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Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Dolphins vs Buccaneers

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Miami Dolphins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 matchup, including DeVante Parker, Leonard Fournette and Myles Gaskin.
Fantasy football picks for the Miami Dolphins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 matchup, including DeVante Parker, Leonard Fournette and Myles Gaskin. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins will look to right the ship after three consecutive losses when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Buccaneers slated as heavy 10.5-point home favorites, which suggest this game could get out of hand by halftime.

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

DeVante Parker Fantasy

Start DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: It's no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struggled to stop anyone in the passing game. That's good news for Miami wide receiver DeVante Parker. Parker has seen at least 7 targets in every game this season and led all Dolphins' receivers with 2 red zone targets in Week 4. He now faces a Tampa Bay defense that has given up the most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. The Buccaneers have also allowed 7 touchdowns to the position, which ties for the second-highest mark in the league. Parker has WR1 upside this week.

Leonard Fournette Fantasy

Start Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay was expected to employ a RB-by-committee approach this season, but Leonard Fournette has seemingly take over the top spot. The veteran ball-carrier saw a season-high 20 carries in Week 4 and turned them into 91 rushing yards. He also appeared in a whopping 82% of the offensive snaps. Fournette should be able to keep his momentum going in Week 5 against a Miami defense that has posted the 13th-worst rush defense DVOA rating this season. The Dolphins are also allowing the third-most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. Fournette can be started with confidence on Sunday.

Myles Gaskin Fantasy

Sit Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: Week 4 did not go well for Myles Gaskin in any way. The third-year pro rushed for just 3 yards on 2 carries and did not see a target in the passing game for the first time this season. Veteran Malcolm Brown actually out-snapped Gaskin by a large margin (35-12). It's possible that this was just an outlier and Gaskin will see more snaps moving forward. However, Week 5 is not a favorable matchup for him. The Buccaneers have posted the fourth-best rush defense DVOA rating this season and are allowing just 2.7 yards per rush attempt (No. 1 in NFL). It's best to keep Gaskin on the bench this week.

Cameron Brate/OJ Howard Fantasy

Sit Cameron Brate/OJ Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Brate or OJ Howard was expected to step up in Week 4 given the absence of Rob Gronkowski, but that was not the case. The two tight ends combined for just 2 receptions on 7 targets for 29 yards. Tom Brady's connection with Gronkowski is obviously much more established than with any other TE on the roster. Fantasy managers should look toward other streaming TE options this week.


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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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