Week five: Fantasy football start or sit

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara watches as the National Anthem plays before the game. “File:Mr. Kamara.jpg” by EuphoricOrca is licensed with CC BY-SA 4.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0

Tom Brady’s return back home was not the game we expected. We all expected the Buccaneers to beat down the Patriots Sunday night, but instead we got a classic Brady experience. Down to the wire, game winning drive, this game had it all. With this win, Brady has now beaten all 32 NFL teams, and surpassed Drew Brees for all time passing yards.

Week four was fun, but week five is lining up to be even more exciting. The Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs line up for a prime time AFC Championship rematch. Two of the best young quarterbacks in the league go head to head in the Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers matchup. And the undefeated Arizona Cardinals look to remain perfect as they take on their division rival, the San Francisco 49ers.

Now that bye weeks are starting and we are a quarter through the season, let’s jump into who should start and who should sit in week five.

Quarterbacks:

Michael’s picks

Despite the 17 point loss, Matthew Stafford and the Rams played a great game of football. Stafford threw for 280 yards on 26 completions, tossing up two touchdowns on his way, arguably out-playing quarterback Kyler Murray on the other side of the field. Ever since leaving Detroit this off-season, Stafford has shown signs of being a Super Bowl caliber quarterback, and should definitely start this week.

Thursday night we had a battle of two young arms: Jacksonville Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence took on the Bengals’ Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. The 24-21 win for the Bengals showed a glimpse of what Burrow can be one day in the league, but this week I don’t think we will see the same performance. Going against the Packers strong pass defense, the quarterback will find himself handing the ball off more than he normally does, and won’t have the chance to show his strengths this week. Joe Burrow should see the bench for your team in week five.

Tre’s picks

After coming off a huge victory over the then undefeated Carolina Panthers, the Dallas Cowboys are back on a roll. Dak Prescott, who is coming off of his leg injury last season, is starting to get his groove back, throwing for 188 yards and four touchdowns. With a game against the New York Giants coming up this week, Prescott should have a field day against the Giants lackluster defense. I would without a doubt start Prescott this week.

Let’s move onto the Cleveland Browns, led by quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield and the Browns offense struggled last week against the Minnesota Vikings, only winning by 7 points. Mayfeild threw for 165 yards, but he had zero touchdowns. As they go on to take on the Los Angeles Charges this week, I think that if they struggled offensively against Minnesota, then they will struggle even worse against the Chargers in L.A. Mayfield should see the bench this week.

Running backs:

List of players you should start or sit in week five. (Michael Lolley)

Michael’s picks

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was toying with the Eagles defense en route to the 42-30 victory in Philadelphia. The second-year halfback ran 102 yards on 14 carries, putting up 19.4 fantasy points on ESPN. Heading back home to take on the Bills, the Chiefs may look into using the run game more, as defenses have slowly learned how to slow down the Chiefs and their absurdly talented air raid. Edwards-Helaire should be starting this week.

The Detroit Lions, to no surprise, are bad. After losing to the Bears, the team still remains without a win. Running back D’Andre Swift has not been helping the cause. Running for just 16 yards on eight attempts, Swift has been lackluster all year. All Lions running backs should be on the bench this week.

Tre’s picks

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot has been performing really well so far this season. Elliot has always been a reliable player and consistently performs really well. Last week against the Carolina Panthers he ran for over 100 yards and scored himself a touchdown. The Cowboys face the New York Giants this week and by the way the Giants have played recently, Elliot should have a breakout performance. Elliot should start this week

The Saints losing this past week to the New York Giants in overtime is absolutely embarrassing for them, considering they should be a playoff team this year. The Saints running back Alvin Kamara scored no touchdowns in this game. Although he rushed for 100 yards, he’s going to have to score this week against The Washington Football Team if his team has a chance at winning. Kamara is not someone you should start this week.

Wide receivers/Tight ends:

Michael’s picks

New England’s wide receiver has been a promising target all year. Jakobi Meyers has put up almost ten points in both of the last two weeks, both against top-ten defenses. This week the Patriots take on one of the worst defenses in the NFL: the Houston Texans. After the Patriots quarterback showed off his talent against the Buccaneers, Mac Jones should help Meyers put up serious numbers. Meyers is a definite starter this week.

CeeDee Lamb was disappointing last week. The man only had 13 yards all game. After having three sad weeks in a row, it’s time the CeeDee sees the bench. Taking on the Giants this week, it’s possible that Lamb can have a breakthrough game, but the risk isn’t worth the reward. Sit Lamb this week.

Tre’s picks

The Denver Broncos are catching people by surprise this year. Although they haven’t played the best teams this year and are now coming off of a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, I still think tight end Noah Fant is a sleeper pick. He has been playing consistently and he can steal some points for your team in fantasy this week as they get ready to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

The Chicago Bears are the worst team in the league right now. The only thing they have right now is their defense, although they are not always consistent. Definitely do not start Allen Robinson II in your lineups this week, at least not until the Bears can figure out a way to get the ball consistently moving down field. 

Wrap Up

As always, this week’s NFL action is setting up to be exciting. We should expect to see big games from big name players, and fun finishes throughout the day Sunday.  Now that our lineups are set and we’re ready to play, we wish you all good luck as you roll into week five of the NFL fantasy football season.