Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 5


Start ‘Em

Jameis Winston

I don’t like a lot of the matchups for quarterbacks this week, so here’s a guy who might be available on the waiver wire that you could scoop up and start. Winston began the year slow but has seven touchdowns and 765 yards passing over the last two weeks. I don’t love the matchup because the Saints defense has tightened up with Bridgewater under center, but they still have several holes Bruce Arians should be able to take advantage of. I could see Winston having another quality performance this week.

LeSean McCoy

The Chiefs have eased McCoy into the offense, but he’s averaging 5.4 yards per carry. This week, he gets a Colts defense that has been swiss cheese against the run. We know the Chiefs are going to put up points, so there is always the opportunity for him to score. I like McCoy as a DFS play, and he should be starting this week in your fantasy lineups.

Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon owners have to be thoroughly disgusted with his production thus far. Fear not; the Cardinals are on the horizon. Arizona is traveling across the country to play the Bengals and are surrendering nearly 150 rushing yards a contest. Cincinnati has one of the worst offensive lines I’ve ever seen, but this should be a game where Mixon can find the endzone at least once and perhaps eclipse 100 yards rushing.

Mark Ingram

What’s the best way to win on the road? Establish your running game. The Ravens need to get back to what they do best, and that is pounding the rock and playing defense. The Steelers have had plenty of problems against the run this season, and Baltimore’s rushing attack is the most versatile in the league. Ingram is having a phenomenal year already, and that should continue this week in Pittsburgh.

DeAndre Hopkins

Hopkins isn’t putting up his typical gaudy numbers through four weeks, but he has a good matchup here with a reeling Falcons team that is missing Keanu Neal at the back end of their secondary. Obviously, you’re starting him no matter what. However, I’d consider paying the hefty price for him in DFS leagues. This could be the week Hopkins breaks out with a monster performance that we are used to.

Sit ‘Em

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay’s offense hasn’t been impressive this season, and neither has Aaron Rodgers’ fantasy production. He’s still one of the best quarterbacks in football, but the explosive plays are few and far between. This week, he’s on the road against a talented Cowboys defense coming off a loss. I’m not picking him in DFS leagues and would even try to find a flier starter for a week, if I could, in fantasy leagues.

Derek Carr

The Raiders shocked the Colts last week. Now, they travel to London to take on the vaunted Bears defense. The travel coupled with the matchup isn’t a recipe for success. There are plenty of better options to start this weekend on the waiver wire if you are relying on Carr.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones didn’t perform magnificently last week, but the Giants won handily. I do think he could be a starting quarterback in twelve-team leagues by season’s end, but this is a game you’ll want to leave him on the bench. The Vikings defense should be able to create a lot of problems for a Giants offense that is missing Saquon Barkley.

James Conner

Conner made my start ’em list last week. He had a juicy matchup with the Bengals and took advantage – if you had him in a PPR league. This week he’s up against a Ravens defense that was embarrassed by the Browns a week ago. Baltimore should come out with their hair on fire against their arch-rival. I don’t see a big game coming from Conner, but if you own him, you probably have to start him.

Le’Veon Bell

Bell remains a stud running back, but he’s on a miserable team that is starting their third-string quarterback. There aren’t going to be many opportunities for touchdowns against the Eagles at home. Philadelphia is also one of the best teams at defending the run. Perhaps Bell can rack up some points in a PPR with dump off receptions, but I wouldn’t select him in a DFS league, and I’d even think about benching him in some fantasy leagues depending on my options.


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