Week 5 WR Start’em, Sit’em: Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy


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If you are in doubt about some players in a tough spot this week, or players that haven’t produced yet this season, you have come to the perfect spot. We dive into a few names to start in borderline matchups, and also talk about players to fade. You can also check out our rankings area to see where players on your team rank and their projections heading into Week 5. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly fantasy football content.

Start Em

Robby Anderson @ Philadelphia

Robby Anderson is a boom or bust candidate that I will be plugging back in after the bye. He gets a Philadelphia secondary, but likely won’t have Sam Darnold back either. Anderson has been a bust so far this season, but has faced three strong secondaries in a row, Buffalo, Cleveland, and New England. This will be the first plus matchup for them, and the Jets should be taking some shots downfield as two touchdown underdogs.

Curtis Samuel Vs. Jacksonville

The Jaguars defense hasn’t exactly been great this season, and Jalen Ramsey likely isn’t going to be in the mix anymore. The Jaguars pass defense is in the bottom half to start the season, and Curtis Samuel is someone I don’t mind starting this week. He has seen 27 targets over the last three weeks, and 14 since Kyle Allen has taken over for the injured Cam Newton. Samuel is a solid WR3 or FLEX play this week.

Phillip Dorsett @ Washington

Many will look at last week as a disappointment for Phillip Dorsett, but it wasn’t for me. Buffalo is a secondary I won’t be attacking this year, so we shouldn’t be discouraged. The positive is that he saw nine targets, and has 16 since Antonio Brown was released. Dorsett has plenty of value in fantasy right now, and the Redskins rank 29th against the pass. It is a good rebound for Tom Brady and company.

Will Fuller Vs. Atlanta

There are a few positives working for Will Fuller this week. Kenny Stills injured his hamstring, and Atlanta lost one of their top defenders in the secondary. It showed last week against the Titans, who had their way with the deep ball. Fuller just missed a big touchdown in last week’s game, and the Falcons have allowed several big scores to wideouts this season.

DK Metcalf  Vs. Los Angeles

The Seahawks have a 25.5 implied total this week, and are at home against the Rams. DK Metcalf has 23 targets to start the season, and last week was a surprise dud against Arizona. In a game where they should have some throwing volume, Metcalf is a WR3 or FLEX start against a Rams secondary that was just shredded. They have been middle of the pack against the pass so far this season.

Sit Em

Tennessee WRs Vs. Buffalo

Do not be getting caught up in the Corey Davis or AJ Brown recency bias. This is a different animal they face this week, as the Bills have the third best pass defense, and have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts. There are better streaming options if you were planning on chasing those big games. Overall this is going to be a low scoring affair.

Dede Westbrook @ Carolina

For the second week in a row, Dede Westbrook finds his way into the sit em section. He put up a 5-66-0 line, which was a mediocre output in terms of fantasy. Carolina is allowing the 6th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season, and have a top ten ranked pass defense. I won’t be expecting much from the Jaguars pass-catchers.

Tyrell Williams Vs. Chicago

Tyrell Williams has been extremely reliant on the touchdown, scoring in four straight games to start the season. However, he has been held under 50 yards in each of the last three games. It seems Derek Carr has been cleared from an injury, but the bigger concern is the looming matchup with the Bears defense. They have allowed just three touchdowns to receivers through four games.

Terry McLaurin Vs. New England

It was actually a surprise that Terry McLaurin didn’t suit up last week, and I would expect him to shake the injury tag this week against New England. Hamstring injuries are always scary because they can linger. Add that into the mix that he faces the Patriots, who have allowed a combined 50-507-0 line to wide receivers this season, and you have an easy sit. Yes he has been tremendous, but this is not a good spot by any means.

John Brown @ Tennessee

The Titans have a strong secondary, and it pains me to sit John Brown. The volume has been there, but this Titans secondary has really limited the deep ball. Josh Allen is also going to have to clear concussion protocol, otherwise Matt Barkley is going to be throwing to him, which is a downgrade even more so. While Brown could hit on the home run play, there are better options this week.

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