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The Jets' Mark Sanchez is a solid start this week against the Patriots.
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Complete Week 5 NFL Fantasy Rankings
Week 5 Start & Sit: Quarterbacks
Week 5 Start & Sit: Running Backs
Week 5 Start & Sit: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Week 5 NFL Byes: Dallas, Cleveland, Washington, Baltimore, St. Louis, Miami
Start These Quarterbacks:
Mark Sanchez, NY Jets (at New England)
The Jets quarterback posted his worst fantasy output of the season last week, completing only 11-of-35 passes for a season-low 119 yards and no touchdowns. However, in two of his last three meetings with New England, Sanchez has thrown three touchdowns and no picks. After four weeks, the Patriots are last in the NFL in pass defense at 368.8 yards allowed per game through the air. Sanchez could easily be a top 12 passer this weekend.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (Green Bay)
The Falcons passer has had an interesting season. He has topped 300 yards twice but has one TD and one INT total in those two games. He has only one game with more than one touchdown, and that was a four-TD explosion in Week Two that featured only 195 yards passing. In three career games against Green Bay, Ryan has failed to reach 200 yards, but with the injuries to the Packers secondary, revenge on the mind and what should be an inability to run the ball, the Falcons passing game should be flying high this weekend. Ryan has 621 yards over his last two weeks, and the Packers are 31st in the NFL against the pass. Fantasy owners can expect that yards per game average to continue this weekend.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay (at San Francisco)
It took a large 26.18-point fantasy performance against the lowly Colts to elevate Josh Freeman to No. 19 overall in the fantasy rankings. Needless to say, his start to 2011 has been disappointing (or expected, depending on your preseason take on Freeman). The Niners are fourth in the NFL against the run at 74.0 yards per game, so expect Freeman to have to throw it around against the 27th-rated passing defense (284 ypg). In his only meeting with the Niners, Freeman threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the 21-0 win last fall. Expect him to carry last weekend’s fantasy momentum into this Sunday’s action.
Deep Week 5 QB Plays:
Matt Cassel, Kansas City (at Indianapolis)
Colts allowing 254 yards/game passing, and he is coming off best game of 2011 (260-1-0)
Curtis Painter, Indianapolis (Kansas City)
281-2-0 isn’t a bad line for your first career start, and no one has allowed more passing TD than the Chiefs (10).
Tavaris Jackson, Seattle (at NY Giants)
Posted a 319-3-2 line last weekend, and Giants secondary is decimated by injuries.
Sit These Quarterbacks:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (Tennessee)
Big Ben was walking around in a boot all week, and the Titans have been rather stingy on defense. They rank seventh in the NFL against the pass at 212 yards allowed per game and have intercepted more passes (5) than touchdown passes allowed (4). The Steelers offensive line has been an absolute sieve thus far in 2011, and Big Ben has been sacked nine times and fumbled four times in three career games against the Titans. And with Reshard Mendenhall far below 100 percent, the entire Black and Gold offense could struggle this weekend.
Matt Schaub, Houston (Oakland)
It’s a fairly simple equation: Matt Schaub minus Andre Johnson equals fantasy mediocrity. In 2011, Schaub is averaging only 240 yards per game – his worst per-game average since his first season in Houston back in 2007. This is partly because the Texans boast the NFL’s No. 4 rushing attack now that Arian Foster is back to full strength. Oakland is leading the NFL in rushing and just allowed the Pats to roll up 185 yards on the ground. Expect a lot of handoffs in this contest of running backs Foster and Darren McFadden.
Jay Cutler, Chicago (at Detroit)
As is typical in a Mike Martz scheme, protecting the quarterback is low on his priority list. Cutler has been sacked 15 times — second only to Sam Bradford’s 18. And the Detriot Lions have a nasty front line that has nine sacks and helped with seven interceptions. Cutler entered last weekend averaging 38 attempts and 286 yards per game. He attempted only 17 passes for 102 yards and no touchdowns in a 34-point game against Carolina. Matt Forte was featured prominently and could be once again this weekend. On the road against a swarming front seven doesn’t sound like a recipe for fantasy success this weekend.