The Los Angeles Rams will look to keep pace in a tough NFC West division when they go on the road to face the New York Giants in Week 5. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Rams slated as 10.5-point favorites in what is the largest spread on the schedule.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 5 NFC showdown.
Matthew Stafford Fantasy
Start Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams: Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been quietly heating up during his first year as a Los Angeles Ram. The veteran signal-caller has thrown for over 340 yards in two of his last three games and is completing a career-high 68.0% of his pass attempts in 2021. He draws a great matchup in Week 6 going up against a Giants' defense giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. They are also allowing 270.2 passing yards per game (No. 22 in NFL). Everything lines up for Stafford to have a big day on Sunday.
Kadarius Toney Fantasy
Start Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants: There isn't going to be a more popular waiver wire pickup than Kadarius Toney this week. The rookie wide receiver broke out in Week 5 leading the Giants offense with 10 receptions (13 targets) and 196 total yards. He was able to make an impact despite playing in only 54% of the offensive snaps. As long as he is healthy, Toney has a lot of upside given the injuries to fellow pass-catchers Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard. The Rams' defense is no joke, but they have given up the third-most receptions to opposing WRs this season (78). Look for Toney to step up once again in Week 6.
Sony Michel Fantasy
Sit Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams: It's easy to look at the box score from Week 5 and believe that the Rams are using a RB-by-committee approach. That simply isn't true, though. Sony Michel saw 11 carries and scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks, but played in just 34% of the offensive snaps. That doesn't come close to the mark posted by starter Darrell Henderson (66%). Michel is averaging just 3.6 yards per rushing attempt this season and is nothing more than a complementary back to Henderson moving forward. Michel is a must-own handcuff, but he isn't a starting-caliber option.
Evan Engram Fantasy
Sit Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants: Talk about missing out on an opportunity. Giants' pass-catchers were going down left and right in Week 5, yet tight end Evan Engram hauled in 4 passes for 55 yards. The fifth-year pro is averaging a career-low 9.4 yards per reception in 2021 and draws a tough matchup in Week 6. In fact, the Rams have given up just 1 touchdown to an opposing TE through five games. Engram has shown he has the skillset needed to shine in the NFL. However, he should stay on the bench in fantasy football until he proves worthy of a starting spot.
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