Week 5: Sit 'Em
This weekly column will feature players that are normally solid bets for fantasy production, but not worth starting in a particular week.
Week 5 Recap:
Mike Sims-Walker had 4 receptions for 46 yards and a score.
Jahvid Best ran for 67 yards and if you had him in PPR format he gained 37 yards on 4 receptions.
Felix Jones stole the show and Marion Barber had only 19 yards.
Kyle Orton threw for 314 yards with two touchdowns vs. Baltimore.
Cedric Benson ran for 144 yards on 23 carries and had a pair of receptions.
T.O. went for 102 yards and a score on 7 receptions.
Darren McFadden did not play and Michael Bush performed well.
Week 6 Sit:
I will have to admit, this is one of my worst fantasy seasons to-date. I have two leagues going and neither of my teams are doing well. I have come to the conclusion that there is quite a bit more parity in the league this season, not one team is undefeated and many players are having up and down swings in performance weekly. In Week 6 I have a few guys you should stay away from in order to boost your team to victory.
Kyle Orton has not looked all that bad this season. I am proud to be a Colorado resident with a .500 team so far. Orton might even appear a viable option for your roster with bye weeks upon us. I suggest you continue to think about it as he plays Baltimore this week. If Orton continues to produce through the next few weeks I may consider him a starting option. Until then, hold off and look elsewhere. I like Orton for 200-250 through the air this weekend, but think the Denver passing game will be limited.
Coming off the bye week, the Dallas offense might look appealing, but we have to remember that the offensive line responsible for opening running lanes is out for lunch. Barber is in a timeshare anyways, but the fact that this offense has not gotten the running game locked and loaded yet is worrisome. This week I think Dallas will stick to their air attack and the rushing scheme will flounder again. Barber is good for 40-50 yards and might not see the end zone in this one.
Benson has scored and had some decent games so far this season, but his total of 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns to-date is not that impressive. With Carson Palmer on an upswing, destined for a quick downer, this offense is likely to struggle against a Tampa Bay defense that is finding their way through this season. Benson should have no more than 65 yards this week and I foresee Palmer and his offense blowing up is one of their post celebration inconsistent performances.
Jahvid Best was one of those guys I was waiting for in my drafts this season. Luckily, he was taken well before his time in both leagues and I missed the pleasure of watching his current demise. Best has now bombed in three weeks and had one exceptional game. I still like this young back, but his current toe injury and poor performances of late do not support his start in my book. Look for Best to have another performance like last week, 50-60 yards with a few receptions.
Darren McFadden is battling a hamstring injury and faces a tough San Diego defense this week. Hamstring injuries are notorious for limiting running backs who do not rest appropriately. Michael Bush is also stealing more carries while McFadden attempts to play through his injury. Any time I see a running back try to play through an injury I through up a red flag or at least a penalty marker. Look for McFadden and Bush to split carries and it appears Bush might be the goal line vulture. McFadden is a sit in my book until he is 100% healthy.