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2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

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Yet again another interesting week in the NFL. Ryan Fitzpatrick fell back to earth and his “Fitzmagic” ran out,, Calvin Ridley continued his hot streak, and the Browns went back to losing.

All of these facts will affect roster management in Fantasy Football.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

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Starts

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints

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Smith has been solid to start the year with only one turnover in three games played. Up next is a Monday Night Football contest against the Saints who allow the third-most Fantasy points (27.9 PPG) to opposing quarterbacks.

Coming off a bye week with two weeks to prepare, Smith should be able to execute a well-prepared game-plan against a weak passing defense.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

Breida has continued to increase his role in the offense as he played in nearly 67% of snaps last week, and he missed game time with an injury.

Breida’s floor is safe in this offense as he is effective in both the rushing and passing attack. Now he goes up against the Cardinals who allow the most Fantasy points (31.78 PPG) to opposing running backs. Breida, if healthy, should have a strong Fantasy outing.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers

I am firmly on the side of selling high on Calvin Ridley. But, owners should consider holding onto Ridley one more week so that he can increase his value even more.

Ridley goes up against the Steelers who allow the second-most Fantasy points (32.6 PPG) to opposing wide receivers. He makes for a strong start this week and owners should look to capitalize on his value after Week 5.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers

Now with 50 yards or a touchdown in the two games in which Josh Rosen has played, Seals-Jones is providing decent production at the fickle tight end position.

Now he gets the 49ers who allow the fourth-most Fantasy points to the position. He is a viable steamer candidate this week.

Sits

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mahomes? No way? How can you bench this guy? Listen, most people who own Mahomes, took him as their second quarterback so it is perfectly reasonable to roll out the other guy since Mahomes is up against the Jaguars.

If Mahomes is your only quarterback, then you might as well roll with him but temper expectations. I am only suggesting sitting him if you have other options. The Jaguars are number one in stopping opposing quarterbacks and have been since last year.

Their defense has been formidable enough to stop even the toughest quarterbacks. This is the matchup everyone has been waiting for to see if Mahomes if truly match-up proof. With the way the Jaguars’ defense has performed, I would feel more comfortable finding this out with Mahomes on my bench. If he is able to torch the Jags, this kid may be completely unstoppable.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles

Cook just does not look healthy so far this season. He is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry and has failed to score more than eight Non-PPR Fantasy points in a game.

Things will not get easier for him this week as he goes up against the Eagles who allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs at less than 10 PPG. Cook can be put on the bench this week.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions

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Allison has positioned himself as the number two receiver in the Packers’ offense. He has 60 yards or more in every game and has two touchdowns.

Allison appeared to suffer an injury in Week 4 and even if healthy he goes up against the Lions who allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Sit Allison this week.

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

Njoku has yet to live up to his preseason and “Hard Knocks” hype. Everyone hoping for a breakout game with Mayfield under center were disappointed in Week 4.

Njoku now gets the Ravens who allow less than five Non-PPR Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Njoku should be left on benches until he shows some sign of life.


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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