Fantasy Football Pitfalls – Week 5

Oct 6, 2009

I’m going to look at the matchups each week and pick five fantasy starters that could be in for a tough week. Here’s a look at players who could struggle this week.

With the bye weeks upon us, you can’t necessarily sit the guys on this list unless you have great depth, but expect a drop in production.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals - The Ravens don’t have as nasty of a defense as they have in year’s past, but they still have a pretty darn good one.  Palmer has been historically a little worse on the road, so facing the Ravens in Baltimore makes it a bit more of a challenge.

Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia Eagles - I know what you’re thinking.  The Eagles are playing Tampa Bay this week out of a bye.  Westy should run wild.  Hear me out.  Yes, they are coming out of a bye, which gives Westbrook a chance to get healthy.  However, they should pound the Bucs, which should lead to an early departure as LeSean McCoy finishes them up.  Donovan McNabb is likely also making his return, and the Eagles will look to knock some of the rust off of him before they let Kolb finish up.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins - Brown is facing Rex Ryan’s blitzing defense.  Do you recall what Baltimore did to him in the Wild Card game last year?  He had 12 carries for 19 yards.  He did manage 43 yards and a TD on 6 receptions, but that was with Chad Pennington at QB.  Don’t expect much out of Mr. Wildcat.

Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins - Moss is a guy who will go for 170 one week and under 50 the next.  He’s facing a desperate Panthers team coming off a bye.  They are struggling to run the football.  The other WRs are offering little help.  John Fox is smart enough to know if you take Santana away, the Redskins will have a hard time moving the chains.

Mario Manningham, New York Giants - Eli’s status is questionable against the Raiders.  If he does play, I wouldn’t expect them to air it out.  If David Carr gets the start, all bets are off.  Either way they will likely rely on the ground game this week.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    October 6th, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    COnfirmed … Palmer and the rest of the Bengals typically struggle against the Ravens … let alone in Baltimore.

    Please … please pick the Ravens this weekend because I was sweating the Lester’s Curse Pick upon the Bengals last week – which someone and fortunately they overcame.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    I am taking Baltimore. I’m going Philly as my lock.

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