It’s Week 5 of the NFL season and it feels as if we are so far removed from Week 1. We have gone through so many up’s and down’s with players trying to figure out who is what. Guys like Lynch, CJ Anderson & D. Murray haven’t showed up like we thought they would. In return, players like Freeman, Dion Lewis & Fitzgerald have surprised many. As we weave our way through this season in search of our championship we must make the right starts and sits whenever possible. Sometimes you must choose between benching a guy or playing him due to a tough match-up. Do you ride the hot hand or use gut intuition and let him ride the pine? Below I list 3 players I am not starting in fantasy leagues or DFS this week. There’s no such thing as a guarantee in football, so you must play the odds and hope the fantasy gods shine there light upon your lineup each week. Below are 3 players I refuse to start in any league or DFS lineup this week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
If you remember last weeks Must-Start column then you remember that Andy Dalton was one of my top 3 starts last week. This time around he lands himself firmly in the Do Not Start bin. Dalton has done his best Denzel Washington impersonation and played like a man on fire, however, he comes back to earth this week. The Bengals may beat the Seahawks this week ( I believe they will ) but that doesn’t mean Dalton has to play amazing like he has. This will be a rough week for Dalton so I’d rather not start him in any format. I like Bradford, Palmer and Eli Manning over Dalton in Week 5.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
C.J. is off to a rough start this season yet many people will tell you this will be his week to bounce back. I disagree for a couple reasons. Everyone will tell you that Anderson plays the Raiders and that means he’s a start this week. The Raiders run defense is not half bad so I very much disagree with this mindset. I also believe Hillman will be the better back moving forward and will take advantage of his opportunities. I stay as far away from Anderson as I can, and I would trade him to someone in your league who still believes in him and get some sort of value while you have a chance.