Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Week 5 (2019)

Things got a little wacky in Week 4, resulting in an unpredictable outcome which is the reason we all keep coming back to play fantasy football-we don’t truly know what will happen!

Dak Prescott, one of the top QB’s in the first 3 weeks of the season laid a poop emoji against the Saints. Wayne Gallman had not one, but two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in his first start filling in for Saquon, and he did not disappoint those who broke the FAAB bank to get him last week.

In what was a terrible defensive matchup on paper, Browns RB Nick Chubb ran wild in Baltimore and put the Browns back on the map ahead of their MNF matchup against the 3-0 49ers. And last but not least, the Win God himself put on a show in L.A. after some players benched him due to injury concerns. If you were one of the unlucky few who benched Chris Godwin in Week 4, congratulations, you played yourself!

Now that the first quarter of the NFL season is over, if you are 0-3 or 1-2 it is time to get creative and make a last ditch effort to save your team. Study every other team in your league and find players who you can buy low on like George Kittle or DeAndre Hopkins that have potential to salvage your season. You have nothing to lose so do your research and make an effort to dig yourself out of this hole!

Week 5 Start ’em

DeShaun Watson – Texans QB

Watson has been very unpredictable this season and is coming off his worst performance of the year against a Panthers defense that limited him to only 160 yards passing and no TD’s through the air in Week 4.

Despite trading for Dolphins LT Jeremy Tunsil, Watson has been running for his life which is not what the Texans envisioned after he was sacked a league high 62 times last season. Luckily for him, he gets another home game against a Falcons defense that has struggled to put any pressure on opposing QB’s, which sets up Watson for a nice bounce back game in front of his home fans. This should also bode well for DeAndre Hopkins owners who have been in need of a big performance from Nuk.

DeShaun Watson Week 5 Projections: 343 passing yards, 2 passing TD’s, 45 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT

QBs to Start

Jacoby Brissett
Lamar Jackson
Russell Wilson
Matt Ryan
Jimmy Garroppolo
Kyler Murray
Teddy Bridgewater
Gardner Minshew II

RBs to Start

James Connor
Mark Ingram
Chris Carson
Aaron Jones
Derrick Henry
LeSean McCoy
Wayne Gallman
Sony Michel
James White
Matt Breida
Rashaad Penny
Carlos Hyde
Jordan Wilkins *If Marlon Mack OUT
Darrel Williams *If Damien OUT
Jaylen Samuels
Jordan Howard
Chris Thompson
Ronald Jones II

WRs to Start

DeAndre Hopkins
Chris Godwin
Amari Cooper
Hollywood Brown
Brandin Cooks
Tyler Boyd
Julian Edelman
Josh Gordon
Tyrell Williams
Calvin Ridley
Sammy Watkins
Robert Woods
Alshon Jefferey
Geronimo Allison
Larry Fitzgerald
Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Courtland Sutton
Philip Dorsett
Will Fuller
DK Metcalf
Dante Pettis
Deebo Samuel

TEs to Start

Will Dissly
Mark Andrews
Austin Hooper
Greg Olsen
Tyler Eifert
Jimmy Graham
Eric Ebron
Ben Watson

JuJu Smith-Schuster
Photo credit: Brook Ward

Week 5 Sit ’em

Juju Smith-Schuster – Steelers WR

Juju hasn’t been on beat this season mainly due to the fact that Big Ben is injured and rookie Mason Rudolph is now the starting QB for the Steelers. If you drafted Juju as your first or second pick, it has been a tough first 4 weeks and things are starting to look grim. Well sorry to say, things won’t be getting better in Week 5 against a Ravens defense that is coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Browns.

Baltimore was able to shut down Browns star wideout Odell Beckham Jr., limiting him to only 20 yards on 2 catches. I predict they will use the same defensive scheme against Juju, instead letting rookie wideout Diontae Johnson try to beat them a la Jarvis Landry in Week 4. It hurts me to say this but I predict “Juju will be poo poo for the rest of the year,” quote the Ravens-Never more!

Juju Smith-Schuster Week 5 Projections: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 34 receiving yards, 0 TD’s

QBs to Sit

Dak Prescott
Jameis Winston
Daniel Jones
Baker Mayfield
Kirk Cousins
Mason Rudolph
Derek Carr
Marcus Mariota

RBs to Sit

Devonta Freeman
Phillip Lindsay
Josh Jacobs
Devin Singletary
Frank Gore
Tevin Coleman
C.J. Prosise
Rex Burkhead
Adrian Peterson
Peyton Barber
Duke Johnson
Raheem Mostert
Miles Sanders
Royce Freeman
Ito Smith
Malcolm Brown
Tony Pollard
Latavius Murray
Gus Edwards
Darwin Thompson
Jeff Wilson Jr.

WRs to Sit

Stefon Diggs
Terry McLaurin
Emmanuel Sanders
Mike Williams
DJ Moore
Sterling Shepard
John Brown
Jamison Crowder
Jarvis Landry
Curtis Samuel
Robby Anderson
DeSean Jackson
Mecole Hardman
Diontae Johnson
Paul Richardson
Nelson Agholor
Keke Coutee
Demarcus Robinson
Kenny Stills
Auden Tate
Cole Beasley
Marquise Goodwin

TEs to Sit

Delanie Walker
Jason Witten
Jared Cook
Dawson Knox
Vance McDonald
O.J. Howard
Jack Doyle
Trey Burton

If you have any questions about your lineup for this week, you can find me on our Facebook group, Fantasy Couch Fam. My name is Michael Anthony on there by the way.

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Mike Mital is the co-founder of Fantasy Couch. His education lies within communications and journalism. Mike has work experience with social media and sales in the tech field.