Fantasy Football Week 5: Start’em / Sit’em

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WR:

Josh Gordon BUF (64%,13): I know I recommended sitting Gordon last week (correctly) due to questions about Hoyer, but I feel more comfortable with Hoyer after his performance against a solid Bengals D (269 yards, 2 TDs). The Browns are 2-0 since trading T-Rich and should have a solid backing from their home crowd against a Bills team that is horrible on defense and has given up the 2nd most fantasy points to WR. I’m expecting a huge game from Gordon (and Cameron).

Roddy White NYJ (44%, 10): I know he’s been a bust so far this year, but his snap count has increased every week and he played all but 2 snaps in week 4. He still didn’t look quite 100%, but he did get 9 targets so he wasn’t just a decoy for the first time this season. On paper the Jets pass D looks good (8th in NFL), but they have given up the 9th most fantasy points to WRs, so they can be thrown on. I think Roddy finally finds the end zone this week and pulls in 5-6 catches as well.

Alshon Jeffery NO (29%, 10): If you’ve been reading this site at all, you know I am a Jeffery fan. He probably has more appearances on this list then anyone but Tavon Austin (ugh).  Jeffery is in a better situation than Austin since he has a coach that actually game plans to get him involved in the offense. In week 3, Jeffery got 5 targets on the opening drive! In week 4 he was targeted 11 times overall. The Bears are giving Jeffery every chance to succeed and he is taking advantage of it.

Hakeem Nicks PHI (69%,10): Nicks has put up two disappointing fantasy lines in a row, but it doesn’t get any easier than facing an Eagles secondary that given up more fantasy points to WRs than any other team in the league. I think the Giants are looking to trade Nicks since he is in a contract year and this is looking like a lost season. A big game out of Nicks would boost his trade value and with the deadline looming a few weeks away, I have a hunch Nicks will get some targets this week.

Michael Floyd CAR (21%, 11): Floyd is establishing himself as the Cardinals #2 WR. Over the last three weeks Floyd is leading the team with 23 total targets. Floyd has considerably more talent than the non-Fitzgerald options on the Cards and I expect his targets to increase as the season goes on.

TE:

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Martellus Bennett NO (54%11): The Bears are going to have to pass to keep up with Drew Brees and the Saints on Sunday and I expect Bennett to be one of the primary targets. Bennett has dropped two TD passes in the last two weeks, but has still managed to put up double-digit fantasy lines. I expect the Black Unicorn to see more red zone targets this week and hopefully catch one of them!

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