2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters article!

Well, My undefeated streak continues for one more week thanks to my three running backs (Cordarrelle Patterson, Austin Ekeler, and Ezekiel Elliott); because of their performances, I was able to steal Travis Kelce! So YES, I no longer have to pick through the trash bin. That is the tight end position.

Okay, enough of my self-congratulations, it's now time to focus on you. I hope you were successful in Week Four; if not, let's change your luck in Week Five, and so you can steal a player from your next victim.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

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Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

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I'm sorry, but there is only one quarterback suggestion in Week Five because many of the available quarterbacks have tough matchups and are not worth starting.

Despite throwing two interceptions and taking five sacks, Sam Darnold still found a way to have a Top-5 performance (actually number one or number two, depending on your scoring system). It's getting to the point that Darnold is an automatic starter; he is destroying bad defenses and still posting decent numbers against the good defenses as well.  

In Week Five, he has a matchup against a so-so Eagles defense. Philadelphia is allowing 19.7 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. But they have been terrible the last two weeks; the Eagles have allowed 25.9 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks!

Running Backs

Damien Williams, Chicago Bears

Well, fantasy gods have stricken another running back with an injury; David Montgomery is out with a knee injury a Week Five. So that means Damien Williams will be the Bears' starting running back in the future.

Williams has been an effective fantasy producer in a similar offense (remember it was Andy Reid calling plays, not Matt Nagy, so keep that in mind #fireNagy), so it's reasonable to assume he'll have similar production. 

He has a decent matchup against the Raiders, who allow 26.9 fantasy points per game to run backs. All systems go for Williams.

Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens

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I'm surprised that Latavius Murray is available in most vampire leagues. Well, that's everyone else's mistake allowing the new starting running back for the Ravens available to vampires. I'm not sure what Ty'Son Williams did to lose his job, but the coaching staff has said that now Murray is the lead back in this committee, so take what's given to you.

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills

Sanders has been killing it early this season! He is averaging 6.5 targets, 67 yards, and 16.8 yards-per-reception this season.

Now, this stone-cold killer is going against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have been terrible at stopping wide receivers (as awful as Matt Nagy calling plays #fireNagy). As a result, the Chiefs allow 39.9 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season.

The Chiefs and Bills' over/under is currently at 56.5, which is the highest game of Week Five, so you know this game will be a shootout, so vampires grab all the pass-catching pieces you can in this game.

Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders

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Despite a poor showing in Week Four, Bryan Edwards has been pretty good this season, and he would be talked about more if he hadn't had two touchdowns taken away from him.

Well, he definitely will walk away with a touchdown in Week Five because Edwards is facing the Chicago Bears. I don't know if you can tell, but I'm a Bears fan, so you can trust me when I say that secondary is trash. This season, the Bears allow 43.6 fantasy points per game to wide receivers (see, even the statistics prove that Bears' secondary is trash).

Tight End

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

I was serious when I said grab every passing catching option in the Chiefs and Bills game. Know is an excellent option, he has caught a touchdown in his past three games, and his target share is increasing every week.

Side Note: Dan Arnold is a good option if you are looking for another option because you don't want too many players on the same team. DJ Chark is heading to the IR (The Jags' IR is more crowded than Urban Meyer's crotch at a bar), which means there are more targets available up for grabs.


Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

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Toney had a breakout in Week Four, nine targets, six receptions, and 78 yards. Toney is getting more snaps due to Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton's injuries, and the Giants' new offense system of throwing bombs bodes well for Tony having another big week.

Defense/Special Teams

Las Vegas Raiders

Start the Raiders defense against the Bears' offense; it's mind-numbingly ineffective; it's been down longer than Facebook and Instagram. Maxx Crosby is going to live in the backfield and tear everything up. Poor Justin Fields.

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