Fantasy Football Players to Avoid in Week 5

      October 3, 2013 @ 18:11:35 PDT


Never say never when it comes to fantasy football lineup decisions -- every roster-worthy player can be started in the right situation. However, when facing tough decisions you should err on the side of caution with the following players this week.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 2 defense against quarterbacks through four weeks. Sean Payton's team has not necessarily faced the stiffest competition the position has to offer, but the Saints' dramatic turnaround on D cannot go unnoticed. Cutler's turnover-prone ways have returned after a respectable start to the season, and Rob Ryan's group should take advantage of this.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets

New York remains strong against the run through the first month. That is part of the reason why Rodgers is a weak play, coupled with Atlanta likely assaulting the Jets through the air, which has proven to be their best method of moving the ball of late. Rodgers has modest PPR worth this week, although it may be best to avoid him entirely.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers

Jennings isn't as likely to contribute meaningfully against San Diego as he did in relief of Darren McFadden (hamstring) versus Washington a week ago. Jennings' primary value came from his work in the receiving game, which was mainly because of Matt Flynn's inability to escape a pass rush and unwillingness to take shots downfield -- the complete opposite of Terrelle Pryor's game. SD's weakness is against the vertical game.

Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts

Indy's defense has been surprisingly strong across the board, including against wideouts. They have limited the position to averages of 11.5 catches, 130.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per outing this season. Rice, who is an inconsistent producer and ever the risky fantasy play, may have to contend with Vontae Davis all day.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans

Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner has been nothing short of special this season, and he probably will take on Bowe this Sunday. Bowe has mild PPR appeal, but the Titans have done a strong job of limiting yardage per play and receptions. Bowe has averaged a mere 11.4 yards per reception this year.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins

Miami is the only team in the league that has kept every opposing wideout from reaching the end zone this year. Smith's production has escalated each of the last two games and resulted in his first trip to paydirt versus the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. Don't expect him to be so fortunate this week, but he should remain in your lineup with lowered expectations.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The injury-induced quarterback change in Tennessee is the biggest factor in evaluating their weekly matchups from a fantasy perspective. The temporary change to Ryan Fitzpatrick -- a serviceable guy -- will take time for chemistry to be nurtured, so safe money says Walker should be left on your bench.

Nick Novak, PK, San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

The Raiders don't allow a lot of field goal attempts (five in four games) and tend to give up most of their points to kickers through touchdown punctuations. Novak probably won't do much more than boot extra points and kickoffs this week.

Tennessee Titans, DST vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Despite Alex Smith turning over the ball twice last year, he took only one sack, as opposed to nine in the prior two games, and has just the pair of picks on the year. Tennessee manhandled the New York Jets last week, but KC is a much, much more disciplined team. Avoid the Titans and look for a better matchup on the wire.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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