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Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Colts vs Ravens Week 5

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens Week 5 matchup, including Marquise Brown, Jonathan Taylor and Latavius Murray.
Fantasy football picks for the Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens Week 5 matchup, including Marquise Brown, Jonathan Taylor and Latavius Murray. / Dustin Bradford/GettyImages

The Baltimore Ravens will look to keep their winning ways going when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ravens slated as 7-point favorites in a game that is full of playmakers on both sides of the football.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 5 AFC showdown.

Jonathan Taylor Fantasy

Start Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Running back Jonathan Taylor showed what he can do when given a workhorse role in Week 4. The second-year back rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries and scored his first touchdown of the season. The Ravens aren't an easy matchup by any means, but they do rank in the bottom half of the NFL when it comes to PPR fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. Taylor has already seen 11 targets in the passing game this season after seeing 36 in 15 games played last season. His improvement in that facet of the game warrants another start in Week 5.

Marquise Brown Fantasy

Start Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: It's no secret that Baltimore has struggled to find a true No. 1 wide receiver over the years. However, Marquise Brown definitely looks the part so far. The speedster has seen at least 5 targets in every game this season and has scored a touchdown in three of his four games played. He ranked as the WR13 in PPR scoring leagues coming into the week and now faces a Colts team that has posted the seventh-worst pass defense DVOA rating this year. Indianapolis has also given up 8 touchdowns to opposing WRs, which is tied for the second-highest mark in the NFL. Browns is a great FLEX start this week with WR2 upside.

Zach Pascal Fantasy

Sit Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts: While Zach Pascal is the No. 2 WR on this Colts' squad, he is not seeing enough work to warrant a FLEX start this week. The fourth-year pro has seen 12 targets over the past two weeks, yet he has hauled in just 6 of them for 75 yards. His 65.2% catch percentage on the year leaves a lot to be desired. Baltimore has been improving in pass defense all season and is allowing the eighth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing wideouts. All of this adds up to Pascal staying on the bench for now.

Latavius Murray Fantasy

Sit Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Fantasy managers are likely tempted to start Latavius Murray this week after he led the Baltimore backfield with 18 carries in Week 4. It might not be the best idea, though. Murray is the definition of a one-dimensional running back. He has yet to see a single target in the passing game despite playing in 41% of the offensive snaps this season. That limits any upside he has against an Indianapolis squad that has posted the fifth-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Murray is an intriguing name to watch moving forward, but using the wait-and-see approach is the best bet here.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.