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Playboy.com's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week Five
  • October 04, 2012 : 12:10
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Sit 'Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick: No quarterback has found the end zone through the air more than Fitzy; he’s connected with his receivers 12 times in the past four games and currently ranks eighth in fantasy scoring at the position. So why are we sitting him? Well, he threw up four picks against the Pats last week (and three in Week One when all the Jets ball hawks were healthy); we expect that trend to continue against a ’Niners D that has left many fine QBs in the lurch through four games.  

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: The Law Firm is a second-tier back on his best days, but going up against a Miami defense that has given up an NFL-best 56.8 yards per game, he’s best suited for the bench in Week Five.

Chris Johnson: Chris Johnson fantasy owners, rejoice! CJ2K finally broke off a decent fantasy week four games into the season, but the comeback is far from complete. This week he faces the Vikings, who have only allowed 56, 63 and 28 yards on the ground to running backs in the last three weeks, and given Johnson’s early season struggles you might want to wait at least another week before inserting him back into the starting lineup.

DeSean Jackson: With a bye week under their belt, Pittsburgh have had a chance to heal up, meaning Troy Polamalu and James Harrison are back. Even without them, the Steelers have only given up a modest 190.3 passing yards per game. With Jeremy Maclin out with a hip injury, Pittsburgh’s D will zero in on Jackson, who hasn’t been all that productive to begin with. If you’ve got options, use them.

Jermichael Finley: Good, seasoned offense meets bad, inexperienced defense. That’s usually the recipe for a fantasy field day, but Finley owners beware (if you aren’t already): the Colts have given up only one touchdown to opposing tight ends and currently rank second in fantasy points surrendered to the position. Add Finley’s pending status as a bust (he ranks 18th at the position in scoring) and this might be a sit-worthy week.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers D has always been feast or famine; last week they went off for 21 points in standard scoring but had amassed only 16 combined in the three games previous. The Saints (regardless of their terrible, terrible record) have never been kind to opposing Ds, so don’t ride these guys as the hot hand.

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