Posted: Friday October 8, 2010 11:11AM ; Updated: Friday October 8, 2010 1:59PM
Eric Mack
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NFL Week 5: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em
Top bye-week players you need replacements for:

Steelers -- RB Rashard Mendenhall, QB Ben Roethlisberger, D/ST, K Jeff Reed

Patriots -- QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, K Stephen Gostkowski

Dolphins -- RB Ronnie Brown, WR Brandon Marshall

Seahawks -- RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Justin Forsett
 
Chicago at Carolina
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Bears
RB Matt Forte, D/ST, K Robbie Gould, TE Greg Olsen

The Panthers are one of the teams you take of advantage of in fantasy, especially if you need a D/ST to score big this week. You would be a lot more confident in the Bears' offensive players if the pass protection wasn't so terrible and Jay Culter wasn't out with a concussion.

Panthers
RB D'Angelo Williams, RB Jonathan Stewart

The RBs are all the Panthers have going for them right now and they will be used on the ground and in the passing game. Even if the Bears shut down the run, both backs will be primary targets receiving, too. Stewart showed that last Sunday, along with proving healthy for the first time.

SIT
Bears
WR Devin Hester, WR Johnny Knox, WR Earl Bennett, WR Devin Aromashodu, RB Chester Taylor

It isn't that the Panthers D/ST is any good, you just cannot be sure what you're going to get out of the backup QB. Also, even when Cutler was healthy and productive, Mike Martz's offense spreads the ball around so much, you cannot be sure which receiver would be targeted. Forte and Olsen look like the only sure pieces in the gameplan.

Panthers
WR Brandon LaFell, D/ST, QB Jimmy Claussen, RB Mike Goodson, K John Kasay, TE Dante Rosario, WR David Gettis, WR David Clowney

Clausen doesn't yet have enough juice to make players around him better, and save for the RBs, there is nothing around him this week. It should be a very simple -- and limited -- attack. The D/ST could be an intriguing play as a BYE-week replacement with Cutler out.

INJURY WATCH
Bears
QB Jay Cutler (concussion) -- He's been declared out.

Panthers
WR Steve Smith (ankle) -- He is likely out through the Week 6 BYE week. Sit him.

 
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Buccaneers
TE Kellen Winslow, WR Mike Williams

The Soldier faces a Bengals team that has been in the bottom half of the league in fantasy TE scoring. He should get back in your lineups after the BYE week. As for the recommendation to start the rookie Williams? Well, you have to figure the Bengals are going to blow them out, especially since the Bucs haven't shown anything running the ball. That should lead to garbage time. Williams is the best of the bunch there.

Bengals
RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, QB Carson Palmer, D/ST, K Mike Nugent, RB Bernard Scott

Many places had Owens as a sit last week. Not this place. He broke through finally and rewarded loyal owners. He isn't washed up. Palmer will show he is not toast either. The last time the Bucs played, they were abused by Charlie Batch and Mike Wallace. This offense is a lot better than that Steelers one that dominated on the road. The Bengals could have their best week of the season, and that includes some garbage-time duty for Scott, too.

SIT
Buccaneers
RB Cadillac Williams, QB Josh Freeman, RB LeGarrette Blount, D/ST, WR Sammie Stroughter, WR Michael Spurlock, WR Arrelious Benn, K Conner Barth

Williams has been so bad, post-camp pickup Blount has been getting snaps with the first team. That has to give you no confidence in the Bucs' running game. And, even if you see the Bucs playing catch-up against the Bengals, neither the QB nor the tertiary targets are trustworthy at this point.

Bengals
TE Jermaine Gresham

The Bucs have been a top-10 against TEs through three games. Gresham can be a circumstantial starter and star, but this doesn't look like the week for him.

INJURY WATCH
Buccaneers
RB Kareen Huggins (groin> -- He is back at practice, but he is likely a third choice in a running game that is a last resort for fantasy usage.

Bengals
WR Jordan Shipley (concussion) -- He likely will be doubtful, but it is certain you shouldn't use him.

 
St. Louis at Detroit
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Rams
RB Stephen Jackson, RB Kenneth Darby, WR Mark Clayton, QB Sam Bradford, WR Danny Amendola

The Lions might have some talent on their defense, but they are worst in fantasy against RBs and fourth-worst against QBs. That makes Darby an intriguing play, especially since he will get time in the passing game and spelling the starter. The receivers could be interesting, too. Bradford has played pretty well for a rookie QB and has developed a quick connection with Clayton, at least.

Lions
WR Calvin Johnson, RB Jahvid Best

Best has been dealing with a toe injury and his production has suffered in recent weeks against some top run defenses. It gets slightly easier this week, so get him back in your lineup if you haven't been stubborn starting him already. Megatron has at least one more week to deal with the backup QB, but he remains too promising to sit anyway.

SIT
Rams
D/ST, K Josh Brown, TE Daniel Fells, WR Laurent Robinson

While the Lions defense has been taken advantage of, you have to be real desperate to own these pieces, much less start them. If you need a BYE-week replacement, maybe.

Lions
QB Shaun Hill, RB Kevin Smith, TE Brandon Pettigrew, K John Hanson, D/ST, WR Nate Burleson, WR Bryant Johnson, TE Tony Scheffler

Hill gets what could be his last start for awhile, which is good news for the tight ends. He has featured them in the passing game, but the Rams are second-best in TE points against. It is a tough week to trust them or the rest of the Lions offense. The Rams have quietly played very good defense thus far, so it could be a relatively low-scoring game, fantasy-wise.

INJURY WATCH
Rams
RB Stephen Jackson -- He is practicing and will play. You have to start him in this matchup.

Lions
QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) -- He is out at least one more week.

 
New York Giants at Houston
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Giants
WR Steve Smith, WR Hakeem Nicks, QB Eli Manning, RB Brandon Jacobs, TE Kevin Boss, K Lawrence Tynes

Manning has slipped in recent weeks, mostly because of poor pass protection, but also because the running game has improved. He is still turning the ball over too much, but the Texans are among the worst D/STs against RBs, WRs and TEs. It should be a better game for the Giants passing game and the primary targets. Jacobs also should be a decent play again with Ahmad Bradshaw banged up and dealing with fumbles.

Texans
RB Arian Foster, QB Matt Schaub, WR Kevin Walter, K Neil Rackers

With the other WRs ailing, Walter has carried the torch for Schaub. He has been a solid start and should remain that way until Johnson proves to be 100 percent. The Giants might have great played great defensively against the Bears last Sunday, but until they put multiple games together, you have to assume it will be a good day for all the offensive opponents.

SIT
Giants
D/ST, WR Mario Manningham, RB Danny Ware

The defense was a sack machine last week, but this is a road game and the Texans offense figures to move the ball a lot better than the Bears did -- and the Giants DL is a bit banged up now. The disdain we have for Manningham has become borderline unhealthy, but he is still a third or fourth target for Manning, so you cannot expect results from Manningham every week. He is more of a cross-your-fingers-and-pray play.

Texans
WR Jacoby Jones, RB Steve Slaton, TE Owen Daniels, D/ST

If these guys haven't been useful to you to date, it doesn't figure you should expect much out of them this week. Daniels, specifically, has been a huge bust coming off injury and has been used more to block with the struggles of the line.

INJURY WATCH
Giants
Bradshaw (ankle) -- If he practices, he plays. If he plays, you start him.

Texans
WR Andre Johnson (ankle) -- He is day to day and says he will play. If he does, you start him, but lower your expectations.

 
Denver at Baltimore
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Broncos
WR Eddie Royal

It did not work out for us last Sunday, calling the Broncos offense all sits against the Titans. It should be far more difficult against the Ravens, especially on the road. Let's call Royal the one receiver you won't sit, because even if the Ravens slow the Broncos, they underneath passing game should still be effective with Royal.

Ravens
RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin, D/ST, QB Joe Flacco, RB Willis McGahee, WR Derrick Mason, WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, TE Todd Heap, K Billy Cundiff

Rice is banged up but too good to sit, though his injury makes McGahee more of a factor like he was last week. The Broncos are decent against the run, but nowhere close to the Steelers team the Ravens faced last Sunday. In the passing game, Flacco should have a good day. The Broncos are among the worst teams against WRs, which make Week 4 breakthroughs Mason and Housh viable in deeper formats.

SIT
Broncos
QB Kyle Orton, WR Brandon Lloyd, Laurence Maroney, RB Correll Buckhalter, WR Jabar Gaffney, D/ST, TE Daniel Graham, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas

OK, the Broncos are a wide-open offense with the second-leading passer in the NFL, but it will be a battle of wills this week in Baltimore. The Ravens have allowed the fewest fantasy points to QBs and WRs and are No. 5 against TEs. They also held Orton and the Broncos down well in their past meeting, a 30-7 rout last season. The Ravens have given up some yards on the ground, because they don't blow teams out and teams can stick with the run against them, especially since the pass doesn't work. You can stay with your wagon hitched to Orton and Lloyd, but they just aren't this good -- even in a great system -- and it should come crashing. It will this week.

Ravens
None

INJURY WATCH
Broncos
RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) -- The injury is enough and facing the Ravens defense clinches it: He is a must-sit.

Ravens
WR Donte' Stallworth (foot) -- He is out.

 
Atlanta at Cleveland
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Falcons
RB Michael Turner, Matt Ryan, WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, D/ST, K Matt Bryant

The Browns didn't necessarily slow the Bengals and they shouldn't stop the Falcons either. Ryan should be able to use all of his weapons well and the defense should be able to get him the ball in the position to star this week. Only the Redskins and Jaguars have given up more points to WRs to date.

Browns
RB Peyton Hillis

OK, so we were slow to the party: Hillis single-handedly made this writer look bad with another big week. You have to figure he is the real deal now, especially since the Browns don't look like the welcome mat they have been for years. They don't figure to get blown out, which will keep the running game pertinent throughout. Of course, now that this has all become apparent, the Falcons will stack the box and stop the slow bulldozer and force them to pass, which they won't be good at.

SIT
Falcons
RB Jason Snelling, WR Brian Finneran, WR Harry Douglas

The Browns have allowed just one TD to an RB thus far, and that was via the pass. Snelling was a breakthough a few weeks ago, but he is reserve fodder now, as are Ryan's secondary targets. They could be good for a circumstantial catch or score, but you cannot use them regularly in fantasy.

Browns
RB Jerome Harrison, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Josh Cribbs, TE Ben Watson, K Phil Dawson, D/ST

Harrison didn't play last week until the Browns employed the "victory formation" -- the kneel down. That firmly puts Harrison in the Eric Mangini doghouse and among the fantasy must-sits. The WRs could be better with the No. 1 QB back, but the Browns won't be winning any games through the air. They have to play defense and three yards and a cloud of dust. The defense figures to have a tough time with a versatile Falcons offense, one that protects the passer and takes care of the ball.

INJURY WATCH
Falcons
WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) -- No reason to use him.

Browns
QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) and WR Brian Robiskie (thigh) -- He will play, but he shouldn't be active in most leagues.

 
Kansas City at Indianapolis
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Chiefs
RB Jamaal Charles, RB Thomas Jones, WR Dwayne Bowe

This is lining up for a bad time for the undefeated Chiefs to travel to Indy. The Colts are coming off a loss and the last time they were, they embarrassed the Giants. Charles and Jones have to start, even if you're expecting another blowout. They are too important to the Chiefs offense and fantasy owners. Bowe gets start status, too, because a blowout will make him the beneficiary if they have to revert to the pass.

Colts
QB Peyton Manning, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, WR Pierre Garcon, RB Joseph Addai, K Adam Vinatieri

No one could have seen the Colts losing to the Jags last Sunday, so everyone -- rightly so -- should expect them to get healthy at home against ... well, it wouldn't matter who it will be against. It just happens to be against the only undefeated team in the NFL. Well, kiss that goodbye. Even if the Chiefs can score on offense, they won't catch up to these weapons. The only fear you might have is a blowout and a busy day for the running game. Interestingly, Garcon returns as his star replacement is nursing a foot injury. Get him back in your lineup.

SIT
Chiefs
D/ST, QB Matt Cassell, TE Tony Moeaki, WR/RB Dexter McCluster, WR Chris Chambers, K Ryan Succop

The Chiefs have been the story of three weeks, looking like the old Pats, midwest version. They will run into a buzz-saw this week, though. Cassell had a big Week 5 and had the BYE week to prepare, but he needs multiple weeks of production before he is a top 12, or even top 14, fantasy QB.

Colts
D/ST, WR Austin Collie (hamstring), RB Donald Brown (hamstring)

The defense made the Jags look productive last week, so you cannot trust them even if you think the Chiefs are due to fall flat on their faces. Collie looks like he might not play and will gave way back to Garcon, while Brown is coming off a hammy issue, so we wouldn't activate him just yet.

INJURY WATCH
Chiefs
None.

Colts
WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) -- He remains out with a high ankle sprain. Keep him benched.

 
Jacksonville at Buffalo
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Jaguars
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, K Josh Scobee, TE Marcedes Lewis, WR Mike Sims-Walker

This figures to be a huge day for Drew, who isn't 100 percent but should play and star. Lewis also gets the Bills defense, which has allowed the second-most fantasy points to TEs. Scobee was great against the Colts and should have plenty more chances. This is also a one last chance for Sims-Walker to get it going for you. If you own him still, you might as well hope for good things finally.

Bills
RB Fred Jackson, RB C.J. Spiller

The Jags aren't as bad against RBs as the Bills, but they are still bottom 10 in fantasy points against. Also, this should be a breakthrough game for preseason star Spiller, who is at least 1/2 of the gameplan now rather than 1/3. Jackson starts, so you play him, but the guess is it is Spiller who gains the most steam from Lynch getting dealt.

SIT
Jaguars
D/ST, WR Mike Thomas, QB David Garrard, RB Rashad Jennings

Thomas has looked like Garrard's top target, but eventually you have to figure those throws will go to Sims-Walker. We cannot truly trust anyone on this offense outside of MJD.

Bills
WR Lee Evans, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Roscoe Parrish, WR Steve Johnson, TE David Martin, K Rian Lindell, D/ST

Evans figured to be much better with Fitzpatrick, but hoping for that against the Jets was likely too much to ask. All of the targets in the Bills offense have to be considered suspect right now, like the entire team.

INJURY WATCH
Jaguars
None.

Bills
None.

 
Green Bay at Washington
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, TE Jermichael Finley, WR Donald Driver, D/ST, K Mason Crosby

There is no reason not to use the Packers studs this week, especially since the Redskins are second-worst in fantasy against WRs. The D/ST and kicker should remain active, too.

Redskins
QB Donovan McNabb, TE Chris Cooley, WR Santana Moss

The Packers are an elite defense and the Redskins offense really hasn't been all that overwhelming to date. There isn't a reason to sit their primary three in the passing game, but the Packers are a top run defense, so the RBs should be avoided.

SIT
Packers
RB Brandon Jackson, RB John Kuhn, WR James Jones

The Packers might have shown confidence in their RBs by passing on a deal for another one, but they have instilled no confidence in fantasy owners to date. The fact they split time only makes it worse. Sure, the Redskins are in the bottom 10 in fantasy against RBs, but you should avoid Jackson and Kuhn unless you're desperate. Jones has been given more targets with Jordy Nelson a bit banged up, but Jones doesn't get enough to be a viable regular either.

Redskins
RB Ryan Torain, RB Chad Simpson, WR Joey Galloway, D/ST, K Graham Gono, WR Anthony Armstrong

Here is this week's case of great pickup of the top waiver-wire RB. Now sit him. Torain has been steadily rising and now figure to be the Redskins primary RB for the next 4-6 weeks. The Packers aren't the defense you want him going up against, although Torain can be a factor in the passing game. You're best off stashing Torain for a week before you trust him in your lineup.

INJURY WATCH
Packers
None.

Redskins
RB Clinton Portis (groin) -- He is out 4-6 weeks.

 
New Orleans at Arizona
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 4:05 p.m. EST
 
START
Saints
QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, D/ST, RB Chris Ivory, RB Ladell Betts

This is another game that you figure the Saints offense could finally erupt. There are no guarantees on the road, though. You should like the RBs more than the receivers, though. The Cardinals are second-worst in fantasy against RBs. Even if Pierre Thomas plays, there should be a lead to sit on, so Ivory and Betts are nice sleepers in deeper formats. There will be little reason for the Saints to run Thomas ragged with his injury. The Saints defense should victimize what has been terrible QB play in Arizona, making them a great sleeper, if not a must-start this week.

Cardinals
WR Larry Fitzgerald, RB Beanie Wells

Fitz's slow start is a function of his sore hammy out of the preseason and bad, bad QB play. The new starting QB has to know where his bread will be buttered, right? Keep him active. Wells is healthier now, too, and should be ready to take off as a gem starter. To beat the Saints, you have to keep the ball away from the offense and Wells can help do that, like the Panthers did last Sunday. The poor QBs force the Cardinals to run the ball, too.

SIT
Saints
WR Devery Henderson, WR Lance Moore, WR Robert Meachem, TE Jeremy Shockey, K John Carney, K Garrett Hartley

You can honestly start any one of these guys. But if you know which one will star, you likely know more than even the Saints do. They don't know which player will make the big plays or get the majority of targets themselves from week to week, most likely. Shockey is banged up, reason enough to sit him, while the kicker choice figures to be a game-time decision, too.

Cardinals
QB Max Hall, QB Derek Anderson, D/ST, RB Tim Hightower, WR Stephen Williams, K Jay Feeley, TE Ben Patrick

There isn't much to like in Arizona right now. Hall doesn't have enough experience to be trusted and Hightower appears to have been lapped by Wells, perhaps once and for all. The rest of the bit players are hardly worth owning in any fantasy league.

INJURY WATCH
Saints
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), RB Reggie Bush (leg) -- Thomas could play, while Bush definitely won't. You have to expect the Saints to go lightly on Thomas even if he would be available.

Cardinals
WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin) -- They might try to play, but with that QB they shouldn't be active in fantasy.

 
Tennessee at Dallas
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 4:15 p.m. EST
 
START
Titans
RB Chris Johnson, K Rob Bironas

The Cowboys got off to a slow start, but they showed the defense they have before the BYE week. They had two weeks to discern the blocking angles and run plays for Johnson. It won't matter, start him anyway. Bironas figures to be one of the most productive kickers in fantasy because Johnson will move the chains between the 20s and lead to plenty of scoring chances against any defense.

Cowboys
QB Tony Romo, WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, RB Marion Barber, WR Dez Bryant, WR Roy Williams, K David Buehler, D/ST

The Broncos exposed what had been a very effective pass defense for Tennessee last week. Romo and the 'Boys have gotten struggles out of their system and should be ready and prepared for a big show. It should be hard to sit any of their top options coming off the BYE. Even Williams looks rejuvenated with Romo. It must be a contract year for him.

SIT
Titans
QB Vince Young, WR Nate Washington, WR Kenny Britt, D/ST, RB Javon Ringer, TE Bo Scaife

The Titans have played much more conservatively this season, knowing they can get 25 carries and 120-plus yards out of Johnson to grind out a victory. It will be tougher on the road at Dallas. The only way the passing game scores for fantasy owners is if the Titans fall behind early and are forced to play catchup. You shouldn't plan for that happening.

Cowboys
RB Felix Jones, RB Tashard Choice

Barber and the running game hasn't gotten it going, which could be due to the struggles off the offensive line. They have had time to get healthy and more work in practice, though. We still wouldn't expect a blowout or much opportunity for the secondary options in the running game this week.

INJURY WATCH
Titans
WR Justin Gage (hamstring) -- Sit him, or don't even own him.

Cowboys
None.

 
San Diego at Oakland
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 4:15 p.m. EST
 
START
Chargers
QB Philip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd, K Nate Kaeding, D/ST, RB Mike Tolbert

The Raiders boast a good pass defense because you know who (Nnamdi Asomugha), but also because teams just grind the ball out on them on the ground. They are third-worst in fantasy against RBs. It should be a breakthrough day for Mathews -- finally -- and Tolbert can be productive in garbage time and near the goal line. In the passing game, you cannot sit Rivers, Gates or Floyd, even if they won't even be needed this week. Defensively, the Chargers shouldn't have a problem picking up sacks and turnovers, especially if they get out to the big lead you should anticipate they get out to.

Raiders
TE Zach Miller, RB Michael Bush, K Sabastian Janikowski

The Chargers will be without their regular strong safety, so Miller will get to work against a backup. Miller has proven to be one of Bruce Gradkowski's favorite targets. Bush will also benefit from the absence of Darren McFadden (hamstring). Even if the Chargers are third-best in fantasy against RBs, the Raiders are a running team and will grind it out as much as possible, especially to try to keep the ball away from Rivers and Mathews.

SIT
Chargers
RB Darren Sproles, WR Legedu Naanee, WR Patrick Crayton, WR Buster Davis

Sproles has been a bust thus far, failing to be a factor even when Mathews was out. Mathews is healthy now and should be a focal point of the attack. It will leave Sproles little chance to impact fantasy lineups. Also, the tertiary receivers don't figure to be necessary in this one.

Raiders
QB Bruce Gradkowski, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Luis Murphy, WR Chaz Schilens, D/ST

Gradkowski was beat up last Sunday and you should expect that to continue this week. The Chargers are No. 2 in fantasy against QBs. That makes most of the targets must-sits. You had to figure Heyward-Bey was taking a step forward before he took two steps back last Sunday. Also, the D/ST will have a real tough time with the Chargers potent offense.

INJURY WATCH
Chargers
None.

Raiders
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) -- So much for his hot start. It is the same-old McFadden. Sit him.

 
Philadelphia at San Francisco
Sunday, Oct. 10 :: 8:20 p.m. EST
 
START
Eagles
WR Desean Jackson, D/ST, K David Akers

With the injuries to the primary weapons on offense, you cannot like any of the Eagles this week. This trio above likely has to remain active, albeit with lowered expectations.

49ers
RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis, WR Michael Crabtree, D/ST

The defense did a solid job against the Falcons on the road and now they get a fill-in QB against a banged-up offense at home. It should be another good week for the D/ST. On offense, another week with the new offensive coordinator should help, along with the bright lights of prime time. WR Ted Ginn will return from injury, which won't matter for his owners -- he is still a sit -- but it should stretch the field enough to finally open some routes for Davis and Crabtree.

SIT
Eagles
QB Kevin Kolb, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Brent Celek

Kolb and McCoy will likely play, but McCoy has a fractured rib and that is a tough 49ers defense playing at home and with a chip on its shoulder. It could be a long night for Kolb and the offense. Maclin was much more productive with Vick and Celek hasn't been productive with anyone since McNabb. Use the Eagles parts at your own risk.

49ers
QB Alex Smith, RB Anthony Dixon, WR Josh Morgan, K Joe Nedney

Smith is closer to the 49ers' bench than he is to anyone's starting lineup right now. This game either will cement him as their guy or lead to more questions. We don't have enough confidence in his with his new play-caller to give him a starting nod. The same goes for the rest of this replacement parts here.

INJURY WATCH
Eagles
QB Michael Vick -- He will miss multiple weeks.

49ers
None.

 
Minnesota at New York Jets
Monday, Oct. 11 :: 8:30 p.m. EST
 
START
Vikings
RB Adrian Peterson, WR Randy Moss, D/ST, QB Brett Favre, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, WR Percy Harvin, K Ryan Longwell

Sure, it is the Jets defense on tap, but you're not sitting A.P. (or A.D., All Day, as he likes to be called). And you shouldn't sit Moss or Shiancoe. Let's go out on a limb and suggest the deep threat of Moss -- don't worry about him knowing the playbook, his routes are simple -- will open up the underneath stuff for Harvin, too, and allow Favre to be a productive fantasy passer again. It won't be a huge week for the offense, but it should be one that is good enough to be useful in fantasy.

Jets
D/ST, RB Ladainian Tomlinson, TE Dustin Keller, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Braylon Edwards, TE Dustin Keller, K Nick Folk

L.T. faces one of the best run defenses in the NFL this week, but you should still keep him active for his impact in the passing game and likelihood of scoring. The dilemma you have here is with the receivers. Holmes returns from suspension and there is little way of knowing how he will impact the passing game. Does he make it better, or merely take targets from Keller and Edwards? You should figure the latter but all three remain viable starters in lineups.

SIT
Vikings
WR Bernard Berrian, WR Greg Camarillo, WR Greg Lewis, RB Toby Gerhart

You can basically forget these guys in all leagues right now. The addition of Moss renders them circumstantial options. Oh, not to mention that is the Jets defense they will be contending with ... on the road, in prime time. No thanks.

Jets
RB Shonn Greene, QB Mark Sanchez

Greene finally had his breakthrough game of the season, but the Vikings run defense forces you to put him back on the pine, even if for one week. Sanchez has plenty of weapons that are useful for fantasy owners, but you likely have a better QB on your roster. The Vikings held Drew Brees down well on opening night, so it will be hard to expect a productive game out of Sanchez.

INJURY WATCH
Vikings
None.

Jets
None.

Eric Mack writes the Start 'Em, Sit 'Em fantasy football column weekly for SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him your personal lineup questions on Twitter @EricMackFantasy. Hit him up. He honestly has nothing better to do with his free time.
 

 
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