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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 5

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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 5

Unfortunately, week 4 of fantasy football was another injury-riddled week for fantasy team owners. Players who were injured in week 4 include Deshaun Watson, Justin Herbert, Matthew Stafford, Kenny Pickett, Javonte Williams, Tee Higgins, Deebo Samuel, Mike Evans, Jahan Dotson, and Pat Freiermuth. With so many injuries around the National Football League, upcoming players have the chance for their number to be called. Navigating around injuries is tough and requires sufficient strategy. Fortunately, if you have done your homework on players to stash on your bench, your team should be fine. Each week choosing players to start, and sit are crucial for your fantasy team’s success.

Here are my recommendations for Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 5.

 

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Ryan Tannehill

Titans @ Colts | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 0.9%

Tannehill helped the Titans defeat the Bengals 27-3, where he outperformed opposing quarterback Joe Burrow. In the Titans win, Tannehill scored 12.7 fantasy points as running back Derrick Henry led the charge for the offense scoring 23.38 fantasy points in PPR leagues. This week, I expect his fantasy numbers to rise against the Colts defense that on average allows 25.4 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Tannehill should be considered a mid-end to high-end QB2 in fantasy football leagues this week.

Joshua Dobbs

Bengals @ Cardinals | 4:05 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 0.5%

Dobbs has been performing great for the Arizona Cardinals while he is their current starting quarterback. Last week in the Cardinals loss to the 49ers 35-16, Dobbs put up 23.4 fantasy points for team owners. He should be on everyone’s radar and viewed as a viable option for fantasy team owners looking for a quarterback. In a great matchup against the Bengals defense that on average allows 20.0 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Dobbs should be considered a high-end QB2 this week.

Najee Harris

Ravens @ Steelers | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 53.1%

Harris scored 11.3 fantasy points in PPR leagues for team owners in the Steelers week 3 loss to the Texans 30-6. In the loss, the Steelers also witnessed their star quarterback Kenny Pickett exit the game early due to a bone bruise to his knee. His status is currently unknown, but news reports indicate that Mitch Trubisky is the starting quarterback for week 5. This week against the Ravens defense, the Steelers offense will most likely lean on Harris to help them earn the win. Harris should be considered a mid-end to high-end RB2 this week.

Jaleel McLaughlin

Jets @ Broncos | 4:25 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 0.0%

In the Broncos comeback win against the Bears on Sunday, winning 31-28, starting running back Javonte Williams injured his hip and left the game early. While it does not look like the veteran suffered a major injury, reports state that Williams’ injury status is unknown. While scrolling through my news feed, I read that head coach Sean Payton would not comment on Williams’ injury, which is usually not a good sign. After Williams’ injury, McLaughlin stepped in and scored 19.4 fantasy points in PPR leagues. Keep an eye on this situation as it is one that fantasy managers should monitor. If Williams is ruled out for Sunday’s matchup, McLaughlin would automatically become the RB1 in Denver. Finally, if McLaughlin is indeed named the starter, he should be considered a mid-end RB2 this week.

Christian Watson

Packers @ Raiders | 8:25 pm EST Monday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 20.1%

In Watson’s return from injury, he scored 10.5 fantasy points in PPR leagues. I’m optimistic that Watson will start to gain momentum after scoring a touchdown in Thursday night’s loss to the Lions 34-20. After the game, head coach Matt LaFleur described the loss as “embarrassing” and “humbling.” In week 5, Watson goes up against the Raiders defense that on average allows 23.0 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Watson should be considered a low-end to mid-end WR2 in this week’s matchup.

Garrett Wilson

Jets @ Broncos | 4:25 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 66.9%

Wilson scored 15.0 fantasy points in PPR leagues in the Jets loss to the Chiefs 23-20 on Sunday night. I was honestly impressed with how quarterback Zach Wilson conducted himself and made it a point to throw to his number 1 receiver. Also on Sunday, the Broncos defense allowed Bears receiver D.J. Moore to score 27.1 fantasy points in PPR leagues. I am confident that Wilson will score monster numbers against the Broncos defense this coming weekend and should be considered a high-end WR1.

Dalton Schultz

Texans @ Falcons | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 10.7%

Schultz was significantly involved in the offensive gameplan against the Steelers in the Texans wins 30-6 on Sunday scoring 13.2 fantasy points in PPR leagues. On Sunday, Schultz faces the Falcons defense which on average allows 8.4 fantasy points to opposing tight ends. This marks a great matchup for the veteran, and he should be considered a high-end TE1 this week.

 

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Trevor Lawrence

Jaguars @ Bills | 9:30 am EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 45.7%

Lawrence only scored 16.48 fantasy points in the Jaguars win over the Falcons on Sunday 23-7. Unfortunately for Lawrence, the Jaguars face a red-hot Bills team that obliterated the Miami Dolphins. The Bills defense on average only allows 5.7 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I recommend sitting Lawrence in week 5.

Rhamondre Stevenson

Saints @ Patriots | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 64.7%

On Sunday, Stevenson shared the backfield with Ezekiel Elliott in the Patriots loss to the Cowboys 38-3. Stevenson only scored 6.0 fantasy points in PPR leagues in week 4, and week 5 doesn’t look any better. On average, the Saints defense only allows 8.7 fantasy points to opposing running backs. My recommendation is to sit Stevenson in week 5.

George Pickens

Ravens @ Steelers | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 49.9%

As I stated earlier, Kenny Pickett sustained a bone bruise in his knee and his status for week 5 is uncertain. The Steelers organization may rule him out knowing that they have a bye in week 6. As the quarterback situation in Pittsburgh is currently in shambles, I recommend sitting Pickens this week.

Sam LaPorta

Panthers @ Lions | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 60.1%

LaPorta has been playing well this season, but he faces a tough positional matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers defense on average only allows 4.7 fantasy points to opposing tight ends. My recommendation is to sit LaPorta in week 5.

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