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Fantasy football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em week 5
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Fantasy football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em week 5
Thursday October 2nd, 2014

As always, the main goal for our Week 5 FanNation fantasy football challenge is to take down yours truly in a head-to-head matchup.

But this week's contest comes with a little extra incentive: If you finish with one of the top three scores among all those who enter, I'll send you a "One Team for the Cure" T-shirt of your choice. Those shirts are a pet project of the NFLPA, with the goal to promote cancer awareness. One of the players featured this season is Cincinnati's Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter has been battling a form of the terrible disease. Others participating in the 2014 program include Blake Bortles, Le'Veon Bell, Steve Smith and DeMarcus Ware.

• Challenge your friends and win BIG in our weekly fantasy football game

So, enter (for free), beat me in an easy-to-understand fantasy game, possibly take home a shirt that supports a great cause. Again, here's the link to enter.

And this is how my team will stack up for Week 5:

Quarterback: Philip Rivers (projected points: 20)
Also considered: Andrew Luck (22), Matthew Stafford (22), Tom Brady (14)

Rivers has been lighting it up through four weeks, and this is a great fantasy matchup for him -- the Jets are allowing the second-most QB fantasy points per week on average. Even if Dee Milliner is a go, Rivers should put up numbers, especially because the New York D-line has a huge edge on San Diego's lackluster run game.

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Luck does not have nearly as juicy a matchup, with the Colts visiting Baltimore. He and the Colts offense have been piling up yards and points at an incredible rate thus far, however, even continuing to let Luck air it out when games are all but decided.

Stafford against the Bills defense, under former Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz, should be an interesting matchup. Detroit's QB has struggled to find a rhythm in 2014, but that's bound to change before long.

Can we say the same about Brady? Off a horrid Monday night performance and now pitted up against Cincinnati's terrific defense, Brady has his work cut out for him. From a value player perspective, however, this is worth a shot -- only Jake Locker and Drew Stanton carry fewer projected points into Week 5.

Running back: Rashad Jennings (projected points: 14)
Also considered: DeMarco Murray (19), Reggie Bush (11), Justin Forsett (6)

The Giants' Jennings has been a little on-again, off-again so far this season, dipping in Week 4 as Eli Manning threw the ball successfully versus Washington. This week should offer Jennings far more chances. Atlanta has been gashed repeatedly on the ground, including by both Matt Asiata (three touchdowns) and Jerick McKinnon last week.

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Murray's brilliant start will push the Cowboys to keep feeding him the ball Sunday, up against the surprising Texans. Bush could be a workhorse back for Detroit, too, with Joique Bell suffering from a concussion.

Forsett's six-point projection puts him behind teammates Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce in FanNation's Week 5 setup. That makes him a possible steal, since he has topped the six-point fantasy mark each week this year; he had 97 total yards, three catches and a TD last outing.

Wide receiver/tight end: Kelvin Benjamin (projected points: 14)
Also considered: Jimmy Graham (15), Keenan Allen (13), Michael Floyd (10)

While Carolina may not have the same offensive success against Chicago that Aaron Rodgers' Packers did in Week 4, Cam Newton figures to see at least a few openings. Benjamin is usually his target when he looks downfield -- or anywhere, really -- with 36 targets, 21 catches and three TDs this season. Finding the end zone again in Week 5 should be enough to push him past the 14-point projection.

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Graham struggled badly in Dallas last week ... and still hung 16.6 FanNation fantasy points on the board, buoyed by his third score of 2014. The 1-3 Saints are desperate for a breakthrough performance, so Drew Brees and Graham could go off Sunday. Ditto for Rivers and Allen, a duo that finally found its rapport again in Week 4 when Allen caught a career-high 10 passes.

Floyd and teammate Larry Fitzgerald both sit on 10 projected points, ahead of a game at Denver. The wild card is in Stanton under center. He hit Floyd five times for 114 yards (two deep shots pacing the total) back in Week 3.

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