Bring in the Backups: Bench Players You Can Start in Week 5 Fantasy Football

Dan Israeli

With two teams on bye this week (the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins), there is a chance you'll be looking at your bench options in a potentially crucial Week 5 in fantasy football. Injuries are likely another reason you may need to plug a hole in your starting lineup, or it could just be a bad matchup you're trying to avoid.

Here are three players, all starting in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, who you can insert into your Week 5 lineup.

1. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (Started in 36 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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It's likely anyone who had plans of starting Jacoby Brissett last week got cold feet when his top receiver, TY Hilton, was ruled out with a quad injury. The absence didn't seem to matter much from a fantasy perspective though, as Brissett threw three touchdowns to one pick on 265 passing yards, adding another 19 on the ground. Brissett has been consistently solid so far, with at least two touchdown passes in every game. While his volume has been in flux, Brissett should be throwing a ton in Week 5 as the Indianapolis Colts visit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs for "Sunday Night Football" at Arrowhead.

2. Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Started in 12 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Jaylen Samuels was used sparingly by the Pittsburgh Steelers through the first three weeks of the season, even failing to register a single touch in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers. That all changed in Week 4, when Samuels received a season-high 18 touches, which he turned into 83 yards and a TD. Now, with a big division matchup against the Baltimore Ravens awaiting in Week 5, Samuels is expected to see substantial work again, especially with James Conner battling an ankle issue. The Ravens are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

3. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (Started in 39% of Yahoo! Leagues)

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The New England Patriots' wide receivers were basically useless from a fantasy perspective in Week 4, going against a Buffalo Bills' defense that completely shut down the passing game. However, they'll get a much easier matchup against the Washington Redskins' leaky secondary in Week 5. So far this season, the Skins have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Julian Edelman still isn't back to full strength, which suggests this could be a good bounce-back spot for Phillip Dorsett, who already has three touchdowns on the season.

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