Week 5 of fantasy football is coming up. Who has played well enough to stay in your lineup and who doesn’t deserve a spot? That’s what we’re examining today in this week’s start ‘em, sit ‘em. And don’t be afraid to use some of this for NFL game betting as the information is relevant for props.
Start ’em: Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins had a pretty poor outing last weekend against the Cleveland Browns but it was his first real disappointing game of the year. Cousins has put up at least 22 points in three of his four games and has a mouth-watering matchup against the Detroit Lions in Week 5. Not only are they winless but they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Cousins should get himself back on track this week. The Vikings will be a popular pick for those who bet online.
Sit ’em: Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger had yet another bad game last week against the Green Bay Packers. Not only is he currently planning to play through a hip injury but he is lining up with the Denver Broncos this week. They are still one of the best defenses in the league and Roethlisberger has been sacked at least twice in every game. He also has four interceptions in three contests. Whether it’s the injury or lack of mobility, Roethlisberger shouldn’t reach starting lineups this weekend.
Start ’em: Damien Williams
News recently broke out that the starting running back for the Chicago Bears, David Montgomery, will be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks due to injury. Williams has already been slightly involved in the Chicago offense but now he will be turned into the workhorse back that Montgomery was morphing into during these first four games. Couple his potential with the amount of volume he is expected to receive and suddenly he could end up being a top-five running back just sitting on everybody’s benches. Start him with confidence this week.
Sit ’em: Ronald Jones
A lot of people had faith in Ronald Jones to start the year but he is completely falling out of this Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. Not only has he had little production and volume, but he’s barely scored. Gio Bernard is handling all pass-catching duties and Leonard Fournette is turning into their featured back. There simply isn’t much room to depend upon Jones in your starting lineup. He is – at best – a touchdown-dependent flex play.
Start ’em: Corey Davis
Davis leads the Jets in targets, yards, and touchdowns. He is clearly rookie quarterback Zach Wilson’s favorite target in the passing game and that chemistry is starting to help him take the next level. Now he gets to face an Atlanta Falcons defense that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to wideouts.
Sit ’em: Brandon Aiyuk
Brandon Aiyuk has been terribly disappointing this season and a lot of that is due to Kyle Shanahan. He just hasn’t trusted Aiyuk this year now that his other weapons are healthy in this offense again. We’ve seen Deebo Samuel and George Kittle demand a lot of attention in the pass game but Aiyuk is simply invisible. He has one touchdown on the year and the most yards he’s grabbed in a game was 37. He needs to stay far away from starting lineups until he gets onto the field more consistently.
Start ’em: Dalton Schultz
Dalton Schultz has been one of the most surprising tight ends. Unfortunately, Schultz is working alongside another tight end on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart in Blake Jarwin. However, Dak Prescott seemingly prefers to throw the ball to Schultz. He was the most targeted player on the team last week and the one before that. Now he gets a New York Giants offense that allowed nine targets to Kyle Pitts a couple of weeks ago.
Sit ’em: Eric Ebron
Let’s be honest, has anybody actually thought about starting Eric Ebron this week? Hopefully not. Ebron has seemingly vanished in this Pittsburgh offense and has been losing reps to other tight ends on the roster. His drop issues were obvious last year and it’s looked like head coach Mike Tomlin has seen enough. Couple his limited snaps with a horrible Pittsburgh offense and he shouldn’t be touched with a 10-foot pole.
Start ’em: Tyler Bass
Tyler Bass and the Buffalo Bills are putting up points unlike any other team in the league right now. Bass dropped 16 fantasy points in his last game against the Houston Texans and has surpassed double digits in three of his four games in 2021. Buffalo is now going to have to put up a lot of points against the Kansas City Chiefs if they want to win. Bass is going to have a lot of opportunities in this game.
Sit ’em: Dustin Hopkins
The kicker for the Washington Football Team, Dustin Hopkins, hasn’t been anywhere near what he should be fantasy-wise. He has five points in total in his last two games. Washington is barely kicking field goals; they either score a touchdown or punt the football. Now they get a tough New Orleans Saints defense in Week 5. It’s best to stay away from him.
Start ’em: New England Patriots
We’ve been through this a couple of times. Whenever Bill Belichick faces off against a rookie quarterback he usually dominates. He got Zach Wilson to throw four interceptions a couple of weeks ago after all. Now he goes up against the rookie quarterback Davis Mills and a Texans offense that has scored nine total points in two games. Expect a big fantasy game for New England.
Sit ’em: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have had a rough year so far with all of their injuries and inconsistent play. Their defense has had trouble every game this year and now they get a date with the reigning Super Bowl champions and Tom Brady. Miami has talent, but they are going to be lit up by Brady and company this weekend. Avoid them for NFL picks too.