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Week 5 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

We’re 4 weeks and Week 5 is looming. Each week I will be taking a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings, weekly waiver wire targets, and weekly deep sleepers.

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Start ‘Em

Jay Cutler (QB, Chicago Bears) at Kansas City Chiefs

Yeah, yeah. He has a punchable Cutler face. But, he has plenty of upside. Chicago has looked rough and Cutler is coming back from injury. The good thing is there is light at the end of the tunnel. He’ll have a great matchup against a Chiefs defense that is giving up a ton of points to QBs, and he’ll gain even more upside of Alshon Jeffery can make it on the field for Week 5.

Jameis Winston (QB, Tampa Bay Bucs) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Winston has had a rocky start as a rookie, but he’s shown flashes. This week’s matchup against the Jags has the makings of a clumsy shootout. Jacksonville’s defense is giving up an average of 18.0 fantasy points to opposing QBs. Winston should have a healthy Mike Evans to go along with the threat the VJax poses, so the tools are there. It could be a big week for the rookie.

Justin Forsett (RB, Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland Browns

The Baltimore run game has left much to be desired thus far in the 2015 season. That said, Forsett is a more than capable back and the matchup is very good this week against a bad Cleveland run defense. The Browns defense is giving up an average of nearly 20 fantasy points per week to opposing running backs. Feel confident in Forsett for Week 5.

Dion Lewis (RB, New England Patriots) at Dallas Cowboys

Lewis is always a tricky play considering Blount will be getting the lion’s share of running carries. That said, the Patriots always make the most of having a back playing the joker role and Lewis’s involvement in the passing game is always worth considering in weekly matchups. This week the Pats are facing a Dallas defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to running backs. That bodes well for both Lewis and Blount, and Lewis has particular upside in PPR formats.

Allen Robinson (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) at Tampa Bay Bucs

I know. I know. I gush about Robinson every week. As I mentioned above, this week’s matchup between the Jags and Bucs could be a clumsy shootout, and points will be scored. Quarterback Blake Bortles has been up and down, but he’s realizing ways to get the ball in his best receiving targets hands. ARob didn’t have a big week last week, but I expect him to bounce back with a nice performance in Week 5 against Tampa. The Bucs defense is giving up an average of 22 points per week to wide receivers.

Leonard Hankerson (WR, Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington Redskins

Hankerson seems to have moved into position as quarterback Matt Ryan’s second favorite target on the team. Sorry, Roddy. He’s been targeted 6 or more times in each of the last three weeks, and last week he put up nice numbers with 103 yards and a touchdown. This week he’ll be up against his former team, the Redskins. And, his former team’s defense has a very questionable secondary. Hankerson could be a nice start this week in one of those “stick it to the former team” matchups.

Owen Daniels (TE, Denver Broncos) vs. Oakland Raiders

Typically tight ends are very involved in offenses headed up by Peyton Manning. Daniels hasn’t seen the kind of work you would expect, but he get the job done. Going into Week 5 the matchup is particularly good as the Oakland defense has given up the most fantasy points to TEs so far this season.

Sit ‘Em

Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit Lions) vs. Arizona Cardinals

Stafford has been largely disappointing so far this season. This week probably won’t look up as he’ll be facing a nasty Arizona defense. The Cards’ D has given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs so far in 2015.

Devonta Freeman (RB, Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington Redskins

Wait. What? Freeman ran wild over the last two weeks. 340+ all purpose yards and 6 touchdowns is nuts. Let’s pump the brakes a bit. First, he’s not going to keep up that insane pace of production. And secondly, Washington’s defense has given up the fewest fantasy points to running back this season. It’s going to be tough sledding against the ‘Skins this week. Expect Atlanta to get it done in the air against that shoddy secondary.

Amari Cooper (WR, Oakland Raiders) vs. Denver Broncos

The rookie has shown great potential so far in 2015, but all indications are pointing towards Week 5 being a bad week for Cooper. The Denver defense is giving up the second fewest points to wide receivers and they have been a menage to QBs. It could be a long day for Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.

Gary Barnidge (TE, Cleveland Browns) at Baltimore Ravens

I know you just went out and nabbed Barnidge from the waiver wire and you’re excited to put him to work. That might not such a good idea this week. He’ll be up against a Baltimore defense that is giving up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.





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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...