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FANTASY FB: Tim Twentyman takes a look at players to start and players to sit for Week 5

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Tim Twentyman also takes a look at whether to start or sit five key Detroit Lions heading into Week 5 vs. Green Bay.

LIONS 5

Matthew Stafford, QB, Start: Stafford had his first week scoring under 20 points (19) in standard scoring leagues last week vs. Chicago, but should have a big bounce-back week vs. a Green Bay defense that’s giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.

Reggie Bush, RB, Start: When healthy, Bush is a must start in all leagues. The Packers have given up three rushing touchdowns in three games and Bush will get his share of touches in the passing game, too.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Start: Pettigrew caught all seven of his targets last week for 54 yards. That’s not huge production, but it’s a good start after a slow start to the season. The Packers have given up three touchdowns to tight ends this year and a 11.0 average in Fantasy points.

Lions defense, Sit: The Lions defense has been a pleasant surprise in the Fantasy Football world this year. They’re averaging 9.3 Fantasy points per week and have two double-digit performances. Still, I’d sit them this week against the explosive Packers offense.

David Akers, K, Start: I expect a high-scoring affair on Sunday and Akers could be the beneficiary once again. He scored 18 points last week and could be in line for a similar total this week. He might be a great pickup if your kicker is on the bye week.

Note: I will never include Calvin Johnson in the Lions 5 because he's a must start every week he's healthy.

A look at last week's Lions 5: I told you I wasn’t crazy about Stafford’s matchup with Chicago, but he still managed 19 points. That’s not bad. I told you to start Reggie Bush (22), which was a home run, and Brandon Pettigrew (5), which I call a single. Not bad, but not great. I blew it on Ryan Broyles. I thought he’d have more of an impact with Nate Burleson out but he didn’t have a catch. I also missed on Joe Fauria, who didn’t get a target in the red zone.

START

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (vs. PHI): Manning hasn’t been good this year, but the Eagles defense might be the cure. Philadelphia is giving up an average 27.0 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and has given up nine passing touchdowns in four games.

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo (at CLE): Jackson is one of only three running backs (Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte) to have at least 10 Fantasy points in every game this year. With C.J. Spiller dealing with an ankle injury, Jackson could be a nice No. 2 option this week.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland (vs. BUF): Quarterback Brian Hoyer and Gordon seem to have some chemistry and Buffalo is just atrocious vs. the pass this year. Over the first four weeks, Buffalo has surrendered seven touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points to the position.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay (vs. DET): Lacy should be back in the lineup this week and should be in your starting lineup, too. The Lions have given up five rushing touchdowns in four games and are allowing the third-most fantasy points (21.8 average) to opposing backs.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas (vs. DEN): Denver has given up a rushing touchdown in every game this season and the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. I like the matchup for Murray, whose averaged 17.0 points over the last two weeks.

SIT

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee (vs. KC): Johnson has yet to reach 100 yards or score a touchdown in any game this season. Not to mention he’s facing a Chiefs defense that’s allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston (at SF): Schaub is turning the ball over at a ridiculous rate (already six interceptions on the year) and is facing a 49ers defense in need of a breakout performance.

Steve Smith, WR, Carolina (at ARI): Smith and quarterback Cam Newton seem to be a little off this year and Smith will be facing probably the best cornerback in the game in Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals secondary that ranks ninth in fantasy points allowed to receivers.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville (vs. STL): I just never get excited about good players on bad football teams. Jones-Drew has scored more than four points in just one game this year. Usually, I’d like this matchup against a St. Louis defense that’s given up the most fantasy points to running backs this year. But something tells me to run away from this.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco (vs. HOU): Kind of an amazing stat in the this day in age when it comes to the Texans. Through four games, they have yet to allow an opposing quarterback to throw for 200 yards.

SLEEPERS

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville (at STL): Blackmon makes his return from suspension and faces a Rams team that’s giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to receivers. Blackmon averaged 10 fantasy points per game the last four games of the season last year.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants (vs. PHI): He had his highest point total of the season lack week vs. Kansas City with five points. Things look up this week, though, the Eagles have allowed three rushing touchdowns in four games and average of 17 points per game to the position.

Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis (vs. Seattle): Fleener has scored at least 12 points in two of his last three games and Seattle gave up 19 points to the position last week vs. Houston.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants (vs. PHI): Nicks has only scored 11 points total over the last three weeks, but the Eagles have given up the most fantasy points to receivers on the road this year. Nicks could be a nice bye week or flex option.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England (at CIN): He has 129 rush yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks and will get all the goal line carries with Stevan Ridley (knee) hurt.