As usual, A.J. Green was a recommended Start in fantasy football. Let’s point out the obvious here: Green will always be a Must-Start in fantasy football. While Green didn’t put up the gaudy numbers he’s been showcasing the past several weeks, Green still had nine catches for 65 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. I didn’t go into detail on my Start recommendation, but one reader commented on Miami cornerback Sean Smith covering Green and questioned how well Green would be contained. I responded that Larry Fitzgerald had 64 yards on eight catches and a touchdown in Week 4 against Miami. Fitzgerald and Green ended up with very similar numbers, oddly enough.
I’m going to squeeze Jermaine Gresham into the category of being a solid start in Week 5. Gresham ended up being the 11th best fantasy tight end in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues. I recommended sitting Gresham last week, but called him a "bye week band-aid." Gresham ended up with five catches for 60 yards. I haven’t been very high on Gresham in fantasy football, but he has consistently been getting some targets and yardage while shying from being explosive.
Andy Dalton fell short of expectations heading into Week 5. On the field, Dalton appeared much worse than his fantasy numbers suggest. Dalton ended up being the 15th best fantasy quarterback of the week. I projected Dalton to be safely within Top 10 status coming out of the week, but Miami’s defense found a way to disrupt the young quarterback who was averaging 20 fantasy points per week until now. Dalton was considered a premium "rental" quarterback in Week 5, but fell short of even those conservative expectations.
I hate to consider Andrew Hawkins’ performance a struggle. Hawkins actually finished as the 38th best wide receiver in standard scoring leagues and 34th in PPR (points-per-reception) scoring leagues. Hawkins was targeted a lot, but could only capitalize on less than half of his targets. A lot of Hawkins’ struggles were a direct result of his signal caller’s woes. Hawkins’ 13 targets is promising heading into Week 6, however.
The Bengals Defense was a recommended Start for Week 5, but they ended up falling to the 17th best defense of the weekend primarily due to a lack of forced turnovers as well as surrendering 17 points to the Miami Dolphins. The Bengals have a tempting matchup against the Browns next week, but more on that in a few days.
Mike Nugent was actually a borderline top 10 kicker in Week 5, but I’m labeling Nugent as a Week 5 "struggle" simply because of his missed field goal attempt. I always project Nugent to be a solid start week-to-week, however, and I always hate projecting kickers.
Finally, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was a recommended Sit for Week 5. I really hope you made him comfy on your bench as Green-Ellis ran for a dismal 14 yards on nine carries. I assumed Green-Ellis might be a worthy desperation play in the flex spot, but he couldn’t even deliver in that regard. Green-Ellis was the 59th best fantasy running back in most formats, and may have cost some of you a win if you started him. Then again, no one should have expected much from the Law Firm against Miami’s top run defense.
Keep an eye on Cincy Jungle over the next few days as we take a look at who to start or sit in fantasy football for Week 6!