Week 5 Start and Sit
We are now past the first bye week and first quarter of the NFL season, and this is where fantasy owners need to hone in and make that playoff push to secure they're spots. With that being said, here are my Week 5 start and sits.
Quarterbacks Start 'Em
Kyler Murray at Cincinnati- Murray has been steady throughout the fantasy season, but he has yet to break out. I'm going to bet this is the game he does it. We just saw Mason Rudolph dink and dunk his way to a dominating win against the Bengals. I expect this game to be close in score, meaning Murray will be throwing all game. Gimme a three touchdown performance in Week 5 for the number one pick.
Jacoby Brissett at Kansas City- The Chiefs defense has been generous all season and Brissett has been rock solid. Even without T.Y. Hilton, he threw for two touchdowns in Week 4. If Hilton comes back, I expect over 300 yards and a couple touchdowns. Game flow should work in Brissett's favor as well.
Quarterback Sit 'Em
Dak Prescott vs. Green Bay- Another tough matchup for Dak. The Packers pass defense has been great so far in 2019, and I expect the Cowboys to use a whole lot of Zeke in this game. With Jaire Alexander on Amari Cooper, and no other threat in the passing game, give me under 16 points from Dak in Week 5.
Russell Wilson vs. Los Angeles Rams- The Rams got torched by Jameis Winston in Week 4, I expect the pass defense to get back to their lockdown ways in Week 5. Wilson hasn't had much volume thus far and it would be hard for him to get big numbers unless the game gets out of hand. Considering its a Thursday game and Chris Carson has been solid, I expect a point finish in the teens for DangerRuss.
Running Back Start 'Em
Austin Ekeler vs. Denver- Don't jump off the Ekeler ship just yet. It remains to be seen if Melvin Gordon gets his workhorse role back. Ekeler has been the top rated running back this season and has been an absolute stud. Even if his work is dialed back, you should still expect top 20 numbers, especially against a Denver defense that just got trampled by Leonard Fournette.
Joe Mixon vs. Arizona- The Cincy offensive line is awful, so Mixon hasn't had any room to run. Good for him though, he gets a plus matchup against the Cardinals. This is a perfect spot for Mixon to get back on track and I expect Zac Taylor to use Mixon in space this game. I'm predicting at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown from Mixon.
Running Back Sit 'Em
Le'veon Bell at Philadelphia- Okay, first off, you're not going to sit Le'veon Bell unless you have a deep running back group. That being said, Bell is probably not going to help your team much in Week 5. The Eagles have been the best run defense in football thus far and the Jets have an awful offense. Maybe the volume will bail you out and Bell gets a touchdown, but the yardage won't be there.
Josh Jacobs vs. Chicago- This is one of the easier calls this week. Jacobs has been solid but the offense and a decreased passing game role has worked against him. The Bears are one of the premier defenses in the NFL and there isn't going to be much room to run against this defensive line. It also doesn't help that Khalil Mack is extra motivated against his former team.
Wide Receiver Start 'Em
Josh Gordon at Washington- After a low scoring affair against the Bills, the Patriots are most likely going to run up the score on the Redskins. Gordon is in a great spot to torch this beat up secondary and if you're worried about Josh Norman, don't be, he has a below average 51.1 PFF grade thus far.
Larry Fitzgerald at Cincinnati- I'm all in on Kyler Murray in Week 5, he's gotta throw to someone right? Christian Kirk is banged up and so Fitz should soak up targets against the Bengals. Look for the ageless wonder to post a strong outing. Oh and over the past three games against the Bengals, he averages 12.3 targets, 7.3 catches, 96 yards, and 0.7 touchdowns a game
Wide Receiver Sit 'Em
Tyler Lockett vs. Los Angeles Rams- Still one of the best deep ball receivers in the NFL, Lockett might have a tough time finding room against the Rams. The Rams got torched by Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in Week 4. However, besides a busted play that resulted in the long touchdown by Evans, the Rams kept everything in front of them. Lockett also only averages 4 catches and 60 yards in the past 8 game against the Rams.
D.J. Chark at Carolina- Enjoying a breakout 2019, Chark has worked his way into starting lineups. I advise against starting him in Week 5 if possible. Carolina has one of the stronger pass defenses, especially when they use James Bradberry to shadow. Bradberry shut down Deandre Hopkins in Week 4 and I expect Chark to see a heavy dose of Bradberry.
Tight End Start 'Em
Mark Andrews at Pittsburg- After getting bailed out by a touchdown in Week 4, the yardage and catches should be back in Week 5. Lamar Jackson is on fire and Andrews is his safety blanket and favorite red-zone target. Sign up for a top 5 week out of Andrews.
Darren Waller vs. Chicago- It's a tough matchup for Waller but he is going to be peppered with targets all game as I expect the Bears to be up in this game. Waller is on pace for an absurd 132 catches, obviously he probably won't reach those numbers but it should tell you something about his usage.
Tight End Sit 'Em
Delaine Walker vs. Buffalo- Walker enjoyed a strong start to the season, but has slowed down recently. A.J. Brown is starting to control the middle of the field which is taking those targets away from Walker. Buffalo boasts a strong defense and this should be a slow and low scoring affair.
Austin Hooper at Houston- Hooper has been a stud the past couple of weeks and is surprisingly the third best tight end in fantasy. I'm expecting a down game against the Texans who have been decent against tight ends. I believe the Falcons get the ball to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley this game as their primary pass catchers and that only leaves a handful of targets for Hooper.