Entering Week 5 of the NFL, there is plethora of injuries among some of the biggest players, so this will cause the Week 5 Start_Sit to be a bit more interesting.
LeSean McCoy, Will Fuller V, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Tyler Eifert, T.Y. Hilton, Geronimo Allison, and Rob Gronkowski. Those are just some of the players that exited their games due to injuries. With all the early exits that occurred last week, this has a domino effect on the players you’ll see on the Week 5 Start_Sit list.
All those injuries gives rise to some unlikely players who are making the most of the situation. Look at what happened with Will Fuller suffering a hamstring injury against the Colts in Week 4. Rookie WR, Keke Coutee, received 15 targets catching 11 of them for 109 yards. Coutee will be a popular Waiver Wire addition this week.
Leonard Fournette hurt his hamstring in Week 1. He tried to play in Week 4, but to no avail. With him not playing since Week 1, reminds people just how underrated T.J. Yeldon truly is. Yeldon is the 11th best RB in half-PPR, according to Fantasy Pros. T.J. is a RB2 or a Flex with Leonard Fournette out for Week 5.
Just how I did with the Week 4 Start_Sit article, I will talk about some players and the teams on bye weeks. This week the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on byes. Make sure to adjust your lineups with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton, and Chicago D/ST all out this week.
Here we go, let’s dive into the players who I recommend you should Start_Sit for Week 5.
Week 5 Start_Sit
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers
A matchup against a defense that is allowing an average of 367 passing yards over the last three games makes Ryan a must start. He has eight touchdowns the last couple of games and “Matty Ice” is looking like his 2016 MVP form. He’s had to play like that due to the many injuries on defense. With the emergence of rookie Calvin Ridley, it adds to how productive he’s been in 2018. Matt Ryan has a great match against a struggling defense and is a solid QB1 in Week 5.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns
Flacco looks rejuvenated and reinvigorated with his new offense. Without the Buffalo Bills game, where the Ravens were up 40-3 at the end of the third quarter, Joe Flacco has an average of 339 yards the last three games. Cleveland’s defense just surrendered four touchdowns and over 430 yards to Raiders’ QB, Derek Carr. Flacco is looking like a viable starter in Fantasy this week.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions
Jones has separated himself ahead of teammates Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams after Sunday. Jones was mainly competing with Williams and showed why he should be the full-time starter in Green Bay. With receiving one more touch than Jamaal Williams (12 to 11), he out gained him in yardage (82-27).
Aaron Jones was able to do two things in just his first couple games that Jamaal Williams hasn’t been able to do all season; rush for over 60 yards and score a touchdown. Both those accomplishments haven’t been achieved by Jamaal all season. He is a solid Flex play this week against a Detroit defense that is bottom five against the run.
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Kansas City Chiefs
A friend asked me if he should start DeSean Jackson or T.J. Yeldon in Week 4. Obviously, I told him to start DeSean because Leonard Fournette returned and that meant Yeldon was going to be limited in his touches. Boy was I wrong. Fournette re-injured his hamstring and Yeldon took over his role as the starter.
That is why he is on my start list. Fournette has already been ruled out for Week 5. This makes T.J. Yeldon the starter against a defense that is looking like one of the worst in the NFL. Depending on your situation, Yeldon could be a RB2 or a Flex in Week 5.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys
After sitting out the first three games because of a hamstring injury, Coutee exploded onto the scene in Week 4. He was immediately launched to second on the depth chart with injuries to Will Fuller and Bruce Ellington. Even if Will Fuller is able to go, we all know that his hamstring won’t be completely healed. It was clear that Deshaun Watson and Keke have a connection. Keke saw 15 targets in Week 4 and there is a strong likelihood he could get double-digit targets against the Cowboys.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts
His four-game suspension has concluded and Edelman gets a great matchup for Fantasy owners. He returns to New England as the clear-cut number one receiver on the depth chart and Brady’s go to target. Rob Gronkowski is suffering from a bad ankle and on a short week he will be questionable to play. If Gronk is unable to go or limited, that means more targets for Edelman. In PPR formats there is much more upside for Edelman to have a successful game back.
Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Atlanta Falcons
With consistent injuries to TEs, it leaves the position very open. If any player at that position scores a touchdown, they will automatically be Top 10. McDonald is going against an Atlanta defense that is ravaged by injuries. He is clearly ahead of teammate Jesse James on the depth chart. The last two games he has 10 targets and nine catches to Jesse’s two targets and two catches. It is tough to get looks with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on your team. With whatever catches McDonald gets, he makes the most of them.
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers
Cook had his second breakout game this season and is the highest scoring TE. As I stated above, it is getting hard to sit any starting tight ends at this point. Jared Cook has seen double-digit targets in two out of four games. He makes great use of all those targets as he gets over 100 receiving yards. The Chargers just surrendered 125 yards and a touchdown to San Francisco’s TE George Kittle. Coming off a hot week, Cook is a good starting option.
Tennessee Titans, vs Buffalo Bills
A popular streaming option this week is the Titans. In Week 4, the Bills were shutout by the Green Bay Packers and QB Josh Allen was sacked seven times. In two of the four games for Buffalo, they have failed to score more than four points. Let me repeat myself. Half of the games this season, Buffalo hasn’t scored more than FOUR POINTS. This will be a popular Waiver Wire pickup, so act fast.
Baltimore Ravens, vs Cleveland Browns
Let me throw out one key crucial stat about this Baltimore defense. They haven’t allowed a touchdown in the second half. Baltimore will welcome back CB Jimmy Smith as he is returning from suspension. With his return, it lifts this Baltimore defense into the Top tier. Oakland forced four turnovers, sacked Baker Mayfield twice, and returned an interception for a touchdown. Trust me on this, Cleveland won’t score 42 points against Baltimore.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens
A popular streaming option last week is now a player you want on your bench this week. He turned the ball over four times against the Raiders, but a couple weren’t his fault. That doesn’t matter in Fantasy though, a turnover is negative points. Baltimore held the Steelers to a whopping 47 yards in the second half of their game. This will be Baker’s first real test as a starter and this isn’t a matchup you want to play him in.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots
I messed up last week with saying to sit him, but it was easier to put him on the list this week. I would expect Luck to throw over 40 passes on Thursday. He might be without his best and favorite receiver this week. T.Y. Hilton exited the game with a chest injury, returned, and then left with a hamstring injury. There is a chance that Hilton doesn’t play because of the short week and that leaves Luck without his best weapon. On a short week and having injured receivers, this leaves Luck at a serious disadvantage heading into Thursday.
Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens
There is a chance that Hyde could be still be valuable because of his volume and touchdown upside. He leads the NFL in rushing attempts and is tied for the lead in touchdowns with five. 74 carries for 269 yards and one touchdown is all the Ravens have allowed to RBs this season. That is an average of 3.6 per carry and this doesn’t bold well for Hyde in this game.
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals
Eight rushes and eight yards. Those are Drake’s rushing totals the last two games. A serious problem is having faith in Drake after his recent displays. The Bengals had a quick lapse against the Carolina Panthers allowing 184 rushing yards to Christian McCaffrey. Other than that game, this Bengals defense has given 51 or less rushing yards.
Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers
The more that teammate Kenny Golladay is on the field, the more it hurts Marvin’s upside. He doesn’t have more than four catches and 69 receiving yards in any game. Marvin is stuck behind Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay on the depth chart as the third option. On top of Jones falling on the depth chart, the Lions are slowly starting to establish a running attack via rookie, Kerryon Johnson.
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints
Even with one of the better matchups this week, I’m not big on Crowder. New Orleans looked like that defense was starting to come together last week against the Giants. Alex Smith looks like he favors Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson over Jamison Crowder. That has been evident the first few games. Failing to surpass just four targets the whole year limits the production he can put out. Not to mention that in the three games he’s played so far, he has less than 40 yards receiving. All of those reasons give a strong case to put Crowder on the bench this week.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Atlanta Falcons
Now the clear second TE on the depth chart, James has little value in Fantasy. The first two games of the year he was the clear starter, but in Weeks 3 and 4 it was the opposite. One catch and one target is all he had over the last two weeks. Even with a favorable matchup, there isn’t much of a reason to start Jesse James.
Rhett Ellison, New York Giants vs Carolina Panthers
Teammate Evan Engram suffered a knee injury against the Texans. Ellison is his backup and has minimal upside in that busy offense. Sterling Shepard saw an increase in targets with Engram out. Best case scenario for Ellison is that he is the fourth option behind Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley. The only way Ellison is a Top 10 TE this week is if he scores a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks, vs Los Angeles Rams
Not too much to say about the reason I put Seattle on my Sit list. The Rams have averaged 35 points per game and haven’t scored less than 33 points. This is a recipe for disaster for anyone thinking about playing the Seahawks’ defense. Now with Earl Thomas and Mychal Kendricks both gone, it’s going to make it even more difficult to start them in Fantasy.
Philadelphia Eagles, vs Minnesota Vikings
Looks like Philadelphia is suffering from a hangover, a Super Bowl hangover that is. After a crushing overtime loss to the Titans, the Eagles travel to Minnesota. Kirk Cousins just threw all over the Rams and their secondary is better than the Eagles. This isn’t a good matchup against a great Vikings defense.
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