The Fantasy Football 2019 NFL regular season. As we continue the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 5 of your fantasy football matchups.
Start of the Week: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Jets
Even with the news that Sam Darnold has been cleared to play, the Dallas Cowboys are my start of the week on defense. The Jets offense has been pretty bad all year, even when Sam Darnold was last under center. Their only offensive piece worth mentioning is Le’Veon Bell, who’s been hindered by the fact that he’s the only weapon opposing defenses need to stop, and they know it. The Dallas Cowboys may not have played up to their potential against better teams but they’ve hammered lesser teams and that’s exactly what the Jets are.
Start – Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins: Don’t call me crazy. I think the Miami Dolphins will get in their own way and will win this game. The Redskins are fully imploding, having fired their head coach after a losing streak caused by the fact that nearly half the roster is injured. I would actually sit the Redskins and start the Dolphins defense this week.
Start – Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos: The Titans have fluctuated between being a good and bad team since last year and they’ve continued the trend this year. It’s hard to know which Titans team is going to show up, but given some of the defensive matchups available this week, I’m not against taking a chance that a good Titans team shows up in Denver.
Start – Los Angeles Chargers vs Pittsburgh Steelers: I don’t know what to make of Devlin Hodges, but I know that most teams don’t voluntarily start undrafted rookies at quarterback. Furthermore, I know that players performing like Gardner Minshew are very much an exception to the rule, so I would consider starting the Chargers defense this week as a streaming option.
Start – Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions: I’m not sure what to make of the Detroit Lions this year, as they’ve performed above expectations. However, the Green Bay Packers defense has played incredibly well and I would not be surprised to see Detroit stumble in this game. If the Packers can shore up their run defense, they’ll be a top ten unit going forward.
Start – Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns: The way the Cleveland Browns have played this year, I’d be willing to take a chance on the Seahawks offense, even on the road. The Browns have been abysmal and just got smashed by the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks are a good enough defense to force Baker Mayfield into more interceptions, a stat in which Baker is currently leading the league.
Sit of the Week: Washington Redskins @ Miami Dolphins
I’ve seen a lot of teams picking up the Washington Redskins as a streaming option because they’re facing the lowly Miami Dolphins. However, I expect Miami to win this game. The Redskins have just fired Jay Gruden and don’t seem to know what to do with the quarterback position. Besides that, they’re still without Trent Williams, Jordan Reed and Derrius Guice, who were projected to be starters on this team. I don’t see how the Redskins can compete with anyone, even the Miami Dolphins, so I’d rather not start their defense this week.
Sit – Philadelphia Eagles @ Minnesota Vikings: The Eagles may have been the highest-scoring defense last week, but that was against Luke Falk. Kirk Cousins might have had his struggles this season, but he’s a significantly better quarterback than Luke Falk is and he’s also got much better skill position players around him. Do not kid yourself into thinking you can start the Eagles because of how they performed last week.
Sit – Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs: This is projected as the highest-scoring matchup of the week and so I will be sitting both the Texans and Chiefs defenses. Even if this game surprises people and turns into a low scoring, slugfest, the odds say that is not likely and so you can’t fault yourself for thinking logically and sitting the Texans and Chiefs defense here.
Sit – Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals: You may be able to find the Baltimore Ravens’ defense on the waiver wire given how they’ve played the past two weeks. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be opposed to starting the Ravens at home. The Bengals are struggling, especially the offensive line, so I think the Ravens will be able to get after Andy Dalton a bit in this game.
Sit – San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams: One of the most surprising performances of the year has been the San Francisco 49ers defense through the first five weeks of the season. The 49ers have a top-three scoring defense in fantasy football, but I still wouldn’t start them on the road against the high scoring Los Angeles Rams.
Sit – Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans: Unfortunately, I have to make this play in one league due to a lack of options, but I’d rather sit the Denver Broncos’ defense if I could. They are without Bradley Chubb for the season and you just never know which Titans squad will show up on Sunday. There are still worse options out there, but there’s a 50% chance this streaming option blows up in your face.