Week five has come and gone in the NFL season and the landscape is beginning to look clear. The AFC looks familiar with three of the four division winners last year leading their division currently. While the NFC has newcomers like the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals on top of their divisons.

Fantasy football is at the halfway mark for most leagues. Owners may be looking for that next piece to their team that could help their playoff push. New to this week will be a pickup of the week, where one player is chosen that is available in the majority of leagues that owners should keep an eye on.

Pro-tip: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams have a bye week.  Here are the week six, start’ em and sit ’em:

Start ‘Em

Matt Ryan (Quarterback/Atlanta Falcons)

Matt Ryan and the Falcons have a favorable matchup this week against the New Orleanes Saints.  If you were to throw out last weeks performance from Ryan, he would be a top ten fantasy quarterback. Add that the Saints give up the third most points to Quarterbacks in fantasy, Ryan looks to be a candidate for bounce back week.

Eddie Lacy (Running back/Green Bay Packers)

Eddie Lacy. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.
Eddie Lacy. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

To be straight forward, Eddie Lacy has been a disappointment for owners this year. But Lacy has been battling an ankle injury all year. Be mindful of this owners, patience is a virtue. Lacy faces a favorable matchup against a San Diego defense that gives up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Lacy is the kind of back that gets better with more carries. When he carries the ball more that 15 times, he averages nearly five yards a carry. Teams are giving their lead running back 16 carries on average against the Chargers this year.  If Lacy were to regain his 2014 form, week six would be a good start.

Brandon Marshall (Wide receiver/New York Jets)

Wherever Brandon Marshall goes, success follows. Marshall has posted an impressive stat line (30 catches, 400 yards and three touchdowns) so far this year with the Jets. Coming off a bye week, Marshall will go against a Washington defense that is plagued by injuries with both of their starting cornerbacks limited in practice this week. With an extra week to prepare, Marshall should continue his strong season.

Sit ‘Em

Eli Manning (Quarterback/New York Giants)

Eli Manning is playing great this year. Manning is in the top ten scoring and has average nearly 20 points a game the last four weeks. But Manning faces an Eagles defense that ranks 13th in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks in fantasy. Add to the fact that Eli may be without two of his top targets in Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueban Randle, who sustained hamstring injuries in their victory last week. Odds are against Manning this week and should be a safe sit given the circumstances.

Justin Forsett (Running back/Baltimore Ravens)

After a slow start, Justin Forsett has dashed back into stardom in fantasy football. After posting back-to-back hundred yards in rushing, Forsett had owner thinking twice before they dropped him. Unfortuantly, Forsett sustained an ankle injury last week that kept him from returning in their overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns. Ankle injuries take time for running backs, just look at Eddie Lacy. So if Forsett plays, it may be limited to reduce risk of reinjuring his ankle.

Jimmy Graham (Tight End/Seattle Seahawks)

Jimmy Graham. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.
Jimmy Graham. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

Perhaps it was too good to be true. When Seattle acquired Jimmy Graham in the offseason it looked like there would be a NFC juggernaut. But it has been quite the opposite. Graham has caught more than five passes in two games and only two touchdowns in total this year. Graham and the Seahawks face the Panthers this week that has allowed the least fantasy points to tight ends this year. Also, Luke Kuechly makes his return to field which could mean more trouble for Graham.

Pickup of the Week

Charcandrick West (Running back/Kansas City Chiefs)

Jamaal Charles sustained a season-ending injury last week, making it next man up. That man is Charcandrick West. Already owning the best name in the league, West can ball too, averaging nearly five yards a carry after replacing Charles. Given that the Cheifs offense has struggled to score this year, West will be depended upon to provide a spark. The Chiefs go against the Minnesota Vikings, a defense that has given up the forth-most yards per carry.

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Andy Gustafson is the Sports Writer for the Niner Times. This is his first year involved with the Times. He is majoring in mass media communications and minoring in journalism. He is from Asheville, North Carolina.

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