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Week 5 Starts and Sits

Tyreek Hill, Cordarelle Patterson, Deebo Samuel, DJ Moore, and Patrick Mahomes headlined an uber entertaining week four. Those five players either won your week or lost your week, depending on the way you look at it. Travis Kelce, CeeDee Lamb, Dalvin Cook, and Chris Carson were all mega-disappointments this week, with massive underperformances. Here are the players I believe will have great weeks and players that I believe will have not-so-great weeks in week 5.

Start: Matthew Stafford QB LAR vs SEA

Matthew Stafford has guided the Rams to a 3-1 record this season and has looked sharp in doing so. Seattle has a dismal passing defense, and the Rams will be passing all over them this week. On a primetime Thursday Night Football game with all of America watching, this should be a great game with points galore for both teams, and Stafford will show out.

Others to consider: Trevor Lawrence vs TEN and Kirk Cousins vs DET

Sit: Teddy Bridgewater QB DEN vs PIT

Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion in his game against the Ravens so if he cannot go on Sunday then put Drew Lock here. The Steelers should hold the Broncos to two touchdowns or less as they look to get back on track. Stay away from the Broncos’ quarterback this week, as they are going against a defense looking to rebound from last week’s loss to the Packers.

Others to consider: Carson Wentz vs BAL and Russell Wilson vs LAR

Start: James Robinson RB JAX vs TEN

Carlos Hyde was a healthy scratch in week 3, signaling that the Jaguars are finally ready to treat Robinson a workhorse. He turned 20 opportunities into 76 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Bengals, and I think he keeps the hot streak going against the Titans in week 5. Fire up James Robinson everywhere you can, especially with multiple other running backs injured.

Others to consider: Cordarelle Patterson vs NYJ and Chase Edmonds vs SF

Sit: Antonio Gibson RB WAS vs NO

Saquon Barkley was the first running back to have over three yards per carry against this tough Saints defense. Antonio Gibson and Washington draw the Saints this week, and they will likely shut down the Washington run game. He hasn’t had the best season so far, so if he has another bad week, look to buy him everywhere at his low price. I wouldn’t outright bench Antonio Gibson, but don’t expect RB1 numbers. I project him as a low-end RB2 this week.

Others to consider: Chris Carson vs LAR and Austin Ekeler vs CLE

Start: Stefon Diggs WR BUF vs KC

Stefon Diggs has had a solid start to the season, but he hasn’t done anything special yet. This week’s Sunday Night Football game between the Bills and Chiefs promises to be a fun one. Kansas City is very depleted in the secondary, and this game screams for a Stefon Diggs breakout. Don’t be surprised if you see Stefon Diggs as a top-three receiver at the end of the week as he should shred this Kansas City defense.

Others to consider: Jakobi Meyers vs HOU and Van Jefferson vs SEA

Sit: Mike Williams WR LAC vs CLE

It feels weird putting Mike Williams as a sit after being a start for two weeks, but he is going up against a seemingly unstoppable Browns defense. Proceed with loads of caution this week as the Browns look to shut down this Los Angeles offense as they have against the Bears and Vikings. I am downgrading Mike Williams to a mid-tier flex this week with a very low floor.

Others to consider: Brandin Cooks vs NE and JuJu Smith-Schuster vs DEN

Start: TJ Hockenson TE DET vs MIN

After starting the season hot, TJ Hockenson has cooled off the last two weeks. The Lions draw a divisional matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in week 5 as Hockenson looks to get back on track. The Vikings have a very soft defense, and the Lions will likely be playing from behind. TJ Hockenson should have a nice week as a high TE1 option and should perform at or above his ADP.

Others to consider: Dawson Knox vs KC and Mark Andrews vs IND

Sit: Mike Gesicki TE MIA vs TB

This might sound weird after he has had multiple good weeks in a row, but I’m not feeling too warm on Mike Gesicki this week. Tampa Bay has an astounding defense, and I think they completely shut down this Miami offense this week. If you have any better options than Gesicki, I would start them. If not, proceed with caution against a Buccaneers defense looking for revenge after a not-so-good showing against the Patriots.

Others to consider: Darren Waller vs CHI and Gerald Everett vs LAR


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