2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2022 Fantasy Football Start/Sit

Welcome Fantasy nerds! It is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit article.

In the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week, but whom I disagree with.

Last week we had a crazy week in which we had some brutal injuries with Javonte Williams and Tua Tagovailoa. Mitchell Trubisky was also benched for Kenny Pickett as well.

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start/Sit

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Start

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami Dolphins (ECR QB21)

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I am going out on a limb with this one. You are probably scratching your head at this on wondering why you should start Teddy Bridgewater this week. That is a fair question considering he was a backup quarterback last week. Bridgewater came in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa in the second quarter of last week's game and was solid. He finished with completing 14-for-23 passes for 193 yards one touchdown and one interception.

What I like most about Bridgewater this week besides the match, which we will get into in a little bit is obviously his weapons. There is not another offense in the NFL that has as much speed on the outside as the Dolphins having Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Their speed matches up perfectly with Bridge water and his ability to just get the ball out of his hand quickly and let those receivers run in space. Bridgewater was even able to hit Hill with a bomb last week.

The Matchup

I love this matchup for Teddy and the Miami Dolphins going up against the New York Jets' defense. Yes, the Jets defense is better, but it is nothing to write home about. They are still allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing tight quarterbacks. With the Jets not being able to run the ball, they are going to need to rely on the pass on the pass in this one, and get the ball to their playmakers. Bridgewater has low-end QB1 upside this week.

Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets (ECR RB26)

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I cannot get enough of Breece Hall and am appalled that he still isn't ranked as an RB2 heading into this week in half-point PPR formats. Through the first four games of the season, Breece Hall leads the NFL in targets at the running position. I get it, the first three weeks of the season were with Joe Flacco and they passed it a ton.

Well, last week they cut back on the throwing and Hall still saw six targets. Also, Hall saw the most carries in his career last week with 17, finishing with 66 yards and a touchdown. Hall has had three weeks in a row in which he scored over 12 fantasy points. He needs to be in your lineup as your RB2 this week and beyond.

The Matchup

We talked about the matchup above, but the Jets will be taking on the Miami Dolphins.  Miami is about the middle of the pack against opposing running backs this season averaging 18.1 allowed per game to the position. The Dolphins have allowed the seventh most receptions though, which Hall has thrived at so far. Plug Breece Hall in as your RB2 this week and feel great about it.

Robert Woods, WR, Tennessee Titans (ECR WR40)

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Man, I am so happy to see Robert Woods on the field, and producing at a solid level, one year after an ACL tear. The 30-year-old wide receiver is currently a modest WR52 in half-point PPR averaging 7.3 fantasy points a game. You look at that and you think not great.

However, over the last two games, Woods has 13 targets over that span and has scored over ten fantasy points in each of those games. Woods currently has a 20% target share overall, and 25% over the last three games according to fantasydata.com. Treylon Burks most likely won't be available this weekend, so we should see that target share grow as well.

The Matchup

The Matchup for the Titans this week couldn't be any better. The Washington Commanders defense has been atrocious so far. They have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers according to fantasy pros. You can start Woods this week in your WR3/flex spot, and feel solid about it.

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns, (ECR TE11)

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David Njoku was one of my targets if I waited on the tight end position in my drafts. The first couple of weeks looked foolish, but the last three weeks, however, have been much more pleasant. He has had at least five targets in each of those and was headlined with a 10 target nine receptions and one touchdown game in Week 3 which was his coming out party.

Last game he slowed down with some production but still finished with five receptions on seven targets for 73 yards and 7.2 half-point PPR fantasy points. The volume is there that you love. Quarterback Jacoby Brisset loves to target the middle of the field, and that is showing over the past few weeks with a 23% target share.

The Matchup

The Browns will be taking on the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend whose defense is battling some injuries. The Chargers are not bad against tight ends and going up against Derwin James is scary, but I think Njoku can still produce with the volume he is seeing. We have seen Amari Cooper get shut down before by great cornerbacks and Jaycee Jackson just might do that to him in this one. Opening all the volume you need for Njoku to thrive. He should be a top-ten tight end this week.

Sit

Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals (ECR QB7)

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Kyler Murray was not someone I was targeting in most of my drafts at his ADP. But after he fell I have him in a few different spots. To be quite honest, he has been fine, but nothing spectacular. Through four weeks Kyler Murray is currently QB6 and averaging 21 fantasy points per game which is still solid, but it has not been pretty to watch.

Kyler has been solid for fantasy purposes but it has mostly come in the second half of games and in garbage time. He also has not had a big game yet for your fantasy teams, that's because he is not running. In the first three weeks, he didn't have more than five rushing attempts. In the last game, that changed as he rushed 12 times but still for a modest 29 yards.

The Matchup

The matchup for the Cardinals and Kyler is not a very good one against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have been very solid against the quarterback position so far this season only allowing 10.9 fantasy points per game which are the third-fewest in the NFL. The Eagles run a lot of zone as well, which will limit Murray's rushing ability as well. If you have a solid option, Kyler should sit this weekend.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (ECR RB28)

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Rashaad Penny went absolutely bananas last week against a terrible Detroit Lions defense. He played a season-high 69% of snaps seeing 17 carries for 151 yards and one touchdown en route to 28.2 fantasy points. Unfortunately, Penny hadn't done anything up until that point so you probably didn't have him in your lineup.

Do not chase last week's points and start Penny this week. Penny's week last week hinged on a long touchdown run, and I wouldn't count on one this week. Penny also doesn't see a ton of volume in the passing game either. Penny has not seen more than three targets in any game this season.

The Matchup

The Seattle Seahawks are traveling to beautiful New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Saints defense has been pretty solid this season, especially against opposing running backs, and that's nothing new. The Saints are allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the running back position this season. Keep Penny on your bench this weekend and wait for a better matchup.

Dionte Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (ECR WR20)

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Dionte Johnson hasn't been what we all wanted him to be so far this season. Johnson has still seen the eleventh largest target share at the wide receiver position with 29.1%, you love to see that. The problem is that it is the quality of targets that he has seen.

Target accuracy is a stat that playerprofiler.com uses to show how good a player's targets are.  Johnson's target accuracy is 6.3 which ranks 86th in the NFL, which is absolutely awful. The Steelers are now starting rookie quarterback back Kenny Pickett which might help the offense as a whole, but I still don't expect a ton from the rookie. Pickett also seems to favor George Pickens over Johnson in this offense. Pickens saw a 30% target share with Pickett at quarterback compared to Johnson's 15%.

The Matchup

The matchup for the Steelers and Johnson is a tough one going up against the Buffalo Bills defense. The Bill defense is especially tough against opposing wide receivers allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position this season. They are going to do multiple things to confuse the rookie quarterback, which will lead to just a bad Steelers offense.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (ECR TE16)

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Everyone had high aspirations for Dalton Schultz coming into this season after he finished as a top-five tight end last season. Then Schultz caught seven of nine targets for 62 yards in Week 1 so everything looked great.

Then Dak Prescott goes down with a thumb injury and Schultz's fantasy production has tumbled since then. Schultz caught two of four targets in Week 2 and got injured. Schultz then sat out in Week 3, to come back last week and only see three targets and come up with none of them for a goose egg. Schultz just isn't getting the volume with Cooper Rush at quarterback.

The Matchup

The Cowboys offense has a tough matchup as a whole against the Los Angeles Rams. According to fantasy pros, the Rams are giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. They give up four fantasy points to the position a game, well that is four more points than what Schultz scored last week. Kidding, please get Schultz out of your lineups this week.


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