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Tampa Bay will need to throw early and often to beat San Fransisco in Week 5.
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)
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 Wide Receviers:
Julio Jones, Atlanta (Green Bay)
The first-round pick is starting to assert his authority in opposing secondaries. Seventeen catches for 242 yards in over his last two games says so despite Jones still awaiting his first trip to paydirt. The Packers defensive backs are banged up and are ranked only ahead of the Patriots in pass defense. Look for Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game to equal or exceed Green Bay's 335 yards allowed per game.
Mike Williams, Tampa Bay (at San Francisco)
The Niners have been great against the run, ranking fourth in the league by allowing less than 75 yards on the ground per game. Josh Freeman is coming off his best game of the season and will be needed to throw it plenty if the Bucs expect to get the win. Look for Arrelious Benn and Preston Parker to have decent games as well.
Santonio Holmes, NY Jets (at New England)
The story is overdone at this point. New England ranks last in the NFL in pass defense by allowing nearly 370 yards per game. Rex Ryan has vowed to get back to the ground game — and they will — but Mark Sanchez will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball this weekend too. Holmes has been a disappointment thus far in 2011 and has only seven receptions in the last three games. If there is going to be a breakout performance, it's going to come against the rival Pats and their atrocious secondary.
Marques Colston, New Orleans (Carolina)
The injury-prone wideout was eased back into the line-up last weekend with one reception for eight yards. Against Cam Newton, expect a more active day for the Saints' top pass-catcher in a game that could easily get into the 30s. Tone down your expectations for Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson.
Deep WR Plays:
Plaxico Burress, NY Jets (New England)
If fully healthy, all Jets pass catchers should post useful fantasy totals.
Sidney Rice, Seattle (at NY Giants)
The Seahawks finally have a vertical threat with Rice back in the line-up. And Tavaris Jackson is coming off his best game...maybe ever.
Michael Jenkins, Minnesota (Arizona)
This could be a high-scoring game in the Metrodome and Jenkins has built a nice rapport with Donovan McNabb.
Sit These Wide Receivers:
Eric Decker, Denver (San Diego)
Brandon Lloyd demanded the football and he got it with an 8-catch, 136-yard performance against a struggling secondary in a blowout loss. It's only a matter of time before Lloyd gets more redzone targets. The Chargers' secondary has been playing excellent football, however, allowing less than 200 yards passing per game. Look for John Fox to target the slightly less effective defensive line with the ground game and for the Chargers to stymie Kyle Orton — and therefore Mr. Decker.
Mario Manningham, NY Giants (Seattle)
The match-up shouldn't scare fantasy owners much at all; however, not-so-Super Mario is clearly not on the same page as Eli Manning. Or let me rephrase that, Manningham isn't on Manning's page — which is the only one that matters. There needs to be a consistent connection before he returns to must-start status.
Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, New Orleans (Carolina)
With Colston back and getting those slot, seam and redzone targets, and with Lance Moore playing quality football, there is almost instantly less room on the field for either Meachem or Henderson. They both have similar skill sets as vertical threats, so they will likely rotate more often than not. This has antacid tablets written all over it.
Deion Branch, New England (NY Jets)
Not getting targeted at all. As in, games without catches. Stay well away.
Start These Tight Ends:
Dustin Keller, NY Jets (at New England)
The Jets passing attack should be very successful and Keller could come up huge.
Rob Gronkowski, New England (NY Jets)
Public Service Announcement to Gronk owners: Forgive and forget. He will bounce back nicely.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit (Chicago)
Getting plenty of looks over the last two (17 receptions) and should be needed against athletic front seven.
Deeper TE Plays:
Greg Olsen, Carolina (New Orleans)
James Casey, Houston (Oakland)