Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week five selections.
Start: Greg Olsen, TE: Carolina Panthers: Jeremy Shockey has a mild concussion and may not play much meaning Olsen will get all of the potential TE touches and with the Saints putting a lot of pressure on Cam Newton, it may mean lots of short dump offs to Olsen.
Sit: Adrian Peterson, RB: Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings flat out suck and Arizona is going to throw it all over the Metrodome causing the home team to rely on Donovan McNabb meaning less carries and less yards for Peterson.
Sleeper: Tony Gonzalez, TE: Atlanta Falcons: The Green Bay Packer offense cannot be stopped so the Falcons will need to put up a lot of points to stay in this one. Matt Ryan will look for his favorite target, Gonzalez, before anyone else.
Start: Eli Manning, QB: New York Giants: Seattle has given up an average of 14 points a week to opposing quarter backs. Eli is averaging 20.5 points a week against four not so great defenses, he is facing another one this week. With six teams on bye this week Manning should be a great option.
Sit: LeGarrette Blount, RB: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Many people might be expecting Blount to have another big game this week after scoring big numbers against Indy last week. Don’t be fooled most of his points came on a 35 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. San Francisco is fourth in the league against the run so look for them to shut down the Bucs running game.
Sleeper: Jeremy Maclin, WR: Philadelphia Eagles: Buffalo is 22nd in the NFL in passing yards against they have also allowed eight passing touchdowns already this season. Maclin is getting more targets and catches than DeSean Jackson, he also leads in yards. Look for this trend to continue on Sunday.
Start: Ryan Matthews, RB: San Diego Chargers: This just in, the former Fresno State standout is a pretty good tailback. The Chargers are facing the Denver Broncos who are allowing over 100 yards on the ground per game. With Antonio Gates out and Vincent Jackson banged up, Matthews should get plenty of work. He’s had at least one explosive play per game this season and today should be no different. Look for Matthews to go over 150 all purpose yards with a pair of scores against Denver.
Sit: Steelers Running Backs: It doesn’t really matter who it is, Rashard Mendenhall is questionable at best for the game against the Titans, and Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore aren’t reliable enough even as flex options. The Pittsburgh offensive line is looked like a theme park turnstile this season, allowing opposing defensive lines free passes into the backfield. Add in the fact that Tennessee is 8th against the run on defense allowing just 88 yards per game and only one rushing touchdown and you have a recipe for disaster for Steelers running backs.
Sleeper: Stevan Ridley, RB: New England Patriots: Surprisingly enough, the New York Jets are ranked as the 27th best defense against the run, allowing a staggering 130 yards per game and six rushing touchdowns this season. Last week against Oakland, Ridley broke out carrying the ball 10 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. I fully expect Ridley to see more carries come his way against the Jets, which could mean a 100+ yard day and a pair of scores.