A tip of the cap to Titans RB Chris Johnson, who finally emerged from hibernation Sunday to rack up 141 yards on 25 carries against the rock-solid Houston Texans defense. Welcome back, CJ.
Start ’em up
Eli Manning QB, Giants: Averaging 330 passing yards per game and has a Week 5 date with Cleveland defense surrendering an average of 25 fantasy ppg to opposing QB’s (third-most in NFL). The last time Eli and the Giants were coming off a loss, the Pro Bowl QB threw for 510 and three scores against the Bucs.
Frank Gore RB, 49ers: Gore is turning back the clock this season to prove the haters wrong. Through four starts, the Miami product is averaging a healthy 4.9 ypc with 3 TD’s. Make sure he’s in your starting lineup this Sunday against a Buffalo defense giving up an average of 25.5 fantasy ppg to opposing RB’s (sixth-most in NFL).
Malcolm Floyd WR, Chargers: Any game involving the Saints is going to feature an abundance of points. Fantasy owners may be concerned that Floyd has caught just five passes for 75 yards over his last two starts. A trip to New Orleans against a defense that is surrendering an average of 29.7 fantasy ppg (fourth-most in NFL) should get Floyd back on the right track.
Sit ’em down
Michael Vick QB, Eagles: The Birds may be 3-1, but Vick has thrown just 2 TD passes over his last three starts and faces another tough showdown with Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin’s crew is coming off a bye and giving up an average of just 18.7 fantasy ppg to opposing QB’s (No. 11 in NFL).
C.J. Spiller/Fred Jackson, RBs, Bills: Send them to the bench in Week 5. Why? Because the Bills are traveling all the way across the country to play a stalwart San Francisco defense surrendering fewer fantasy points to opposing RB’s than any other team in the league (8.3 pts/gm).
Pierre Garcon WR, Redskins: He’s finally over that nagging foot injury, but don’t rush the high-priced free agent back into your starting lineup. Garcon and the Skins host 4-0 Atlanta with a secondary that ranks No. 10 in the NFL against the pass and allows an average of only 16.9 fantasy ppg to opposing WR’s (fifth fewest in NFL). There are better options out there.
Joe Fortenbaugh, worked as an NFL Agent from 2003-2006 at JB Sports, Inc. Follow Joe on Twitter @joefortenbaugh, and check out his website at NationalFootballPost.com. You can reach him at Joe[email protected]