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Fantasy Football, Week 5 : Four Starts And Three Sits

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

With the first bye week upon us, the start/sit decisions become that much more crucial. As always, this list is the non-obvious players that you want in (or out) of your lineup. Enjoy!


Andy Dalton, QB, CIN

The Red Rocket has hardly been that this year, but his new OC and last two games suggest that he’s re-entered the QB1/2 borderline. Always playing better at home, I like Dalton to push for 300 yards and two TDs against the Bills.

Elijah McGuire, RB, NYJ

Bilal Powell is obvious with Forte out, but I like McGuire as a standalone Flex play. The Browns are the Browns, and the Jets would be wise to feed each back 15+ carries.

Evan Engram, TE, NYG

Coming off an 11-target outing, and facing a Chargers defense that is vulnerable at the safety position, I love Engram to continue his success down the seam.

Pierre Garcon, WR, SF

The Colts have a surprisingly stout rush defense this year, which should funnel plenty of opportunities to the Niners only competent receiver.


DeShaun Watson, QB, HOU

Watson’s emergence has been awesome to watch, and I love his fantasy outlook. Just not against the Chiefs defense this week, as Watson will face his first true test. I feel more comfortable with other streamer options this week who aren’t facing Justin Houston and Marcus Peters.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI

You probably don’t have a choice but to play him, but one must always manage WR production expectations when Mr. Patrick Peterson and his shadow coverage is coming to town. Their may be safer WR3 options on the wire that I have more confidence in than Alshon.

Seattle Seahawks DST

Seattle’s D has underperformed this year, both in fantasy and real life. The Rams are suddenly a top offense, and even if I drafted the Seahawks defense this year (I didn’t), I’m looking for a streaming option this week.