The NFL season is flying by. Week 5 is already upon us.

Whether your fantasy football record is 4-0 or 0-4, confusion sets on the mind when trying to decide who to start each week.

Lucky for you, we got you. Here are my starts and sits for Week 5:

Quarterback

Start: Trevor Lawrence vs. Houston Texans

Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars offense had a tough day against the Eagles in Week 4. With four lost fumbles, Lawrence had his worst game of the season thus far. However, I don’t think this is any reason for concern in Jacksonville. This past week was Lawrence’s first time throwing for under 230 yards in a game this season. In addition, the Jaguars have a chance at a get-right game against the Texans, a team that just allowed over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns to Justin Herbert. The pass-heavy offense in Jacksonville gives reason to believe Lawrence will bounce back in Week 5, so fantasy owners should feel comfortable starting Lawrence against Houston.

Sit: Daniel Jones @ Green Bay Packers

Daniel Jones ran in two touchdowns against the Bears in Week 4, and it’s clear that Brian Daboll intends to use Jones similarly to how he used Josh Allen during his time in Buffalo. Obviously, the talent comparison is far from the same, but Jones’ big frame allows the QB to scramble for first downs efficiently. The issue is that Jones did this against the Bears, one of the weakest defenses in the league. He threw for just 71 yards on 13 attempts, and they clearly want to run this offense through Saquon Barkley (as they should). This makes Jones a non-viable fantasy option, especially against a strong Packers defense. 

Running Back

Start: Dameon Pierce @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The moment all fantasy football analysts have been waiting for: the Dameon Pierce breakout. It’s finally happened. Pierce is now the clear-cut RB1 in Houston, taking 14 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 4. This trend slowly picked up, and now the backfield is all Pierce’s. Now, he faces a Jaguars defense that just let up over 130 rushing yards to Miles Sanders last week. Start Dameon Pierce in Week 5.

Sit: Michael Carter vs. Miami Dolphins

Breece Hall out carried Michael Carter 17-9 in Week 4, and I think that Hall’s workload will begin to overshadow Carter’s. It also seems like Hall will be used more than Carter in the passing game. The Dolphins have been solid against the run, and Carter simply just won’t get the workload to be an efficient fantasy play unless he scores a touchdown. The volume isn’t there for Carter, so I’m keeping him on the bench this week.

Wide Reciever

Start: Chris Olave vs. Seattle Seahawks

Chris Olave has been a pleasant surprise for the Saints, and his target share is finally starting to increase. With seven or more targets in the last three weeks, it’s clear that Olave is a favorable option in this New Orleans offense. He has slowly developed into a WR3 option, and his value will continue going up in this matchup against the Seahawks. This Seattle defense gave up 45 points to the Lions, and their secondary has been weak all season. It’s a great matchup for Olave, and he should be an every-week start for fantasy managers going forward. 

Sit: Chase Claypool @ Buffalo Bills

Chase Claypool has fallen off the fantasy radar. He’s been overshadowed by Diontae Johnson and the emergence of rookie George Pickens. As a result, he’s getting little-to-no volume, and the quarterback play isn’t consistent enough to get this entire receiving group targets. At this point, Claypool is closer to being a drop candidate than a start candidate. This matchup against a talented Buffalo secondary in rookie Kenny Pickett’s first NFL start solidifies Claypool as a definite sit option.

Tight End

Start: Gerald Everett @ Cleveland Browns

Gerald Everett has become one of Justin Herbert’s top options in the Chargers’ offense, especially in the red zone. He has seen six or more targets in three of four games this year. With Keenan Allen out, Herbert is limited on options, and Everett has been targeted more because of it. If Allen is out once again, Everett is a must-start because of his target share. If Allen does suit up, it might be best to look at another option, but I like Everett’s upside with the limited weapons Herbert has to work with. 

Sit: Dalton Schultz @ Los Angeles Rams 

Dalton Schultz played Week 4 coming off a PCL injury that caused him to miss the previous week. He saw three targets but had no catches. Schultz hasn’t seen more than four targets with Cooper Rush starting at quarterback, and it’s clear he isn’t a startable tight end with Rush in. There’s a chance that Dak Prescott returns for this week against the Rams, which makes Schultz a bit more favorable, but it’s unlikely Prescott is completely healthy if he does play. We don’t know how Dak will look, and with Michael Gallup back, it takes away even more targets from Schultz. It’s best to sit Schultz this week and wait until Dak is 100% healthy before putting him back in your lineup.

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3 months ago

Hey guys, thanks for your rankings. Wondering if you could do a trade question for me… In a half-ppr league with two flex positions, I’ve been offered James Robinson for A. St. Brown. Would you do it?