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Week 5 Start/Sit: Good Matchups

The decision to start/sit a player really depends on your alternatives. With that in mind, here are some players/teams with some good matchups this week (who you might not otherwise think of) that I would start:

QB Kyle Orton (CHI): Surprisingly, Orton is playing pretty well. He has 5 TDs in his past two games (although he did have 3 turnovers in the second half against the Eagles). And now he gets to play Detroit, who is struggling on a number of levels. Orton should have a good outing.

RB Michael Turner (ATL): Green Bay has not been able to stop the run this year, and they just lost starting DE Cullen Jenkins for the season. Turner should be able to find room to run, so expect a pretty solid day from him.

RB Steve Slaton (HOU): Slaton has been playing very well since being named the starter, and he should continue to put up good numbers this week against Indianapolis. Indy often struggles to stop the run, especially when safety Bob Sanders is out. Slaton will get yards on the ground and through the air, so he is worth a start.

RB Clinton Portis (WAS): Portis has been very effective this year, but this will be his toughest matchup yet. You might be surprised to see him here, because he certainly does not have a “good matchup.” However, I would still start him. Last week, he put up 100 yards (and had a TD nullified by a penalty) against the Cowboys (which no one else has done this year). I know Philly is only giving up an average of about 50 yards rushing per game, but look for Portis to exceed that (although not by much) and also find the end zone.

WR Lee Evans (ARI): The Cardinals gave up 6 passing TDs to Favre last week, and number 1 WR Coles caught 3 of them. Evens is averaging over 20 yards per catch this year, so look for him to catch a long TD against the Cardinals secondary.

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