We are a month through the 2016 fantasy football season. If you are undefeated through for weeks, well done! If you haven’t won a game, don’t fret! There are still nine more weeks left for you to turn your season around. And if you had Tom Brady stashed on your bench, your league may as well hand you the championship trophy now!
Don’t forget there are four teams that are on their bye this week; the Jaguars, Chief, Saints, and Seahawks. Make sure you get guys of those teams out of your lineup and pick up one of GOAT and A-Mac’s guys they like this week! Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 5!
GOAT’s Week 5 Start Ems
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears (ESPN 25.1% owned): Kevin White is expected to miss an extended period of time and Alshon Jeffrey is already banged up with injury. Royal had seven receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown against Detroit, the NFL’s worst-ranked defense. He has another great matchup against Indianapolis’ 29th ranked defense.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (ESPN 78.2% owned): McKinnon 18 rushes for 85 yards, a touchdown, and added three receptions for ten yards last week against the Giants’ fifth-ranked rush defense. Facing Houston’s 30th ranked rushing defense, according to Football Outsiders, he has an opportunity to put up another great game. This match up should put him firmly in the RB2 conversation this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (ESPN 27% owned): While Fitzpatrick has thrown nine interceptions in the last two games, he has shown flashes of accuracy this season. Facing a Steelers offense that is built to put up points with Leveon Bell back from suspension, Fitz will have plenty of passing attempts. If your starting QB is on bye, Fitzpatrick could be the best option on the waiver wire. Who doesn’t like a little boom or bust gamble with their starting QB position?
A-Mac’s Week 5 Start Ems
Paxton Lynch, QB, Denver Broncos (ESPN 3.7% owned): When Bronco starter Trevor Semian went down with a shoulder injury last week, Lynch filled in quite capably with 170 passing yards and a touchdown. There is much speculation about who will start this week, but if Semian is out, Lynch will benefit tremendously. Denver faces an Atlanta Falcon secondary that has allowed at least three passing touchdowns in each of the first four games of the season.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders (ESPN 29.7% owned): With Latavius Murray, Oakland’s primary back, rumored to be doubtful for this week’s game with a foot injury, Washington would be the Raiders next man up. Washington and the Raiders face the San Diego Chargers who have been shredded by running backs lately, allowing five touchdowns to backs in the last two weeks.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers (ESPN 17.2% owned): Since Keenan Allen went down in Week 1, Phil Rivers has been looking for a new go-to receiver, and Week 4 may prove the Inman is the guy. Inman was targeted 11 times and caught seven of those passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. If Inman keeps getting targeted this week, he will have another huge day against a Raider secondary that has allowed six receiving touchdowns to receivers in the first four weeks.
GOAT’s Week 5 Sit Ems
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (ESPN 87.5% owned): Who would have thought that Stafford would be a top five fantasy QB after four weeks? While that is true, he will be facing the Eagles’ first pass defense that has not allowed a passing touchdown in three of their first four games. That includes a game against the high-octane Pittsburgh Steeler offense. Stafford should be riding the pine this week on your fantasy team.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 82.3% owned): Coleman is still a top ten RB so far this season, even with a 33-yard outing he had last week. Facing Denver at Mile High Stadium is the worst case scenario for this fantasy production in Week 5. Denver is already a top five defense and Coleman has the sickle cell anemia trait so many not even be active for the game. Make sure you have another running back waiting in the wings if you ignore this recommendation.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (ESPN 99.9% owned): Hopkins only had one reception for four yards last week against Tennessee which is an average defense. Facing Minnesota who has allowed the second fewest fantasy points to receivers so far is not going to set him up for a great bounce-back game. While Hopkins should do better than last week, it is unlikely he will be in the WR1 conversation.
A-Mac’s Week 5 Sit Ems
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 83.8% owned): Who would’ve thought that through the first month of the season, Matt Ryan would be the first ranked quarterback in fantasy football? This was the guy that was not being drafted in most leagues and was only 41% owned entering Week 1 when I suggested you play him that week. This week, though, the Falcons travel to Denver and face the Broncos who haven’t allowed a passing touchdown in the last two weeks.
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Dallas Cowboys (ESPN 99.9% owned): Elliot has been everything and more for the Dallas Cowboys and for Elliot owners everywhere, entering Week 5 as the fifth best back in fantasy. Dallas’ Week 5 game against the Bengals looks like a tough one for Elliot as Cincinnati has yet to allow a rushing touchdown through four weeks in 2016.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (ESPN 99.9% owned): With the status of star quarterback quite foggy entering Week 5, Olsen’s outlook for the Panthers game against Tampa looks rather grim. Even if backup Derek Anderson is under center for Carolina, Olsen faces a Buccaneer defense that is stingy against tight ends, yet allowing a touchdown this season to the position.