Fantasy football: Week 5 start and sit

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/Eastside Fantasy Football Expert

How was Week 4? I hope it went well. Some big fantasy stars are on bye weeks so be prepared to set your lineups accordingly.

Byes: Chicago, Green Bay, San Diego, New Orleans

Start of the Week: Peyton Manning (IND) vs. TEN:

Last week, the Titans pass D made David Garrard look like Peyton Manning. Wonder what they’ll make Peyton Manning look like? With the league’s worst pass D and potentially a rookie corner starting, Peyton will pick apart the lowly Titans pass D.

Who to Start:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. DET: Yes, he hasn’t played that well this year, but against the Lions, I think he will turn it around. With the Lions sporting the 25th ranked pass D, Big Ben will have his fun against the Lions, with half of the crowd sporting terrible towels.

RB Glen Coffee (SF) vs. ATL: I guess the Niners now have two good backs? Anyway, Glen Coffee has been a pleasant surprise to me and to owners as well. He will continue that trend this week. Against the Falcons, who allow 136 rushing yards a game, he should have a big game to back up Shaun Hill.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. ARZ: He continues to prove to me every week that he’s the best WR in football. This week, he will continue to do so. Arizona’s secondary has gotten picked apart in their last 2=two games; thanks to being second to last in pass defense. Andre will have a very big game here.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND) vs. TEN: Yes, I already said Peyton would have a big game, so it’s only fitting that Reggie Wayne will too. He will be matched up against Nick Harper, who isn’t very good. A big week is on the horizon for Reggie Wayne, and the entire Colts passing offense.

TE Todd Heap (BAL) vs. CIN: AFC bias, eh? No, the matchups are just better. The Bengals have the 26th ranked pass defense and the fact that TE’s are doing pretty well against the Bengals pushes him over the top. He’s had a resurgence of sorts with the maturing of Joe Flacco, and he will have another big week.

DEF New York Giants vs. OAK: Do I have to say anything? Jamarcus Russell isn’t very good, he can’t complete a pass, the Raiders can’t run the ball, and the Giants are the Giants.

Who to Sit:

QB Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. SF: This is a very risky start against the 10th ranked pass D. Even though he’s coming off a bye, he will have his work cut out for him against Patrick Willis and Manny Lawson. Be very careful with Matt Ryan this week.

RB Cedric Benson (CIN) vs. BAL: The Ravens have a good rush D. I know that, but Benson, the Ravens own the best. The Ravens from the get-go will force Carson Palmer to throw, and Cedric Benson will have to work extra hard to get those tough yards, of which he may not get many.

WR Brandon Marshall (DEN) vs. NE: New England owns the 7th ranked pass D in the league, and for some odd reason, I still don’t trust Kyle Orton very much. If Brandon Marshall does get anything going, it won’t be very much against a Pats secondary that doesn’t allow many yards to top WR’s.

WR Braylon Edwards (NYJ) vs. MIA (MON): I know I may get hate mail for this, but it takes time to develop a repetition between QB and WR. Braylon has been with the Jets for five days by Monday. He will get targets, but he won’t have many catches, maybe some drops?

TE Bo Scaife (TEN) vs. IND: Against the Colts, I suspect running the ball is a better idea than throwing it, and Kerry Collins has had trouble with it this year. Bo Scaife is his best option, but he still won’t have a good game.

DEF Atlanta vs. SF: Glen Coffee and Shaun Hill will both have good games against the 30th ranked D in overall yards. Don’t let the 17.7 points per game fool you, they give up almost 400 yards per game. Be careful with the Falcons even off the bye week.

Sleepers:

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) vs. JAX: I know he’s coming off a rib injury, but the Jags pass defense still isn’t very good, and the Seahawks do have good wideouts.

RB Kevin Smith (DET) vs. PIT: With Matt Stafford maybe out of the lineup Smith will see much more action, even against the 3rd best run defense in the league.

WR Nate Burleson (SEA) vs. JAX: Another Seahawk? Well, he is having a good year, and if what I said about Matt Hasselbeck is true, he should have a good game.

WR Mohammed Massaquoi (CLE) vs. BUF: I’ll be talking about him more later, but he is the new #1 WR in Cleveland, and Derek Anderson isn’t that awful, so he will be able to throw to him.

TE Marcedes Lewis (JAX) vs. SEA: He seems to come up all the time here now. But, he is having a breakout year, and he is a safety blanket for David Garrard.

DEF Buffalo vs. CLE: Even with the Browns offense starting to improve a bit, the Bills are in for a good week against what is otherwise a pretty bad offense.

Waiver Wire Pick Up(s):

WR Mohammed Massaquoi (CLE): I said I would talk about him more, and here he is. He had a huge week last week, and is only due to have better ones with him being the number 1 wideout in Cleveland now.

WR Pierre Garcon (IND): He is the new Anthony Gonzalez, replacing Anthony Gonzalez. He has been working 1 on 1 drills with Peyton Manning, working out timing and routes. And, it seems it has been working quite well. He will see big action this week, and when Gonzo comes back, he still will see plenty of action in a slot receiver role.

Good luck in week 5!