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Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bears vs Raiders

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Chicago Bears vs Las Vegas Raiders Week 5 matchup, including Damien Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Justin Fields.
Fantasy football picks for the Chicago Bears vs Las Vegas Raiders Week 5 matchup, including Damien Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Justin Fields. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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The Las Vegas Raiders will look to stay undefeated at home this season when they host the Chicago Bears in Week 5 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Raiders slated as 5.5 point favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

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

Damien Williams Fantasy

Start Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears: Running back Damien Williams was a top waiver wire add this week and for good reason. With starter David Montgomery expected to be sidelined for 4-5 weeks, Williams is set to take over the RB1 duties on this team. The veteran ball-carrier is in line to see double-digit carries given the Bears have posted the third-highest rush play percentage in the NFL this season (48.9%). Williams is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season and now faces a Raiders' defense that ranks in the bottom half of the NFL when it comes to Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA rating. The first-year Bear has borderline RB1 upside this week.

Hunter Renfrow Fantasy

Start Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: While it's clear that the Bears love to run the ball, the Raiders have thrived off a stellar passing attack this season. Las Vegas is averaging the second-most passing yards per game this season (326.0) and that benefits slot receiver Hunter Renfrow more than anyone else. The third-year pro has posted at least 5 receptions in every game this season and has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. He played in a season-high 67% of the offensive snaps in Week 4 and draws a great matchup in Week 5. The Bears are giving up the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. Renfrow is a viable FLEX option moving forward.

Justin Fields Fantasy

Sit Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: Rookie quarterback Justin Fields has shown some flashes of potential this season, but has yet to make an impact from a fantasy football perspective. The young signal-caller has thrown for a combined 277 yards in his two starts this season to go along with 0 touchdowns. Keep in mind that Fields' upside involves his ability to scramble out of the pocket. The rookie has just 21 rushing yards on six carries during the last two weeks, though. Fields won't be worth starting unless he starts to improve on his weaknesses.

Kenyan Drake Fantasy

Sit Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: A lot of fantasy managers drafted Kenyan Drake expecting him to be a reliable pass-catching back alongside starter Josh Jacobs. However, Jacobs' return to the field in Week 5 caused Drake to disappear. The former Alabama standout played in just 35% of the offensive snaps in Week 5 compared to Jacobs' mark of 63%. More importantly, Drake failed to see a target in the passing game for the first time this season. Things are not trending in the right direction for Drake and he is simply a handcuff option in fantasy football right now. It's not worth the risk to start him.


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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. 

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