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Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Broncos vs Steelers

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 matchup, including Courtland Sutton, Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris.
Fantasy football picks for the Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 matchup, including Courtland Sutton, Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris. / Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos will look to keep up their dominance on the road when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Steelers as small 1.5-point favorites in a game that is expected to come down to the wire.

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

Courtland Sutton Fantasy

Start Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos: Wide receiver Courtland Sutton is the clear-cut top receiving option on this Denver offense and draws a great matchup in Week 5. The Steelers have struggled to cover wideouts and are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the position. In fact, Pittsburgh has already allowed 7 touchdowns to opposing WRs this year, which ties for the second-highest mark in the NFL. Sutton leads the team in targets (28), receptions (18) and receiving yards (257). He also leads all Denver WRs with 3 red zone looks. Sutton is a must-start player heading into Sunday afternoon.

Diontae Johnson Fantasy

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers' offense has looked disappointing to start the season, but the dominance of Diontae Johnson has been a welcoming sight. The third-year wide receiver has seen double-digit targets in each of his three games played this season and has scored 2 touchdowns as well. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has done nothing but pepper the young playmaker with the football and it has worked out from a fantasy football perspective. Johnson currently ranks eighth amongst WRs on a per-game scoring basis. His steady role on this offense should allow him to overcome a tough matchup against the Broncos this week.

Javonte Williams Fantasy

Sit Javonte Wiliams, RB, Denver Broncos: Rookie Javonte Williams has yet to have that breakout game as a rookie running back. He did have a a highlight run during the team's Week 4 loss and actually out-snapped veteran Melvin Gordon. However, Williams saw a season-low 10 touches and has scored just 1 touchdown on the season. The Steelers have been stout against the run, posting the seventh-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. That likely leaves less carries for Williams, a player that thrives on wearing down defenses with his tough-nosed style of running. It would be smart to keep the rookie stashed on the bench until his role increases.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Sit Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Another rookie running back is featured in this matchup in Najee Harris. The former Alabama standout has taken on a workhorse role in the Pittsburgh backfield, but draws a nightmare matchup this week. The Broncos have been shutting down the run all season and are giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs. Denver has not been susceptible to pass-catching RBs, either. The team has allowed just 45 receiving yards to the position all year, which ranks as the lowest mark in the NFL. Harris could be in for a long day on Sunday and it would be best to bench him in favor of a running back with a better matchup.

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