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2013 Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 5

It is hard to believe that for everyone but the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers, the season is already 25% over.  The reality of the NFL is that you cannot win the Super Bowl in September, but you can play yourself out of playoff contention.  Nobody has been more disappointing than the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.  Those teams are perennial playoff contenders that are a combined (0-8).  The only team to make the playoffs after starting the season (0-4) was the 1992 San Diego Chargers.  They would close the season with a 11-1 record to win the AFC West.

I hope that your team is not (0-4), but if you are looking for some good players to play this week, here are some good options to start and sit if you want to earn a win this week.

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is always a great fantasy option, but this week he should be aided by a great rushing attack, led by RB Eddie Lacy.

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy – I typically do not like going with players coming off injury, but there are a number of reasons why Lacy is a good exception.  First, his concussion was back in Week 2; he sat Week 3 and had a bye in Week 4.  He is already a full participant at practice and looks good to start this week.  Second, the Packers are banged up at running back.  RB James Starks is not likely to play this week and FB John Kuhn has a hamstring injury.  That means that Lacy should see the bulk of the carries with fellow rookie RB Johnathan Franklin spelling him.  Third, the Lions are 30th against fantasy running backs, so it is a great matchup. Finally, the Packers are running the ball well, after going 45 games without a 100-yard rusher; they have gone back-to-back games with one.

The Detroit Lions have not won in Green Bay since 1991 and that is not likely to change this week as they are coming off a tough home win against the Chicago Bears, while the Packers had the benefit of a bye week.  I like the Packers to have the lead in this game and they will need Lacy to help control the clock.  He should have RB2 value with good upside in this matchup.

Players to Start

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Maurice Jones-Drew – I still think he has something left in the tank, but his situation is a disaster.  First, the Jaguars are on pace to score only 12 offensive touchdowns, which would be the lowest in league history.  Second, their defense is horrible too, so they never have a lead.  That has him on pace for 228 carries, 552 yards and four touchdowns.  The good news is that the St. Louis Rams are the worst fantasy running back defense in the NFL.  If he is going to hit RB2 value, this is the week.  I would play him and try to sell high if he has a good game.  You may even be able to trade him to someone before this game who has a starting running back on bye.

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods – I do not think fellow Bills WR Steve Johnson is going to play big this week.  According to Football Outsiders, the Browns are the second best defense in the NFL at stopping the WR1 position, thanks to CB Joe Haden.  However, they are 16th against the WR2 position and 23rd against the WR3 position.  Woods is coming off his best game of the season with four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown and he has looked good in every game but Week 3 against the Jets.  I think he is a sneaky WR3 in this matchup and a great bye-week or injury fill-in.

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks – He was held without a catch in Week 3 and he responded with as many drops (three) as receptions in a loss at Kansas City.  The New York Giants line is making it impossible for the Giants to pass the ball and the skill position players are compounding the problem with poor execution.  The good news is that no one gives up more points to fantasy receivers than the Eagles, so Nicks is a great candidate for a breakout game.  I would then try to sell high, as the Giants offensive line is going to hold him back all season.

New York Giants QB Eli Manning – The fact I even have to put him in this article shows how far he has fallen this year.  Part of it has been his bad decision making, but it is hard to make good decisions when the offensive line cannot block anyone.  The Eagles have allowed the fourth most points to fantasy quarterbacks, I think he has finally found a defense that is bad enough to let him put up a solid game.

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer – Hoyer keeps on putting up good numbers and plays a Bills D that is ranked 24th against fantasy receivers this year.  Hoyer is a great QB2 this week and a solid bye-week starter.

St. Louis Rams TE Jared Cook – Cook is a TE1 talent stuck with a quarterback that is not able to make players better around him.  I hope that changes this week against a Jaguars D that is 24th against fantasy tight ends.  I would look for Cook to rebound and he may be a good sell high candidate after this week.  Rams QB Sam Bradford is going to stunt his value the entire season.

Sit of the Week

Moreno has been a great fantasy option this year, but he plays a Dallas D that is third against the run.

Moreno has been a great fantasy option this year, but he plays a Dallas D that is third against the run.

Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno – Given that there are a number of elite fantasy running backs on bye this week (Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris and Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin), many of you may not have the option to sit Moreno.  However, even though Dallas is ranked 17th against fantasy running backs, they are third in fewest yards allowed rushing.  That number is skewed by three receiving touchdowns they have given up to running backs, two of which went to San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead.

Moreno has been a good runner to start the season, tallying 46 rushes for 238 yards and three rushing touchdowns.  However, he has not been a big part of their passing game with only eight receptions for 80 yards and no touchdowns.  I think he is going to have a poor showing this week in a bad matchup.  I would start all the Broncos receivers and tight ends, but I would look elsewhere at running back, if possible.

Players to Sit

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams – The matchup is not very good for Williams this week, the Cardinals just held Doug Martin to 27 rushes for 45 yards.  They are the second ranked fantasy running back defense in the NFL.  I would sell Williams having an impact fantasy game.

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe – Bowe just does not see enough targets in the Kansas City offense to thrive most weeks and he plays a Titans secondary that allows the seventh fewest points to receivers.  He is a good bet to struggle this week against Tennessee.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts – The matchup looks good, as the St. Louis Rams are the 26th ranked fantasy wide receiver defense.  The problem is that QB Blaine Gabbert is still playing and WR Justin Blackmon is returning from suspension.  Shorts is not an awful play, but you should have other receivers to play this week and I would consider them until we see how the targets are going to be split on the worst offense in the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck – The Seahawks have the sixth ranked fantasy quarterback defense and CB Richard Sherman should be able to contain WR Reggie Wayne this week.  I think Luck will have a decent outing, but he is a QB2 this week in a tough matchup.

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick – The Texans defense has allowed the fourth fewest points to quarterbacks.  Their offense that has put them in bad situations early in the season, but in terms of yardage, this is the best defense in the NFL.  Kaepernick always is an enticing fantasy option because of his rushing ability, but I am selling him having a big game against the Texans D.

New York Giants TE Brandon Myers – It is a great matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Giants offensive line is so bad right now, that Myers has been more blocker than receiver in recent weeks.  I would look for that trend to continue and for Myers to be a dicey TE2 option this week.

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110 comments

  1. Six19R_OG-Mobsta /

    Wat Up Derek!!!

    So I was Wondering who U think I Should Start in My Flex Spot for Week 5 of My 10 Team Standard Scoring League out of These 3 Players> (RB- Knowshon Moreno), (RB- Lagarrette Blount) Or (WR-Steve Smith)???

    My League Format> {QB}, {2RB}, {2WR}, {FLEX-WR/RB}, {TE}, {K} Thanks!!!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Six19R_OG-Mobsta – Sorry, I was in my chat. I would start Blount with Ridley out, don’t like Moreno this week and Smith plays Peterson. Good luck.

  2. Tyrone /

    Need a flex. D hop, cj2k or Steve smith?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Tyrone – Thanks for the question. I know CJ2K has a bad matchup, but I think he is superior to those other two receivers. I’d go Johnson. Good luck.

  3. Hey Derek,

    I have a dilemma for week 6 as Matt Ryan is on a bye then and I don’t know what QB to pick up for week 6. I’m in a 12 man league and my back up originally was E.J Manuel but obviously hes hurt now.

    The top options on the FA list, skipping injuries and QB’s also on bye week 6, are:

    Geno Smith
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Joe Flacco
    Carson Palmer

    Or do you suggest any others that might be available?

    Thanks!
    Matt

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. I’d lean Flacco, he is at home playing a bad Green Bay D. Good luck.

  4. Derek, best flex option? Ryan broyles, brandon bolden, Ryan Mathews or andre Ellington? Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jack – Thanks for the question. I think Matthews is the best option, but he is probable and playing an 11:35 pm ET game. Problem is that Bolden is your second best option and he is risky with a knee injury. I’d start Matthews. Good luck.

  5. Big d /

    Should I start shorts over nicks, mal Floyd,

    Need flex

    Shorts, mjd or Powell

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big d – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Nicks at the receiver spot. Blackmon being back clouds Shorts fantasy value. I’d go with Powell in the flex. Good luck.

  6. Already /

    Rbs

    Need 2

    Rice sproiles or woodhead

    Wr
    Need 2

    Kem thomp, fitz, nicks, shorts
    I’m up against Eli this week

    Also need a flex

    • Derek Lofland /

      Already – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Rice and Sproles at my running backs. At receiver, I’d go Fitz and Thompkins. At flex, I would go with Woodhead. It is tempting to play Nicks when you are going up against Eli, but the biggest concern is scoring the most points and I think Woodhead, Fitz and Thompkins will do better than Nicks today, who is very inconsistent. Good luck.

  7. Americas team /

    Nicks, Ray Rice or mar Bennett at flex?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Americas Team – Thanks for the question. Rice isn’t going to see 1 carry in the 2nd half for a second consecutive week, I’d go Rice. Good luck.

  8. Who to start?

    Qb
    Rivers or Ryan

    Rb
    Powell
    Jennings
    Lynch
    R rice

    Wr
    A Jeffries
    Welker
    Amendola
    Den Moore
    Steve smith
    J Finley. (Started Cameron at TE)

    Also need a flex

    I have plenty room though my opponent started hoyer!

    • Derek Lofland /

      No b – Thanks for the question. I would start Rivers at QB. Jets have a tougher pass D than the Raiders. I would go Welker and Smith at receiver. Amendola is going to play, but I’m reading his snaps will be limited. I’d wait a week to play him. At the flex, I’d go with Powell. Good luck.

  9. KLmuzingo /

    I need 8-11 points in my PPR flex spot…

    D Moore
    Woods
    Olsen

    What do you think?

    • Derek Lofland /

      KLmuzingo – Thanks for the question. Woods already played and Olsen has a great matchup against the Cardinals bad tight end defense. Moore has a good matchup against the Chargers secondary, but has a bad quarterback situation. They are very close, I would lean toward Olsen. Good luck.

  10. Derek, who is the best FLEX fit for this week? Brandon Bolden (now that ridley is out) or Ryan Mathews? Both are a bit gimby but my options are limited. Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      JK – Thanks for the question. Because of the late time, I would go with Bolden. If Matthews has a setback and can’t play at 11:35 am ET, you are going to be left without options. Good luck.

  11. Joshua Schilling /

    Hi Derek,

    Sticky situation here. PPR 8 team league.

    WR Start 3
    Edelman
    Boldin
    Decker
    K. Thompkins
    A. Jeffery

    Definitely starting Decker, but kinda hung up everywhere else.
    Boldin has a tough matchup, but I’m not very familiar with Houston’s CBs and how they matchup.
    Edelman is still getting a good workload, but Thompkins seems to be developing good chemistry with Brady and is his go-to on big plays and TDs.
    Chicago has a tough matchup this week to but I wonder if NO might double up on Marshall leaving Jeffrey open for some big yardage. Then there is the fact that Cutler is suspect too.

    RB – Pick 2
    J.Bell
    Moreno
    L.Bell
    T. Richardson
    Woodhead
    Gonna start Danny for his PPR value
    Kinda kicking myself for not picking up F. Jackson off of FA since Le’veon is on the bye this week, but even though the Steelers are sucking it up this year I think he will be a big part of the offense.
    I picked up.Joique Bell when Bush was injured but now that he is back Bell seems almost nonexistent. I wonder though if Clay Mathews is back if they might go to Bell for.some short passes since.he is.good at building yardage and good for.PPR too.
    Moreno is Moreno. Denver has three good backs and Moreno is not the TD guy. Dallas’ defense is pretty underrated too, outside of their poor.performance against Rivers. Probably sit him.
    And then there was Ol’ T-Rich who is suspect against a strong Seattle D.

    Look forward to hearing any thoughts you have. Typing this on my phone too, so please excuse typing flaws.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Joshua Schilling – Thanks for the question. I’d start Decker, Thompkins and Bolidn. Eddelman will take the hit if Amendola can start this week and Jeffery plays a tough Saints D. At running back, seeing you are set on Woodhead, who is a good option this week, I would start Richardson with him. Good luck.

      • Joshua Schilling /

        Thanks for getting back to me Derek. Why Richardson over Moreno? Also do you think Blackmon would be a good pickup to replace Edelman in the long run?

        • Derek Lofland /

          Joshua Schilling – Because Dallas gives up the third fewest yards to running backs, their weakness is stopping receiving backs, which Moreno is not this year. Richardson has a tough matchup too, but with Bradshaw out and the Seahawks playing poorly on the road, I think Richardson is the better play.

  12. Hey Derek,

    Need to start 2 of these guys. Who do you like this week? (PPR)

    Giovani Bernard vs. NE
    Lamar Miller vs. Baltimore
    Rashad Jennings vs. San Diego

    Thanks!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. Sit Jennings, I have no faith in him to do anything this week. He’s a bad football player stuck on an undermanned offense. Good luck.

  13. hey derrick, and fellow readers. looking for some advice on a trade. i have already posted a few times about spiller, and weather he is worth a buy or not. well i finally got the owner interested in moving him.. so i have a few options for the trade and id like some advice one what is best… i should first mention,this is not dynasty, it is 3 keeper league. regardless of this trade, i dont believe spiller will be a keeper for me, unless he out plays t rich…. so this trade would be to help me win this year… please let me know what u think
    my team …
    qb- ryan
    rb- trent, cj2k, d will, matthews, helu, ellington
    wr- calvin, fitz, vjax, nicks, mike williams, harvin
    Te- graham
    d- balt, denv

    trade 1- i give cj2k, nicks, harvin: i get spiller, torry smith
    trade 2- i give cj2k, fitzgerlald, harvin: i get spiller, decker and (either golden tate or greg jennings)
    trade 3- same as 2, but i give v jax instead of fitz.

    my original offer was cj2k, nicks, harvin for spiller and decker. he countered with trade 2…. let me know ur thoughts… i think it comes down to would i rather have vjax, or fitz… or is spiller to riskey and do i stay put? any input would really be appareciated. trying to make this happen by the moring.
    thanks in advance derek

    • Derek Lofland /

      Mike – Thanks for the question. I don’t like Trade 2 or Trade 3, because you are giving up a lot there. CJ2K has the talent to be a high RB2 to low RB1, Fitzgerald and Jackson are very solid receivers and Harvin could be a force when he comes back. I like giving up Nicks better than those 2 and I like getting Torrey Smith back, who is ranked 9th in fantasy. decker is a nice get, but not if you are giving up both Fitz or Jackson and Harvin.

      Now, as far is there risk getting Spiller, of course there is. Spiller is a fantastic talent. But you have to give something to get something. Trade shouldn’t go through this week anyway, so Spiller will have 10 days to heal after this game. He could also stay injured or continue to be ineffective. However, Johnson is up and down too and if they end up being equal, I think Smith is better than Nicks and Harvin is an unknown right now. I think trade 1 is the best one and if you want to gamble on Spiller, it could payoff. Good luck.

      • hi derek, thanks for the quick reply as always,
        my concern with cj is that being ppr league and 6 points for td, cj just doesnt keep up with some of these other guys. i know he is the main guy there, and he stays relativley healthy, so u can count on him to play, and get 20 touches and prob 70-100 yards a week, but he gets absolutly no touches in the passing game, and no goal line work from what i have seen this year, thats why im wanting to move him in hopes to get a guy with higher ceiling… but what u say makes sense.. il have to give it some thought!! thanks again!
        mike

        • Derek Lofland /

          Mike – Trades are always the toughest thing in fantasy football. It’s a big reason I use the waiver wire way more than I do trading.

  14. Kmuzingo /

    I need big points this week…
    I have D.Thomas and A.Johnson at WR. Should I play Woods, D.Moore, Hopkins, or Marlon Brown at the flex spot?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Kmuzingo – Thanks for the question. I love Woods this week, Haden is going to be locked in on Johnson and the rest of the Browns secondary is suspect. I am probably in the minority on that though, so if that is too deep of a play for you and you want a safer pick, I also like Hopkins against San Francisco. Good luck.

  15. John W /

    12 team standard scoring. Team is solid at RB (McCoy, Morris, Lacy, Bernard, D-Williams) but not as solid at WR (Boldin, Steve Smith, Vincent Jackson, Rod Streater, Ryan Broyles… not stupid Nate Burleson thanks to the pizza incident)

    I’m trying to get more stability from WR since we start 2 RB’s and 3 WR’s, no flex.

    Should I worry about that and sell an RB to get a better corps? Who would you dangle?

    • Derek Lofland /

      John W – Thanks for the question. You can’t trade McCoy. Depends on how good of a receiver you want. If you want a WR3 to add to the matchups, I would try to move Williams or Lacy. If you want to try to get a high end WR2, I would go with Morris. Hang onto Bernard, I think he is going to be a star later in the season. Good luck.

  16. Tuma T /

    Hey Derek,
    Both leagues are standard scoring non PPR, both for my flex, and last but not least, Roddy White is listed in both because I know he is getting close to 100% and on too of that last weeks targets were intriguing. Here we are,

    League 1:
    DeAngello Williams
    Roddy White
    Dwayne Bowe

    League 2:
    Roddy White
    Dwayne Bowe
    Mendenhall
    Ryan Mathews

    Thanks in advance!

    • Tuma T /

      On top of that**

    • Derek Lofland /

      Tuma T – Thanks for the question. I have Roddy in a league and I’m not playing him until he can put together a viable fantasy game. He doesn’t need to tally 100 yards and two touchdowns, but I need something over 30 yards. So, I’d go Williams in League 1. I like Mendenhall this week in League 2, but I am a lot higher than most of the experts on him. Matthews is also a good play, so you could go with him too. Good luck.

  17. Mike Davis /

    Hi Derek: I’m in a standard league, and am having a dispute with myself. Do I start Tom Brady vs Cincy or start Romo for some garbage time. Also, Endleman or Amendola?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Mike Davis – Thanks for the question. I have Brady two spots behind Romo. Toss up play, I think they are about the same this week. Don’t know if Amendola is going to play yet. If Amendola starts, I would go him. If he is going to have a limited role or not play, I would go Amendola. Should know the answer to that Sunday morning. Good luck.

  18. Jason /

    Derek, in a standard scoring league would you pick nate washington or eddie royal for wr3 and ryan mathews or willis mcgahee as flex? thanks

    • Jason /

      another part to this question. How do you feel about trading kaepernick for rivers? I have Kaep as a keeper for 2 more years at 18th round.

      • Derek Lofland /

        Jason – Thanks for the question. Need a little more info. How many keepers can you keep and if you trade Kaepernick what players would you be keeping? Also, if you acquire Rivers, can you keep him and what would you have to give up? Thanks.

        • Jason /

          I would still be keeping Jason Witten for 16th round and Demarco Murray for 18th. I could keep rivers for 6th round next year

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jason – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Matthews in the flex against a suspect Raiders D. McGahee is close, but like Matthews a little better. I’d go Washington, Eddie Royal may see an expanded role with Floyd out for the season, but I think with how Washington is played the last two weeks, you have to go with the hot hand. Royal hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last 2 weeks and he is boom / bust depending on touchdowns. Good luck.

  19. Tony t /

    As a 1 time fill in this week. Non ppr… J kerley, d hopkins or A Jeffery… I also have m. Austin but he’s dropped off the radar…

    • Derek Lofland /

      Tony T – Thanks for the question. Austin’s hamstring is bothering him again, didn’t see that coming, lol. I’d go with Jeffery, I have him a few spots ahead of Hopkins. Good luck.

  20. Hey Derek, if Spiller isn’t gonna play I gotta switch him. So if that happens who should I start Moreno or D.Richardson? I’m leaning towards Moreno but I’m already starting Julius at TE if that even matters.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Glue – Thanks for the question. I’d go Moreno, that Rams backfield is a mess right now, I wouldn’t trust Richardson even in the great matchup. Good luck.

  21. IDP Bob /

    Hey, a defensive player question for week 5.
    Which matchup/player do you like the most for week 5?

    Aqib Talib vs Andy Dalton and cincy

    Chandler jones vs Andy dalton and cincy

    Ahmad Brooks vs Matt Schaub and Houston

    Eric Weddle vs Pryor/ Flynn and Oakland

    Charles Woodson vs rivers and San Diego

    Barry church vs Peyton and Denver

    Nick fairley vs Rogers and packers

    Suh vs Rogers and packers

    Deandre levy vs Rogers and packers

    Last, Stephen Tulloch vs Rogers and packers

    • Derek Lofland /

      IDP Bob – Thanks for the question. I’d roll with Chandler Jones against a struggling Cincy line. He’s good for a defensive lineman when it comes to tackles and he puts up good sack numbers. I also like Weddle against the Raiders, although Pryor will be starting. Good luck.

  22. Shawn /

    Hey would you keep or cut Sebastian janikowski loose ? Kickers I’m looking into to replace him are nick Novak, mason Crosby, Alex henery, and Josh brown.
    The one I like is Novak, that offense is moving the chains we’ll & he’s been productive so far.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Shawn – Thanks for the question. I love Janikowski for his range, but Raiders aren’t scoring a lot this year. Crosby has some upside because his bye week is done, so by picking him up you don’t need to worry about a bye week kicker. I also like Novak and the Chargers should move the ball a lot this week. I think either is good. Good luck.

  23. Dianne /

    Hi Derek,

    With RG3 on bye this week, my back up QB is Cutler. I want to drop him for either Sam Bradford or Terrelle Pryor. Who do you think is better this week?

    Thanks for your input!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dianne – Thanks for the question. Like both of those guys better than Cutler this week, have Pryor one spot ahead of Bradford. Chargers have given up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks and Pryor has already been cleared for the game. Good luck.

  24. Derek, so my qb is kaepernick . Would you sit him for cutler for hoyer this week? The qb pool is totally empty . Also nate Washington or Chris givens to replace Vjax for the week? Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Thanks for the question. I wouldn’t sit him for Cutler, but I like Hoyer just a little bit more this week. Risky, because Hoyer has only a couple starts under his belt, but not a fan of that Bills D. I would start Washington over Givens. Good luck.

      • Wow thanks . Not sure I have the balls to sit him over hoyer .. You like San Fran defense or kc?

        • Derek Lofland /

          J – It’s a tough call, Kaepernick is the bigger name and sometimes you have to go with the bigger name. Keep in mind that Kaepernick is the 20th ranked fantasy quarterback right now and Hoyer is 46th, but Hoyer has played two less games. Kaepernick has not topped 200 yards since Week 1 and has 2 touchdowns to 4 picks in that span. That’s why I have Hoyer ranked slightly higher this week. I like the 49ers D better this week, Tennessee has been great about not turning the ball over, although with Fitzpatrick there that may change. Good luck.

  25. Timmy /

    What’s going on Derek- I love reading your posts, very insightful!
    I’m in a dilemma this week, if CJ Spiller can’t go on thurs I’d most likely move spiller from flex to RB spot but for the flex on my bench these are my options Felix jones (bye so he doesn’t count), Alshon Jeffery, TY Hilton, joique bell, and Jaquizz Rodgers. Would you recommend dropping Felix jones for some help? Andre Ellington, Pierre Thomas, Robert turbin, Sidney rice, Chris givens, Harry Douglas, Austin Pettis, Branden Myers, pettigrew are available (my flex is WR/RB/TE)

    • Derek Lofland /

      Timmy – Thanks for the question and the comment; glad you like the articles and posts. I think Jones is a drop in 24 team leagues right now, lol. With Bell back he saw two carries and one reception, that is not playable. I think Ellington is a solid pickup, Mendenhall has an injury history and he could see more time later in the season. He’s a better value that Felix Jones is right now. I like Joique Bell the best of your other options. He sees 10 to 15 touches even when Bush plays and the Packer D is not strong. I’d rather have a flex valued running back than a low third receiver. Rodgers plays the Jets, hate that matchup. Good luck.

  26. Would you drop luck for rivers moving forward? Seems like rivers schedule is easier and he has been great through 4 weeks? 8 team ppr, 6 points per td, 1 pt per 25 yards

    • Derek Lofland /

      Sean – Thanks for the question. Rivers looks like he is back. I hate telling someone to drop someone like Luck, but with the power running game they are trying to implement, Rivers is looking like the fantasy quarterback. I’d try to keep both, but Rivers is the better bet for now. Good luck.

  27. Hey, would you roll with Scott chandler this week & going forward or drop him for one of these, jermaine Gresham, Tyler eifert, Dallas Clark, Brandon pettigrew, or Garrett graham- thanks !

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bob – Those are all TE2 plays, Garrett Graham is the most intriguing as the Texans love tight ends, but he is a boom / bust play. They all are though, so you could try to ride the hot start of Graham and hope it can continue. This week my highest ranked one is Graham, so I would pick him up. Good luck.

  28. Cassidy /

    Ni Derek;
    :

    Need help in a 10 team, non ppr 12 player/position league.
    QB – Stafford
    Defense – Carolina

    Need 2 Rb out of T-Rich, MJD, Moreno (have Levion Bell on bye)
    Need 3 WR/TE out of Megatron, Cobb, D. Jackson, Robert Woods and Jordan Cameron

    Have Succop as kicker but can change to Tucker, Sturgis, Akers or Crosby

    Many thanks.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Cassidy – Thanks for the question. I would go T Richardson and MJD at your backs. Bradshaw looks to be out again, so Richardson should see a ton of carries. MJD finally has a good matchup. I don’t like Moreno this week, because his value is running the ball and the Cowboys allow the third fewest rushing yards to running backs. At receiver, I’d go with Megatron, Cobb and Jackson. I can’t believe I’m telling you to sit Cameron, but I don’t think you can sit those other three receivers with those matchups. Good luck.

  29. Hi Derek,

    For this week, I have a bit of a dilemma of whom to start. Please help.

    QB: Stafford/Rivers (leaning towards Stafford, though Rivers might have a great day vs Oak)
    WR: D.Thomas/ J. Blackmon/ D. Amendola
    RB: Sproles/R. Mathews
    FLEX: R.Woods (BUF) – should have a great based on your suggestion, which i tend to agree with

    Bench: Ridley (just not convinced he can produce)
    Bowe (just a sad story)
    J. Bell

    • Derek Lofland /

      Al – Thanks for the question. Love both QBs, have Rivers a little higher. You can’t go wrong there. I love Woods this week, but those are some pretty good running backs to sit. I tend to like backs in my flex and I have Ridley and Bell ahead of Woods. However, they are in committees and have been struggling, Woods could have a great game. I always tell people to go with their gut, so if you like Woods, play him. It’s a great matchup and he could do big things. As a rookie though, he is a little boom / bust. Good luck.

  30. Hey Derek, would you trade Reggie bush for AJ Green?
    I have bush. His other players: marshawn lynch, Eddie lacy, dangelo williams, David Wilson, Hakeem nicks, Pierre garçon, demaryius thomas, amendola, Deandre Hopkins

    Rest of my team: CJ spiller, Matt forte, le’veon bell, joique bell, Shane vereen on ir , Daryl Richardson but going to drop him
    Larry Fitzgerald , Vincent Jackson, Antonio brown , Josh Gordon , TY Hilton

    Based on my team would you do that, but I’d rather keep bush.

    Would you keep or cut Daryl Richardson or TY Hilton? I’m looking to cut one of them since I don’t play them anyways, it was also reported Richardson will be in for a smaller role this week, won’t be starting

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Thanks for the question. As always, depends on who you are going to pick up, but I think Richardson is a safe drop. I would hold onto Hilton yet, I’m still holding out hope we’ll see the guy we saw in Week 2. Very disappointed with him, but that could change. Bush is a RB1 and Green is a WR1. Green would definitely help your team, you could go with Fitzgerald, Jackson and Green. Brown and Gordon would be great depth. It hurts you at running back though. Spiller is struggling and if him or Forte are were to be injured, you’d be thin. Plus Bush is playing out of his mind and Green is struggling. It’s close to being fair, but I would reject it. Bush is playing to well to trade straight up for a great receiver. Good luck.

  31. Hi there who do you like at qb this week: Stafford, Rivers or Dalton?
    i need 2 rbs from Foster, Murray,Bernard, Green-ellis.
    2 wideouts A Johnson, cruz, welker,royal. its a PPR league.
    1 te witten pettigrew
    1 flex from all above

    • Derek Lofland /

      John – Thanks for the question. Stafford and Rivers are both excellent choices, I like Rivers playing the Raiders. I’d play Foster and Murry at your backs. At receiver, I would go Cruz and Welker. Tight end would be Witten. At the flex, I like both Beranrd and Johnson. Seeing it is PPR, I would go with Johnson, who sees a ton of targets. Good luck.

  32. Ppr league.. for wr3..Hakeem nicks, Chris givens, or Vincent brown?
    For flex.. Any of the above receivers or joique bell, deangelo Williams, rashad Jennings, Coby fleener?
    Thanks!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Alex – Thanks for the question. I would go Bell at the flex and Nicks at the receiver. I’m not real high on Williams, the Cardinals allow the third fewest points to fantasy backs. Good luck.

  33. Fantasy Dr X /

    Standard scoring league now:
    I know you like Eli better than luck this week at qb.
    2 RBs out of Charles, BJGE, wilson and bradshaw.
    2 wrs from Wayne, cruz, hartline, hopkins,royal who might hold more value with Floyd out.
    1 TE V Davis or Clay
    1 Flex out of RB-WR-TE

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dr X – Thanks for the question. I’d go Charles and Wilson. I hate telling anyone to play him at this point, if he can’t do it against the Eagles, it is never going to happen this year. I’d go Cruz and Wayne at receiver. Bradshaw looks like he is going to be out, I would go with Hartline, who I have one spot ahead of Hopkins. I like Davis over Clay. Good luck.

  34. PPR Flex – pick one, thanks.

    Gio Bernard, Bilal Powell, Nicks, Edelman

    • Derek Lofland /

      A – Thanks for the question. I love Bernard this week, with no Wilfork I think the Patriots will be more vulnerable against the run. However, I have Powell two spots ahead, the Falcons Run D has been average, Powell will see more carries and he is playing too well to sit. Good luck.

  35. Jamon /

    Hey Derek got some questions for week 5.
    League 1: pick two rbs: Ridley, sproles, cj2k, fjax. Pick two wrs: fitzy, aj green, Steve smith, d-hop. Pick flex: whoever you do not use above. Pick d: niners or bears, and would you drop one of those to try and get rams? At qb I had rg3, so I grabbed hoyer.

    League 2: I need to grab a defense- I have niners I was able to get from waivers but Carolina is available? Stick with niners as they are ok this week and better long term? Also right now I have Bree’s, lacy and Bernard, Welker James jones and Stevie, cook if no Gronk, and I’d have jacquizz at flex. Lots of bye weeks. I did grab Nate Washington off waivers. You starting him
    Over quiz? Any suggestions?

    Thanks!!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jamon – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Sproles, CJ2K and Ridley at your running backs. I’d go with Fitzgerald and Green in your flex. I’d go with the 49ers D against the mistake prone Houston offense. I wouldn’t drop one of them to get the Rams, Rams are a great play this week, those others will be great all season. Hoyer is a great add for this week with RGIII on a bye.

      League 2 – I’d go with the 49ers D over Carolina, the Texans give teams a free pick 6 every week. Too many turnovers and sacks not to play the 49ers against them and they are better for the season than Carolina. I would start Washington over Rodgers. Washington is playing well, so I think you ride the hot hand. The jets also allow the fewest points by far to running backs, so the matchup does not excite me. Good luck.

      • Jamon /

        Thanks Derek. Quick question in league 1. Pick two rbs and you listed sproles, cj2k and Ridley. Your two would be sproles and cj2k right?

        • Jamon /

          One more thing, would you grab bowe and drop d hop?

          • Derek Lofland /

            Jamon – No, I would not. Hopkins is the 35th ranked fantasy receiver and Bowe is the 45th. Alex Smith is allergic to his receivers, so I think Bowe is going to be a poor WR4 most weeks. Hopkins has much more upside and a better passing game around him.

        • Derek Lofland /

          Jamon – I thought you needed a flex, so I would go Sproles and CJ2K at your backs and Ridley at your flex.

          • Jamon /

            Two trade questions… Someone offered me antonio brown, jordy, roddy and beast mode for ap Welker and Gronk? The rest of my team is Bree’s James jones Emmanuel sanders Jennings, Bernard, s jax, lacy, Gronk, cook. Other question is f jax for spiller. I have f jax.

          • Derek Lofland /

            Jamon – Thanks for the question. I wouldn’t do it. AP and Welker are killing it right now and Gronk should be back in a week or two. He isn’t offering elite enough options to get Welker and AP. Decline the trade.

  36. Gladiator /

    Hi Derek:
    I am in a standard 12 team league. My team is;
    QB: Luck and Hoyer
    WR: Reggie Wayne, Josh Gordon, James Jones and Alshon Jeffries
    RB: Lynch, Demarco Murray, Chris Johnson and Ben Tate
    TE: Jimmy Graham
    DST: Bears and Rams
    Should I play Luck or Hoyer this week?
    Should I play R. Wayne or go with someone else this week because of Sherman? If so which receiver?
    Who should be RB2 after lynch this week?
    Who would be ur flex choice?
    Got Rams this week after Bears DST got torched by Lions – planning to go with Rams this week.
    Also Cecil Shorts, J. Blackmon, Greg Jennings and Marlon Brown are available in my league? Is it worth going after one of them? If yes, who should I drop?
    Thanks

    • Derek Lofland /

      Gladiator – Thanks for the quesiton. I have Hoyer 13th and Luck 15th this week, so that is a toss up. I like Hoyer in that matchup. I think you have to play Wayne, I’d play him and Gordon. I would play Murray with Lynch and go with Chris Johnson in your flex. I like the Rams D this week, that is a solid choice. I wouldn’t go after any of those receivers, I think who you got is good. Good luck.

      • Gladiator /

        Thanks for your comments. My kicker Blair Walsh is on bye this week. He is ranked second among kickers in 4 weeks. Should I drop him or someone else for this week?
        Thanks again

        • Derek Lofland /

          Gladiator – I hate dropping a kicker ranked that high, but I wouldn’t want to give up a positional player that I want to play consistently. If you have a scrub that you don’t plan on using much or care if you lose; drop him for a bye week kicker. Otherwise drop Walsh, better to have a lesser kicker than lose a good receiver or running back. Good luck.

          • Gladiator /

            Would you drop either Cecil shorts, Alshon Jeffries or James jones to keep Blair Walsh? My kicker has been more consistent then them so far.
            Thanks

          • Derek Lofland /

            Gladiator – I looked at ESPN.com to see the percentage of leagues that own those receivers. Jones and Shorts are in the high 90s and Jeffery is in the mid 80s. However, Walsh is owned in 96% of leagues, so you probably aren’t going to get him back and most people seem to be cutting players to pick up another kicker. I wouldn’t cut Jones, he plays with Rodgers and he showed what he can do against Washington. So it comes down to Jeffery and Shorts. Jeffery is emerging and has a ton of upside. Shorts is on pace for a big yardage season, but isn’t scoring touchdowns and his value is going to go down with Blackmon back. So, of the three Shorts would be the one I’d be least upset if I lost.

  37. Hey Derek, trying to pick 3 out of 6 players. Standard 12team, just looking for depth. I have Brandon myers, Andre ellington, and Carson palmer and thinking of dropping those 3 for Jared cook, Jerome simpson, and Brian hoyer.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Sam – Thanks for the question. Cook is better than Myers, so I would go with him. I’d keep Ellington, I think he could emerge as a sleeper later in the season. Hoyer and Carson are similar, their ranking will depend on matchup. Hoyer has a lot of upside, the deciding factor for me would be who their opponents are when you starter has a bye. Good luck.

  38. Big Johnson, Little Bush /

    Hey Derek, so I’m in a standard 10 team, and this is what my lineup looks like thus far:

    QB: Michael Vick
    RB: Reggie Bush, Fred Jackson
    WR: Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitz
    TE: Jordan Cameron
    FLEX: Darren Sproles
    Def: Chiefs
    K: Caleb Sturgis

    Bench:
    QB: Tony Romo, Philip Rivers
    RB: Alfred Morris, Joique Bell, Deangelo Williams, Roy Helu
    WR: Dwayne Bowe

    So I picked up Rivers because I am trying to make deals with Romo. Thinking Vick over both of them just because of how terribly the Giants D has been over the past few weeks.

    What do you think about my RB/Flex spot? Just worried about Jackson but he’s been playing well so I’m thinking to start him.

    Opinions? Comments?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big Johnson, Little Bush – Thanks for the question. I have Rivers 4th and Vick 5th, think you can go either way there. Both are solid plays. At your back spot, I have Bell ranked higher than Jackson. The Browns are allowing only 2.9 yards per carry, which is best in the league. Even with that good game by Bush last week, Bell still saw 10 touches and the Packers D has been shaky this year. If Spiller sits, I think I would go Jackson, just because a starting running back is too good to pass up. If Spiller plays, I would lean toward Bell. Good luck

  39. Fantasy Dr X /

    PPR league: Luck or Eli?
    2 RBs: Spiller, Gore, D Williams, Mathews, J Bell Thinking Gore and Wiliiams
    2 WRs: Fitz, DJAX, Wayne, Austin
    1 TE V Davis or gates who’s been hot
    1 flex out of RB-WR-TE Thinking of playing both TEs and bench Wayne.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dr X – Thanks for the question. Seeing Seattle is so tough, I would probably risk playing Eli against the Eagles D. Not sure if Spiller is going to play this week and may be limited with the injury, I’ll probably know more tomorrow. I’d lead Gore and Bell. The Cardinals are the 2nd ranked fantasy running back D and Mathews has a nice matchup, but is in a committee. Bell and Bush have been viable together and I think both will have good games against Green Bay. At receiver, I would go with Fitz and D Jackson. At tight end, I would go with Gates. The flex is interesting, because Wayne is going to be shadowed by Sherman and the Texans are 30th against fantasy tight ends. Davis is so up and down though, I’d probably lean toward Wayne, but I think you could go either way there. Good luck.

  40. I need to pick up a defense this week since Tampa Bay is on a bye. I am thinking Cleveland against Buffalo or Atlanta against the Jets. Which is the better play?

    I have to drop someone to pick up another D, who would you drop from my bench?

    Rashad Jennings
    Andy Dalton
    Pierre Thomas
    Roddy White
    Tavon Austin
    Kenbrell Thompkins
    Tampa Bay D

    Thanks!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. I love the Falcons against the Jets, they are on pace for 44 turnovers and 56 sacks on offense and there are always defensive touchdowns to be had. The Tampa D right now is the 11th ranked fantasy D, so you could probably drop them and be fine. Otherwise, I would drop Jennings, McFadden is putting up bad numbers in that offense most weeks, I can’t see Jennings being a viable fantasy play even if McFadden is injured. Good luck.

  41. Sean M /

    Yo Derek.

    Seems like since Scott got dropped the Wilson hype train is back in action.

    I got offered this trade…Wilson/Roddy for SJax/M. Austin

    Is that a bad trade for me, I could use a feature RB. Or should I just hold out on Wilson and Roddy? I have Dez/Nelson as my other Wr’s and DMC as my RB2

    • Derek Lofland /

      Sean M – Thanks for the question. It is a fair trade. You are swapping distressed assets right now. White and Jackson should be healthy after their Week 6 bye and if both stay healthy, I would rather have Jackson, who is a RB2 than White, who is a WR2. Plus, you don’t want to rely on McFadden. Now, I think White is more likely to stay healthy after the bye than Jackson. I’m not real worried about Wilson breaking out, that line is horrible and I don’t see how they change that this year. Austin has hammy issues already, so you may end up having to play the waiver wire to pick up a receiver if Austin becomes an injury case. You aren’t going to get risk free deals to upgrade at running back, this seems like a reasonable move. I’d do the deal.

      • Sean M /

        Thanks for the reply. I actually declined and he has now offered me SJax/Hopkins. I’m tempted to accept…I’d just hate myself if Wilson finally lives up to the hype and turns out to be a RB2 and Roddy becomes that top 10 WR again after his bye.
        SO you honestly have no faith in Wilson goin forward, he literally has zero competition now (brown all over again)?

        I posted this trade offer on rotoworld and the forum’s have basically all said to decline. I’m lost man

        • Derek Lofland /

          Sean M – I’ll tell you from personnel experience, I don’t do trades much, unless my record is horrible and I have to shake things up. I tend to like the waiver wire as a way to upgrade my team if my record is solid. People have unrealistic expectations in trades. They want to upgrade their team without having to give anything up or they want to trade two bad players for one good one. I always feel like I’m taking a bath when I make a fantasy trade.

          Here’s my thought on the trade. Wilson stinks right now. They have no line, they are losing time of possession and they are behind all game. He had 11 carries in Week 2 and 13 carries in Week 4. Could he turn it around, absolutely. But he hasn’t yet. So it really doesn’t matter what he could do, he’s worth what he is doing, which is nothing. So all you are going to be able to get for him is an injured 30-year old running back, because nobody is going to be able to play him until he turns it around and nobody is going to trade you a back that is productive.

          So, I think that trade of Jackson and Austin or Jackson and Hopkins for Wilson and White is fair. It’s injured players and nonperforming players switching teams. If Wilson turns it around and White plays well coming off the bye, he’ll get the better end of the trade. If Jackson comes off the bye and stays healthy and Hopkins plays well, you will. That’s why it is fair, either of you could come out of that ahead.

          So, if your record stinks right now and you need to do something to save your season, I would make the trade. Use Hopkins instead of White to get extra points at receiver and hope that Jackson will give you something in a couple weeks. If you have a good record and can wait around for Wilson to start producing, then that makes sense. Use the waiver wire to find a receiver until White is healthy. But you aren’t going to find a trade you are going to be excited about, because Wilson is a very unexciting player right now. Hope that helps and good luck.

  42. Yo Derek, should I go with David Wilson or Julius Thomas in my W/R/T flex?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jack – Thanks for the question. I hate telling people to play tight ends in their flex, but Wilson is so unreliable right now and Denver is so good that I think you have to roll with J. Thomas right now. I like Wilson this week, but when I say I like him I have him as a flex play with four teams on bye. I’d go Thomas and keep Wilson on the bench until he shows you something. Good luck.

  43. Would you buy-low on Hakeem nicks?
    The past couple weeks he hasn’t been that good
    The owner said he needs TE or RB help , I won’t be able to trade him a TE because I just have one but I’m pretty deep at RB; Spiller, Forte , Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Le’veon Bell, Daryl Richardson & Shane vereen

    His other receivers are Garçon, aj green, demaryius Thomas, Danny amendola, deandre hopkins.
    His RB’s are Eddie lacy, David Wilson, marshawn lynch and deangelo williams

    • Derek Lofland /

      Mike – Thanks for the question. I’m advocating people sell Nicks high this week, because he might have a good game against the Eagles and that could entice people to trade for him. His line is awful, which limits Manning’s ability to throw Nicks the ball. You could ship Richardson or Vereen and hope that Nicks has a bounce back. I wouldn’t trade your top four backs, they are going to be good depth for you. I think you can find a waiver wire replacement for Richardson or Vereen and Richardson might be appealing to him going against the Jags. Good luck.

  44. Hey there Derek, which defense would you start this week?
    Ravens D vs Miami or Falcons D vs Jets?

    Also start CJ Spiller on the short week & coming off an ankle injury or move Reggie bush from flex to RB & put spiller to bench, on the bench I have these options for flex – TY Hilton & Daryl Richardson.

    I have Antonio brown & v- jax on bye so planning starting Josh Gordon vs buffalo.

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Thanks for the question. I love the Falcons against the Jets, I would go with them. Ravens scare me on the road this week. If Spiller plays, I would leave your backs as is. If he doesn’t put Darryl Richardson in and hope he can take advantage of the matchup with the Jags. Don’t like Hilton against the Hawks secondary. Gordon against Buffalo is a great start, he is a solid WR2. Good luck.

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