Greetings Cafe faithful! Week 5 is just about here, and we’ve been taking your questions throughout the week. If you have any pressing issues, send your questions in to email@example.com and I’ll try my best to get them answered by tomorrow morning. If I can’t, or if you want even more opinions on your dilemma, you can post in the Who to Start/Bench forum or the Draft/Trade/Keeper/Waiver forum. I’ll also be part of the Sunday Tailgate chat, held every Sunday morning at FanHouse. On to the questions!
Starting AJ this week at WR beyond that having some difficult decisions. Pick 1 other WR (DJax or MSW), 2 RBs and a Flex (roster included). Also would you trade FJax and Royal for Moreno? — Sean D.
You have some great options, so I wouldn’t worry too much about who to start. Both DeSean Jackson and Mike Sims-Walker should be in for huge weeks. Who you start really depends on what you value more, the possibility of a huge week or the consistency of a solid week. Since I prefer the latter, I’d lean toward MSW. However, Jackson has a much higher ceiling. In my response, I told you to start Jackson at the flex. That way, I feel you can get a little of both.
At running back, you have a difficult decision between Steven Jackson, Kevin Smith, Fred Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Glen Coffee and Tashard Choice. Check out the Cafe Start & Sit column to get the community’s take on your question. I originally suggest Steven Jackson and Bradshaw, but I’d really be OK with Fred Jackson over either of those two. Kevin Smith’s low yardage output last week scares me, especially since he’s facing the Steelers. If you’re worried about the Williams Wall (although they’ve been a bit easier to run on this year), then bench S-Jax. Since he is their offense, I’d stick with him.
As for the trade, I think it’s a great move for you. You’re selling high on Jackson, who will likely split carries with Lynch from this point on. Denver is much more likely to be ahead in games than Buffalo, and with Moreno getting more and more of the load each week (and with Correll Buckhalter hurt), he’s an excellent add now, before he explodes. Your WR depth is good enough to suffer the loss of Royal (that’s assuming he returns to form at some point).
Beanie Wells, Leon Washington, Michael Bush, Ladell Betts. I need to start two RBs this week, but I am having trouble choosing the second starter. I plan on starting Leon and either Bush or Betts. Also, I was thinking of offering Leon Washington for Ahmad Bradshaw. It’s a .5 PPR league. What do you think? — Amol G.
For your second running back, I actually prefer the guy you didn’t list, Beanie Wells. That Houston rushing defense has been awful (game against the no-throw Raiders excepted), and Wells has clearly been the better runner between the pair of Cardinal backs. Tim Hightower offers a more complete game, so the Cardinals aren’t going to turn full-time to Beanie yet, but I think he puts up a good chunk of yardage and reaches the end zone on Sunday.
For your trade, I prefer Bradshaw, but I’ve been in his corner all season, so I may be a little biased. The .5 PPR helps Washington a great deal. Neither are the featured back in their offense, but I think Bradshaw will have more carries by the end of the season. In the end, I’d just roll with whichever of the two backs you prefer, as there’s really not a clear-cut definitive winner between the two.
OK, that’s all the time we have for today. Remember to send you questions in to firstname.lastname@example.org, and to visit the forums listed above to get extra fantasy advice.
Good luck in Week 5!
R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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