Week Five Fantasy Football: Players to Watch


Ryan Sullivan

Entering the fifth week of the NFL season, standings are shaping up, rivalries are heightening, and the competition hasn’t been stiffer. Here’s a list of who you should sit and who you should start.

Top NFL QB’s

Start: Matthew Stafford vs. CAR – Though Carolina has arguably, one of the best front 7 in the league, their secondary is flawed and “Staff ” could really take advantage of the flawed secondary.

Sit: Marcus Mariota vs. MIA – Fans of Mariota may disagree with this pick, but with the likes of Cameron Wake, Rashad Jones and Ndamukong Suh, among others, this quarterback will be held in check.

Top NFL HB’s

Start: Jay Ajayi vs. TEN – The Titans’ defense has given up roughly 100-plus yards in each game to this point. Ajayi should be able to duplicate this number almost solely on his own.

Sit: Leonard Fournette vs. PIT – The rookie back has seen some good defenses to this point, and has shown promise, but the stiff Pittsburgh defense will likely keep him in check.

Top NFL WR’s

Start: Mike Evans vs. NE – Though New England has an impressive secondary, if anyone can put up big numbers against them like Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs in Week 1, it’s going to be Mike Evans.

Sit: DeAndre Hopkins vs. KC – The Chiefs have limited opponents to an average of less than 250 yards passing on the year. And with a secondary like theirs, Hopkins will be covered tightly to say the least.

Top NFL TE’s

Start: Jesse James vs. JAX – James has been a consistent red zone target for Big Ben throughout the season, and as long as he is game-time ready, he would be worth looking at this week.

Sit: Kyle Rudolph vs. CHI – The Vikings, being in a rivalry game, might want to target the tall veteran. With up and down quarterback play, Rudolph might not be the smartest option.

All schedule informa- tion credited to nfl.com

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