Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Packers vs Bengals

Fantasy football picks for the Green Bay Packers vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 5 matchup, including Ja'Marr Chase, Aaron Jones and Randall Cobb.
Fantasy football picks for the Green Bay Packers vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 5 matchup, including Ja'Marr Chase, Aaron Jones and Randall Cobb. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers will look to win their fourth consecutive game when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Packers slated as narrow 3-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 showdown.

Randall Cobb Fantasy

Start Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: The absence of wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling seems to have benefitted Randall Cobb more than anyone else. With Allen Lazard being moved to the outside, Cobb was able to flourish as the starting slot receiver in Week 4. The veteran pass-catcher led the team in receiving yards (69) and caught both of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 2 passing touchdowns. Cobb also played in a season-high 46% of the offensive snaps, which suggests his role is increasing on this offense. He has sneaky FLEX value this week going up against a Bengals' defense that ranks right in the middle against WRs.

Ja'Marr Chase Fantasy

Start Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: This is a tough matchup as the Packers have given up the 11th-fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs. However, the team is over performing given they have posted the 13th-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL. There is an opportunity here for the Bengals to lean on the passing attack. Rookie Ja'Marr Chase's connection with quarterback Joe Burrow is evident as the wideout has seen 25 targets over the first four games. Chase's ability to get into the end zone (4 touchdowns) makes him a player fantasy managers can feel confident starting every week.

Aaron Jones Fantasy

Sit Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers: This isn't a direct recommendation to bench Aaron Jones this week. The guy is a stud, but he is someone to avoid in the daily fantasy market. The Bengals have been stellar against the run this year allowing just 3.7 yards per carry so far (No. 8 in NFL). They have also posted sixth-best rush defense DVOA rating and have given up just 3 touchdowns to opposing RBs in 2021. Jones is averaging a career-low 3.7 yards per rush attempt this season and is simply benefitting from a large workload. Expect the running back to take a small step back in a tough matchup.

Samaje Perine Fantasy

Sit Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of the most popular waiver wire adds this week is going to be running back Samaje Perine. With starter Joe Mixon's status up in the air for Sunday, Perine may be called upon to take on an increased role in the backfield. That doesn't mean he is an immediate starter in fantasy football, though. Perine has racked up just 28 yards on 9 carries this season and has shown little upside in the passing game. The fifth-year pro is set to face a Green Bay squad that has allowed 102.0 rushing yards per game this season (No. 12 in NFL). Perine should stay on the bench for now.

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