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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 5

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

October 1, 2013

NFL Week 4 has just come to a close and there have been some unforeseen complications for fans and fantasy owners. This includes 0-4 Giants and Steelers, and 4-0 Chiefs and Seahawks. If you predicted this, I call shenanigans! (Or I’d like to borrow your Delorean)

As we mentioned last week, it’s the season of trades with byes and injuries a-plenty. So to get you through these troubling times we’ve compiled some wavier wire picks (there are some left!) and some start ‘em sit ‘em advice. Good luck everyone. 

Week 5 Waiver Wire Picks

Ryan Tannehill QB, Miami Dolphins

After Monday night’s game it may seem like it would be better to leave a slot open than start Tannehill, but therein lies the beauty of fantasy football. Points are always better than nothing, and Tannehill has consistently put up about 15 points. He’ll be playing a Baltimore Ravens defense that gives up 2 TDs and over 260 yards on average to QBs. If you’re down on QBs, Tannehill is your guy this week.

Rashad Jennings RB, Oakland Raiders

Week 5 FF Rashad Jennings

After Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece were taken out of last week’s game, Jennings was able to come in and rack up over 110 all purpose yards. Keep an eye on McFadden’s status, but Jennings should be on your radar. (Other viable options, if available in your league: Willis McGahee, Brandon Bolden, LeGarette Blount, Kendall Hunter) 

Justin Blackmon WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fresh off his 4 game suspension, all indications seems like he’s in shape and ready to go. He will be making his debut against a St. Louis Rams defense who has given up the 10th most fantasy points to wideouts. Grab him up off the waiver wire for Week 5 if you’re looking to fill a bye or injury. (Other options: Jeremy Kerley, Kendall Wright--be wary that he will be playing under backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick)

Sit ‘Em

Chris Johnson, RB Tennessee Titans

Week 5 FF Chris Johnson

With a new starting QB, a rough start to the season and going up against a Kansas City defense that has given up the 2nd fewest points to RBs, sit Johnson this week. 

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Indianapolis Colts

With Seattle stifling QB’s (Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick were held to under 130 yards through the air) and wideouts (allowing only 1 TD to WR Steve Smith back in Week 1) this will make for an interesting match-up. 

Start ‘Em

Giants Wide Receivers

Week 5 FF Cruz Nicks

I know last week we all thought there was no way the Giants would go 0-4, but against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that can’t stop QBs or Wideouts, this is their first win. That said, QB Eli Manning will spread the ball out so start Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz (who you should always be starting!).

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB Jacksonville Jaguars

MJD has had a rough few weeks but he will be back to form in Week 5. The St. Louis Rams defense is currently giving up the most points to running backs and with them preparing for the return of Justin Blackmon it is unlikely that this will be the week they stop the run. Start MJD.

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