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Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em picks for Week 5, including Marquise Brown.
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em picks for Week 5, including Marquise Brown. / Rob Carr/Getty Images
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Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season is bringing us our first set of bye weeks, as well as even more coronavirus-related complications. This will make setting your lineup tough.

The Duel is here to help, though, and here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Week 5 fantasy football.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5 Quarterbacks

Start Teddy Bridgewater (CAR @ ATL): Matt Rhule is letting Teddy Bridgewater sling it. The Carolina Panthers franchise QB has averaged 35.3 pass attempts per game, which he has turned into 286.8 yards per game to go with 4 touchdowns. Adding 70 yards and 1 score on the ground has been a nice boost for his fantasy value as well. The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the NFL's most fantasy points per game to opposing passers

Sit Ben Roethlisberger (PIT vs PHI): Ben Roethlisberger's triumphant return has him ranking 11th among QBs in fantasy points per game despite drawing a relatively soft schedule. In Week 5 he gets a Philadelphia Eagles defense that has held QBs to the seventh fewest fantasy points per game, and there's not a ton of appeal in playing Big Ben.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5 Running Backs

Start Ronald Jones (TB @ CHI): Leonard Fournette is doubtful for Thursday night, so even if he plays, expect him to be limited and for Ronald Jones to have an increased workload. Jones erupted for 110 yards on the ground sans Fournette in Week 4, but what was really exciting was his volume — 20 carries plus 9 targets. Fournette or not, Jones is in line for a serious workload in Week 5.

Sit Mark Ingram (BAL vs CIN): A touchdown salvaged Mark Ingram's fantasy output in Week 4, but that's really been all you can say about him this season. He's seen between 7 and 10 carries in all four games, never rushing for more than 55 yards or playing more than 42 percent of the Baltimore Ravens' offensive snaps. If you're in a complete bind he'll always carry some TD upside in an offense this good, but you're never going to want to start an RB unlikely to hit double-digit touches if you can avoid it.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5 Wide Receivers

Start Marquise Brown (BAL vs CIN): A much more exciting Raven, Marquise Brown has seen at least 6 targets in all four games this season. Averaging 6.5 per game isn't huge, but when they're the kind of high-leverage targets Brown sees, that's all you need for big upside. Brown's 17.8-yard average depth of targets is the highest in the NFL for anyone with 10-plus targets in 2020. That will always make him a high-variance option, but his upside is well worth the risk.

Sit Michael Gallup (DAL vs NYG): The Dallas Cowboys offense has been amazing in 2020, but Michael Gallup has been something of the odd man out. He's only seen more than 5 targets in one of four games, and he's No. 5 on the team in targets, trailing Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb and even Dalton Schultz. Add in a matchup against the New York Giants that has the Cowboys heavily favored (and so more likely to run the ball) and Gallup is an easy sit.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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