Our Week 5 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 5 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins WAS VS SEA

Captain Kirk Cousins should keep to South Park cameos, rather than starting on any fantasy football roster for Monday Night against the Seahawks. The Legion of Boom and amazing Seahawks secondary is well documented, but they also chase the quarterback pretty darn well. A win for Washington might be if Cousins makes it through the entire game healthy. Cousins will be a spot play from here on out for owners, but this week it’s safe to say that the running game will be a major focus and not Cousins’ passing abilities. Hopefully he’s still not shaken from last Thursday’s disaster. Better days are ahead for Kirk, just not Monday night.

Teddy Bridgewater MIN @ GB

Let’s not jump off the Bridgewater train just yet. However, I’m here to curb that enthusiasm a bit to those who think he’ll continue to put up solid performances like he has since relieving Matt Cassel for the Vikings. Clay Matthews and the defense aren’t as horrible as everyone touts. It’s at Lambeau and it’s on a short week. Cuddle up with Teddy, just don’t play teddy on your team this week. Better options abound for quarterbacks.
Editor’s note: Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) will be inactive for Week 5.

Running Backs

Bernard Pierce BAL @ IND

Was Pierce benched or was he not used to get more rest for his thigh injury last weekend? Either way, from last Sunday’s results, the Ravens have 2 running backs that are more than capable of filling in for him. It’s shaping up to be a nasty timeshare and committee of running backs in Baltimore. While the Colts aren’t a great defense, it’s just unpredictable how many touches Pierce will have to be certain that he’ll be effective. Stay clear of the Pierce this week.

Toby Gerhart JAX VS PIT

Gerhart might be the worst starting running back in the league. I’ve heard those words at least 3 times from 3 different sources in the past 3 weeks. It appears that the Jaguars are finally coming to that realization too. So if you drafted Toby in one of the top 6 rounds and feel the need to start him based on that, then you are probably not winning much. He’s better off dropped from your roster than started at this point. This Stanford product might be better off in a classroom than on a football field.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald AZ @ DEN

I hate to put the Fitz on this sits list. He’s one of the best pass catchers in the game, but this matchup versus top cornerback Aqib Talib does not appear to be advantageous. Arizona does not have a hall of fame quarterback under center and Fitzgerald has not shown me he can beat elite cornerbacks this season. Fitzgerald is a tough one to bench, but I’m throwing it out there. Let him linger on the pine this weekend.

DeSean Jackson WAS VS SEA

The boom or bust of our generation is DeSean Jackson. He went boom against the Eagles 2 weeks ago, but then bust against the Giants with just one reception last week. This week it’s Seattle Seahawks secondary. I’m not confident in Cousins or any receiving options on the Redskins. It only takes one bomb to make him fantasy relevant. I don’t see it happening for DeSean Monday night.

Tight Ends

Logan Paulsen WAS VS SEA

With Niles Paul and Jordan Reed still uncertain due to injuries, it appears Paulsen will be the go to release valve for Cousins. Originally, like many fantasy owners, I thought he would be good pick up and play this week. However, he’s not elusive, nor is he a threat to run after the catch. He had trouble not fumbling last weekend and this week it’s a more dominant defense he’ll be facing. No way would I recommend Redskins offensive options other than Alfred Morris this week.

Coby Fleener IND VS BAL

Fleener looked like Andrew Luck’s favorite target from Stanford last week, as he found the end zone. This week, Baltimore poses a different challenge. In fact, the Ravens have only allowed one touchdown to a tight end in their last 12 games. Fleener splits time on the field and he’s just not elite enough at the position to consider starting week-in and week-out. Fleener is pure fodder this Sunday, sit!

Defense

New Orleans Saints NO VS TB

The New Orleans Aints defense is what they should call it. The Saints have yet to put together a complete game of solid defensive football. Although they’re going up against a rookie quarterback, there’s not enough confidence to give them a thumbs up. They’ll be a trendier pick-up and play for the week, but 8 points and a pat on the back is all I can see tops from this bunch. Rob Ryan could learn a thing or two about coaching up defense from Rex. This unit struggles and should stay on the waiver wire until further noted.