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Fantasy football week 5: Start ‘em/Sit ‘em

Looking at which players you should use in your fantasy football lineups during week 5.

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Tom Brady is back this week. That means there are a lot of you out there that have a decision to make at quarterback between Brady and whoever you have been using for the last 4 weeks. The “Angry Brady” narrative is out there and people are buying in, but game flow may work against him in this one against the Browns (although we do know that Bill Belichick isn’t afraid to run up the score).

With all of that being said, you should probably start Brady if you have him (unless maybe you have....):


Start ‘em

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. NYJ- The Jets are really good against the run. That means the way the Steelers will attack them is through the air. Big Ben has one of the best receivers in the game in Antonio Brown and a great receiving back in Le’Veon Bell. Roethlisberger is also straight cash homey at home.

Sit ‘em

Matt Ryan (ATL) @ DEN- Don’t play guys against the Broncos. Just write that in stone and remember it every week. Ryan is the #1 quarterback in fantasy right now, but there are plenty of better options out there. If Brian Hoyer is available in your league, I would pick him up and use him instead of Ryan.


Start ‘em

DeMarco Murray (TEN) @ MIA- There isn’t enough talk about Murray in fantasy circles. He is getting the lion’s share of the touches in an offense that is run heavy. Murray is also extremely involved in the passing game. You are living the dream if you own him in a PPR league. I think people just hate him because he burned them last year. Run him out there against the Dolphins.

Sit ‘em

Cameron Artis-Payne (CAR) vs. TB- People are going to be tempted to run Artis-Payne out there this week, especially if Cam Newton can’t go because of the concussion he suffered Sunday. The problem with that is the Buccaneers are really good against the run. The Panthers are going to get their yards in this one through the air even if Derek Anderson is the quarterback.


Start’ em

Julian Edelman (NE) @ CLE- Edelman hasn’t had the greatest start to the year, but “Angry Brady” will throw his way early and often. The match-up here will be especially enticing in PPR formats. Don’t be surprised to see Edelman end up with double-digit catches.

Sit ‘em

De’Andre Hopkins (HOU) @ MIN- The Vikings defense is legit, and more people should be mentioning Xavier Rhodes as one of the best corners in the league. In the last 2 weeks Rhodes has shut down Kelvin Benjamin (0 catches) and Odell Beckham Jr. (3 catches for 23 yards). Hopkins has already seen a reduction in targets this year with the addition of Will Fuller to the lineup. This is just a bad spot.


Start ‘em

Zach Ertz (PHI) @ DET- The Lions are really bad against tight ends. The tight end playing against them this week is Zach Ertz, who is returning after missing the last couple of games with an injury. Plug him in your lineup and thank me later.

Sit ‘em

Dwayne Allen (IND) vs. CHI- This is personal. All of the “fantasy experts” in the preseason said to wait on tight end and draft Allen late. I did that, and he sucks. Week 1 was good, but he has sucked since then. I should have added Cameron Brate or Hunter Henry.