Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 5. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson TEN VS. MIN

Johnson showed some flashes last week that he’s still got that burst to the surprise of many owners, who probably had him wasting away on their bench. This week those owners who vow to not let that happen again will probably insert him and only wind up being dry-humped when he can’t penetrate the Vikings D. Tennessee has difficulty with physical defenses and the Vikings impose one that will make this offense one dimensional and force Hasselbeck into problems that CJ cannot correct.

Michael Turner ATL VS. WAS

So I’ve been writing off this guy all season and he turns in a 100 yard game and 60 yard TD catch and run. Well, he’s going up against a very favorable matchup the team is rolling at 4-0 but I still see the rising of Jacquizz Rodgers in the near future while the sun sets on Turner Burner in Hotlanta. No love for Michael “the human bowling ball” Turner this week as the Redskins are more apt to give up yards in the passing game.

DeAngelo Williams CAR VS. SEA

Carolina has the worst running defense and Seattle has the 3rd most staunch run defense. So this game is going to rely on Cam’s ability to run and perfect his silly first down statue moves in order to move the chains. Williams has been effective but Seattle is a tough team so temper expectations on DeAngelo.


Ben Roethlisberger PIT VS. PHI

Big Ben is going up against in state rival Eagles this week. He’s got Mendenhall coming back and I can’t see Philly getting scorched in the secondary. Philly looked strong against the Giants and Steelers aren’t spreading the field and scaring anyone with that defense either, just ask the Raiders. That means that I don’t see Steelers getting turnovers and improving field position for Big Ben. Expect those exotic blitz schemes to come at Ben early and often.

Cam Newton CAR VS. SEA

Cam had a bounce-back performance in Atlanta last week that died on a late turnover and witnessed Matt Ryan to Roddy White for 60 yards to set up a game-winner. Now comes Seattle who is fresh off a loss to St. Louis, but brings the best secondary in the NFL. Newton’s suffering a sophomore slump and that promises to continue this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF VS. SF

Buffalo has to play San Francisco on the road and did I mention it’s against San Francisco? The 49ers proved they can make a team quit last week. Fitzpatrick played well for 3 quarters against New England last week. So should the Bills be excited about their chances this week? In one word, NO.

Wide Receivers

Andre Roberts AZ VS. STL

Roberts is coming off a HUGE day against the Dolphins. Does that mean he’s ready for a flop? Well maybe not, but can’t expect that routinely when Kolb is still handling the reigns. St. Louis does pose a decent secondary as well. Start Fitzgerald not Roberts this week.

Sydney Rice SEA VS. CAR

Got Rice? No, well I can see why. He’s been dropped in many leagues based on his lackluster start especially with the double teams and limitations put on Russell Wilson by the Seattle coaches to keep the game plan pretty simple. Rice will eventually have some break-through games, but quite yet. Rice belongs with curry sauce not on your fantasy team this week.

Jeremy Maclin PHI VS. PIT

Maclin had the golden goose egg last week. Not high expectations from him this week with the injury still lingering and I am hesitant to say he won’t repeat last week’s performance. DeSean is the Eagles receiver to place your bets on burning Pittsburgh’s DBs deep.

Tight Ends

Jermichael Finley GB VS. IND

Finley has been garbage this season. Does it get better this week? I don’t believe so against a Colts team that actually is pretty good against defending tight ends. If this bum can’t hang on to the pigskin and keeps dropping balls he’ll find himself on the bench before he does in 4 or 5 wide sets.

Brent Celek PHI VS. PIT

Celek is hit or miss and with the Steelers’ blitzing attack expect Celek to stay in more to block this week. The Eagles have play-makers but to get them the ball Vick needs to stay upright in the pocket and not running for his. So while he might get some bailout check-downs it’s not like he’ll be the first option to go to here.

Heath Miller PIT VS. PHI

These teams hate each other; at least that’s what the rivalry has us believe of two in-state teams. Miller has that potential to go off but with Mendenhall back in the fold and fresh off a bye-week Miller’s run blocking will be vital to keeping this Philly offense off the field and extending drives on short yardage. Miller Time some other time.


New York Jets NYJ VS. HOU

Did anyone see the Jets’ defense last week against the 49ers? Did anyone see the Houston offense last week or for the start of the season for that matter? Any questions? Don’t drink and drive and don’t play the Jets Defense this week.