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.
WIDE RECEIVERS – START ’EM
Victor Cruz (New York Giants) vs. Cleveland Browns
Every No. 1 receiver facing the Cleveland Browns while Joe Haden is serving his suspension has scored a touchdown. We expect nothing less for Cruz who is getting more looks than usual since Hakeem Nicks and now Ramses Barden is sitting out practice early this week. As a result of the injuries, Cruz is leading the league in receptions and targets in a pass-happy offense.
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Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Wallace is starting to heat up so that means the Eagles have to be conscious of his every move. That could give Brown more targets in what should be a game where both teams will be forced to throw. Overall the Eagles have been stingy against quarterbacks but receivers have had some mild success. We just don’t see how the Eagles take away all of Ben Roethlisberger’s options. Brown is a recommended start, even if the matchup is less than ideal.
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