With another week of NFL action underway, we look at the players you should start and who you should sit in week five.
Dalton is playing great heading into week five against the Dolphins, who are without starting cornerback Bobby McCain (knee). He's scored at least 30 fantasy points in two of the past three games, and he should be able to overcome the loss of Tyler Eifert (ankle) with the way his receivers are playing. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are having a great four-game stretch, and John Ross even found the end zone in week four against Atlanta. The Dolphins just had their worst game of the season in week four against Tom Brady, who scored 24 Fantasy points, and Dalton should be in that range this week. He's worth trusting as a number one fantasy quarterback in week five.
This game has shootout potential. Cousins' two best games this season have come on the road: At Green Bay in week two when he scored 41 fantasy points, and when he added 36 points at the Rams in week four. Hopefully, that trend continues this week at the Eagles, and he's had some big games against Philadelphia during his time with Washington. In his past five meetings with the Eagles, Cousins is averaging 281 passing yards with 12 total touchdowns and four interceptions. And Philadelphia has already allowed two big games to quarterbacks this year with Ryan Fitzpatrick in week two and Marcus Mariota in week four. I'm counting on another strong outing for Cousins this week.
There is nothing to like about the prospect of Wilson facing a Rams defense that is tied for fifth in fewest points allowed and seventh in fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Since throwing for 298 yards against the Broncos in the regular season opener, Wilson's yardage totals have dipped with each game. More unnerving is the fact Wilson—who has rushed for at least 489 yards in five of his first six seasons—has only 42 rushing yards on 11 carries. If Wilson doesn't provide the threat of running, his fantasy value takes a huge hit.
If you don't have a better option then, of course, you have to start him. However, don't expect the same production from the first quarter of the season. The Jaguars have allowed just three passing touchdowns all season, and Tom Brady in week two is the lone quarterback with multiple touchdowns against Jacksonville. Please lower expectations for him.
Runnings Back Starts
I've been touting this for weeks. Jones now gets a tasty matchup against a Lions run defense that is last in rushing yards allowed per game (157.8) and 30th in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Expect the Packers to give Jones at least 16-18 touches at the low end, which will translate into a big afternoon for users who plug him into lineups.
Leonard Fournette is out, so Yeldon should get the majority of the snaps and carries for the Jaguars — though Corey Grant should play more, though who knows if Jacksonville will actually pull that trigger. Yeldon’s yardage totals haven’t been overly impressive in games this season—he peaked at 58 rushing yards against the New England Patriots in week two—but he should get the volume as the lead back. Kansas City’s defense is pretty much an open road and in two of Yeldon’s four games, he’s seen seven targets to go along with two receiving touchdowns.
Runnings Back Sit
Let's face it; Lamar Miller is struggling! Miller is battling an undisclosed injury, although he's expected to play in week five against Dallas. It's hard to trust Miller as anything more than a flex option this week. He has two games this season with at least 11 PPR points, and two games with eight points or less, including week four at the Colts when he had just 14 carries for 49 yards and no catches. Keep an eye on Miller's health for Sunday, but he should not be considered a starting-caliber Fantasy option this week in most 10- and 12-team leagues. If you must, go add Alfred Blue.
Even though the Arizona Cardinals have given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, this isn’t a great game for Alfred Morris. Matt Brieda significantly out-snapped Morris last week against the Los Angeles Chargers 38-14. The workload split changes by the week so it's best to stay away.
Wide Receiver Starts
This should be a great week for Golladay especially if Green Bay cornerback Kevin King (groin) he remains out. Golladay had his worst game of the season against the Cowboys with 11 PPR points, but prior to that, he scored at least 17 points in his first three games this year. He will get back on track in this matchup at home.
The Dolphins are injured in the secondary as Bobby McCain (knee) and Safety Reshad Jones (Shoulder) will this week at Cincinnati. Boyd should stay hot for the fourth game in a row. He's scored at least 21 PPR points in each of the past three outings, with a least six catches and 91 yards in each game. As an added bonus, Tyler Eifert(ankle) is done for the year.
Wide Receiver Sits
Don't chase last week. Davis was amazing in week four against the Eagles with nine catches for 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. Prior to last week, Davis averaged just nine PPR points in his first three games, and he should struggle this week at Buffalo if he matches up with Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.
We feel bad for all of you who drafted Thomas as high as the fourth round back in August. It's getting increasingly frustrating to deal with Thomas as a Fantasy option since he continues to get targets but isn't producing. He has at least seven targets in three of four games this year, but has just one touchdown and is averaging 7.7 PPR points in his past three outings. Case Keenum has not helped Thomas have a rebound season thus far. Emmanuel Sanders is the lone Denver receiver to trust right now, and Thomas should be benched in most formats until we start seeing him produce on a consistent basis.
Tight End Starts
Tight End is a mess, in general, this week. We hope we're not going to be fooled by Cook any time soon because he's been great so far this season. He has two games with at least 27 PPR points this year, and his low total has been eight points, which gives him a decent floor for a tight end. He's been featured in this offense with 35 targets! The Chargers just got abused by George Kittle in Week four for six catches, 125 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, and hopefully, Cook will follow suit in what is expected to be a high-scoring game.
Tight End Sits
Njoku finally scored double digits in PPR points in week four at Oakland with 10 on five catches for 52 yards on seven targets, and hopefully, this is the sign of things to come. But in the three games prior to playing the Raiders, Njoku had a combined 15 PPR points. It was encouraging to see Baker Mayfield lean on Njoku in his first NFL start, but it will be hard to trust Njoku this week against the Ravens. Baltimore has yet to allow a tight end to score a touchdown, and Njoku has yet to score this season.