Quick advice from an expert

Josh Rouse / Washburn Review

Fantasy owners everywhere took a hit Sunday afternoon when Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, after making a return to glory this season, injured his ribs and chest in the second quarter of the Eagles’ matchup with the Washington Redskins and former Philly QB Donovan McNabb.

Vick underwent an MRI Friday and hopes to return this Sunday to battle the Cleveland Browns. However, if he’s not back to 100 percent by then, don’t expect him to see the field. The Eagles aren’t going to risk further injury if he’s not ready to go, especially against the lowly Cleveland Browns. That said, here are the rest of this week’s fantasy picks and whether you should sit ‘em or start ‘em.

Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns, RB

START ‘EM: Hillis has been surprisingly solid so far this season, scoring a touchdown in each of Cleveland’s first four games and looking to be the team’s No. 1 running back after Jerome Harrison bowed out with an injury against Baltimore. Against the Bengals this Saturday, Hillis rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and sealed the victory with a 24-yard rush. Against Atlanta this week, he could see as many as 30 touches and should be good for another touchdown or two.

Mike Sims-Walker – Jacksonville Jaguars, WR

SIT ‘EM: Sims-Walker was shut out for the second time this season, not registering a single catch in the Jaguars’ loss to the Colts. While most analysts believed he would be a top 10 receiver this season, he has had only one notable game this season, Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers and while he said he was working on improving his consistency in the offseason, the only thing that’s consistent about him is how bad he plays each week. Go ahead and cut your ties with this receiver. Even if he has a great game Week 5 against Buffalo, it’ll probably be three more weeks before the anemic Jaguars offense does anything worthwhile.

Mark Clayton – St. Louis Rams, WR

START ‘EM: A great fantasy pick up, Clayton is unowned in 21 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues despite his obvious role as Sam Bradford’s favorite target each week. Clayton seems to be the go-to guy in the redzone this season, and against Detroit’s weak pass defense he should be sturdy once again. With Bradford playing great football for a rookie quarterback on a less-than stellar team, he would be a solid pick up this week, as well, especially if you’re a Vick owner.

DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers, RB

SIT ‘EM: Once a great fantasy player, DeAngelo Williams is suffering this season. He’s the leading rusher for the 0-4 Panthers with only 180 yards on 43 carries, and has yet to score a touchdown. His chances of scoring on the Chicago Bears this week don’t seem to be any better. If you’re a Williams owner, you may consider dropping him and looking for a more dependable running back, perhaps Hillis if he’s available.

Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings, QB

START ‘EM: This isn’t really based on any sort of scientific basis. The bottom line is it’s Brett Favre. Favre has a habit of performing big on Monday nights, especially when his team needs a win… especially when they’re playing against the New York Jets. I know Revis Island will present problems if he’s healthy, but the way Adrian Peterson has been running, Favre will have plenty of chances to throw 10 yard passes to his favorite healthy target, tight end Visante Shiancoe. By the same token, if you have Mark Sanchez available in your league, pick him up and start him. The Vikings have always been fairly prone to giving up big plays through the air, and Sanchez has been fairly successful this season.