Proceed With Caution – Weak Plays for Week 5

These are the guys you might normally start, but may want to reconsider this week for one reason or another. This week, let me start out by saying this: I seriously almost decided to add Steve Smith to the list this week, simply because with David Carr throwing the ball, he’s just plain screwed. Carr sucks – SUCKS – and so will Smith, DeShaun Foster, and every other part of that offense as long as Carr’s running the show.

But I know, I know: You can’t bench Smith. But I’m willing to bet that, come Monday, you’ll be wishing you had.

With that out of the way…

Derek Anderson, QB, CLE – Sure, he looked good against the Ravens D, but Baltimore’s pass rush isn’t near as good as New England’s right now. You probably aren’t in a situation where you have to start Anderson, so I’d strongly suggest you go with the guy you drafted.

Bernard Berrian, WR, CHI – I’m obviously far from sold on Griese’s abilities at this point, and Green Bay’s pass D is solid. Berrian had a nice game last week, but this matchup sucks for him.

Warrick Dunn, RB, ATL – This isn’t the week he breaks out. Tennesee’s rush defense is the second-best in the league, and you saw what they did to another aging RB recently – poor ol’ Deuce.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF – Buffalo’s D is going to be absolutely decimated by Dallas, so Lynch isn’t going to get a ton of carries against a D that’s better against the run than the pass anyway. I also suspect that Buffalo will run plenty of pass plays in the inevitable garbage time in order to get a good look at Edwards as a possible permanent Losman replacement.

Chad Pennington, QB, NYJ – Before last week, I would have told you to go ahead and start any QB against the then-disappointing Giants defense. After their 12-sack performance last Sunday, though, I’m pretty sure you don’t want to put your trust in Fragile Chad and the Noodle Arm of Doom this week.