clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 5: Cardinals vs. Broncos

Only one of these two teams is undefeated, and it's the Arizona Cardinals, somehow.

Christian Petersen

Not many people would have predicted an undefeated Arizona Cardinals team through three games, two of which were started by the team's backup quarterback, but that's where we stand. The Cardinals and Denver Broncos play one another Sunday, both coming off of a Week 4 bye.

Perhaps by virtue of the byes, both teams enter Week 5 fairly healthy. The Broncos have no notable fantasy players on the injury report. For the Cardinals, running back Andre Ellington has been limited with a foot injury, but is expected to be fine for Sunday's game. Quarterback Carson Palmer, who has missed consecutive games with a right shoulder injury, will miss Week 5 as well.

The two teams will play in Denver at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, and as always in a game involving Denver, there is plenty of fantasy intrigue:


Start 'em: Even with his foot injury, Andre Ellington is an easy RB2 in a game that should offer lots of scoring. ... Michael Floyd has so far established himself as the team's definite No. 1 receiver, and he's a low-end WR2 in Week 5. ... Kicker Chandler Catanzaro has been a strong fantasy performer so far, and probably needs to be used every week.

Start 'em?: It's been an awful start for Larry Fitzgerald, with eight fantasy points in three games, while rookie John Brown has been significantly more productive. Both are low-end flex plays this week. ... You probably aren't using the Cardinals' defense against that Denver offense, but the unit has averaged almost nine fantasy points a game. It's at least defensible.

Sit 'em: Week 3 wasn't bad at all for Drew Stanton, with 18 fantasy points, but there's a reason the team is eager for Palmer's return. ... John Carlson has nine total fantasy points in three games, so he's not much of an option at tight end.

Start in every league: Andre Ellington, Michael Floyd, Chandler Catanzaro

Start if you're desperate: Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Defense/special teams

Bench: Drew Stanton, John Carlson


Start 'em: There's really not much to say about Peyton Manning. You're obviously using him. ... It's been a really slow start to the season for Montee Ball, but I still have him as a mid-level RB2 for now. ... Demaryius Thomas has been less than dominant so far, but I don't know how you could own him and not use him. ... The best receiver on Denver so far has been tight end Julius Thomas, and he's ranked right up near the top of the position. ... Kicker Brandon McManus has the job locked down after Matt Prater's release.

Start 'em?: The return of Wes Welker could keep both his value and the value of Emmanuel Sanders in check. I think they're low-end flex plays at best. ... The Broncos' defense hasn't had a great game yet, but I still don't trust Drew Stanton, so the defense might have a chance at good numbers.

Sit 'em: If Ball's struggles continue, Ronnie Hillman and/or C.J. Anderson could end up with nice value, but they need to have the job before fantasy owners use them.

Start in every league: Peyton Manning, Montee Ball, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Brandon McManus

Start if you're desperate: Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders, Defense/special teams

Bench: Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson