Sunday morning has arrived and you spent all weekend on a drinking binge? Or worse (maybe better?), you’ve been up for 48 hours on six different types of drugs? Fear not, Razzball has all of your last-minute fantasy football needs covered. Over the past two days, Bobby has covered the best defensive matchups this week for both Wide Outs and Slot Receivers. Yesterday Skorish went through every fantasy-relevant injury to keep an eye on in his weekly Fantasy Football Injury Report. Down below I’ll give you some sneaky start options who might be available in your free agent pool if you’re in a bind, as well as my recently updated week 5 rankings for half PPR leagues. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments if you think the rankings don’t address your specific circumstances. And please, please, please consider purchasing our 2021 fantasy football tools subscription. As intelligent and handsome as we all agree I am, my rankings are still packed full of bias and human error. Rudy’s computer model minimizes the human inputs and leans heavily on raw, untainted data inputs to provide a very valuable, differing viewpoint. Plus you receive all kinds of other benefits with your subscription including next-day snap count and target rate data. Anyway, here’s a few sneaky starts for week 5 of the 2021 fantasy football season:

Trey Lance – It’s finally Lancelot’s time to sit at the roundtable and I wouldn’t expect him to give that seat up for a long time. Due to his rushing upside, Lance is immediately a backend QB1 for week 5 against the Cardinals, and unless you own one of the top 5 QBs he’s worth a roster spot.

Samaje Perine – As of this writing, Joe Mixon’s week 5 status is still up in the air with a low ankle sprain but I’m betting he won’t take the field. In which case Samaje Perine will stand to inherit a heavy workload. And if Mixon does play I’d expect him to be limited giving Perine some deep league appeal still. UPDATE: Mixon is expected to play but Perine is still a decent flex option in 12 team and deeper.

Chris Evans – If Mixon is out then Captain America will share the load with Perine. Is that good? Ehhhhh. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, Evans is just a desperation play for deep leaguers. UPDATE: Mixon is expected to play, so I’d avoid Evans.

Alexander Mattison Dalvin Cook might play again this week, but regardless, Mattison should still have a role just as we saw in week 4. Plus there’s a chance the Vikings blow out a weak Lions team giving Mattison the chance to rack up some garbage fantasy numbers.

Kadarius Toney – Both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are out again this week. The rookie Toney led the team in targets (9) and receptions (6) last week, which could be the start of something big.

Olamide Zaccheaus – The Falcons head to London with all of their receivers staying on this side of the pond. Someone other than Kyle Pitts will need to catch passes, making Zaccheaus or even Tajae Sharpe reasonable dart throws this week.

Ross Dwelley – The surprise news on Saturday was that George Kittle will be placed on the IR and miss at least three weeks. Dwelley will slide into Kittle’s targets and he could be a nice safety blanket for the rookie QB in San Fran.

 

 

  1. Mike says:
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    Why do you have AJ Brown so low against the Jaguars? Afraid of the hamstring? You starting him over Jamarr Chase? Kennan Allen?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I might bump him up another spot or two, but yeah the injury combined with a potential run heavy 2nd half have me leaning towards Chase and Allen there.

  2. Jc says:
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    My Kyler and Claypool for his Herbert and Keenan? My team would look like this in -2 team 1/2 PPR league:

    Herbert
    A Jones, Carson
    Keenan, Adams
    Flex: Mike Williams
    Bench: Jakobi, Latavious, Mike Carter, OBJ, Dillion, Chuba

    Or just keep riding Kyler and move Jakobi or Latavious into flex?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s fair but I’d keep Kyler. Latavius at flex.

  3. toolshed says:
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    I need to pick a rb and flex out of conner, sanders, gainwell, crowder, Parker. Which rb and flex do I start? I have conner and sanders (gasp) in right now. Parker is questionable but has a good matchup. Edmonds is a game time decision but plays late so not sureof conner will be more involved (he is td dependent with Edmondson playing). Crowder plays in London very early on Sunday. Sanders usage has been criminal. Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sanders and Edmonds for me

  4. toolshed says:
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    Another league, l murray, Mattison, pittman, Claypool.. 5ppr. Pick 2. If cook plays, is Mattison still worth using? Not sure how much work cook will get. Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Would go murray and Claypool unless you feel like you need home run upside

  5. hamtime says:
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    Got offered javonte Williams + Knox for my kittle.

    14 man league. Pretty weak w RBs w only kamara then Mike Davis, pollard, Michel. Accept?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d do that unless you’re 4-0

      • hamtime says:
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        Haha i am 4-0 but totally lucky and don’t think it’s sustainable. So pull the trigger?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Haha yeah go for it

  6. jvanslyke says:
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    Thanks DT!
    Favor, you addressed this on Tuesday but just making sure nothing has changed – 2 qb league with Brady-darnold-Lance. Have to start Darnold, right?

    Thanks!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep, same answer: Darnold for the floor if you feel confident in your matchup, Lance for upside.

      • jvanslyke says:
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        Thanks!! Good luck today!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem, you too!

  7. I see you have Trey Lance @ 12, ahead of guys like Joe Burrow, Derek Carr, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones & Matt Ryan. Plus Lance is up against the Cards, which is a tough matchup. Do you like Lance’s upside over those other guys ROS? I have Aaron Rodgers, with no back-up in a 10 teamer non-PPR league. Any advice on which one to grab? Thx. I hope Mrs. Donkey Teeth gives you a sugar cube tonight for the great work you do on Razzball !!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes I like Lance over them. His range of outcomes are wide…he could become must start or droppable pretty quick here.

  8. Alto says:
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    Game time decision and unable to work a true trade upgrade this week has me left with some choices

    Hand ppr, two wr, two rb, two flex

    Pick four : aj brown, thielen, tee Higgins, laviska, Kenny g, Pittman. (Last three are all so close. Really between laviska and hope for targets on targets and Kenny g and hope for a td+)

    If it’s golladay in the flex, do you sub him for James conner if Edmonds doesn’t go?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Brown, Thielen, Higgins, Golladay. Connor over Golladay if Edmonds is out, but sounds like he’ll play.

  9. Jeff says:
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    Good Morning.

    All PPR:

    Mooney, Pittman, Patrick or knox in flex?

    Mooney, Cobb, Javonte Williams? Sit 1

    Carr or Tannehill?

    Mooney, Sutton, Javonte Williams, or Jaamal Williams?

    (If before a.m. game) Sutton, Carter, Ruggs OBJ, Aiyuk. Need 2 please

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Pittman. Sit Cobb. Tannehill. Sutton.

      Sorry missed before AM game…got stuck in moderation.

  10. miles proudfoot says:
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    For this week, Tannehill or Carr? Darnold is also still on the wire, but can’t bring myself to cut one of the other two just yet for him. One QB league.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Tannehill

  11. Foxy says:
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    Morning,
    Your rankings say Hockenson is the answer but any concerns with his knee affecting him today? I could plug in either Schultz or Gesicki instead.
    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Morning! Definitely a little concern but I’d still roll with Hock.

  12. Pink Doves says:
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    I hate Dalvin, why can’the do the right thing and sit out and get healthy??? So annoying.

    .5 ppr

    Cook, Mattison or Javante Williams or Pollard assuming Cook is active today??

    Thanks!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Makes no sense!

      If Cook is active then I’d play him but it’s obviously risky…

  13. Chet says:
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    DT, I was trying to decide between Jacobi Meyers, Jalen Waddle, or Tony Pollard for my flex this week until I saw your Miles Sanders ranking (+16). I was going to bench Sanders. Do you think this is the week he finally helps fantasy teams (vs tough CAR defense)?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I wouldn’t say I’m super confident but something has to give in Philly. It’s painfully obvious that Sanders needs the ball more…

  14. William Hung says:
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    Parker is out today. Should I play Waddle over Thielen in a .5 PPR league?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Just made the adjustment and moved Waddle up to WR31…I’d still go with Thielen.

      • William Hung says:
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        Thanks!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Anytime

  15. BobbyTreeBoi says:
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    NO tends to shut down runners… and with Gibson playing thru injury you’d still start studs rather than go Damien Williams

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I would but it’s close. Don’t blame you for going the other way.

  16. BobbyTrees says:
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    N. O. can make running tough. I know it’s “star your studs” but with Damien Williams on my squad, Gibson sits (also starting Jones)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Good luck!

      • William Hung says:
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        very ballsy starting Williams over Gibson – as someone starting Williams as well, I hope this works out

  17. Eleven11 says:
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    Good morning….help please.

    With Cook out should I start Jacobs at flex or Mattison?

    Std scoring.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Mattison

  18. Chaz says:
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    Mooney, theilin, Emmamuel Sanders, and AJbrown. Neex three, sts fard. Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sit Mooney

  19. Russowl says:
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    10 team standard League 10 bonus points at 100 rushing or receiving

    Start 2
    Alexander Matttison, Damien Williams, deandre swift

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Swift and Mattison

  20. Pete says:
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    PPR league, I have to replace D Parker as my flex. Which one do you like best?
    Smith-Schuster
    Gainwell
    Kylin Hill

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gainwell

  21. toolshed says:
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    Do you think Stevenson from NE is worth a speculative add since he is now active. Or is he fallen too far out of favor with belicek to be worth holding with limited roster spots?

    • Chet says:
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      Definitely add….NE is going to run all day long!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes, worth a speculative add if you have the space

  22. Jeff says:
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    Ruggs or OBJ ppr

    Thank you.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sorry missed this one. Woulda said OBJ fwiw.

  23. Jimmy the Greek says:
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    Trade CEH for AJ Brown & Josh Jacobs?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Brown and Jacobs side pretty easily for me, nice trade.

  24. William Hung says:
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    Whelp I guess Thielen is phased out of this offense? I should’ve started Antonio Brown over this guy

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Surprising lack of targets

  25. JC says:
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    Nice day from the squad and the bench with the notable exception of OBJ in a 40+ game. Ugh. I have Adams, Mike Williams, Claypool, and Jakobi at WR. With byes looming I am considering dropping him for Renfrow, Toney or Patrick. Am I being hasty or prudent? And there is no trade interest as I have been trying since his decent first game.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think a bit hasty but Toney needs to be added. I’d go with him over Jakobi…

      • JC says:
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        Thanks. So many guys love Jakobi including several authors on this site. But zero touchdowns??!

  26. scoboticus says:
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    Where did that Myles Gaskin performance come from?
    London, baby!

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