Week 5 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, what should you do with the borderline starters, maybe your flex position, or your 12 team leagues where the WR2 is always a gamble. We’ll run through a few players that you should start if you are thinking of picking them up, or if you already have them. And we’ll be looking at who should be on your bench this week. We’ll avoid the obvious start players like, Hill, McCaffrey etc.
Start – Cordarrelle Patterson – Atalanta Falcons
One of the stories of the season so far, Patterson has finally found his calling in Atalanta. The kick return specialist is slowly moving into a must start player for fantasy owners. He’s now moved to the backfield and let’s be honest, he’s a fantasy dream. He’s averaged 24.9 points over the last 3 games and this week they’ve got a trip across the pond, to face the Jets, who actually won a game of football last week. While they’re coming off a win, it is still the Jets, and they do still stink. Patterson has 5 touchdowns to his name so far and it wouldn’t surprise me if he adds a couple more against this Jets defence on Sunday.
Start – Mac Jones – New England Patriots
Is Mac the best QB of this years draft so far? He’s just had his best game so far and it was against none other than former Patriots QB, Tom Brady, who he out performed on the night. Jones managed 275 yards and 2 touchdowns and looked the real deal. Next up for the Pats they face the Texans who are in free fall. The Texans have already faced a rookie QB in Trevor Lawrence, allowing him to throw for 332 yards, the most he has thrown in any game so far by over 100 yards. I really like Mac and I can only see him getting better, give him a chance this weekend and start him, you wont regret it.
Sit – Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears
This was the season that I thought would make Allen Robinson a top 5 WR in the league. Unfortunately it hasn’t quite clicked yet between him and Fields, will it get better over time, who knows. Robinson’s season so far has been near embarrassing for someone of his calibre. 149 yards and 1 TD in 4 games, they’re the kind of numbers he was doing in one game last season. He’s also has a 56.5% receiving percentage, which is 10% worse than last year.
This week they face the surprise team of the season so far, the 3-1 Raiders, who are yet to give up a 1000 yards in the air this season. Robinson may get a couple of receptions but I can’t see him being anything more than a desperation pick this week for fantasy teams unfortunately. He has been showing flashes of his old self with Fields throwing, but they’re few and far between.
Sit – George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers
There’s not many players at the start of a season you set and forget, Kittle falls into that category, well he used to. I don’t know what has happened this year for Kittle to drop off as much as he has. So far this season he has only managed 227 yards, which is 17 yards more than the record he holds in one game. He’s also yet to get into the end zone, which is hurting his score every week. This week he faces the 3rd toughest ranked defence vs TE’s in the Cardinals. Might be worth picking up another TE for this one that has an easier fixture. While Kittle is out of form, I’d look elsewhere this weekend.