Fantasy Football Week 5 Start ’em, Sit ’em advice

The Sporting Tribune's Fantasy Football Week 5 rundown.

Hopefully, you took our predictions last time, which worked well for your squad. Welcome to another edition of The Sporting Tribune’s Start Sit Em. Let’s get into the action:


Start ‘EM:

Tua Tagovailoa vs. Giants

Tua has had an up-and-down Fantasy season this year. He scored 25+ points twice while also scoring fewer than 14 points twice this year as well. We expect Tua to generate a nice outing this week, as he faces a teetering Giants defense that has allowed 20 + Fantasy points to Josh Dobbs and Brock Purdy over their first four games. Start Tua with confidence.  

Jordan Love vs. Raiders:

Love had his worst Fantasy showing of the season last week against the Lions. Yet, he still scored nearly 18 Fantasy points in the loss. He is now getting acclimated with the return of Christian Watson and Aaron Jones. This week, he faces a Raiders defense on Monday night, who has surrendered more than 20 + points per game to opposing quarterbacks. We “Love” this matchup. 

CJ Stroud vs. Falcons:

Stroud has been nothing short of excellent in his rookie season and has scored at least 20+ Fantasy points in three straight games, with multiple passing touchdowns in each of those outings. We expect this trend to continue in this matchup against the Falcons, who have allowed 20 + Fantasy points to two of the last three quarterbacks.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by Miami Dolphins linebacker Bradley Chubb (2) in the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Wilson vs. Jets:

Wilson has been up and down in Fantasy this season, but he faces a very stingy Jets defense this week. The Jets limited Josh Allen to single-digit Fantasy points in week one and held Patrick Mahomes to his worst Fantasy outing last week at just 13.2 Fantasy points. There will be good weeks to steam Russell Wilson, and this isn’t the right week. 

Brock Purdy vs. Cowboys:

Purdy has delivered in Fantasy with back-to-back weeks of logging at least 20 + Fantasy points. It will be tough this week to replicate that success against the Cowboys, who have allowed the second-fewest passing yards this season. They’ve given up just two passing touchdowns while gathering seven interceptions. This week is not the time to stream Purdy. 

Dak Prescott vs. Niners:

From a Fantasy perspective, Prescott has been a disappointment this season, averaging less than 14 points per game. There is a better time to start Dak Prescott, especially against a tough Niners defense. Dating back to last season, only two opposing quarterbacks scored more than 14 Fantasy points against the Niners at home. 

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30), left, and running backs coach Derrick Foster during practice at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs:

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De’Von Achane vs. Giants:

Achane had another impressive Fantasy showing with 120 total yards, two rushing touchdowns, and 27 Fantasy points in week four against the Bills. Over the past two weeks, Achane has logged six touchdowns and nearly 80 Fantasy points alone in this stretch. We expect his hot trend to continue against the Giants, who are 25th in rushing yards allowed. 

Breece Hall vs. Broncos:

Breece Hall is off the snap count and has a juicy matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed the most rushing touchdowns and are in the top five in receiving yards allowed to running backs. Start Hall with confidence this week.

Brian Robinson vs. Bears:

Robinson had an excellent bounce-back game last week, logging more than 13 Fantasy points for the third time in four weeks. Robinson could have an even bigger week against the Bears, who have allowed the 11th most rushing yards to running backs and the most receiving yards to the position. It could be a massive opportunity for Robinson here, and we feel good about his matchup. 


Najee Harris vs. Ravens:

Harris had his best Fantasy outing last week, but it only mustered 11.3 PPR points. So far, he has yet to outscore his running mate Jaylen Warren in Fantasy, who continues to eat volume out of the passing game. Harris’s Fantasy production relies on the ground game, and the Ravens have allowed just 85 rushing yards per game to running backs and have yet to let up a single touchdown. We recommend sitting Harris for this challenging matchup. 

Miles Sanders vs. Lions:

Sanders had a rough go last week against the Vikings, who ran for 19 yards rushing and only 13 receiving yards. His matchup will only get more challenging against the Lions, who have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards to running backs at just 2.9 yards per carry. Bench Sanders with confidence. 

Rhomandre Stevenson vs. Saints:

Stevenson has yet to rush for 60+ yards in a game this season and hasn’t reached double-digit Fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He has a tough matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed the eighth fewer rushing yards and haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this young season. Not the time to start Stevenson.

Wide Receivers:

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Romeo Doubs vs. Raiders:

Everyone will focus on Christian Watson being the first option now that he has returned from his hamstring injury. Still, Doubs already has an established rapport with Jordan Love, and he seems like the better play in Fantasy. He has averaged 18.3 PPR points in three of his four games this season and is in an excellent position to keep this Fantasy momentum against the Raiders on Monday night. Who have allowed five receivers to score 12 PPR points this season. 

Terry McLaurin vs. Bears:

Terry has started to look scary again. He has stepped up his production of late, scoring at least 16 PPR points in two of his last three games, and had his best outing of the season against the Eagles last week. He caught eight receptions for 86 yards and could have another big game against the Bears. They have a vulnerable secondary, allowing 18 Fantasy points to Romeo Doubs and Mike Evans. 

Garrett Wilson vs. Broncos:

If Zach Wilson builds off of his solid play against the Chiefs in week four, this could lead to Garrett Wilson being on the start list for multiple weeks. Wilson caught nine receptions for 60 yards last week and almost had a touchdown. Denver has allowed at least one receiver to score 16 PPR points each week, and Wilson has an excellent opportunity here to build off last week. 


Courtland Sutton vs. Jets:

Sutton has been solid in Fantasy this year and has scored a touchdown in three of his four games. Still, we expect him to struggle against the Jets, who have allowed only one touchdown to a wide receiver all season, and we hope minimal production from Sutton this week. 

George Pickens vs. Ravens:

Outside of his week two performance, Pickens has been a disappointment. He has only combined for 17 PPR points in his last two outings, and that isn’t trending in the right direction going up against a tough Ravens secondary who is getting Marlon Humphrey back from injury. The Ravens have allowed only one receiver to have a touchdown this year, and that was Tee Higgins back in week two. Sit Pickens this week. 

Drake London vs. Texans:

Outside of his touchdown in week four, London only had 28 receiving yards and is only averaging nine points per game overall in Fantasy this season. The Falcons’ passing game is stumped, and London is touchdown-dependent. There is no reason to start London, especially against a Texans defense allowing the sixth-fewest yards to receivers. 

Tight Ends:

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Dallas Goedert vs. Rams : 

Goedert has been one of the more underwhelming Fantasy picks this season. He only has 88 yards total on the season, and this has been a rough go. He has one more shot to make his mark in Fantasy this season, and it is against the Rams, who have allowed the 11th most yards to tight ends, and this could be a get-right game for Goedert. Especially since Eagles coach  Nick Sirianni said, the plan was to get Goedert the ball more. Give Goedert one more chance this week. 

Sit ‘EM:

Hunter Henry vs Saints:

Henry was off to an excellent start this year, but his offense is in a rough spot right now and has drawn a tough matchup against tight ends in the New Orleans Saints. They have allowed a league-low 82 receiving yards to tight ends this season. Play it smart and start a different tight end this week. 

Defense/ Kickers:

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Commanders D  vs.  Bears:

The Commanders have a nice matchup this week against the Bears, who have surrendered the most sacks in the NFL at 17. Start Commanders this week if you are looking for some sacks for your defensive unit. 

Riley Patterson vs. Panthers:

Patterson has been a reliable kicker so far for the Lions, making all five of his field goals and all 13 of his extra points this season. The Panthers have allowed the seventh-fewest points to kickers this season. It also bodes well. The Lions will be put in a position to put up points, which indicates well for the volume Patterson will get this week.


Bengals D vs. Cardinals:

The Cardinals have taken six sacks and have not thrown an interception. Josh Dobbs has played well this year and has only lost two giveaways all season. Don’t touch the Bengals this week. 

Brandon McManus vs. Bills:

The Bills have allowed the fourth fewest points to kickers this season and have one of the top defenses in the league that grounded the Dolphins explosive offense last week. This could lead to a week of regression for the Jaguars this week. Stay away from McManus this week.