2017 NFL Week 5 Start 'em Sit 'em

NFL Week 5 Starters, Sitters, Streamers, and Sleepers
***WEEK 5 BYE-WEEK TEAMS***
Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos
New Orleans Saints
Washington Redskins
 
RUNNING BACK (RB)
 
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Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Powell and the Jets have found a way to move the ball on the ground.  They'll look to do it again against a Browns defense that can be run on.  Put Powell in the starting lineup and hope he can keep the offense moving.  
 
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
Beast Mode could get more opportunities this week with Carr out of the lineup.  The Raiders may lean more heavily on the run against the 25th-ranked Ravens run defense.  While his performances haven't exactly been beastly, he's a good bet to bounce back and have a great week.  
 
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington has seen his production increase catching passes out of the Cardinals' backfield.  That role should continue expanding, given the Cardinals' struggles with actually running the ball.  He deserves the start this week, especially in ppr leagues, against an Eagles defense that has struggled to defend the pass.
 
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Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
Gillislee gets the bench this week.  After scoring 3 touchdowns against the Chiefs in week 1, he's totaled 149 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries through 3 games.  The Buccaneers have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, but their run defense ranks 5th.  The Patriots will likely end up in a shootout with Tampa Bay and the Pats usually take what the defense gives them.  This means another air attack and Gillislee's role could be minimal.  
 
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ajayi is just 79 total offensive yards in the last 2 weeks.  Moreover, he's had just 3 receptions, making it tough to start him even in ppr leagues.  Ajayi is a tough, even violent runner, but he's struggled without a passing game to open up running lanes and stretch the field a little.  Opposing defenses simply try to stop any Dolphins offense in the backfield, before it even starts.  For this reason, Ajayi should remain on the bench this week, even against a below-average Titans run defense.
 
Demarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
A week after Houston's 14th-ranked run defense held Murray and Mike Mularkey's "exotic smashmouth" system to just 38 yards on 13 carries, with Murray getting 31 of those yards on 7 carries, Murray will take on the Dolphins 4th-ranked run defense with possibly Matt Cassel under center.  This means the Dolphins may not even respect the Titans' passing game and may choose to stop plays in the backfield.  If Murray is a must-start, it could be a long day.  
 
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While it may be tempting to start Martin this week upon his return from suspension, it'd be smarter to leave him on the bench.  The Buccaneers may use Martin to keep one of the worst pass defenses in the league honest, but they will most likely be chasing points.  This limits Martin's role in the offense and caps his fantasy potential.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
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DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While Mike Evans gets all of the press, Jameis Winston's ability to deliver the ball to Desean plays a key role in a projected shootout with the Patriots this week.  Evans and tight end Cameron Brate will probably run most of the underneath routes, leaving Jackson to get over the top of the worst pass defense in the league.  Desean Jackson, is a big play or bust player, but this week's matchup raises his fantasy ceiling.  
 
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Maclin's numbers have been disappointing this season as the Ravens struggle to get anything going through the air.  He only has 10 catches for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns through 4 games this year.  This week, the Raiders' suspect secondary is a nice matchup and an opportunity for his fans to thank him.
 
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Green only has 25 catches for 315 yards and 2 scores on the season so far.  While these numbers may be disappointing for some owners he should be kept in the lineup in most leagues.  The Bengals' disasterous first game against the Ravens was an outlier and the Bengals offense has come alive under OC Bill Lazor.  They have a managable challenge this week against the Bills' 11th-ranked passing defense.
 
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots
Amendola is the Patriots' possession receiver which means he'll be targeted when the Patriots need to move the chains, giving him additional value in PPR leagues.  He and the Patriots offense will face off against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.  Brady has thrown for over 1000 yards and 11 touchdowns in the past 3 weeks, meaning there's plenty of fantasy production for the entire receiving corps, including Amendola, who found the endzone for the first time this season last week.
 
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Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Watkins is the burner of the Rams' receiving corps.  He had 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns in week 2, but hasn't done much otherwise.  The Rams' passing game face a tough test this week against one of the better pass defenses in the league.  Second year quarterback Jared Goff could struggle this week.  If the Rams go to the ground game, Watkins won't get much work anyway.
 
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree's possible return this week could open things up for Cooper downfield, but E.J. Manuel is throwing him the passes this week, not Derek Carr.  Cooper's, a decent Baltimore pass defense and the Raiders reliance on the run due to Carr's absence means Cooper's owners should bench him this week.  
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
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Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
With Jordan Matthews out and few other consistent receiving options on the Bills' roster, Clay should get even more work in the passing game.  If anything, Clay has been reliable in the passing game and is quietly on pace for a career year with 18 catches for 227 yards and 2 scores so far.  Given the lack of depth at the position, he's a good start.
 
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate is another receiving option in the Buccaneers arsenal that could play a key role in a win over the New England Patriots.  At 6'5", 245lbs, Brate is a mobile matchup nightmare.  He should find plenty of openings in a porous Patriots secondary that will already be spread thin to try and cover Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.  
 
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
During week 4's matchup against the Broncos, Crabtree sat, Cooper dropped the ball, and Carr got hurt.  E.J. Manuel stepped in for the interim, and targeted his tight end plenty.  With a possible lack of consistent receiving options again this week, Manuel may opt to toss to his tight end again.  Cook could have another big day.
 
SIT
 
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Graham has struggled this season.  While he's seen more work in the past couple of weeks, he still hasn't done enough to start in most fantasy leagues.  Seattle's league-worst offensive line also faces off against one of the scariest pass rushes in the NFL, which will give Russell Wilson very little time to throw, of any.  Graham may not even have time to get open, so leave him on the bench this week. 
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
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Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston will take on the Patriots in Tampa Bay.  The Patriots have one of the worst passing defenses in the league, and Winston has a lot of guys he can throw to.  With Tampa Bay's pass defense ranking near the bottom as well, Winston will need to have a big day in a shootout to beat Brady.  Winston is a good start this week.  
 
Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Despite a 3 interception game in week 2 against the Chiefs, Rivers has been lighting up opposing defenses.  He has a full compliment of receiving options, and a receiver who can catch passes out of the backfield.  Rivers should continue to be in starting lineups despite facing a decent Giants defensive backfield.
 
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson has put up points on some porous secondaries in the past couple of weeks.  He's used his feet to get out of trouble and buy time, and he's also learning how to use all of his weapons.  The return of Will Fuller has also helped Watson's case, as 2 of his 4 touchdown passes were thrown to the 2nd yer wideout.  His numbers could come back to earth a bit this week as he takes on a tough Chiefs defense at home.  Still, with Ryan and Brees out this week, Watson is a decent streamer given his upside.  
 
SIT
 
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
After a solid start, Wentz has struggled.  Although he hasn't thrown a pick in the last 2 weeks, he's also been held under 200 yards and thrown just 1 touchdown in each of his last 2 games.  The 2nd year quarterback faces a solid Cardinals secondary this week.
 
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite a 4 touchdown outburst in week 3 against Baltimore, Bortles has done little else to warrant rostering or starting on any fantasy team.  He has continued to struggle, as seen last week, and should be kept on the bench, even in 2 QB leagues.  
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
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Tennessee Titans
Even against one of the worst defenses in the league, the Dolphins struggled to get any type of offense going against the Saints in week 4.  Miami wound up getting shut out.  This gives a below-average Titans defense upside, and the start this week.  
 
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Seattle Seahawks
The Hawks have given up the 6th-most rushing yards to running backs so far this year.  With Todd Gurley having a career year and having scored at least 1 touchdown in every single game so far, benching a once-elite defense this week is a smart move for fantasy owners.  

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