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Fantasy Football: Start ‘em, sit ‘em for Week 5

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Last-minute lineup advice before Sunday’s games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Here we go again with another week of exciting Fantasy Football. Somehow I’m still undefeated in my 10-team league, but that’s because the majority of the league team owners don’t know what they’re doing. I’ll take it.

Your top point-getter this week was Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb, with 37.8 points. I recommended owners to sit Chubb and I got rocked on that pick. No way around that one. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin came in second with 35.2 points while Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard racked up 31 points. Bucs QB Jameis Winston came in fourth with 30.30 points.

Let’s check out who you should start or sit for this week, along with their projected fantasy stats:

Who to start

1) WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. Washington) | 14.84 points

Edelman isn’t always a big fantasy play because Tom Brady seems to have so many options, and he spreads the ball around well. However, this week Edelman is expected to earn just under 15 points, quite a prediction for the slot receiver. He’ll go against a terrible fantasy defense that has allowed the most points to receivers. Jules looks like a safe bet.

2) WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New Orleans) | 14.5 points

Godwin went off (again) in week four against the Rams for 35.2 points, just two weeks after he registered 22.1 against the Panthers. My advice: keep sticking with this dude because he hasn’t shown that he’s about to drop off. Godwin trails only Chargers WR Keenan Allen (80.5) in WR fantasy points with 75.6.

3) WR Marquez Valdez-Scantling (vs. Dallas) | 10.57 points

Marquez Valdez-Scantling has emerged as a legitimate fantasy weapon as the number two receiver on the Packers. He’s in for a favorable match this weekend against the Cowboys, slated to earn 10.57 points against a decent Dallas secondary.

Who to sit

1) RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (vs. Oakland) | 6.11 points

Cohen is super fast, he can run and he can catch the ball. However, he’s largely underwhelmed this year with just 116 yards of offense. David Montgomery is getting more action at running back, and to make things worse, Chase Daniel is filling in for usual starter Mitch Trubisky. The Bears offense will underwhelm collectively and Cohen’s fantasy production will further suffer.

2) WR A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (vs. Buffalo) | 7.32 points

Brown is already having a fine season, having caught a pair of touchdowns on three catches Sunday against Atlanta. However, he’ll go against an excellent Buffalo pass defense and should best be considered a WR4/FLEX option at a predicted 7.32 points.

3) WR Paul Richardson Jr., Washington Redskins (vs. New England) | NA

Richardson was supposed to play the role of a number one receiver, but it hasn’t panned out, especially after a 14 yard effort Sunday against the Giants. Whether or not Terry McLaurin plays on Sunday doesn’t matter. Richardson can’t really be trusted to give owners #1 WR numbers. And what’s more, he’ll play against a stout Patriots defense, not a good recipe for success.

Let’s see how my picks did last week (actual fantasy points and me grading myself):

Start

1) QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Seattle) | 17.34 points | B

2) RB Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants (vs. Washington) | 24.80 points | A-

3) RB Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona) | 16.50 points | B

Sit

1) RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. Philadelphia) | 14.80 points | D-

2) RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (vs. Baltimore) | 37.80 points | F

3) RB Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati) | 19.54 points | D-