Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Week 5
Fantasy Football at its very core is a game about adapting to current circumstances and preparing for the future. Due to our present health crisis in 2020, this year is shaping up to be the most unpredictable fantasy season in history.
As Week 4 clearly showed us, anything can happen to the roster you assembled on draft day and no lead is safe. If you are currently 4-0 and first place in your league now is not the time to get comfortable. Look ahead in your schedule to see which teams you are going up against and study their weaknesses and start preparing for the upcoming bye weeks.
Every team is one injury away from last place, so if you are the team that is last in your league, don’t give up hope because you still have a chance to come back although it is a long shot if you are 0-4. If you are a fighter like me, you will never get up on your team no matter how bleak it gets!
Week 5 Start ’em
Jerick McKinnon – 49ers RB
When the season started McKinnon was mostly seen as an afterthought behind Raheem Mostert, the electric journeyman running back who emerged as a catalyst for the 49ers recent Super Bowl run. After all, McKinnon had never played a regular season game for the red and gold after signing a 4-year $30 million deal in 2018, tearing his ACL in a practice days before the season opener.
With Mostert still healing from a knee injury that sidelined him for the last 2 weeks, ‘The Jet’ has seized the starting role in his absence and taken off with at least 77 combined yards and a TD in the 49ers last 3 games. Week 5 presents a charmin-soft matchup against a Miami Dolphins defense that’s allowing the tenth-most fantasy points to running backs and just gave up 2 rushing TD’s to Seattle’s Chris Carson in Week 4.
Jerick McKinnon Week 5 Projections: 15 rushing attempts, 95 yards rushing,1 rushing TD, 6 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
QBs to Start
Gardner Minshew II
RBs to Start
Todd Gurley II
Ronald Jones II
Darrell Henderson Jr.
WRs to Start
Will Fuller V
Laviska Shenault Jr.
TEs to Start
Week 5 Sit ’em
Kenyan Drake – Cardinals RB
To the surprise of many fantasy owners who drafted him in the second or third round, Drake has been a major disappointment in his second season in the desert. Many expected Drake to take the leap to workhorse back in the Cardinals fast-paced offense led by Kyler Murray, but that has simply not been the case as he has yet to reach 90 total yards in any contest this season with only 1 TD in Week 1.
At the end of last week’s game against the Panthers he was knocked out of the game and backup Chase Edmonds took over and was able to score. This does not bode well for Drake’s future prospects as the team’s lead back and I predict he will lose more market share of the offense in Week 5 against the Jets.
Kenyan Drake Week 5 Projections: 12 rushing attempts, 42 rushing yards, 0 TD’s
QBs to Sit
RBs to Sit
Jeff Wilson Jr.
WRs to Sit
Henry Ruggs III
TEs to Sit
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 Mike Mital on there by the way.
Make sure to watch the Week 5 waiver wire video in case there are any players on waivers or free agency that you might have missed.
Also check out our podcast, Fantasy Couch Podcast (available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, etc.