Oct 4, 2012
Batten down the hatches, it’s Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season, and we’re entering our first big bye week. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts were off last week, but with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all off this week, fantasy rosters are changing drastically, owners are swapping players, and difficult decisions are being made. We’re here to help you with those final decisions before you submit your lineup. Also be sure to check out our Week 5 Waiver Wire Savior , Waiver Wire Cut List articles, and Long-Term Investing Articles.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 5 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
TIGHT ENDS – START ’EM
Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Tennessee Titans
Last week was a big disappointment for owners who shuffled their roster to bring Rudolph in but we’re not shying away from him. Fantasy owners must learn to have a short-term memory and not let the sting of last week poison the current week. We like Rudolph in Week 5 because the Titans are giving up a startling 34 receptions, 360 yards and six touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Get him in your starting lineup!
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Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) at New York Jets
While all of the tight end talk this season has been focused on bigger names, one name escapes the tight end conversation. Daniels has been one of the most consistent tight ends and has more targets and receptions than teammate Andre Johnson. Daniels is averaging 58 yards per game, 12.2 yards per catch and benefits from opposing defenses that game plan around Johnson and Arian Foster. Expect more of the same production against a reeling Jets team.
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