Fantasy baseball might have wrapped up its final week, but fantasy football leagues are just getting started! Looking back on Week 4, Brett Favre had a historic 6 touchdown day, Larry Johnson helped the Chiefs get in the win column with almost 200 yards on the ground, Kurt Warner threw for 472 yards in a losing effort, and Santana Moss continued his hot start with a 145 yard game against the Cowboys. Who will put up the best numbers in Week 5? The Cafe’s Start and Sit rankers will do their best to answer that question this week! As far as byes go for this week, keep in mind the Browns, Raiders, Jets, and Rams are off. These bye weeks should certainly be easier on fantasy players than last week, unless you were counting on Favre and Co. to carry your team again!
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|Peyton Manning||IND||at HOU||18.00||100%||18.00|
|Philip Rivers||SD||at MIA||17.67||100%||17.67|
|Matt Hasselbeck||SEA||at NYG||15.00||100%||15.00|
|Trent Edwards||BUF||at ARI||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Jason Campbell||WAS||at PHI||14.00||100%||14.00|
|Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||at JAX||13.67||100%||13.67|
|Brian Griese||TB||at DEN||13.00||100%||13.00|
|Kyle Orton||CHI||at DET||12.67||100%||12.67|
|Matt Cassel||NE||at SF||12.33||100%||12.33|
|Gus Frerotte||MIN||at NO||11.67||100%||11.67|
|Matt Ryan||ATL||at GB||10.33||100%||10.33|
|Carson Palmer||CIN||at DAL||13.33|
Start: Jake Delhomme (Rank: 15.00) – Delhomme started slow this year with Steve Smith on suspension, but now Smith is back and the Panthers passing attack is really starting to click after last week’s game against the Falcons. Muhsin Muhammad got into the act last week as well, as Delhomme threw for close to 300 yards with two touchdowns. Delhomme has a solid matchup this week at home against the Chiefs, so get him in your lineup.
Sit: Carson Palmer (Rank: 8.80) – It looks like Carson has a decent shot at getting back on the field this week, and he once was an every week fantasy starter. Not anymore though, as the Bengal offense cannot seem to get anything done on the field with him or without him. The Dallas Cowboys secondary has not been brilliant this year, but their pass rush is enough to give any quarterback a hard time. Leave Carson Palmer on the bench for now.
|LaDainian Tomlinson||SD||at MIA||19.67||100%||19.67|
|Adrian Peterson||MIN||at NO||19.33||100%||19.33|
|Marshawn Lynch||BUF||at ARI||18.33||100%||18.33|
|Matt Forte||CHI||at DET||18.00||100%||18.00|
|Joseph Addai||IND||at HOU||16.67||100%||16.67|
|Clinton Portis||WAS||at PHI||16.00||100%||16.00|
|Larry Johnson||KC||at CAR||15.00||100%||15.00|
|Earnest Graham||TB||at DEN||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Michael Turner||ATL||at GB||14.33||100%||14.33|
|Julius Jones||SEA||at NYG||13.00||100%||13.00|
|Chris Johnson||TEN||at BAL||12.33||100%||12.33|
|Sammy Morris||NE||at SF||11.67||100%||11.67|
|Mewelde Moore||PIT||at JAX||11.00||100%||11.00|
|Chris Perry||CIN||at DAL||9.67||100%||9.67|
|LenDale White||TEN||at BAL||9.67||100%||9.67|
|Laurence Maroney||NE||at SF||10.67|
|Darren Sproles||SD||at MIA||7.67||100%||7.67|
|Jerious Norwood||ATL||at GB||7.67||100%||7.67|
|Chester Taylor||MIN||at NO||6.67||100%||6.67|
Start: Matt Forte (Rank: 18.00) – Forte has had an impressive rookie season so far, despite not having his best week against the Eagles in Week 4. He gets done on the ground and through the air (18 catches for 147 in 4 games). The Lions have one of the worst defenses in the league, and are ranked 32nd against the run, averaging over 200 yards allowed per game. Forte should go well over 100 total yards this week and have no trouble finding the endzone at least once.
Sit: Lendale White (Rank: 9.67) – This big bruising back’s biggest fantasy benefit is his goal line carries (5 touchdowns though 4 games). However, he is going up against a Baltimore defense this week that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown and is giving up only 69.7 yards per game on the ground (2nd best in the NFL). To make matters worse, White has a banged up shoulder, which could limit his effectiveness in short yardage. You may have better options this week.
|Reggie Wayne||IND||at HOU||20.00||100%||20.00|
|Roddy White||ATL||at GB||15.67||100%||15.67|
|Chris Chambers||SD||at MIA||15.33||100%||15.33|
|Santana Moss||WAS||at PHI||15.33||100%||15.33|
|Randy Moss||NE||at SF||15.00||100%||15.00|
|T.J. Houshmandzadeh||CIN||at DAL||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Marvin Harrison||IND||at HOU||14.33||100%||14.33|
|Lee Evans||BUF||at ARI||14.33||100%||14.33|
|Wes Welker||NE||at SF||13.67||100%||13.67|
|Anthony Gonzalez||IND||at HOU||12.67||100%||12.67|
|Dwayne Bowe||KC||at CAR||12.33||100%||12.33|
|Hines Ward||PIT||at JAX||12.33||100%||12.33|
|Deion Branch||SEA||at NYG||12.00||100%||12.00|
|Bobby Engram||SEA||at NYG||11.67||100%||11.67|
|Chad Ocho Cinco||CIN||at DAL||11.33||100%||11.33|
|Santonio Holmes||PIT||at JAX||11.33||100%||11.33|
|Antonio Bryant||TB||at DEN||10.33||100%||10.33|
|Vincent Jackson||SD||at MIA||10.00||100%||10.00|
|Bernard Berrian||MIN||at NO||10.00||100%||10.00|
|Justin Gage||TEN||at BAL||9.67||90%||8.70|
|Ted Ginn Jr.||MIA||SD||8.33||100%||8.33|
|Jabar Gaffney||NE||at SF||8.00||100%||8.00|
|Devin Hester||CHI||at DET||7.33||100%||7.33|
|Sidney Rice||MIN||at NO||8.00|
|Chris Henry||CIN||at DAL||10.00|
|Michael Jenkins||ATL||at GB||4.67||100%||4.67|
|Joey Galloway||TB||at DEN||10.33|
|Courtney Taylor||SEA||at NYG||2.00||100%||2.00|
Start: Calvin Johnson (Rank: 16.00) – Johnson has been one of the lone bright spots for the Lions this year, catching 17 passes for 176 yards and 2 TDs in three games. He should be a good start this week against a Chicago defense that is ranked 28th in NFL against the pass.
Sit: Anquan Boldin (Rank: 7.62) – It seems unlikely that Boldin will play this week following that scary looking hit he took last week against the Jets. If he were somehow to play (seems like that would not be a good decision to me) he would obviously not be 100%. The Buffalo Bills are no pushovers on defense either. Boldin owners could look to second year player Steve Breaston who would fill in for Boldin as the Cardinals #2 receiver. He caught 9 passes for 122 yards last week and could be a good spot starter in Week 5.
|Antonio Gates||SD||at MIA||18.00||100%||18.00|
|Tony Gonzalez||KC||at CAR||17.00||100%||17.00|
|Dallas Clark||IND||at HOU||15.33||97%||14.82|
|Chris Cooley||WAS||at PHI||14.67||100%||14.67|
|John Carlson||SEA||at NYG||12.33||100%||12.33|
|Ben Watson||NE||at SF||10.00||100%||10.00|
|Heath Miller||PIT||at JAX||9.33||100%||9.33|
|Greg Olsen||CHI||at DET||9.00||100%||9.00|
|Bo Scaife||TEN||at BAL||6.67||100%||6.67|
|Robert Royal||BUF||at ARI||6.67||100%||6.67|
|Desmond Clark||CHI||at DET||6.67||100%||6.67|
|Alex Smith||TB||at DEN||6.33||100%||6.33|
|Alge Crumpler||TEN||at BAL||5.33||100%||5.33|
|Visanthe Shiancoe||MIN||at NO||3.33||100%||3.33|
Start: Anthony Fasano (Rank: 12.67) – Fasano has been hard to get a read on this year. He was great in Week 1 (82 yards, 1 TD), did not catch a pass in his second game, and then had another good game in his third (66 yards, 1 TD). I think this week he has as good a chance as any to put up over 50 yards and a score again. The Chargers rank last in the league in both passing yards allowed and passing touchdowns allowed.
Sit: Todd Heap (Rank: 8.00) – Heap has struggled to get anything going this season. He has only managed to catch three passes in as many games. The Titans are going to be a tough defense to try to change that trend against. Unfortunately, this once-elite tight end is nothing more than waiver fodder right now.
|Rob Bironas||TEN||at BAL||18.00||100%||18.00|
|Ryan Longwell||MIN||at NO||17.67||100%||17.67|
|Rian Lindell||BUF||at ARI||15.67||100%||15.67|
|Adam Vinatieri||IND||at HOU||15.67||100%||15.67|
|Jeff Reed||PIT||at JAX||15.33||100%||15.33|
|Nate Kaeding||SD||at MIA||15.00||100%||15.00|
|Robbie Gould||CHI||at DET||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Shaun Suisham||WAS||at PHI||14.33||100%||14.33|
|Matt Bryant||TB||at DEN||14.00||100%||14.00|
|Olindo Mare||SEA||at NYG||13.67||100%||13.67|
|Stephen Gostkowski||NE||at SF||13.00||100%||13.00|
|Shayne Graham||CIN||at DAL||12.67||100%||12.67|
|Jason Elam||ATL||at GB||11.33||100%||11.33|
|Nick Novak||KC||at CAR||6.67||100%||6.67|
Start: Ryan Longwell (Rank: 17.67) – The Vikings’ offense may not be an offensive juggernaut, but they have done enough to get Longwell 12 attempts, of which he has made 10. Longwell does not have the biggest leg, and is probably less valuable in leagues that give big points for long field goals, but he is reliable. The Vikings play a weak New Orleans defense this week, that has given up ten field goals this season (tied for second most). Longwell has a good chance to knock through multiple field goals from inside the 50.
Sit: Olindo Mare (Rank: 13.67) – Mare has had a bit of a resurgence in Seattle, making all season of his kicks this season. However, there is a good chance the Seahawks will have some trouble scoring against the New York Giants in Giant Stadium. The Seahawks will be getting some receivers back from injury this week, but I don’t know how well a pair of rusty receivers will fair against a Giant defense that should be rested coming off their bye week.
|Tennessee Titans||TEN||at BAL||18.33||100%||18.33|
|San Diego Chargers||SD||at MIA||17.00||100%||17.00|
|Chicago Bears||CHI||at DET||17.00||100%||17.00|
|Buffalo Bills||BUF||at ARI||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Green Bay Packers||GB||ATL||14.67||100%||14.67|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT||at JAX||13.67||100%||13.67|
|New York Giants||NYG||SEA||13.33||100%||13.33|
|New England Patriots||NE||at SF||12.67||100%||12.67|
|Seattle Seahawks||SEA||at NYG||12.00||100%||12.00|
|Indianapolis Colts||IND||at HOU||11.67||100%||11.67|
|Washington Redskins||WAS||at PHI||11.33||100%||11.33|
|Minnesota Vikings||MIN||at NO||9.33||100%||9.33|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TB||at DEN||9.00||100%||9.00|
|New Orleans Saints||NO||MIN||8.67||100%||8.67|
|San Francisco 49ers||SF||NE||8.67||100%||8.67|
|Atlanta Falcons||ATL||at GB||6.67||100%||6.67|
|Kansas City Chiefs||KC||at CAR||5.67||100%||5.67|
|Cincinnati Bengals||CIN||at DAL||4.67||100%||4.67|
Start: Jacksonville Jaguars (Rank: 14.00) – The Steelers are really banged up right now. They lost an offensive lineman and rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall to injury against the Ravens last week. Big Ben is still nursing a shoulder injury, and Willie Parker is out again this week. A defense like Jacksonville’s has the weapons to take advantage of offenses that are not at 100%, and this Pittsburgh offense is definitely not.
Sit: Denver Broncos (Rank: 10.00) – The Broncos are a team built for shoot outs. They score a lot of points, but the defense has not really been stopping anyone either, as evidenced by the 33 points the formerly struggling Chiefs scored on them last week. Tampa Bay has quietly been one of the league better offensive teams, averaging 361 yards per game (7th) and 25.2 points per game (13th).
Many thanks to the people who helped put this together: treat24, Dan Lambskin, WaCougMBS, utility-hook, and Amuk who helped with the rankings!
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