With Week 5 just around the corner, it is time for fantasy owners to start tweaking their rosters. This week provides plenty of conundrums at every position, so here’s a quick snapshot of who to start and who to sit.
Steven Ridley- A year ago, Stevan Ridley was the feature back for the New England Patriots. Today, he’s barely a part of a 3-headed running back by committee which includes LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden. Ridley had his best game this season against the Atlanta Falcons last week, rushing for 53 yards. He also hauled in two receptions for 26 yards. With all of the running back troubles the Patriots have been facing of late, none of the Patriots running backs hold too much fantasy value.
Jay Cutler- The Chicago Bears are coming off their first loss of the season against the Detroit Lions during Week 4. Jay Cutler, who had been playing very well through the first three weeks, threw three interceptions and lost a fumble for a touchdown. His matchup in Week 5 does not look much better as he takes on the New Orleans Saints who possess the fifth best pass defense in the league.
DeMarco Murray- The Dallas Cowboys will take on the daunting task of hosting the Denver Broncos during Week 5. Unfortunately for DeMarco Murray, not only do they possess the top offense in the league, they also have the best rush defense in the league, allowing only an average of 74 yards per game. If you can afford to put Murray on your bench, do so.
Matt Stafford- The potent Detroit Lions passing attack will face the much weaker Green Bay Packers pass defense. Stafford has already thrown for 1,262 for 7 touchdowns. The Packers secondary has given up an average of 311 yards through the air and only intercepted two passes. Expect Stafford and Calvin Johnson to light up the Green Packers defense.
Giovani Bernard- The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the undefeated New England Patriots this week. What was a formidable rush defense for the Patriots took a serious blow when they lost defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to an Achilles injury last week. Expect the rookie Bernard to have a solid game on the ground with Wilfork out.
Eddie Lacy- Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy returns from a concussion this week against the Detroit Lions. With the Green Bay backfield very beat up, expect Lacy to easily regain his starting role. Furthermore the Lions defense has allowed just over 110 yards a game on the ground this season. Eddie Lacy is a solid start this week coming off an injury.