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Week 5 Must Start Fantasy Football 2012

RGIII is only started in 76% of leagues. In Week 5, it needs to be 100%

Who are the must start Fantasy Football Week 5?

Alright, lets talk about week 5 fantasy football. We have been getting many requests here at OWR to start posting Fantasy Football related news. So lets kick it off with Week 5 Must Starts.

In Starts of the Week column, we will be looking at the must start players for week 5. But, we don’t name the obvious players. We will look deeper into the bench and recommend players that may be flying under the radar.

So, let’s get to it. Here is our Week 5 Must Start Fantasy Football Players.


QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) – RGIII has been electrifying so far in 2012. In many scoring formats, RGIII is the top overall point scorer. Surprising, he is only started in 76% of leagues. Really? This number needs to be 100%.

If RGIII is on your bench, get in your starting lineup right away! In week 5, he faces an Atlanta Falcons team that will light up the scoreboard. He will be forced to take matters into his own hands. I could see a 350+ yard game and 3 scores (ground and air).

RB Marshawn Lynch (SEA) – The Seattle running back is the best kept secret in the league. Lynch has been running hard in 2012 and getting plenty of offensive chances. He is 2nd in the league with 92 total rushing attempts. Lynch is averaging a blistering 4.6 yard per carry.

We fully expect Lynch’s success to continue in week 5 vs Carolina. The Panthers have allowed the 2nd most points to running backs. This included 100 yard performances from Pierre Thomas, Andre Brown and Michael Turner. Start Lynch with confidence, he may win you week 5 single-handedly.

WR Malcom Floyd (SD) – Malcom underwhelmed in week 4, totaling a pedestrian 2 catches for 23 yards. But the game dictated his usage. San Diego was winning 27-6 at half and had little reason to throw.

Now, this brings us to the Sunday Night game vs New Orleans. Expect a completely different game plan from San Diego. They will need to throw and throw often. Malcolm will be in the middle (no pun intended) of this action. I foresee 7 catches for 100 yards and at least 1 score in this matchup.

TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) – Pitta had a stinker on Prime Time last Thursday. He had zero catches and laid a big fat goose egg on your box score. In the game he was target a total of 2 times.

We expect Pitta to bounce back strong from his miserable Thursday performance. Baltimore will be able to move the ball consistently vs Kansas City and Pitta will be leaned on in 3rd down situations. Pitta will revert to form in week 5. Expect 5 catches for 70 yards and a score.

DEF Minnesota – The chances are very high Minnesota is still available on your waiver wire. After a shutdown victory on the road in Detroit, the message is clear – the Viking Defense is good.

In week 5, they face Tennessee at home. Last week Tennessee’s offense turned the ball over 4 times and allowed 2 defensive scores to Houston’s defense. We expect the same results for Minnesota. Look for a 4+ sack, 3 turnover performance from the stout MIN defense.

K Greg Zuerlein (STL) – Do kickers really matter? Absolutely they do! St. Louis kicker Greg Zuerlein has been lights out during his rookie campaign. He has hit 12 of 12 FG year to date. This includes kicks from 60, 56, and 48.

Expect a big week out of Zuerlein in week 5 vs the Cardinals. The St. Louis defense should be able to move the ball well enough to get into scoring position, giving Zuerlein plenty of opportunities.


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