Coaches’ Picks – Start ’em, Sit ’em Week 5

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Quarterbacks


Andy Dalton vs ARI – After Andy Dalton flopped in Primetime, he goes back home as the slight favorites to face the Cardinals in an up-tempo game with a 47 point O/U. One of these teams will walk away with their first win of the season.

Jacoby Brissett @ KC – Jacoby has actually been super solid for fantasy averaging 20 points per game. He goes on the road against Patty Mahomes in a shoot-out with a 56.5 point expected O/U (highest total of the week) in Sunday night Primetime. Hopefully, he gets TY back who said he’s “feeling good” Wednesday afternoon.

Kyler Murray @ CIN – Perhaps the only team worse than the Dolphins are the Bengals. While Kyler is still seeking his first NFL win, he’s been nothing short of productive for fantasy purposes. Continue to fire him up in a plus matchup on the road in Cincy, who’s giving up ~19 points a game to opposing QB’s.

Tom Brady @ WAS – We turned some heads last week when we told you to sit Brady, but I hope you listened. You can safely plug him back in against the ‘Skins this week, who are going to get absolutely trounced. Jay Gruden is probably losing his job after this one.

Kirk Cousins @ NYG – If not now, then when?

*Long shots of the Week – Gardner Minshew @ CAR, Chase Daniel @ OAK

Running Backs


Joe Mixon vs ARI – While Mixon only has 149 #generational rushing yards through 4 weeks, he draws a great matchup at home versus the Cardinals and should have a healthy target share in an up-tempo game.

David Montgomery @ OAK – While last week against the Vikings wasn’t uber productive, the volume was exactly what we’ve been waiting for. Monty had 21 carries and 5 targets and now gets a sweet matchup vs the Raiders in London. Look for Chase Daniel to lean on Montgomery.

Sony Michel @ WAS – Michel has been awful this year, I know. He’s broken exactly ZERO tackles through 4 weeks and is dead last in forced missed tackles per touch with (0.05). BUT, in an expected rout of the Skins, where New England are 15 point road favorites, look for them to pound the rock with Michel.

Derrick Henry vs BUF – The boy Lewan is finally #FREE as the Titans come back home on the heels of a great win in Atlanta. While Buffalo has a stout defense, I don’t believe they’ll contain El Tractorcito for 4 quarters and the Titans will lean on him heavily and their defense to get it done in Nashville.

Melvin Gordon vs DEN – MG3 is expected to make his season debut after being active last week for emergencies, but not seeing the field. We’ll have to monitor this situation as Sunday draws near, but he gets a dream matchup against the Broncos and if he sees a lighter workload around 12-15 touches, he should be in your lineups.

*Long shot of the week – Chris Thompson vs NE

Wide Receivers


Tyler Boyd vs ARI – With still no signs of AJ Green returning to action and John Ross now sidelined for several weeks, look for Boyd to be fed early and often. Arizona gives up the third most fantasy points to WR’s out of the slot and have allowed 4 touchdowns.

Stefon Diggs @ NYG – Diggs was back at practice Thursday with trade rumors swirling. He’s in a smash spot this week against the Giants secondary who were decimated by Mike Evans two weeks ago. Look for the squeaky wheel to get some grease.

Will Fuller vs ATL – I’m going to go broke in DFS playing Will Fuller every week until he goes for 150-2. After the Falcons got torched by AJ Brown and Corey Davis last week, I’m liking his chances to finally smash.

Tyler Lockett / DK Metcalf vs LAR – After Jameis just tore the Rams a new hole, I am expecting Russ and the Seahawks to bounce back in TNF after disappointing last week.

Larry Fitzgerald @ CIN – With Kirk banged up, look for Murray to lean on Larry Legend even more. The ageless wonder has averaged nearly 18 points per game. Strangely, we’ve seen his targets per game decrease each week after 13(!) in Week 1, but those should come back up near double digits this week vs the Bengals.

*Long shots of the week – Auden Tate vs ARI, Andy Isabella @ CIN, Phillip Dorsett vs WAS, Adam Humphries vs BUF

Tight Ends


Tyler Eifert vs ARI – Just play whatever TE is against the Cardinals. It really is sometimes that easy.

Will Dissly vs LAR – I think Dissly is the real deal. Ride him until the wheels fall off. He’s emerged as a consistent target for Russell Wilson.

Jack Doyle vs KC – Ebron has hands of stone, so, look for Jacoby to rely on Doyle to move the chains and in the redzone in the shootout with Kansas City.

Austin Hooper @ HOU – Hoop has also ascended into TE stardom and deserves the every week starter treatment.

*Long shot of the week – Noah Fant @ LAC

D/ST


Patriots @ Redskins – Pats have allowed one offensive touchdown all year and have such an easy schedule going forward. Set it and forget it.

Saints vs Bucs – I think the Saints got it figured out defensively this past week after the Cowboys slammed into a wall. Fire them up at home vs Jameis Winston, who should come crashing back down to earth.

Titans vs Bills – This Titans defense is legit. They’ve shutdown Odell Beckham and Julio Jones and are very solid upfront. Look for them to get after second year signal caller Josh Allen at home.

Eagles vs Jets – If Luke Falk suits up again, then fire up the Eagles D/ST. I would be a little more reserved if Darnold suits up and gets Herndon back from suspension. You apparently cannot run on the Eagles, but their secondary is abysmal.

*Long shot of the week – Bucs @ Saints

Sit ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Derek Carr vs CHI – Gruden and the gang are headed to London for this weekend’s battle with the Chicago Bears. The Bears are holding opposing QB’s to an average of 11.88 fantasy points and I doubt Carr will be able to surpass that with Tyrell Williams expected to miss.  

Marcus Mariota vs BUF – Marcus and the Titans had a hell of a week last Sunday against the Falcons, but I wouldn’t expect a lot of scoring in this defensive matchup. It’s worth noting that Buffalo kept Brady to less than 4 fantasy points last week.

Daniel Jones vs MIN – Minnesota’s defense has been stellar so far. They are ranked as the 6th best defense at the moment. I wouldn’t expect many points from Danny Dimes this week.

Mason Rudolph vs BAL – Rudolph played an efficient and safe game against the Bengals this last Monday, but against a team that they will probably have to play catch up with, I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting Rudolph. 

Running Backs


Josh Jacobs vs CHI – Chicago is currently ranked as the 3rd best rush defense in the league. I predict a low scoring affair this week in London that won’t yield many fantasy points.

Miles Sanders vs NYJ – Sanders has struggled to break out thus far and he should have better days going forward, but I wouldn’t count on it to start against the 8th ranked rush defense.  

Adrian Peterson vs NE – I understand bye weeks are starting to affect who your starting options are, but I wouldn’t count on Washington’s offense to get the ball moving against the Pats this week.

Matt Breida vs CLE – With Tevin Coleman supposedly coming back to the Niners this week, I could see the offense go forth with a full blown RBBC. Breida has already been losing redzone touches to Mostert and Wilson and with Shannahan’s lovechild back in the fold, he should pick up where he left off.

Wayne Gallman vs MIN – Gallman had a great week against the Redskins, but since appearing on the injury  report for week 5, I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him against a stout Minnesota defense.

Wide Receivers


Corey Davis / AJ Brown vs BUF – The Titans offense was on fire last week against the Falcons, but I doubt they can score a lot of points against the Bills Mafia that’s ranked the 2nd best defense in the league.

Tyrell Williams vs CHI – Having to fly to London and already missing practice with a foot issue doesn’t sound very appealing. Add that they are playing a Bears defense that should give Derek Carr a very tough time and it becomes a clear sit for me.  

Terry McLaurin vs NE – The Patriots are going to do that thing they always do where they completely shut down one guy on the opposing team’s offense. I think its Scary Terry’s turn to be that guy. Also, Haskins starting at QB doesn’t make this matchup any better in Jay Gruden’s Swan Song.

Sterling Shepard vs MIN – Sterling has been great so far this season and I’d normally count on him as a start, but this week’s matchup against the Vikings has me worried as Minnesota has only allowed one receiver to go over a hundred yards this season.

Tight Ends


Delanie Walker vs BUF – Walker has been a decent start for fantasy teams this season, but I’m expecting a low scoring game where I could see Mariota struggling to get the ball moving.

OJ Howard @ NO – It’s now a fact. Bruce Arians hates tight ends. Most people expected OJ to have a great season in this new Tampa Bay offense, but his usage has been very discouraging. Winston threw for 385 yards last week against the Rams, only 33 of those yards went to OJ.

Jared Cook vs TB – To say Cook has been struggling would be an understatement. I don’t think he’s rosterable at this point of the season and would not want to start him against a very strong Tampa Bay defense.

Vance McDonald vs BAL – As of right now, Vance hasn’t been able to practice this week as he is dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him from Monday night’s game versus the Bengals. If he gets cleared to play, I wouldn’t count on much from him against a Raven’s defense that has only allowed one touchdown to TE’s this season. 

D/ST


Texans vs Falcons – The Texans and Falcons could find themselves in a high scoring shoot out this week.

Cowboys vs Packers – Even though Davante Adams doesn’t look like he will play, Rodgers always balls out versus the Cowboys. He averages 288 yards and 2.5 touchdowns when he plays the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Panthers vs Jaguars – The legend of Minshew keeps growing. The Jaguars are starting to look good, and I don’t think the Panthers will stop them this week.