Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly Start and Sit advice column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start Sit.
Running Backs were a mixed bag. Javonte Williams was injured. Zach Moss did well as one of my Start recommendations. However, my faith in Joshua Kelley was not wise. Starting wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Tutu Atwell was a winning formula. However, Tank Dell came down to earth a little with Nico Collins taking off. Tight ends were jinxed, with Luke Musgrave getting concussed and David Njoku finding a way to set himself on fire.
Bye weeks are here, so making the best decisions with your weekly lineup is even more critical. Find out who to start and sit this week in the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start Sit.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start Sit
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Start-Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders
During the preseason, Sam Howell won the starting quarterback job in Washington over veteran Jacoby Brissett. Howell has exhibited flashes of why there was a lot to like about the sophomore quarterback and showed why he was a popular sleeper pick coming into the season. On the other hand, Howell has understandably struggled, and there were catcalls to have him benched.
Howell has produced three Top-15 fantasy quarterback finishes through four games, but it hasn't always been pretty. However, this week he can build off a great Week 4 as the Commanders welcome the Chicago Bears for the Thursday Night matchup this week.
The Bears own the second-worst point differential (-62) and have only produced two sacks all season. Howell will look like an All-Pro this week in this matchup and a quarterback to plug into your Week 5 lineups.
Other QBs to Start: Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers; C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
Sit-Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
As one of the fantasy managers who bought into Daniel Jones and the New York Giants, offense continues to rise. The Giants added tight end Darren Waller and a few other weapons for Jones and head coach Brian Dabool to build upon last season's surprise success. Boy, were we wrong! Outside of his Week 2 explosion, Daniel Jones has not been a startable quarterback, even in Superflex leagues.
He has zero protection and has taken 22 sacks through four games. Yes, the Giants offense is missing Saquon Barkley, but the playcalling is questionable at best, and Jones has not improved. It looks like Jones has regressed significantly. Maybe it's the continuous pressure, but nothing has to give and soon.
One thing you shouldn't provide is a chance this week against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins' defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will create so much confusion that Jones won't know what hit him.
Start-Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets
Breece Hall has displayed flashes of his explosive playmaking ability as he continues to be eased back into NFL game action after ACL surgery. The New York Jets brought in veteran Dalvin Cook to help share the load, but Cook is cooked and should not be given the rock with any volume.
Reports just came out that Hall will no longer be on a snap count with the Jets heading to Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos. Hall picked the perfect time to get back his featured back role with a dreamy matchup against the Denver Broncos, whose defense is the ideal remedy for any offense. Enjoy watching Hall produce RB1 numbers this week!
Start-Isiah Pacheco, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Isiah Pacheco struggled out of the gate this season. Most of his struggles can be attributed to his recovery from offseason surgeries. However, in Week 4, we saw the Pacheco that made him a league-winner in fantasy last season. Pacheco exploded for 115 rushing yards and a score on Monday Night against the New York Jets.
His hard-nosed running brings much-needed toughness to the Chiefs. Look for Pacheco to bring his toughness to Minnesota when the Chiefs take on the Vikings, which has all the makings of a shootout. Having a piece of the fantasy pie of the Cheifs is never the wrong strategy.
Other RBs to Start: Jahmyr Gubbs, Detroit Lions; Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Sit-Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hard to trust Najee Harris. His inefficiency and being outplayed by Jaylen Warren weekly have deterred fantasy managers from having any confidence. Harris has yet to score this season, and there is no rosy outlook for him to get in the endzone this week against the tough Baltimore Ravens defense.
Sit-Miles Sanders/Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Miles Sanders continues to disappoint, and now he is dealing with a groin injury. Sanders was limited in Week 4 and produced only 32 yards on 16 total touches. Chuba Hubbard came in relief and was not impressive. The Panthers travel to Detroit this week to take a Lions rush defense who have only surrendered 60.8 yards per game, tops in the league. No, thank you!
Other RBs to Avoid: Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings;
Start-Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans offense has to be one of the biggest surprises of the young NFL season. Rookie C.J. Stroud's maturation and confidence are evident and permeate his weapons, mainly wide receiver Nico Collins.
Collins is having a breakout season in his third year in the league. He is coming off a Week 4 upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, where the former Michigan Wolverines star grabbed seven passes on nine targets for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He has produced two top-five WR finishes through four games and is just getting started.
Week 5 takes the Texans to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, where Stroud and Collins should continue to make fantasy managers very happy they took the plunge on drafting these Texans.
Start-Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers
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Romeo Doubs has emerged as the go-to guy for quarterback Jordan Love. There was plenty of talk of how Love continued to look for Doubs in the preseason, and it has come to fruition so far through four games.
In last Thursday Night's matchup against the Detroit Lions, Doubs set career-highs with nine receptions on 13 targets for 95 yards. Doubs produced those numbers even with the return of wide receiver Christian Watson and running back Aaron Jones.
Doubs continues to grow and should be counted on to continue to rise this week, with the Packers taking on the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night. The fireworks and you winning this week's matchup will be capped off with Doubs producing WR2 numbers.
Sit-Calvin Ridley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
There was plenty of buzz about the return of Calvin Ridley to the league. Combine his return to playing in what was supposed to be an ascending Jacksonville Jaguars offense with an emerging quarterback, Trevor Lawrence and fantasy managers believe they struck gold.
It looked that way after Ridley exploded in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. Ridley returned with a bang, catching eight passes on 11 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. Every fantasy manager was beyond thrilled. However, reality has set in since. Ridley has produced two consecutive duds by not reaching 40 yards receiving and zero scores.
His Week 4 matchup in London against the Falcons saw Ridley score on a broken play early in the contest but finished with only two catches and 28 yards. In a zany schedule quirk, the Jaguars stay in London for their Week 5 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills defense is elite and just continued a Dolphins offense that scored 70 points the previous week. Look for the Bills to contain Ridley as well.
Start-Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals
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With two top-20 TE finishes this season, Zach Ertz has emerged as a sneaky TE option. Ertz has produced three games of six receptions and is the safety blanket for quarterback Joshua Doubs in the Arizona Cardinals offense.
Ertz and the Cardinals welcome the struggling Cincinnati Bengals this week, who are a bottom-tier defense in points allowed to tight ends. The veteran tight end continues to be a stable option this week and provides fantasy managers a sleeper option to plug into your lineup as the bye weeks kick-off.
Sit-Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Goedert came into the season as a TE1 that fantasy managers would be happy to draft after the top-tier tight ends were off the board. However, Goedert has got off to a cold start this season, averaging 3.3 catches and 22 yards per game, and has been held scoreless through four games.
Fantasy managers continue to plug Goedert in your lineups, but it would be best to pivot to another tight-end option this week. Goedert and the Eagles take on the Rams, who are stingy against opposing tight ends, and even in a pass-heavy game script in Week 4, he only produced two receptions on four targets. Look elsewhere this week until Goedert snaps out of his slump.