2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

by Alex Hamrick
2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

What a terrible, injury-plagued, week for Fantasy Football Week 4 was. Notable players went down with injuries including; Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Chris Carson, Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Jordan Matthews to name a few. Many of these players may have been key starters for your Fantasy teams, and now faced with tough lineup decisions, owners may not know what to do. So, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit preview.

Though losing players to injury or losing in Fantasy Football period may be "terrible", it is nothing in the grand scheme of things as more important and pressing issues take place in our world. With that being said, thoughts, condolences, and prayers go out to the victims and loved ones of the Vegas shooting.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

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Brian Hoyer, QB, San Francisco 49ers vs Indianapolis Colts

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Hoyer has been wildly inconsistent this year, posting three Fantasy performances with less than 10 points, but one with 25 points. The touchdowns haven’t been there as he has only thrown for two, both in one game. The yardage, however, has been good posting games of 193, 234, and 332 yards, while throwing out the game against Seattle’s defense. Turnovers have also been an issue, as he has turned the ball over at least once in every game.

Now, Hoyer goes up against the Colts who have allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I expect this to be a winnable game for the 49ers and for Hoyer to throw some touchdown passes, making him a quarterback worth streaming in Week 5.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets

Crowell has had anything but the breakout season the Fantasy world was calling for. He has now posted eight or less standard Fantasy points in all of his match-ups including games of 3, 5, and 2 points. To Crowell’s credit, he has played some strong run defenses and he has only carried the ball more than 12 times once, because of negative game scripts.

Now is Crowell’s chance to provide for Fantasy owners as he goes up against the Jets who have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. What’s better for Crowell is the prospect of this being a winnable game for the Browns, who might be able to afford a more run-heavy approach. Start Crowell and hope that he gets over the wall in Week 5.

Start of the Week: Aaron Jones/Ty Montgomery/Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys

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Second string Packers’ running back, Jamaal Williams, went down with a knee injury in Week 4 after subbing in for Ty Montgomery who suffered broken ribs in the same game. Aaron Jones then came in and ran the ball well for 49 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Ty Montgomery might play through the injury and would certainly be worth starting, but if he is unable to go, expect Jones or Williams to get the bulk of the work. In surprising fashion, Williams has declared himself healthy and has practiced all week.

Whoever the running back may be, the Packers now go up against the Cowboys who have been shredded so far this season allowing over 20 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. The Green Bay offense is explosive and running backs are always in a position to carry close to the goal line and face softer defensive fronts, for these reasons, Aaron Jones, Williams, or Montgomery should be started in Week 5.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins vs Tennessee Titans

Parker didn’t live up to expectations last week as the Saints’ defense finally figured out how to play football. He still managed to post 69 receiving yards.

Parker and the Dolphins get to take on the Titans and their horrible pass defense that allows the second-most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Parker has a chance to go ballistic and should be started with confidence in Week 5.

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Giants

Henry’s usage has been disappointingly inconsistent as he has two games with zero receptions. On the other hand, he has two games with seven or more standard Fantasy points. The only thing holding back the highly talented tight end is the coaching staff.

Now up against the Giants who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends, expect the coaching staff to script up plays for Henry as he makes for a solid Week 5 start.

Honorable Mention: Jay Cutler vs TEN; Eddie Lacy vs LAR; Jarvis Landry vs TEN; Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs CLE


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Roethlisberger has been mediocre so far in Fantasy Football terms, this year. He has posted 17 or fewer Fantasy points in all games this year. In fact, in games against tough pass defenses, Week 2 against the Vikings and Week 4 against the Ravens, the Steelers have opted to rely heavily on the rushing attack with Le’Veon Bell getting 27 and 35 carries respectively in those games. Now, the Steelers go up against another tough pass defense, the Jaguars who have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect the Steelers to rely heavily on the rushing attack again, and bench Big Ben.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals

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Owners should not get caught up in Blount’s Week 4 performance. 68, or half, of his 136 rushing yards came on one play. He even struggled to do what he does best, pound it into the end zone on goal to go carries, failing on three attempts inside the five-yard line. Week 4 not included, Blount has rushed for less than 70 yards in every other game.

Up next Blount faces a solid Cardinals’ defense that allows the fourth fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Don’t expect Blount to replicate his Week 4 performance, and sit him on your bench.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers

Let’s face it, Abdullah is good at football, after he carved up a tough Vikings defense for 94 rushing yards in Week 4. However, his production and the Lions’ ability to run the ball has been sporadic so far, resulting in only one Fantasy performance with over eight standard Fantasy points.

Abdullah faces a tough Panthers’ defense in Week 5 that allows the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs, and completely bottled up LeSean McCoy back in Week 2. Don’t expect a great performance from Abdullah this week, who is recovering from a minor ankle injury, and look elsewhere if possible.

Sit of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens

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Amari Cooper has been atrocious so far in 2017. He has one game with 62 receiving yards and a touchdown, a game with 33 receiving yards, and two games with less than 10 receiving yards and zero standard Fantasy points. I mean, he was the expected guy with Crabtree out in Week 4, and he still only amassed nine receiving yards.

Up against another tough defense, the Baltimore Ravens, who allow the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, it looks like Cooper’s struggles could continue. What’s worse is Derek Carr will miss time with back injuries, meaning Cooper should see worse quarterback play. It is probably time for Fantasy owners to start panicking over Cooper’s Fantasy production, and he should stay relegated to the bench again in Week 5.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs San Francisco 49ers

Jack Doyle just isn’t as productive in Fantasy as he is with Andrew Luck. It appears as if Luck will again miss another game in Week 5. Doyle is also going through concussion protocol this week and could be a game-time decision.

With a Week 5 matchup against the 49ers, who allow the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Doyle needs to be benched with confidence.

Honorable Mention: Andy Dalton vs BUF; Tarik Cohen vs MIN; Martavis Bryant vs JAX; Jason Witten vs GB

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