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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30233027 Sit ‘em - Rashard Mendenhall vs TEN Sit+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Rashard+Mendenhall+vs+TEN Fantasy Football

As a follow-up to Mendenhall (hamstring/questionable) earning “Dud” honors for Week 4, I’m suggesting you bench the running back in Week 5 against the Titans. The last three starting running backs that faced the Tennessee rush defense finished with 46, 52, and 43 yards, respectively. With the Steelers’ offensive line a mess, Roethlisberger questionable (ankle), and Mendenhall’s inability to move the chains (Dexter McCluster is nine rush yards behind him), it would be wise to stash him on your bench this week. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30226736 Start ‘em - Pierre Garcon vs KC Start+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Pierre+Garcon+vs+KC Fantasy Football

The message may have been muffled because Curtis Painter was preparing to start for Indianapolis, but I did say a few times last week that if you were going to start one member of the Colts, it should be Garcon. For whatever reason, when Painter entered the game against the Steelers two weeks ago, he looked for Garcon often. This tendency held true Monday night against the Buccaneers, too. Painter targeted him eight times – the same as Reggie Wayne. Although Garcon only caught two balls, they were both house calls. With a beat up secondary, Kansas City has allowed a league-high 10 passing touchdowns. Indy is due for a win and Garcon will help them get it. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229810 Sit ‘em - Mike Thomas vs CIN Sit+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Mike+Thomas+vs+CIN Fantasy Football

Pop quiz: Without looking it up, which team in the NFL possesses the top total team defense? If you answered the Cincinnati Bengals, you may pass GO. Marvin Lewis’ young bunch has allowed 275.5 yards per game through the first four weeks, total. To put that in perspective, there are nine NFL teams that currently allow 275.5 or more passing yards each game. It’s going to be a long day for Blaine Gabbert and the Jags' offense. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229811 Start ‘em - Darren Sproles vs CAR Start+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Darren+Sproles+vs+CAR Fantasy Football

During this past Sunday’s fantasy football chat (every week from 10am-1pm EST), one owner asked why I was “hating” on Darren Sproles. On the contrary, I think the speedster is a solid weekly flex play and a must start in PPR leagues. Now that we have reached the first batch of BYES, Sproles’ value receives another boost. He’s currently averaging 33.5 rush yards and 56.0 receiving yards per game. With no Rice, Hightower, Torain, Hillis, SJax, etc available for Week 5, you would be smart to start Sproles. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229809 Sit ‘em - Mario Manningham vs SEA Sit+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Mario+Manningham+vs+SEA Fantasy Football

Here’s a good lesson for all young football players out there, if you want playing time, don’t tick off your quarterback. Several reports surfaced this week that Eli Manning was frustrated with Manningham for running the wrong routes. All of a sudden, it was Victor Cruz lining up opposite Hakeem Nicks for the Giants and not the former Michigan Wolverine. With Manning looking to the air often, there is room for Mario in the offense, but not as a starter on your fantasy roster. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229807 Start ‘em - Owen Daniels vs OAK Start+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Owen+Daniels+vs+OAK Fantasy Football

Fun fact: Owen Daniels has caught 14 balls (23 targets) on the season and 13 of them have picked up a first down. He also has three touchdowns. Andre Johnson, probably sidelined Week 5 with a hamstring injury, only has two touchdowns. Oakland is allowing 274 passing yards per game and opposing quarterbacks have tossed eight touchdowns against them. One concern is the Raiders have shut down tight ends to date. According to our defensive points allowed data, opposing TE are only averaging 5.3 fantasy points per game. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229808 Sit ‘em - LeGarrette Blount vs SF Sit+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+LeGarrette+Blount+vs+SF Fantasy Football

This is the toughest “Sit ‘em” call of the week, but if the Niners can limit LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown to 33 rushing yards on 12 carries in Philadelphia, I’m scared what a one-dimensional Blount can manage three time zones away on a short week. The Buccs' workhorse is averaging more than 16 fantasy points the last three weeks, but San Francisco is only allowing 74 rush yards per game. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229806 Start ‘em - Julio Jones vs GB Start+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Julio+Jones+vs+GB Fantasy Football

I swung and missed on Julio Jones at Seattle. If it’s any consolation, I benched him in both of “compensation” leagues. Oh, it’s not any consolation? Fair enough. This won’t happen again. The rookie wide receiver out of Alabama has been targeted 38 times this season. That ties him for 9th in the league with Hakeem Nicks. With back-to-back games of 100+ receiving yards and the Packers up next on the schedule, this start is a no brainer. If we could just nudge him into the end zone, that would be the ICE-ing on the cake. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30233028 Sit ‘em - Jay Cutler vs DET Sit+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Jay+Cutler+vs+DET Fantasy Football

Cutler has completed a meager 54.2 percent of his passes (71-131) this season. Obviously, this is a microcosm of the issues his offensive line has keeping him off the turf. Sam Bradford (sacked 18 times) took over the number one slot as most-sacked quarterback in the league, but Cutler is right behind him at 15. Opposing quarterbacks possess a rating of 74.5 against the Lions’ defense and have thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five) – thank you Tony Romo. It’s just not a smart play unless you believe Cutler and Matt Forte hook up on three scoring plays of 65 yards or longer. The running back is the offense. – Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Fantasy football start em sit em Week 5 30229804 Start ‘em - Cam Newton vs NO Start+%26lsquo%3Bem+-+Cam+Newton+vs+NO Fantasy Football

Is there room? You know, on the bandwagon? If you ignore Carolina’s game against Jacksonville, when a monsoon decided to pass through the area, Cam Newton is averaging 409 passing yards per game. I’m aware that he’s faced the 26th, 29th, and 31st-ranked pass defenses in those games, but stats are stats. New Orleans is ranked 19th in pass defense (254 yards per game) four weeks into the season. The Saints have allowed eight passing touchdowns with only two interceptions. The Panthers offensive line will need to step up, however, as New Orleans has racked up 13 sacks for a loss of 109 yards. Still, Newton is quickly becoming the king of garbage fantasy points in the fourth. This pattern continues on Sunday. – Ryan Fowler

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