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Week 5 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Titans vs Commanders

Devon Platana
Fantasy football picks for the Tennessee Titans vs Washington Commanders Week 5 matchup, including Robert Woods and Terry McLaurin.
Fantasy football picks for the Tennessee Titans vs Washington Commanders Week 5 matchup, including Robert Woods and Terry McLaurin. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Week 5 of the NFL season includes an intriguing inter-conference showdown between the Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds show the Titans as 2.5-point road favorites in what should be a scrappy matchup between two teams hoping to improve their luck.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's our start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 5 showdown between the Titans and Commanders.

Robert Woods Fantasy

Start Robert Woods, WR, Tennessee Titans: Robert Woods didn't start the season off on the greatest note, but neither did the Titans. Tennessee has now won back-to-back games and Woods has shined in both affairs, averaging 12.8 PPR points to be the WR27 over that stretch. Now, the veteran wideout has a fantastic opportunity to build on those performances against a Commanders defense that gives up the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers. After scoring his first touchdown as a Titan last week, look for Woods to find paydirt again since Washington has already surrendered seven TDs to WRs already.

Terry McLaurin Fantasy

Start Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders: With October being spooky season, it's time for "Scary" Terry McLaurin to come out and play. He's disappointed as PPR's WR41 through four weeks, but I expect that to change on Sunday. The Titans own one of the worst secondaries this season, giving up 274 passing yards per game (fifth worst). On top of that, they're also giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to wideouts and have given up six TDs to the position. Considering how McLaurin has seen an average of 7.7 targets over his last three games, it's safe to say that he's a safe bet for a WR2 performance this week with WR1 upside.

Geoff Swaim Fantasy

Sit Geoff Swaim, TE, Tennessee Titans: Geoff Swaim was a streaming candidate last week after finishing Week 3 as PPR's TE10 with 10.9 fantasy points. Unfortunately, he didn't even come close to that performance last week, finishing with zero points and zero targets despite playing a season-high 74% of snaps. It doesn't help that Swaim has fellow TE Austin Hooper stealing his targets, making it tough to trust either player. Even if Swaim was targeted consistently, the Commanders only allow 7.2 points per game to TEs (tied for 12th fewest), meaning you're better off looking for other streaming options.

Commanders D/ST Fantasy

Sit Commanders D/ST: Just because the Titans have a bottom-12 offense this season doesn't mean that starting the Commanders' D/ST is a good idea. Washington's defense has been awful this season, averaging 2.8 fantasy PPG — only 0.5 points better than the last-place Detroit Lions. The Commanders rank dead last in takeaways per game, so there isn't really anywhere for the D/ST to generate points outside of sacks. Even then, Tennessee's offensive line has offered Ryan Tannehill some decent protection so far, allowing the 12th-fewest sacks. At the end of the day, there has to be a D/ST out on the waiver wire that's better than what the Commanders offer.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. 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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