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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 5

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Quarterbacks

Start

Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers (vs. Falcons): The Falcons defense simply cannot stop quarterbacks. They are allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Over the past two games, their defense has given up eight passing touchdowns. Bridgewater has by no means been a consistent starting option this season, but the matchup is a huge boost to his value.

Justin Herbert, Chargers (vs. Saints): In his first three starts, Herbert is averaging 20 fantasy points per game, which is tenth among quarterbacks. He is a solid streaming option against an underperforming Saints pass defense.

Sleeper: Daniel Jones, Giants (vs. Cowboys)

Sit

Baker Mayfield, Browns (vs. Colts): The Browns scored 49 points against the Cowboys, but Mayfield had yet another forgettable fantasy performance. He has not even reached 16 fantasy points in a single game this season. The Colts are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and their defense has been nothing short of dominant. They are currently holding offenses to an average of only 14 points per game.

Tom Brady, Buccaneers (vs. Bears): The Buccaneers are dealing with a number of injuries on offense. Chris Godwin is out. Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are questionable.

In addition, the Bears are giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. I would bench Brady this week.

Running backs

Start

Joshua Kelley, Chargers (vs. Saints): Without Austin Ekeler, Kelley has a lot of upside in the Chargers offense, which has called the fifth-most rushing plays in the NFL. Look for him to be featured on offense against the Saints.

Mike Davis, Panthers (vs. Falcons): Davis has done a good job filling in for Christian McCaffrey accumulating 202 scrimmage yards over the past two games. Running back Reggie Bonnafon has also seen an uptick in usage following McCaffrey’s injury; he had 10 carries last week against the Cardinals. However, Bonnafon has been placed on the IR.

Davis is set to have a huge workload against a weak Falcons defense.

Sleeper: D’Ernest Johnson, Browns (vs. Colts)

Sit

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins (vs. 49ers): I actually like Gaskin as a fantasy option, but he will have a very tough matchup against the 49ers, who are allowing the fewest fantasy points to running backs.

David Montgomery, Bears (vs. Buccaneers): Montgomery has had a slow start to the season. He is currently RB27. Well, things will not get any easier for him on Sunday, as he faces the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are allowing only 64.3 rushing yards per game, which is the second-fewest in the league.

Wide Receivers

Start

Justin Jefferson, Vikings (vs. Seahawks): Jefferson has 278 receiving yards over the past two games. He is a great play against the Seahawks, who are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers.

DJ Chark Jr., Jaguars (vs. Lions): Chark returned from a chest injury last week against the Bengals and had two receiving touchdowns. The Lions are allowing 31.8 points per game, which is the fourth-most in the league, and they are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers. He is a must-start.

Sleeper: Darius Slayton, Giants (vs. Cowboys)

Sit

Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. Colts): The Colts are allowing only 159.3 passing yards per game, which is by far the fewest in the league. Beckham had a big game against the Cowboys with three total touchdowns, but he could see a sharp decline in production this week.

Tee Higgins, Bengals (vs. Ravens): The Bengals have utilized Higgins early. He has been targeted 22 times over the past three weeks. He scored two touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 3 and posted 77 receiving yards last week against the Jaguars. However, he will have a difficult test against Marcus Peters and the Ravens secondary.

Tight End

Start

Evan Engram, Giants (vs. Cowboys): Engram is having a slow start to the season. He is currently TE22 and has not scored a touchdown yet. However, that could all change against the Cowboys, who are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends. The Cowboys are giving up a league-leading 36.5 points per game this season.

Sleeper: Mo Alie-Cox, Colts (vs. Browns)

Sit

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (vs. 49ers): Gesicki has cooled down in his past two games after recording eight receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Bills. Last Sunday, he had only one reception for 15 yards against the Seahawks. This week, he has an unfavorable matchup against the 49ers, who are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. They held Zach Ertz to just nine receiving yards last week.