Keep Patriots WR Julian Edelman on the bench against a stout Bengals secondary

 

Fantasy Sit Start -

Sit:

1. WR Julian Edelman, NE:

Edelman has been Tom Brady's favorite wideout through 4 games, drawing 22 targets thus far. Despite his rapport with Brady, after a miserable overall team performance a week ago, Edelman struggled to produce against a strong Kansas City Chiefs defense. The Chiefs bigger corners gave him a tough time through out the game. The Bengals defense will be just as big of an issue for them during the team's Week 5 Sunday night contest. The Bengals are fourth in total yards allowed (1,058) through the first four weeks, and second in passing yards (718). Expect Edelman to continue to struggle, regardless of how many times he's targeted. Try and find a replacement, as New England's offense will have a difficult time producing anything of substance in Week 5.

2. RB Darren Sproles, PHI:

Sproles has had a much greater impact for the Eagles than any of us could have imagined beforehand, but is now coming off two straight subpar performances. He has seen his role diminish greatly after starting the season off as a top fantasy play, producing heavily in both the running and passing game through 2 weeks. Unfortunately, the Eagles have responded by decreasing his workload significantly, not allowing him to be too effective for them. Sproles has 8 total touches in his last two outings, and don't expect much more from him as they host St. Louis on Sunday.

 

Fantasy Football Start:

1. WR Sammy Watkins, BUF:

Watkins' talent is enough to make him a solid start this week at Detroit. The rookie standout has been inconsistent during the first quarter of the season, as one would expect from a lackluster Buffalo Bills offense. With a recent change at quarterback, Kyle Orton will be at the helm this week, rather than E.J. Manuel. Watkins has expressed satisfaction with Orton already, stating that "the ball is coming out faster" than it was with Manuel. With only a week to start with the first-team offense, one can only imagine how much time they have been working on getting the ball to Watkins. He is a match-up nightmare with his size, speed and good hands and can be used as a WR3 with major upside this week.

 

2. RB LeSean McCoy, PHI:

It may seem obvious, but Shady McCoy is a must-start this week. This performance could make or break the season for him, as he has had a very tough time out of the gate. McCoy has yet to crack 100 yards on the ground through 4 games, or even 80 for that matter, but expect a breakout performance against St. Louis. The Rams rank 19th against the run, after having allowed 155 rushing yards per game to start the season. This is an ideal match-up for McCoy, and look for him to exploit the porous run defense for his best performance of 2014 to date. McCoy can be pegged as a top 5 RB this week in standard fantasy formats.

 

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