Get ready for an explosion from Matt Ryan in week 5! (Todd Kirkland / Icon SMI)
Fantasy Football Start Sit
FREE weekly fantasy football who to start & sit advice
Our weekly "Who to Start and Sit" column is part of FootballDocs In-season content. All of FootballDocs In-season content is 100% free and starts September 5, 2012.
After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5
Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend
players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not
recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked
15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only
start one. If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may
be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer
Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings to help even further with some of those more difficult
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Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA - You probably will be starting Lynch this week if you own him because he might just run for a 1000 yards. The Panthers have shown a propensity for not tackling. Lynch thrives in that type of environment and will be key fantasy factor this week.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - The Saints are terrible at stopping the run. Look for Mathews to have his first good fantasy game of the season. Mathews won't be at the high level he will be at later in the year, but he is still good enough to start this week. He seems to have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of not fumbling.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI - Bye weeks can make things tough, so Bush could be a good option for some teams out there. This week he faces off against the Jaguars. The Jaguars have allowed the 3rd most rushing yards per game at 150.3 and 6 rushing TDs.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Morris has been on fire. He seems to have caught the eye of Mike Shanahan for the moment, and that is an amazing thing. There was never any doubt the Redskins would be able to run the ball, but there was doubt on who would get those carries. Right now it is Morris, so you should continue to ride him.
Lance Moore, WR, NO - Removed from list. He is out with an injury this week.
Eric Decker, WR, DEN - Decker has been heating up the last two weeks and expect that trend to continue facing a New England defense just waiting to get picked apart by Peyton Manning.
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN - The Vikings have a great match-up with the Titans this week. After a tough week last week for Ponder, he should be able bounce back and help out fantasy rosters in Week 5. The Titans have allowed an average of 285 yards per game and 10 total TDs passing in 4 games.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL - Get ready for a Matt Ryan explosion. Washington's secondary is in shambles. If you are lucky enough to own Ryan, unleash him against the competition. If you have to face Ryan this week, head for the hills.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD - It will be a shoot out between Brees and Rivers on the speedy turf in the Big Easy. Rivers has had three "OK" games and one awful game this year. Week 5 should prove to be a "good" game.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL - It's time for "Tony Time" this week. We fully expect to see Gonzo find the endzone against the pathetic Redskins' pass defense.
Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG - Look for Bennett to get back on track this week facing a Browns' secondary that will let him run wild and free.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
CJ Spiller, RB, BUF - Spiller was so great early in the season, but his current health and the 49ers on the schedule make things look bleak for one of our favorite players.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - We are going to go to this well again this week. Johnson burned us last week for a big game, but here's saying he can't do it two weeks in a row. The Titans are being led by back-up QB Matt Hasselbeck, and they get the pleasure of facing the buzzsaw run defense of the Vikings. Expect the Vikings to stack the box and focus completely on shutting Johnson down.
Davone Bess, WR, MIA - Bess had 123 yards receiving last week. That was an impressive total, but you shouldn't expect to see anything near that in Week 5.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - Sanchez has a tough match-up this week against the Texans. Don't even try to use him to fill in your bye week issues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - Fitzpatrick has been on fire this season, but the train gets derailed in Week 5 facing a brutal 49ers defense. Expect Patrick Willis to chew Fitzpatrick up and spit him out.
For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.