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2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

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Welcome back Vampires to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters article. I hope you were victorious against your opponent!

I was victorious in my Week 4 matchup and acquired DeAndre Hopkins from a poor soul!

That’s two victories in the early part of this season for me (Dalvin Cook was acquired in a previous matchup).

This week I’ve got my eye on Christian McCaffrey, and need every starter to have a big game. I found the best starting options for Week 5.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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I usually offer two options for quarterbacks, but many quarterbacks (available for vampires) have tough matchups, or they have question marks surrounding them.

Jameis Winston is the best option for vampires in Week 5. He is coming off two consecutive 350-plus yards and multiple touchdown games. His matchup against the Saints bodes well for him.

The Saints defense is allowing 24.70 fantasy points and 279 yards per game to quarterbacks. In their last two games, they allowed 30.23 fantasy points per game and 689 passing yards total.

All the stars are aligning to give Winston his third consecutive 350-plus yard game. He has the third-highest air-yards intended, and air-yard completed and is facing a secondary that’s in shambles.

Other Names To Keep in Mind

Jacoby Brissett could end up in a shootout in Kansas City and is throwing touchdowns left and right. Chase Daniel is facing an awful Raiders‘ defense and looks to be a better passer than Jay Cutler Jr. (Mitch Trubisky).

Running Backs

Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins

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Washington is going to get stomped by New England. The Redskins will be playing from behind at the coin flip, which means Chris Thompson will receive most of the running back snaps.

So far this season, Thompson has finished with a double-digit point total (PPR) every week. Thompson leads the team in targets and is responsible for the few long-yard plays in Week 4.

Thompson is a reliable, safe option for vampires, which means there is no sexiness in starting him. But there is a chance that Terry McLaurin could miss this game, giving all the Washington targets and their one touchdown to Chris Thompson. That should put some sexiness into Thompson (yes, I know how that sounds…sexy).

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The uncertainty around Tampa Bays’ backfield is becoming clear (must have used Visine…Holy hole in a doughnut that’s corny even for me).

Jones is starting to pry the starting job out of Barber’s hands which is good news for vampires. Jones has out-snapped Peyton Barber in the Buccaneers’ last two games, 31 percent in Week 3, and 49 percent in Week 4. Ronald Jones leads the team in red-zone snaps too.

The Saints have a so-so defense against the running game, allowing 17.35 fantasy points per game to running backs in the last two weeks. So his Week 5 matchup isn’t juicy but will be enough to make him productive.

Wide Receivers

Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots

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Dorsett is facing off against the Washington Redskins, which makes him a must-start. I’m pretty sure everyone reading this knows that Washington is awful, but let’s drive the point home. They are allowing 46.43 fantasy points to wide receivers. They’ve allowed 8 touchdowns to wide receivers this season, and five of those touchdowns happened within the last two weeks. They are terrible, get the point.

Dorsett’s chance of catching a touchdown is as good as TC Tuggers shirts.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons

Mohamed Sanu is a lot like Chris Thompson, both never get drafted but always end up being solid options for fantasy owners.

Sanu has three double-digit finishes out of four weeks. Plus, he has an 18.54 target percentage more than Calvin Ridley. Also, Sanu has the highest catch percentage among Atlanta wide receivers.

The Falcons play against the Texans in Week 5, and Houston defense has struggled to stop the passing game. Houston is allowing 41.05 fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Tight End

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

He is playing Arizona, case closed.

Flex

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Chark was so close to having a touchdown in four consecutive games but had one touchdown called back by penalty, that shouldn’t deter vampires from starting him in Week 5.

Chark has a 21 target percent share, and a 26 red zone target share. It is clear that Chark is Garnder Minshew’s favorite weapon, and will give him a lot of looks in the Battle of the Kitty Cats (Jaguars vs. Panthers). Volume is always vital in winning fantasy matchups, and Chark has the volume.


Defense/Special Teams

Philadelphia Eagles

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The Jets more than likely will be without Sam Darnold, which means Luke Falk will be the starter. Falk starting also means the Jets’ offense will be constipated and will turn over the ball a few times.


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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