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

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 matchup, including Drake London, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette.
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 matchup, including Drake London, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette. / AP Photos/Danny Karnik
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Quarterback Tom Brady will look to avoid his first three-game losing streak in 20 years when he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds list the Buccaneers 10-point home favorites in a game that could get out of hand in the second half.

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

Drake London Fantasy

Start Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons: This start recommendation is all about the game script. The Falcons are expected to go down early, which would force them to attempt to play catch-up through the air. More targets for wide receiver Drake London means more opportunities for him to rack up fantasy points. Keep in mind WRs have been targeted 93 times against Tampa Bay this season, which is tied as the third-highest mark in the NFL. London is averaging a reliable 8.0 targets per game this season as well as a healthy 12.8 yards per reception. He should have no trouble finishing as a WR2 on Sunday.

Chris Godwin Fantasy

Start Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: No one truly knew what to expect in wideout Chris Godwin's return to the field in Week 4. The Penn State product looked like his old self, though. Godwin hauled in 7 of his 10 targets for 59 yards and played in 83% of the offensive snaps. He is still dealing with some pain in his knee, but that hasn't stopped him from participating in practice this week. Atlanta is giving up the fifth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs this season and is used to getting torched by Godwin. Across two game against the Falcons in 2021, he logged 205 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 receptions. Start Godwin in your FLEX spot this week.

Tyler Allgeier Fantasy

Sit Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons: The injury to running back Cordarrelle Patterson has left all sorts of question marks in Atlanta's backfield. While rookie Tyler Allgeier is listed as the No. 1 RB in Week 5, both Caleb Huntley and Avery Williams could see some carries as well. It doesn't help that Allgeier has to face a Tampa Bay team that is allowing the third-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position, either. The Buccaneers are giving up only 106.8 rushing yards per game (No. 12 in NFL) and 4.3 yards per carry (No. 14 in NFL). It's best to stay away from any Atlanta RB until a concrete pecking order is established.

Leonard Fournette Fantasy

Sit Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers were playing from behind for the entire game in Week 4 and it led to Leonard Fournette only seeing 3 carries out of the backfield. His production in the passing attack saved the day from a fantasy football perspective. Still, it was concerning to see him play in a season-low 61% of the offensive snaps, while rookie RB Rachaad White played in a season-high 38% of the offensive snaps. Fournette is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry on the year and has yet to burst his way into the end zone on the ground. He remains a valid FLEX option, but starting him as an RB1/2 is a risky move.


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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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