NFL Week 5 Start Sit
Jay Cutler QB Chicago Bears
Here’s one thing that we know about Jay Cutler and the Bears offense. They can put points on the board. In four games this season, the Bears are averaging 29 points a game. We also know that Cutler is significantly better at home than away. With these factors in mind, the huge home matchup against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday seems like a game where Cutler will be piling up points. Whether it is the Bears having to throw to come back, or throw to stay with the high powered Saints offense, I’m expecting Cutler to score at least 20 points, and is fully capable of a 30 point game.
I’d go with Cutler over guys like Colin Kaepernick, Eli Manning, and Andrew Luck.
DeAngelo Williams RB Carolina Panthers
Williams has quietly established himself as the go to running back in Carolina, a team that has benefited from an early bye week last week. Now, they have a date in Arizona against the vaunted Cardinals passing defense. WIth Steve Smith getting blanketed by Patrick Peterson, and Tyrann Mathieu shadowing Greg Olsen, Cam Newton’s passing options look to be limited.I would expect Williams to get a ton of carries, and some looks out of the backfield on a handful of checkdowns.
Williams is a solid start at flex, and I’d go with him over Stevan Ridley, Lamar Miller, and Eddy Lacy
Roddy White WR Atlanta Falcons
I get your frustration Roddy White owners. I too have been burned by his bum ankle in several of my leagues. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think it’s this week. After only playing half the snaps in the first three weeks, White played all but two snaps last week. While his numbers were still not up to par for his usual standards, he was targeted nine times. The Falcons are 1-3 and suddenly facing a must win home game on Monday night. I wouldn’t be surpised to see the Falcons run the score up in this one, trying to establish themselves as a premiere NFC team again.
Go with White over Julian Edleman, Hakeem Nicks, and Steve Smith.
Bilal Powell RB New York Jets
Powell has been the most productive Jet so far this year, though that isn’t really saying much. This week, the Jets are traveling to Atlanta, a game where New York will likely be trailing most of the game. As a result, Powell won’t be used much out of the backfield. He will still be useful in full PPR leagues, as the rookie Geno Smith will likely be checking it down a ton. I just don’t see Powell being too productive in this one, and is better off on your bench this time around.
Guys I like more than Powell this week are Giovani Bernard, David Wilson, and Ryan Matthews.
Colin Kaepernick QB San Franciso 49ers
Kaepernick started the season off by scorching the Packers defense for 30 points in most leagues. He followed that up with two awful games, before having a statistically solid game, but one that barely broke 15 points in most leagues. Bottom line is, the 49ers offense is struggling, and it doesn’t figure to get any better this week with a date against Houston. In my big league, I’m benching Kaep in favor of Jay Cutler, and I’d recommend strongly that you look at your bench this week.
Other QBs I like this week over Kaep are Sam Bradford, Tony Romo, and Alex Smith.
Reggie Wayne WR Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne has continued to be Andrew Luck’s favorite target, and enjoyed his best game of the young season so far last week against Jacksonville, registering 5 catches for 100 yards and a TD. However, Wayne has a significant test coming up this week with Richard Sherman and Seattle coming into town. The Colts game plan this week will be to pound it out with Trent Richardson in an attempt to wear down the physical Seattle defense. As a result, I don’t think that Wayne will get near the number of targets he is used to, leading to a steep decline in his production this week.
Some WR3’s that I would plug in for Wayne this week are James Jones, Nate Washington, and Eddie Royal.