Starts of the Week: Week 5



Once the season begins, the most difficult parts of any fantasy manager’s week are the start/sit decisions. These lineup choices can make or break a week, but unfortunately, not everyone has time to sit down and read lengthy fantasy advice articles on every player. That's why I'll do the work for you, and put a list of several players at each position that I like and should have a strong performance for that given week. But I'm not going to just choose the obvious studs each week. I'll go over the guys that are in the flex-worthy range.


Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Matthew Stafford (LAR) But wait, you may say, didn’t we discuss Stafford last week! Well yes. But there are not many every-week starters at the QB position, so I’m in short on options. As a result, I’m reaffirming my faith in Stafford after a middling performance against Arizona. Remember, we knew the Cardinals were hard to throw on so that was always going to be an iffy game. But keep the faith in Stafford. If you have him, he’s your guy.


Stream of the Week:

Daniel Jones (NYJ) Jones has been quite the fantasy enigma this season, putting 400 yards on a Saints defense that dismantled the great Aaron Rodgers this season and showing impressive self-control, with his only turnovers totally excusable. Is Jones now a great QB you may ask? No! His team is 1-3 and Jones is mostly dinking and dunking. But his rushing floor and favorable matchup make him a viable option for Week 5.



Running Backs


Start of the Week:

Leonard Fournette (TB) Until Giovani Bernard returns from knee injury, Leonard Fournette will be an every-week starter in a Bucs’ offense giving him over 80% of the touches last week. His usage won’t remain that high but he certainly has enough upside to lock him in until Bernard returns to snipe those receptions.


Co-start of the Week:

Damien Williams (CHI) Not a situation where the backup is just being thrown into your lineup. Instead, Williams will be great taking over for an injured David Montgomery. Montgomery was ready to do work against Las Vegas, and Williams will go into this game the same way. Williams has been practicing in full all week, something to note because there were worries about a thigh bruise. He will be the guy to get the ball for the Bears. Williams came into the game last week when Montgomery went down and was able to rush eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown with two receptions.


Fade of the Week:

Myles Gaskin (MIA) He had been providing fantasy managers with a high floor week after week, but that all came crashing down this past game against Indianapolis. Gaskin went from 43 total snaps in week three to just 12 with no warning for fantasy managers whatsoever. Gaskin needs to be sat in every single format due to the unknowns with his usage. Additionally, the Dolphins take on the Bucs run defense this week which is a matchup to avoid regardless. No other Dolphins RB should be considered this week either.



Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Diontae Johnson (PIT) It's ugly saying this, but the Steelers passing offense continued to filter through Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson in Week 4 and it looks like that pattern will continue moving forward. Johnson is a strong start in PPR and still a solid option in other formats, even when Chase Claypool returns.


Stream of the Week:

Jamison Crowder (NYJ) This won’t come as a shock to anyone who watched the Jets this season, but Corey Davis is a key cog in their offense and should be busy in a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Jamison Crowder is a good start in Week 5 too. The slot role gets a lot of targets when Zach Wilson is under center, as Braxton Berrios showed in weeks 1 & 2, so Crowder will get a lot of opportunities. He’s a great sneaky waiver add this week.


Fade of the Week:

Brandin Cooks (HOU) This is a tip for shallow leagues or teams with a good bench. I don’t like this matchup for Cooks, but he’s good enough to beat it. The Patriots are one of the hardest teams for receivers to face but Cooks is the Houston offense and they’ll likely need to lean on him. But will they be able to? We shall see.



Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

Kyle Pitts (ATL) Pitts is on pace for 110 targets and over 800 receiving yards for the season. Although he has yet to find the endzone, he could see that change this week with Calvin Ridleynot flying to London and Russell Gage missing time. The Jets won’t be shut down on their offensive side of the ball due to Atlanta’s defense, and this should be a high-scoring affair.


Fade of the Week:

Jared Cook (LAC) He had a big week last week but I don’t like Cook’s chances of rolling it back again. He’s a TD or bust option for me.



Week 4 Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'


Alex Collins (RB - SEA) Something weird is happening in Seattle. Rashaad Penny is on IR and Chris Carson is battling some little niggles, but Alex Collins should still not be getting this many touches. Pete Carroll is the coach who originally favoured Carson (the 7th round draft pick out of Oklahoma State) over his shiny new 1st rounder in Penny, so don’t put it past Carroll to let Collins totally take over. Collins’s snaps and touches have been growing by the week and he’s looked pretty good, so just pop him on your bench and see what happens for a game or two.


Kenneth Gainwell (RB - PHI) The Eagles for some reason don’t seem to be loving Miles Sanders, despite his obvious talent and solid performances when given the chance. Kenny Gainwell is a very talented prospect and is starting to chip into the goal line and receiving work in Philly. He’s a great injury gamble or desperation bye week option, plus it’s possible he just takes over the role.