Stepping in for the regular Nick Santolla, I will be doing my own rendition of Do’s and Don’ts. So without further adieu, here is “Start ‘Em Sit Em” for Week 5.
QB Start ‘Em: Kyler Murray
There were high expectations for the reigning Offensive Rookie of The Year heading into this season. Murray has not disappointed thus far. Although The Cardinals are just 2-2, Kyler has still been a top 5 fantasy Quarterback. Murray has averaged 25.4 fantasy points per game through the first quarter of the season and has yet to post a sub-20 point performance. Things don’t seem like they’ll change at least this week as The Cardinals face the 0-4 New York Jets. Murray’s combination of lethal running and accurate passing should make for a big week 5.
QB Start ‘Em: Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater is less of a long-term option and more of a streamer. This week QBs like Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford won’t play due to bye weeks, as well as Cam Newton who has COVID-19. If your QB isn’t playing or has a tough matchup, Bridgewater is an excellent plug and play option. The Panthers are coming off an impressive two-game win-streak, and look to continue the sublime play. Not to mention they face the 0-4 Falcons who are coming off of a short week. The Falcons have let up the most points to QBs of any defense all season. Bridgewater seems like a lock to put up solid points.
QB Sit ‘Em: Carson Wentz
Now I don’t know if The Eagles offensive struggles have been due to Carson Wentz’s poor play, their incredibly weak and injured receiving core, or both. However, the bottom line is that I wouldn’t bank on the situation getting any better this week. The Eagles will face a ferocious Steelers defense that is fresh off their bye week. If Wentz is your QB, try and get a guy like Teddy Bridgewater for this week, and the foreseeable future.
QB Sit ‘Em: Baker Mayfield
The Browns have looked very good in recent weeks. However, I’d sit Mayfield this week due to his matchup. The Browns have relied on the run heavily this season, which has opened up opportunities for Baker in Coach Kevin Stefanski’s famed play-action scheme. Baker has seemed to build up his chemistry with Odell Beckham Jr. as well. The problem for week five is that The Browns face The Colts. The Colts defense, statistically speaking has been just as good if not better than every other team. The Browns will likely try and cling to the run at home.
RB Start ‘Em: Kareem Hunt
With Nick Chubb expected to miss a chunk of time, Hunt is the lead guy for a run-heavy Browns team. Hunt has been one of the best RBs in the league when given the volume. This may be his first real chance at stealing a starting job despite how well Chubb has played. Although The Colts are a tough defense, the amount of volume Hunt will see makes him the only good start of any Browns players this week.
RB Start ‘Em: Kenyan Drake
Drake has been one of the biggest busts of the fantasy football season so far. However, The Cardinals are a good team that needs to win games based on the difficulty of The NFC West. An easy matchup vs. The Jets may just be Drake’s best shot at turning the ship around. If he doesn’t play well this week, he won’t play well against anyone.
RB Sit ‘Em: Myles Gaskin
Gaskin has proved that he is the feature back for The Miami Dolphins. He has been a serviceable flex or RB2 on teams that have injuries. However, although Gaskin is surely a rosterable player, Miami is set to face The San Francisco 49ers in week 5. The Niners have let up the least amount of points to RBs, which means steer clear of Myles Gaskin this week.
RB Sit ‘Em: Darrell Henderson
Henderson produced greatly in Weeks two and three, however, this may have been due to Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers being hurt. Henderson took a significant dip in production in Week three against the Giants, showing that he hasn’t secured the starting gig fully just yet. Henderson may lose carries this week.
WR Start ‘Em: Adam Thielen
Thielen has been a top-five fantasy wide receiver all season long, and it doesn’t seem like that will change any time soon. Thielen has led The Vikings in both targets and touchdowns. Aside from one terrible Kirk Cousins performance against The Colts, Thielen has been spectacular for fantasy owners. He will likely keep up the production in a trouble-free matchup with The Seahawks.
WR Start ‘Em: Will Fuller
Following the firing of Bill O’Brien, I anticipate that Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt will rally the troops and put together a big performance against The Jaguars. The Texans are 0-4 and desperately need a win. Expect Watson to “put the team on his back” and go for a monstrous day. Fuller will likely benefit from that.
WR Sit ‘Em: Julian Edelman
Edelman has been solid with new QB Cam Newton. The two of them have mutual respect and growing chemistry with each other. They need one another and it shows. Following Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19, Edelman’s numbers have begun to nosedive. Edelman was targeted five times on Monday night vs. The Chiefs, catching three of them for 35 yards. He also had a ball go through his hands leading to a Tyran Mathieu Pick-six. Edelman should be benched until Cam Newton returns, or Jarrett Stidham proves himself.
WR Sit ‘Em: Terry McLaurin
Don’t get me wrong, Terry McLaurin’s stock is definitely up with new starting QB Kyle Allen. Under Ron Rivera last year in Carolina, wideout DJ Moore averaged 15.35 fantasy points per game with Allen, while he only averaged 10.70 without him. Well, now it’s the same coach and same QB, with another young and talented receiver. However, McLaurin faces a tough Rams secondary led by Jalen Ramsey. I wouldn’t be surprised if Allen needs to knock some rust off as well.
FLEX Start ‘Em: Darius Slayton
Slayton hasn’t produced good numbers since Week 1 against The Steelers. The Giants offense hasn’t been clicking and they’re currently the worst in the league. However, they are facing The Cowboys, who have one of the worst defenses in the league, especially the secondary. Slayton may just have a chance to catch some deep balls against that unit and produce a good stat line.
FLEX Sit ‘Em: Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy has shown many bright spots in his very young career, including a big touchdown catch on Thursday Night Football. The problem in Week 5 for Jeudy is his opponent. The Patriots are still a top tier defense, built from the back to the front. They even slowed down The Chiefs offense last week. Even though Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Stephon Gilmore all won’t play, I don’t see Jerry Jeudy and Brett Rypien accomplishing much.
TE Start ‘Em: Evan Engram
Like Darius Slayton, Engram is a good play against The dreadful Dallas secondary. Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett should be able to find ways to get guys open fast enough against his former players. Engram saw an increased production last week and may continue in Week 5.
TE Sit ‘Em: Rob Gronkowski
Gronk seems like a good play considering Tom Brady’s Week 4 performance, along with injuries to O.J. Howard, and Chris Godwin. However, since coming back, he hasn’t proved that he is still the pass-catcher he once was. Gronk was only targeted three times in last week’s touchdown parade. It seems Gronk really may just be there to block after all.