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Playboy.com's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week Five
  • October 04, 2012 : 12:10
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Always active and interested in the lives of you, our fine and flawless readers, this week Playboy.com premieres the newest addition to our sporting family, our “Start ’Em, Sit ’Em” Fantasy Football guide. Each week, we’ll sort through the rubble of waiver wires and underappreciated players to find sneaky good players to start (or in some cases sit) to help you win your fantasy week. Please keep in mind that we’re not going after the big fish here; you should start Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Arian Foster all the times. These are the guys you might be on the fence about or find rotting on the wire. You can thank us later.


Start 'Em

Alex Smith: Last week the Bills gave up an astounding 247 rushing yards to the pass-happy Patriots. This week, with Frank Gore coming to town, they’ll probably focus on stopping him, leaving San Fran’s bolstered receiving corps alone in man coverage. Smith, never known as a fantasy stud, can get the ball to them when he has to, so this could be a sneaky good start as the bye weeks begin.

Jackie Battle: Battle wins the battle this week for player most searched and immediately claimed from free agency; after Ryan Mathews got benched for a fumble, Battle exploded for 19 fantasy points and is likely to be rewarded this week with a few more touches against a Saints team that has yet to prove it can even identify a running back, let alone stop one.

Malcolm Floyd: On draft day, the race for San Diego’s wideouts was a confusing one at best; with Vincent Jackson in Tampa Bay, no clear number one stood out, but a good QB still stood under center. Robert Meachem looked like the best bet, but Malcolm Floyd has emerged as Rivers’ preferred target. His performance over the last two weeks has been dismal, but he should return to the 70-90 yard range with a score against the Saints.

Kyle Rudolph: We’re going to keep riding the Rudolph train in spite of a bad week. The Titans haven’t figured out how to match up tight ends, giving up the most fantasy points to the position through four weeks, and Rudolph has become the preferred short yardage, red zone target for Christian Ponder.

Baltimore Ravens: Matt Cassel has yet to have a game with a goose egg in the interception column, and he’s faced Atlanta, Buffalo, New Orleans and San Diego, average defenses at best. The Ravens should force at least a few wily throws and those should land somewhere they aren’t supposed to. 

See who we've got on the bench on Page 2...

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