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Week Five Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

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Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 5.  While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 5 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:

Starts of The Week

QB: Ben Roethlisberger (vs ATL):  “Big Ben” Roethlisberger is always a startable player when he is at home.  What makes this week even better is that the Steelers get to play a Falcon’s defense that has allowed over 1000 passing yards in the last three weeks.  Look for an easy 300 yards and at least 2 touchdowns for Roethlisberger in week 5.

RB: TJ Yeldon (at KC):  The Kansas City Chief’s defense has allowed eight different running backs in just four weeks to have double-digit fantasy weeks in 1/2 PPR leagues.  With Leonard Fournette out for the foreseeable future, Yeldon will be getting the start and he has been surprisingly good.  He has also been heavily featured in the passing game averaging just under 6 targets per game.  In a matchup where the Jaguars might have to air it out, Yeldon could be in for a monster day.

WR: Nelson Agholor (vs MIN):  If you are in desperate need of a wide receiver due to bye weeks or injuries, don’t be afraid to start Nelson Agholor this week.  He had a rough week three and dropped numerous passes in week four but the Eagles have announced he will be moved back into the slot role where he thrives.  The Rams were able to torch the Vikings secondary last Thursday night and look for the Eagles to do the same by putting guys like Agholor in favorable matchups.

TE: Jared Cook (at LAC):  Jared Cook has just been too good to leave out of your lineup at this point.  He is the number one tight end in 1/2 PPR leagues and is averaging almost 9 targets per game.  Even though Cook is the ultimate boom/bust tight end throughout his career, he has finally found a little bit of consistency in Oakland.

DEF: Tennessee (at BUF): The Bills most recently got shut out by a mediocre Green Bay defense and now they play against the 5th ranked Titan’s defense.  Is there anything left to say? Nope

Sits of the Week

QB: Russell Wilson (vs LAR):  Wilson has been disappointing for fantasy owners in 2018 and now he has to go against one of the top pass defenses in the NFL.  With a mess of a running back situation and Doug Baldwin playing at 60%, things aren’t looking up.  While Wilson might be able to salvage a relevant fantasy day with rushing yards, his ceiling will be very low.

RB: Carlos Hyde (vs BAL):  Averaging 20+ carries per game, Carlos Hyde is getting the workload that you look for in a starting fantasy football running back.  Unfortunately, he has only been running at 3.4 yards per carry and gets to go against the second-ranked run defense in the NFL.  Couple that with the fact that Nick Chubb took 2 of his 3 carries for long scores, he is due for a workload increase as well.  Chubb’s emergence is not going to effect Hyde too much this week but the Raven’s defense will.

WR: Sammy Watkins (vs JAX):  If you have Tyreke Hill, you have to start him no matter what the matchup but Sammy Watkins is not in the same boat. The Jaguars have only allowed one wide receiver (Odell Beckham Jr in week one) to get over 65 yards this season and Watkins is not going to be the second player to do so. Even if he is healthy, do not put him in your lineup.

TE: Kyle Rudolph (at PHI):  Rudolph has been steady as usual in 2018, consistently putting up low-end TE1 numbers every week.  This week he gets the Philadelphia Eagles though who are the 5th best defense against the tight end position.  If you take out OJ Howard’s 75-yard touchdown in week two, the Eagles have allowed just 78 yards to the tight end all season.  That is a matchup I want no part of.

DEF: Seattle (vs LAR):  While they might not have the “Legion of Boom” anymore, the Seattle defense has still done pretty well this season.  Until this week of course.  Now they have to play the LA Rams who are dismantling defense after defense, week after week.  Even Earl Thomas wouldn’t be able to save Seattle’s defense this week.

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