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Week 5: Foster Leads the People - 3 comments

By R.J. White

It’s good to have Arian Foster back, isn’t it? Owners with the star back on their benches for the first couple games are getting last year’s top dog back just in time for the start of the bye weeks. Week 5 is a critical week for matchup, as six teams are all taking the week off. Check out our rankings below (props to c0megets0me, phackney and tclagham for their submissions), complete with a few specific recommendations.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAvg
1Aaron RodgersGBat ATL94.80
2Drew BreesNOat CAR93.20
3Tom BradyNEvs. NYJ90.60
4Matthew StaffordDETvs. CHI90.00
5Michael VickPHIat BUF89.20
6Philip RiversSDat DEN87.80
7Cam NewtonCARvs. NO83.60
8Eli ManningNYGvs. SEA80.60
9Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. PHI78.40
10Matt SchaubHOUvs. OAK75.60
11Matt RyanATLvs. GB73.80
12Mark SanchezNYJat NE73.20
13Josh FreemanTBat SF72.80
14Matt HasselbeckTENat PIT70.60
15Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. TEN69.20
16Kevin KolbARIat MIN63.40
17Kyle OrtonDENvs. SD62.80
18Jason CampbellOAKat HOU61.80
19Donovan McNabbMINvs. ARI59.80
20Jay CutlerCHIat DET59.60
21Alex SmithSFvs. TB58.60
22Curtis PainterINDvs. KC56.20
23Andy DaltonCINat JAC55.20
24Matt CasselKCat IND53.00
25Tarvaris JacksonSEAat NYG51.00
26Blaine GabbertJACvs. CIN47.40

Start: Cam Newton. OK, this is just getting silly. Newton has the ability to throw for 400 yards in any games (as he did in each of the first two weeks of the season), and now he can plow into the end zone multiple times in a game as the team’s de facto “goal line back?” Please. If you happen to have Newton as well as an elite QB1, it’s time to find a down-on-their-luck team to trade one to, because Newton has to be started every week.

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger. The lack of a quality line is killing Roethlisberger, making me actually glad Max Starks was signed and is likely to immediately start. The Tennessee defense is playing extremely well, and if Starks can’t step in and be a difference-maker immediately, it could be a long day for Big Ben. I’m also not convinced he’ll make it through this one healthy. Better to go with someone else if you have a solid backup.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAvg
1Arian FosterHOUvs. OAK97.60
2Darren McFaddenOAKat HOU94.20
3Adrian PetersonMINvs. ARI92.20
4LeSean McCoyPHIat BUF91.60
5Fred JacksonBUFvs. PHI89.00
6Chris JohnsonTENat PIT88.12
7Matt ForteCHIat DET83.60
8Ryan MathewsSDat DEN82.04
9Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. CIN81.68
10Beanie WellsARIat MIN77.60
11Jahvid BestDETvs. CHI76.96
12Cedric BensonCINat JAC76.20
13Michael TurnerATLvs. GB76.00
14Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. SEA75.60
15Frank GoreSFvs. TB74.40
16Darren SprolesNOat CAR70.60
17Joseph AddaiINDvs. KC68.56
18Shonn GreeneNYJat NE68.40
19LeGarrette BlountTBat SF66.96
20Willis McGaheeDENvs. SD66.60
21Isaac RedmanPITvs. TEN65.84
22James StarksGBat ATL63.80
23Mark IngramNOat CAR63.80
24BenJarvus Green-EllisNEvs. NYJ63.60
25Brandon JacobsNYGvs. SEA63.28
26Jonathan StewartCARvs. NO61.56
27DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. NO61.00
28Pierre ThomasNOat CAR60.60
29Marshawn LynchSEAat NYG59.76
30Dexter McClusterKCat IND59.68
31LaDainian TomlinsonNYJat NE58.92
32Michael BushOAKat HOU56.48
33Ryan GrantGBat ATL55.08
34Mike TolbertSDat DEN54.60
35Knowshon MorenoDENvs. SD51.00
36Thomas JonesKCat IND50.44
37Stevan RidleyNEvs. NYJ44.20
38Kendall HunterSFvs. TB40.40
39C.J. SpillerBUFvs. PHI35.80
40Deji KarimJACvs. CIN31.16
41Delone CarterINDvs. KC27.32
42Rashard MendenhallPITvs. TEN27.20
43Jerome HarrisonDETvs. CHI18.20
44Joe McKnightNYJat NE12.00
45Jackie BattleKCat IND11.04
46Chester TaylorARIat MIN11.00
47Javon RingerTENat PIT10.60
48Kregg LumpkinTBat SF10.16
49Bernard ScottCINat JAC9.20
50Ronnie BrownPHIat BUF9.04

Start: Darren Sproles. Reggie who? Sproles has been awesome as the new passing-situation back for the Saints, giving them yet another weapon and making them even harder for a defense to stop. The Panthers are giving up 5.2 yards per carry and over 140 rushing yards per game. Sproles is averaging about 90 yards a game, but that’s trending upwards — he had 131 yards and a TD last week against the Jaguars. Expect another big one here in a high-scoring game.

Sit: Brandon Jacobs. He’s operating at less than full health with an MCL sprain, and Seattle has been excellent in stopping the run. Jacobs is listed as a game-time decision, but there’s speculation he won’t be able to play on Sunday. Avoid the uncertainty by planting him on the bench this week and opting for another, healthier option (Isaac Redman, anyone?).

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAvg
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. CHI97.25
2Hakeem NicksNYGvs. SEA90.50
3Larry FitzgeraldARIat MIN88.50
4Wes WelkerNEvs. NYJ86.75
5Steve SmithCARvs. NO85.75
6Mike WallacePITvs. TEN85.05
7Greg JenningsGBat ATL84.75
8Roddy WhiteATLvs. GB84.25
9Steve JohnsonBUFvs. PHI79.55
10Santonio HolmesNYJat NE78.15
11DeSean JacksonPHIat BUF77.10
12Jeremy MaclinPHIat BUF75.80
13Dwayne BoweKCat IND74.05
14Marques ColstonNOat CAR72.75
15Reggie WayneINDvs. KC72.50
16Percy HarvinMINvs. ARI72.20
17A.J. GreenCINat JAC69.85
18Brandon LloydDENvs. SD69.25
19Mike WilliamsTBat SF68.50
20Vincent JacksonSDat DEN68.20
21Mario ManninghamNYGvs. SEA66.30
22Nate WashingtonTENat PIT66.25
23Jordy NelsonGBat ATL66.10
24Lance MooreNOat CAR62.30
25Julio JonesATLvs. GB61.50
26Sidney RiceSEAat NYG61.33
27Eric DeckerDENvs. SD60.95
28Plaxico BurressNYJat NE60.55
29Victor CruzNYGvs. SEA59.95
30David NelsonBUFvs. PHI58.70
31Jacoby JonesHOUvs. OAK57.75
32Nate BurlesonDETvs. CHI57.25
33Pierre GarconINDvs. KC56.07
34Robert MeachemNOat CAR55.45
35Mike ThomasJACvs. CIN55.40
36Michael CrabtreeSFvs. TB55.20
37Deion BranchNEvs. NYJ55.15
38Malcom FloydSDat DEN53.47
39Kevin WalterHOUvs. OAK52.47
40Johnny KnoxCHIat DET52.30
41Early DoucetARIat MIN49.05
42Denarius MooreOAKat HOU49.00
43Devin HesterCHIat DET48.30
44Jacoby FordOAKat HOU46.65
45James JonesGBat ATL46.25
46Jerome SimpsonCINat JAC45.40
47Derrick MasonNYJat NE43.50
48Michael JenkinsMINvs. ARI42.15
49Donald JonesBUFvs. PHI39.25
50Emmanuel SandersPITvs. TEN37.65
51Devery HendersonNOat CAR35.39
52Vincent BrownSDat DEN33.45
53Randall CobbGBat ATL31.70
54Mike WilliamsSEAat NYG31.15
55Antonio BrownPITvs. TEN30.75
56Austin CollieINDvs. KC30.45
57Andre CaldwellCINat JAC30.10
58Ted Ginn Jr.SFvs. TB30.00
59Andre RobertsARIat MIN29.25
60Arrelious BennTBat SF29.00
61Brandon LaFellCARvs. NO28.95
62Hines WardPITvs. TEN28.95
63Darrius Heyward-BayOAKat HOU28.75
64Roy WilliamsCHIat DET27.30
65Titus YoungDETvs. CHI25.65
66Bernard BerrianMINvs. ARI24.85
67Ben ObomanuSEAat NYG23.50
68Steve BreastonKCat IND22.00
69Josh MorganSFvs. TB21.50
70Chad OchocincoNEvs. NYJ20.20
71Damian WilliamsTENat PIT18.90
72Legedu NaaneeCARvs. NO18.75
73Preston ParkerTBat SF17.50
74Patrick CraytonSDat DEN17.30
75Harry DouglasATLvs. GB16.60

Start: Mario Manningham. Fantasy owners are becoming disenfranchised with Manningham, so much so that I saw him hit the wire in a 12-team league this week. While he was on the bench for a lot of the Giants’ Week 4 game in favor of Victor Cruz, the Giants aren’t giving up on Manningham as a starter. Cruz’s boneheaded non-fumble obviously couldn’t have endeared him to the coaching staff either. Manningham is primed for a monster game here, so buy low and start him if you can.

Sit: Devery Henderson. Marques Colston is back with the team and looks ready to take over a full workload. Throw in the emergence of Jimmy Graham, the unstoppablility of Darren Sproles, the consistency of Lance Moore and the upside of Robert Meachem, and Henderson wouldn’t be a good bet for targets even if he was 100 percent healthy. He’s not. It’s time to start looking for another upside WR; if you find one, feel free to cut Henderson loose.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAvg
1Jermichael FinleyGBat ATL90.80
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. NYJ89.20
3Jimmy GrahamNOat CAR88.60
4Dustin KellerNYJat NE83.00
5Owen DanielsHOUvs. OAK82.60
6Vernon DavisSFvs. TB81.00
7Tony GonzalezATLvs. GB78.60
8Brandon PettigrewDETvs. CHI75.80
9Dallas ClarkINDvs. KC74.00
10Greg OlsenCARvs. NO70.40
11Jermaine GreshamCINat JAC70.00
12Scott ChandlerBUFvs. PHI68.00
13Kellen WinslowTBat SF65.40
14Aaron HernandezNEvs. NYJ58.33
15Randy McMichaelSDat DEN58.00
16Jared CookTENat PIT56.25
17Jeff KingARIat MIN54.60
18Visanthe ShiancoeMINvs. ARI52.40
19Daniel FellsDENvs. SD46.00
20Jake BallardNYGvs. SEA42.20
21Brent CelekPHIat BUF38.20
22Heath MillerPITvs. TEN36.20
23Kevin BossOAKat HOU35.60
24Tony SchefflerDETvs. CHI29.20
25Todd HeapARIat MIN27.60
26Leonard PopeKCat IND24.40
27Marcedes LewisJACvs. CIN22.00
28Zach MillerSEAat NYG22.00
29Jeremy ShockeyCARvs. NO19.50
30Matt SpaethCHIat DET14.20

Start: Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was a beast in the first two games of the season, catching seven balls and a touchdown in each. He’s practiced all week, which means he’s ready to pick up right where he left off. This matchup begs for the Pats to go nuclear with their tight ends this week, and it wouldn’t shock me to see Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski combined for 15 catches, 200 yards and four TDs. Start ‘em both.

Sit: Zach Miller. You know what? Just cut him. If you’re in a PPR league, Seattle’s Zach Miller is tied with Jacksonville’s Zach Miller in fantasy points. If you play in a standard league, the Seattle Miller is the second best tight end named “Zach Miller” in the league. There’s no reason for it to get better anytime soon, and either Miller is a poor option even with six teams off this week.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAvg
1Jason HansonDETvs. CHI79.80
2Neil RackersHOUvs. OAK77.52
3Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat HOU75.64
4Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. NYJ72.88
5John KasayNOat CAR71.92
6Mason CrosbyGBat ATL71.40
7David AkersSFvs. TB71.36
8Nick FolkNYJat NE70.72
9Alex HeneryPHIat BUF70.24
10Matt BryantATLvs. GB68.00
11Adam VinatieriINDvs. KC67.40
12Rob BironasTENat PIT66.92
13Robbie GouldCHIat DET66.76
14Jay FeelyARIat MIN63.80
15Rian LindellBUFvs. PHI63.40
16Matt PraterDENvs. SD62.24
17Mike NugentCINat JAC62.20
18Ryan LongwellMINvs. ARI61.40
19Lawrence TynesNYGvs. SEA60.56
20Connor BarthTBat SF58.88
21Nick NovakSDat DEN58.80
22Shaun SuishamPITvs. TEN58.04
23Olindo MareCARvs. NO57.96
24Ryan SuccopKCat IND57.88
25Josh ScobeeJACvs. CIN55.76
26Steven HauschkaSEAat NYG53.36

Start: Rian Lindell. Philly has played awful defense, and the Bills can almost score at will.

Sit: Any kicker with a bye. Seriously, go check and make sure you’re not playing a bye-week kicker.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentAvg
1New York GiantsNYGvs. SEA76.30
2Detroit LionsDETvs. CHI71.62
3San Diego ChargersSDat DEN71.50
4Tennessee TitansTENat PIT71.48
5Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat SF69.18
6Cincinnati BengalsCINat JAC67.04
7Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. TEN66.10
8Kansas City ChiefsKCat IND62.30
9Indianapolis ColtsINDvs. KC61.48
10Green Bay PackersGBat ATL61.00
11Arizona CardinalsARIat MIN59.42
12Minnesota VikingsMINvs. ARI59.40
13San Francisco 49ersSFvs. TB59.10
14Houston TexansHOUvs. OAK58.36
15New Orleans SaintsNOat CAR57.90
16Philadelphia EaglesPHIat BUF57.00
17Jacksonville JaguarsJACvs. CIN54.50
18New York JetsNYJat NE54.00
19Seattle SeahawksSEAat NYG48.62
20New England PatriotsNEvs. NYJ47.92
21Chicago BearsCHIat DET47.40
22Atlanta FalconsATLvs. GB45.44
23Oakland RaidersOAKat HOU43.66
24Denver BroncosDENvs. SD43.00
25Carolina PanthersCARvs. NO41.38
26Buffalo BillsBUFvs. PHI39.30

Start: Tennessee Titans. They’ve been playing excellent defensive football this year, which deserves a lot of the credit for their 3-1 record. They’ll get to feast on the repugnant Pittsburgh offensive line this week, which has made Ben Roethlisberger gun shy in recent weeks.

Sit: New York Jets. They’re the second-most owned defense in Yahoo! leagues, but you know it’s foolish to start them against the New England Patriots, right? Park them on the bench for a week and go with someone with a better matchup. If you can’t get Tennessee, consider Kansas City against the mediocre Indianapolis tackles.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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3 Responses to “Week 5: Foster Leads the People”

  1. sjkooiii says:

    Would it be better to start Michael Vick over Matthew Stafford this week? or Steve Johnson over Santonio Holmes?

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  2. User avatar tclangham says:

    @sjkooii you can’t go wrong with either starting Vick or Stafford. Steve Johnson has obviously had the better year so far but he is going to have a lower then normal out put going against Nohmni – Just think of it this way, if you start Vick and Johnson you can watch the Phlly and Buf game.

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  3. jmp14 says:

    Dustin Keller is too high. The Pats may be soft on D but they can still take away the TE (see “Gates, Antonio”). I’d be wary of Shonn Greene, too. He hasn’t proven anything yet.

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