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


Matt Ryan ATL VS. NYJ

The Falcons are 1-3 and headed into a Monday night with many questions surrounding their sluggish start to the season. Steven Jackson is still banged up and will likely be out again, so here is an opportunity for cool as ice Matt Ryan to take charge and lead these dirty birds back from the brink. There is too much talent on this team and Tony Gonzalez didn’t come back for his final season to see this ship sink so fast. Expect big time performance in prime time from him.

Colin Kaepernick SF VS. HOU

The pundits came out loud and clear last week, I was one of them. He didn’t put up as solid numbers fantasy-wise but the Niners did take care of the Rams in quick fashion. This week provides another test in the Texans who are staggering after an awful OT loss to the Seahawks. I like the tattooed Captain from the Niners to bounce back, both with rushing and passing yards in this one.

Wide Receivers

Alshon Jeffery CHI VS. NO

The sophomore target has been a huge help to Cutler as he’s gotten the Bears off to a 3-1 start to the season. I figure this game has shoot-out written all over it or the Bears could be playing from behind. In either case Jeffery will need to be involved to keep up with Brees’ high octane attack. Jeffery is coming off a really solid performance against the Lions, he keeps it up this week.

Dwayne Bowe KC VS. TEN

Fact: Alex Smith doesn’t pass deep nearly enough nor accurately for Dwayne Bowe to live up to a top 10 or even 20 receiver. I’m going to guess that he won’t be shutout all season and he’ll go for 70 yards and a TD to get things propelled against a solid run defense for the Titans. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jake Locker from the Titans too.

Running Backs

Trent Richardson IND VS. SEA

Behold it’s the Seattle Seahawks…hide your Colts. Nah, I’m not buying into that logic like I did last week with Arian Foster. The workhorses will see the touches. While their yards per carry won’t be eye-popping, it will certainly be a physical game and Richardson won’t be denied touches. I expect the Colts to fair well at home.

Bilal Powell NYJ VS. ATL

The injury to Chris Ivory has led to Powell’s increased work load. The Jets are going to be losing this game so I see where Powell might be used in a passing game situation and while he’s not a RB1 or RB2, he’s a worthy flex option.

Tight Ends

Jared Cook STL VS. JAC

Cook got off the ground this season with huge performance the first couple weeks. He’ll be back in top form against the Jaguars defense who threatens to stop nobody. Jaguars marketing efforts have involved giving away 2 free beers for fans to buy a ticket to the game. Things are getting pathetic and it’s only week 5. By week 16 a keg might not be enough to convince football fans that a game is going on in their stadium. Side note: knock it off with the horrible helmets. The only thing more distracting is the way you continually embarrass yourselves as a franchise each week and that you refuse to sign Tim Tebow.

Tony Gonzalez ATL VS. NYJ

Tony the ageless wonder came to play in a career night against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. From the shaving cream commercials to first downs this guy does it all. Truly an impressive performance, coming on the heels of some quiet games it’s time for him to put up those monster numbers he’s capable of doing regularly. The Jets have a foot fetish problem at head coach and a rookie QB who throws at toes. Advantage Gonzalez and the Flacons.


St. Louis Rams STL VS. JAC

Surprise, pick your favorite Jaguars opponent as the defense pick up and play of the week. St. Louis is not a scary team, but after beating around Blaine Gabbert and running amuck with this paltry team a few turnovers and sacks sounds like fantasy defense candy.