Chargers, Pryor is a prime candidate to start.
The Chargers defense has been gashed both on the ground and through the air by opposing quarterbacks all season. Thus far on the season, the Chargers have allowed 312.3 passing yards (29th in the NFL) and eight touchdowns through the air while also giving up 120.5 rushing yards per game (25th in the NFL).
Pryor will be busy with both his arm and his legs on Sunday night and he may even be playing catch-up in the game.
Danny Woodhead: San Diego Chargers
Whether you’re in a PPR-league or not, Woodhead is still someone you should roll with this week, and for that matter all season.
While not the most polished rusher, Woodhead is a safer bet for production than teammate Ryan Mathews. In the last two weeks, Woodhead has combined to rush for 63 yards on 10 carries (6.3 yards per carry), but better yet has hauled in 12 catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders defense will have trouble defending this mighty mite.
David Wilson: New York Giants
Yeah, you’ve been burned before, but if Wilson can’t get going this week against the pathetic rush defense of Philadelphia, than all hope may be lost with Wilson.
Wilson is now doing a good job of holding on to the ball and running with more confidence of late. And Philadelphia can be run on. Currently, the Eagles are allowing 121.8 rushing yards per game (26th in the NFL).
If the Giants have any ideas of turning around their season, they are going to need some balance on offense and this, finally, may be the week Wilson busts loose.
Hakeem Nicks: New York Giants
Just like Wilson, Nicks’ matchup dictates him being a solid selection this week.
The Eagles are also horrendous at defending the pass, yielding 325 passing yards (second-to-last in the NFL) while also surrendering nine touchdowns through the air. Thus, Nicks could be in for a solid afternoon.
As a matter of fact, this may be a week to trust all of your Giants skill-position players.
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
Coming off his suspension, Blackmon is a receiver you may just want to trust right away.
With the Jags, again, likely to play catch-up late in this game, Blackmon’s athleticism could be put to good use in their game against St. Louis. While St. Louis does a decent job at defending the pass, they have given up nine touchdowns through the air (tied for third-most in the NFL) and Blackmon could get loose for a few big plays.
Brent Celek: Philadelphia Eagles
Although he has not lit the world on fire this season, Celek has an awesome matchup this week against the Giants.
With defense likely being at a minimum in this contest, Celek could be a key target for Michael Vick in the this game. You see, the Giants have been burned all year by tight ends and have given up four touchdowns this season to the unit.
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
Sure, a lot of fantasy owners drafted Luck to be their starter, but sometimes you have to make tough decisions and sit a stud when warranted. This might be one of those times.
This week Luck and the Colts will be facing the vaunted Seahawks defense. While Seattle gave up a lot of passing yards last week to the Texans, don’t expect that to happen again. So far on the season, the Seahawks are limiting teams to 191.3 passing yards per game(fourth in the NFL) and have allowed just three touchdowns via the air.
Stevan Ridley: New England Patriots
By the looks of it, Ridley is slowly being phased out of the Patriots offense. Ridley has only received 47 carries this year (22 in the last two weeks).
With LeGarrette Blount, and to some degree Brandon Bolden, getting increased reps, Ridley is someone you can’t trust with such a limited workload. Besides, the Bengals (the Patriots Week 5 opponent) do a good job stuffing the run, limiting opposing teams to just 99 rushing yards per game while only allowing two rushing scores.
Don’t cut Ridley just yet, but stashing him on the bench seems like the logical thing to do at the moment.
Rashard Mendenhall: Arizona Cardinals
Between his lack of production, dwindling touches and tough upcoming matchup, Mendenhall is an absolute must-sit this week.
Mendenhall has not topped 30 rushing yards in his last two games, and with rookie back-up Andre Ellington cutting into his touches, Mendenhall is simply someone you can’t trust. Furthermore, a matchup with the Panthers, who have limited teams to 93 yards rushing per game, is not likely the game where Mendenhall snaps out of his slump.
Steve Smith: Carolina Panthers
Smith is having a hard time breaking out this year and has not topped more than 52 yards receiving in any of the three games he’s played.
While likely to be matched up with the Cardinals Patrick Peterson, expect Smith to have another underwhelming week.
Dwayne Bowe: Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe is yet another under-performing wide receiver who has yet to get it going.
While he has two touchdowns on the season, Bowe has yet to top 60 yards receiving, and has two games under 30 yards receiving thus far. The Titans (Chiefs Week 5 opponent) do a bang-up job against the pass, allowing just 214.3 passing yards per game.
Until he gets his act in gear, try avoiding Bowe.
Owen Daniels: Houston Texans
Although Daniels has been solid all season, he may be in for a rough outing when he and his Texans visit San Francisco this week.
For the most part, the 49ers have done a good job limiting tight ends this year, as they have bottled up Jared Cook and Coby Fleener the last couple of weeks. Not to mention, Daniels is ceding more targets to fellow tight end Garrett Graham of late.
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