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Start/Bench - Week 5

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One month down and there is plenty of football to go, so let’s dispense with any idle chatter and get down to business.

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Aaron Rodgers
Peyton Manning
Michael Vick
Drew Brees
Tom Brady
Matthew Stafford
Cam Newton
Robert Griffin III * bye week *
Matt Ryan
Philip Rivers

WELCOME ABOARD

Philip Rivers : More than 1,200 yards of total offense with 11 passing touchdowns and only two turnovers through four games. Against all odds, Rivers has returned to an elite fantasy quarterback level.

START

Sam Bradford, ST. LOUIS vs. Jacksonville: Absolutely nothing about last week’s debacle against the San Francisco 49ers suggests that Bradford belongs on a start list of any kind. Well, hang on a second, folks. The Jaguars are coming to town. Look for numbers closer to those Bradford put up in Weeks 1 and 2 when he completed 59-of-93 passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns.

Colin Kaepernick, SAN FRANCISCO vs. Houston : Kaepernick had a nice bounce-back performance last week against St. Louis with two passing touchdowns and a 65.2 percent completion rate. The Houston defensive line should force Kaepernick to vacate the pocket and run more this week, which boosts his fantasy value even more.

Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Philadelphia: Peyton Manning’s little brother (yes, we are back to calling him that) is off to a nightmare start with six touchdowns against 11 turnovers while being sacked 14 times. Next up are the Philadelphia Eagles and their porous defense. Manning’s numbers should be looking up after he torches Philadelphia this week.

Terrelle Pryor, OAKLAND vs. San Diego: Pryor cemented his position as the No. 1 quarterback for the Raiders without even playing a down last week while sitting out with a concussion. Matt Flynn is that bad. Pryor should be back for Week 5 and in what looks to be a shootout with the resurgent Chargers. San Diego has allowed more than 310 yards per game through the air and eight passing touchdowns this season.

Tony Romo, DALLAS vs. Denver: The Broncos are racing out to early leads and forcing teams to throw the ball to catch-up. Romo will produce huge stats even if they are only of the ‘garbage time’ variety. Start him with confidence.


BENCH

Matt Schaub, HOUSTON at San Francisco: The 49ers defense got their swagger back last week smacking St. Louis around. San Francisco will concentrate on containing running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate , forcing Schaub to beat them through the air. That is not Schaub’s game as he is prone to the untimely mistake and has thrown six interceptions this season. It’s going to be a long night for the Texans offense and Schaub in particular.

Andy Dalton, CINCINNATI vs. New England: For the season, Dalton has more turnovers (six) than touchdowns (five) and struggles with consistency. Expect the Bengals to try and establish the running game with running backs Giovani Bernard and former Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Cornerback Aqib Talib will look to take A.J. Green out of the picture and that will further hinder Dalton’s fantasy outlook.

Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY at Tennessee : Smith has been solid while putting up 957 passing yards with seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. He’s also added 151 yards rushing and averages 5.0 yards per carry. This week Smith faces a Titans defense that is getting solid pressure on quarterbacks (14 sacks) and has solid cornerbacks and linebackers to defend his dink-and-dunk ways. This game looks to be a low-scoring affair and not one that Smith will post big numbers in.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TENNESSEE vs. Kansas City: No, no, no. Nothing to see here, keep walking.



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