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

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Colin Kaepernick @KC (40%, 18) – Two reasons: First, KC’s defense looked awesome last week and has been solid the last two. Second, Kaepernick hasn’t thrown the ball well this season at all. His rushing yards are nice, but he has only 4 TDs (& 4 INTs) over his last three games. There are plenty of better options this week.

Cam Newton CHI (53%, 17) – The Bears defense hasn’t been great this year, but they aren’t the joke they were last year either. Cam has been ok, but has only 3 passing TDs total in 3 games, zero rushing TDs, he’s only averaging 11 rushing yards per game, and has two fumbles. I need to see the old Cam for a week or two before I put him in my starting lineup.

Kirk Cousins SEA (16%, 15) – Last week was one of the worst passing performances I’ve seen in a while and as a Bears fan that is saying something. Cousins’ passes were all over the place and led to 4 INTs and a pathetic 5 fantasy points. The Giants defense is nowhere near the Seahawks talent level and this could be a really ugly day for Cousins.


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Donald Brown NYJ (38%, 12) – He’s been a bust so far in two starts only averaging 2 yards per carry. Last week against the Jags he averaged 1.9 ypc, against the Jags! It’s not going to be any easier for Brown this week against the Jets #1 run defense. The Chargers only gave Brown 10 carries last week and I don’t think he’ll get many more this week against the Jets. Even if he does, I’m expecting another 2 ypc type day.

Trent Richardson BAL (38%, 10) – Got a lucky 1 yard TD and got all the touches in the 2nd half of a blow out. This week’s game should be closer and T-Rich should go back to his backup role. Don’t let his solid fantasy line last week fool you, he averaged only 2.4 ypc and still sucks.

Steven Ridley CIN (32%, 9) – How knows what Belichick is going to do with his RBs every week. In weeks 1 & 4 Ridley averaged just 6.5 carries, but in weeks 2 & 3 he averaged 22. If you want to roll the dice that this is a 20 carry week, then go ahead but it’s too risky for my taste.

Pierre Thomas TB (31%, 11) – Thomas lost playing time to Travis Cadet last week and it looks like he may no longer be worth a spot on your roster. Give it another week to see what the Saints do with Thomas, but I wouldn’t start him until I know for sure he’s back in the RB mix.

Ben Tate @TEN (17%, 11) – Still questionable after a bye week which is a red flag to me. The Browns have three solid RBs, so I don’t think they are going to give Tate a huge workload.