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2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

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Well hello there! It’s time to get those lineups ready for the week, and I’m here to help you with some 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit decisions! You might be wondering, “Who the heck is this guy taking over for Dennis after he NAILED his Week 4 Start-Sit picks?” Well simply put, Dennis got the week off and Joe let me out of my IDP corner for the week! Kidding! Joe has given me this awesome opportunity and I’m here to bring the energy and give y’all the best start-sit takes I can.

We’re a quarter of the way through our Fantasy Season. I can’t speak for everyone but man it feels like it flew by! If you’re 4-0 or 3-1, you’re looking to really separate yourself from the pack this week. Sitting at 2-2 you’re feeling okay, could be better, could be worse, but ultimately a win would mean a lot! If you’re 1-3 or 0-4 this is likely a must-win week for you!

It might not seem like it but this is a pretty pivotal week for how early in the season we are. At the end of the day, all you can do is put in the time to research as much as you see fit and follow it up by setting the best lineup you can. Without further adieu let’s get to it!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit

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Starts

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons

Teddy Bridgewater is off to the quietest of good starts of any quarterback this season. While he isn’t stuffing stat sheets to a crazy degree, he is leading this Panthers team to wins. I wasn’t projecting them for many wins this season, and let’s just say the two wins they have are already well ahead of schedule.

Coupled with the fact they get to play the Atlanta Falcons this week makes Bridgewater a solid start. This Falcons defense got throttled by Green Bay last week. Well yeah, Green Bay is rolling, but keep in mind they were down WR1, WR2, DL1, LB1 along with a slew of others.

Quite frankly this Falcons team seems to have given up under Head Coach Dan Quinn. Between that and the injuries this defense has sustained in the secondary, I see the Carolina offense having their way on Sunday.

I’d be willing to fire up almost every piece of this offense this weekend. Mike Davis (RB), and Robby Anderson (WR) are sure-fire starters. Even though D.J. Moore (WR) has been off to a slow start this season in new Head Coach Matt Rhule’s system, I think this is a great “get right” game for him. Curtis Samuel (WR) is likely staying on my bench, along with Ian Thomas (TE) unless you’re out of options.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team vs Los Angeles Rams

Well, it’s finally here. We get to listen to all the Gibson truthers blow up our timelines and rightfully so. Full disclosure, I was not on the Gibson bandwagon to start with. It wasn’t the 33 carries in college, and honestly, I don’t know what else I was looking for. It’s a miss on my part, but now’s the time to buy in if you can.

He did most of his damage through the air and looking back this shouldn’t be a surprise, as he took more snaps from the slot than a running back in college. He’s a fluid receiver and a playmaker with the ball in his hands.

Honestly with how this line blocks I prefer they use him in the passing game more than rushing the ball. I feel this stat line is something we can get accustomed to with Gibson: a solid number of rush attempts, low yards per carry until this line improves, but a very efficient receiving stat line to pair with his meh rushing stats.

He gets the Los Angeles Rams this week which lends a game script that could get out of hand quickly. However, the good news is that only five teams give up a higher yards per carry (5 YPC) than the Los Angeles Rams. That’s great for if the game stays competitive throughout, but even if it turns to a pass-heavy game script for the Football Team that still lends plenty of opportunity to Gibson.

Gibson is a matchup-proof option at the running back position, and quite frankly can hit your lineups every week.

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks

While I wasn’t high on Gibson, I was VERY high on Justin Jefferson. I loved his college tape, college production, and I loved watching him in the drills at the combine (Yes I’m one of those guys that actually watches the combine and doesn’t just look at the results the next day). What stuck out to me the most was when they were working on fade routes to the end zone.

They’d line up and the QBs who were participating would throw up a ball to the wideout and whichever QB was throwing to Jefferson the first and second time missed him BADLY and Jefferson couldn’t make the play. Usually, you only get two cracks at this drill and Jefferson demanded he get a couple more. A different QB stepped in and threw it perfectly with Jefferson executing the route to a tee. That told me a lot about his character, and that he’s a guy that wants to execute.

He’ll get to do just that this weekend against a porous pass defense in Seattle that has already declared their star defensive back, Jamal Adams, out. Seattle is giving up 400 Passing Yards Per Game, so you best believe Jefferson is going to get his. Kirk Cousins hasn’t been great this season, but he’s going to have to tap into “Primetime Kirk” if the Vikings are going to have a chance to turn their season around. The scoring should commence early and often throughout.

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams vs Washington Football Team

Tyler Higbee has been a disappointment in the last two weeks for sure. However, there is hope on the horizon heading into Week 5 facing a football team named Football Team that has been awfully friendly to the tight end position.



They yielded over 100 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 to the dynamic duo of Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz and gave up 57 yards and two touchdowns to Mark Andrews just last week. This team doesn’t have an answer on defense for good tight ends, and I hate (not really) to say it, Tyler Higbee is still a good tight end.

I mentioned earlier speaking on Gibson that this game could get out of hand early and the HigBEAST could be a big reason why. Head Coach Sean McVay will always aim to attack a defense’s weakness at the end of the day. He’s a smart head coach who will play to his team’s strengthes or to an opponent’s weakness. It’s a cocktail recipe for a slew of Fantasy points. Not only am I going to start Higbee this week, I’m doing so with confidence.

Sits

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns vs Indianapolis Colts

Listing Baker Mayfield as a sit this week has more to do with the matchup and the Cleveland Brown’s newfound identity in the run game than it does his talent. They’ve established they want to run with their elite running back room in Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb (when healthy) and use Baker as more of a distributor of the ball as needed, as opposed to someone who needs to throw at all times to win games.

The Indianapolis Colts are somewhat surprisingly the number 1 ranked defense in the NFL. They’re currently giving up a mere 159 Yards Passing Per Game and 77 Yards Rushing Per Game in the young season. This is going to throw a wrench into what the Browns and big-brained 1st year Head Coach Kevin Stefanski want to do with their offense.

The Phillip Rivers led Colts are not a high powered offense. Instead, they’ll rely on their defense to keep scoring low and let the offense chew the clock in a dink and dunk offense. I’d be pretty surprised if this game ended up a high scoring affair, leaving little points and for Mayfield to be anything but a last resort.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

First off let me preface this by saying that based on where you had to draft Joe Mixon, it’s very possible you don’t have the option to sit him this week. If that’s the case, I get it, but boy would I rather have other options. Mixon finally popped off this season last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the sigh of relief all us rostering Mixon needed. However, at this point, I think it might be false hope especially heading into his matchup this week.

There are four teams in the league allowing fewer yards per rush than the Baltimore Ravens so far this season. Coming in at 97 Rushing Yards Per Game, they’ve been a stout front so far. With the Baltimore Ravens offense being an efficient one I could also see this becoming a Giovani Bernard game, as is usually the case when the game gets away from them.

I want to be positive and hope that maybe Head Coach Zac Taylor has learned his lesson to just give Mixon the ball and go from there. However, in all honesty, I’d call it unlikely. Roll with him if you have to, I’m pivoting if I can.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs Cleveland Browns

If T.Y. Hilton isn’t riding your bench yet, he should be. That’s very harsh to say but I think the time has come. Things were all fine and good when he was a boom or bust guy, but now he’s just an every week bust. Hilton is a deep threat that Rivers just can’t get the ball to efficiently at this point in his career.

Likely to see Cleveland’s top cornerback in Denzel Ward, Hilton will be hard-pressed (literally) to accomplish anything this weekend. Ward is an emerging corner in this league and could very easily be revered as a top 5 corner someday. I’m sure he’ll have a big day someday, but he’s best left on the outside of your line up looking in on Sunday.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins vs San Francisco 49ers

I just don’t understand the calling for Mike Gesicki to be so great. Like sure, he’s an athletic freak but he seemingly does nothing with it. He plays on a poor offense. He had what some were calling the matchup of the week last Sunday against a horrid Seahawks pass defense, (a defense without star safety Jamal Adams) and busted.

I get the tight end landscape is bleak at best, but there are better options out there which offer more upside AND aren’t going against one of the best rated defenses against the tight end this week. Albeit the tight ends they defended were Dan Arnold, Chris Herndon, Evan Engram, and Zach Ertz so take that for what you will. I’m looking to take my chances elsewhere.

Thank you!

I wanted to give a big thanks for checking out my 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start-Sit! Also another big thanks to Joe for the opportunity to write this piece this week! I hope you all enjoyed and found value in this piece and you all get the W this week!

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