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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week Five: Fine or Pine

Welcome back, Brainiacs!  We've got Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) here again to provide for you our version of "start 'em, sit 'em."  We call it "Fine or Pine"...  Here we go!

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Week five is about to begin and you're still pining over your roster deciding which players to start and which to bench. Thanks to bye weeks, you may be forced to go in a direction you weren't looking forward to going in. Read on for help setting up your week five lineup.

Quarterback

Fine- Philip Rivers- After decimating Dallas in week four to the tune of four hundred plus yards and three touchdowns, the revitalized Rivers needs to be started every week now. The Bolts get the Raiders in week five and even though Oakland looks to be much improved, Rivers will still be able to move the ball and score points.

Pine- Andy Dalton- After a disappointing week four performance against the Browns where the Bengals only managed to produce six points, Dalton won't have any better luck facing the improved Patriots defense. In week four, Dalton was abysmal throwing for two hundred and six yards and an interception. He has proven he isn't a viable fantasy option.

Running Back

Fine- Reggie Bush- After compiling a total of one hundred and seventy three yards in week four, Bush is a must start against the Packers this week. With the threat of Calvin Johnson making big plays, Bush will be left to get enough touches to have another spectacular fantasy week.

Pine- DeMarco Murray- The only way for Dallas to hang with Denver is to score a massive amount of points. That means more Romo and less Murray. The Cowboys seem hellbent on throwing the ball and that doesn't bode well for Murray and the run game. He did have a total of ninety one yards in week four but San Diego is not Denver.

Wide Receiver

Fine- DeSean Jackson- Granted D-Jax hasn't been much of a fantasy factor the last couple of weeks but this week the Eagles get the Giants. The New York D/ST has given up a total of one hundred and thirty four points and over fifteen hundred yards so far this season. The Eagles can definitely score points and Jackson will take advantage of that.

Pine- T.Y. Hilton- Even though he has shown he's a capable fantasy receiver, the Colts just don't seem to be using him very much. He had nine targets versus the Jaguars and only managed five receptions for forty eight yards. Stay away from Hilton if you have a better option until he proves he can be more consistent.

Tight End

Fine- Antonio Gates- It's looked like vintage Chargers the first four weeks with Rivers connecting with Gates. After four weeks, Gates has twenty five receptions for three hundred and sixty four yards and two touchdowns. Expect that trend to continue through week five when San Diego faces Oakland.

Pine- Brandon Myers- If you were forced to play Myers last week against Kansas City, you received a goose egg for points. Myers is being asked to stay in and block more due to the mess that is the Giants O- line and owners don't get fantasy points for that. If you have a better option at tight end, use it.

Defense

Fine- Kansas City- The Titans will be without their starting quarterback Jake Locker and I wouldn't count on Ryan Fitzpatrick to do much against a tough Chiefs defense. Through four weeks, the Chiefs have given up only thirty nine points to go along with eighteen sacks and five interceptions. Coming off of a week four win against the Giants, they only gave up a touchdown to Victor Cruz. With a Titans running game that isn't scaring anyone, it will be difficult for the Titans to do much this week.

Pine- Dallas- As good as the Dallas defense has been for fantasy owners, they face Denver this week and no defense has shown they are even capable of slowing the Broncos down. Peyton has too many weapons and already has sixteen touchdowns through four weeks. I don't see the Cowboys doing much of anything to stop Peyton aside from maybe an interception.