It’s Week 5 of the NFL season, and let’s just say this year has been full of fantasy surprises.
We’ve had the rise and fall of running backs captained by Jonathan Taylor and Alvin Kamara, the emergence of Amon-Ra St. Brown. Then the disappearance of top tight end Kyle Pitts.
So, this week we will help you decide what fantasy players to avoid to win your Week 5 matchup.
David Montgomery, SIC score 73
Bears' running back David Montgomery suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 3 and is a true game-time decision against the Vikings after missing one game.
The running back would be lucky to return two weeks later and would be hampered as a rusher, especially in regards to cutting effectively.
Khalil Herbert has gained over 100 scrimmage yards in each of the last two games on 39 rushes and three receptions in 86 snaps, meaning he has a touch on half of his plays.
Tyreek Hill, SIC score 73
The Dolphins' top wideout was a mid-week addition to a long injury report after suffering an apparent quad injury on Thursday.
Head coach Mike McDaniel was purposely coy about his availability against the Jets but Hill will likely have limited effectiveness if he does suit up.
The quadriceps are key to Hill's trademark acceleration and the offense will already be condensed with Teddy Bridgewater starting for Tua Tagovailoa.
CeeDee Lamb, SIC Score 78
One of the most prominent injury surprises of the week to a star player was a groin injury designation for CeeDee Lamb on the Dallas Cowboys injury report.
Lamb finished the team’s last game with 97 yards and a touchdown.
But a groin injury can slow a receiver’s ability to make sharp cuts and run full speed. Look for Lamb to be slightly hobbled if he lines up against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams.
Amon Ra St. Brown, SIC Score 72
One of the young star wide receivers in fantasy football this year has been Amon-Ra St. Brown. He’s had a 30.4-point game in his Week 2 matchup but he missed the Lions’ Week 4 matchup with an ankle injury.
He is listed as questionable for the team’s Week 5 matchup versus the Patriots and has not practiced this week.
Jaylen Waddle, SIC Score 76
Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is one of the fastest players in the NFL and his blazing speed has turned into six 20-plus yard receptions and 151 yards after the catch, both in the top-10 in the NFL.
A groin injury hampered him so much that he only caught two passes last week after catching four the week before. Waddle still showed burst, but it was only for brief moments on the field.
Waddle gives you a low floor but a high ceiling while he's injured.
Gabe Davis, SIC Score 91
Gabe Davis suffered an ankle injury in the team’s Week 2 matchup and has been hobbled ever since.
He’s played every game since then but has been a shell of himself. has caught a mislay of three passes over the last two weeks for a high-volume passing offense.
It would be safe to let Davis rest a couple more weeks on your bench until he heals from an injury.
Jarvis Landry, SIC score 78
The Saints' came away from a contentious London contest with a loss and veteran wideout Jarvis Landry brought in two of his three targets for only seven yards.
Even if Michael Thomas doesn't play, Chris Olave has proven he can produce at the level of a No. 1 option and Landry will still likely be limited by his high-ankle sprain.
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