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Fantasy Football Week 5 2017: Start/Sit Advice

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Here’s who you should start and sit for your fake team this week.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 got off with a bang as the Patriots proved they still don’t have what it takes and the Bucs proved a kicker can lose the game for you three times. So let’s take a look who the power players can be for the rest of this weekend.



Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers faces off against an old foe in the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. The Cowboys have been carried by an exciting offense for weeks now. Whatever they’ve got going on in the backfield it doesn’t seem like enough to slow down the powerful attack of Rodgers with a full compliment of receivers and phenom Ty Montgomery.

Alex Smith

Whether Alex Smith is ‘elite’ or not doesn’t matter, he’s surrounded by weapons that make him look good. With Travis Kelce, Khareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill on offense, you can’t help but score points. Smith faces Houston this week in a good match up for a pass heavy offense.

Mitchell Trubisky?

Trubisky is actually pretty decent for a rookie. The decision by Chicago to finally start the UNC star comes on a long week, with more time for Mitchell to prepare. Also, with limited tape and a backfield of talented RBs to account for, the Vikings will have their hands full. If you’re looking for a long shot, this one could go either way.

Wide Receiver

Jordy Nelson

Since returning from injury, Nelson has resumed his spot as Rodger’s favorite target. With a porous Dallas defense to run all over, Nelson will have plenty of opportunities to rack up points.

Tyreek Hill

Hill has been a dynamic receiver since week one. His fantasy numbers are consistent and the 4-0 juggernaut of Kansas City doesn’t look ready to slow down anytime soon. I’d start him any chance you get. Especially this week.

Adam Thielen

Thielen is a sneaky pick who always has massive potential. Whether Bradford returns or not, Minnesota has made it obvious Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs are part of their offensive plans. The Bears secondary hasn’t slowed down many competent QBs this season and Minnesota is missing their leading rusher for the rest of the season.

Running Back

Ty Montgomery

Montgomery is my guy. He’s in my start column every week. Especially when you get a match up like this one. Green Bay vs Dallas has a big numbers feel to it.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt could take a week off and still lead the league in rushing. This RB is on track to be best we’ve seen a long time and that’s saying a lot with this class. It’s not likely Chicago is prepared to handle the monster rolling into town this week. An early lead creates a heavy run dose in the 4th quarter.

Tight End

Charles Clay

Tyrod still finds his favorite target when it counts. Clay has been putting up just enough points to stay on my start list. This could change if anyone in the Buffalo offense makes waves but for now...

Zack Ertz

Ertz has been one of the better TEs through the last few weeks and faces the Cardinals who are not showing the same fight from years past. Ertz is easily a top 5 target this week.


Justin Tucker

Tucker has been a high scorer through week 4 and a Raiders defense that should be tougher than the Jaguars from week 3 means this could be a game decided by FGs.

Defense/Special Teams


That’s right. The Browns. It’s not just anti-New York Jets bias. Cleveland has a competent defense against an offense that I’m not sold on yet with the return of Myles Garrett looming. If they’re going to show the potential from preseason, this is the game to do it.



Andy Dalton

A new OC made a lot of difference for the Bengals in week 4 but McDermott’s Bills are a tough contest. Buffalo leads the AFC East with a stifling defense that keeps games close and scores low.

Matthew Stafford

Stafford, like Dalton is facing one of the top defenses in the league. There’s room for the Lions to pick on Carolina’s safety issues but if Colin Jones and recent addition Jairus Byrd can hold the line, Detroit will have a long day in a pass-heavy offense.

Wide Receiver

J.J. Nelson

Nelson is hit or miss without a lot hits and an injury history. I’m putting him on the sit list while better options are available.

Golden Tate

There’s a theme here. I’m not putting a lot of stock in Lions players not named Jones or Ebron against Carolina this week. Tate hasn’t performed enough to expect more than token yardage against a tough opponent.

Running Back

Ameer Abdullah

See above. The Lions running game hasn’t been exceptional and Carolina’s front isn’t inclined towards giving up yardage to average backs.

Jordan Howard

The Vikings give up very few points to opposing backs and the Bears will be spending time trying to get Mitchell Trubisky involved in the passing game. Expect more targets to the pass-friendly Tarik Cohen but Howard remains a goal line threat.

Defense/Special Teams


Jacksonville has surprised with a defense that smothers opponents but has yet to prove their offense can get going consistently. However, the Steelers gave up a ton of yardage to Jordan Howard and Leonard Fournette will likely prove an equal challenge.