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: Gardner Minshew vs New Orleans Saints
Minshew Magic is real as ever and the sixth round rookie from Jacksonville is taking the NFL by storm. In a very tough road matchup against Carolina last week, Minshew put up 374 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Granted, he lost some fumbles, but for the most part, he’s taking care of the football. The Saints are not quite the same team on the road and I would have no hesitations streaming Minshew in this matchup, especially if the Jaguars will still be without star corner Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey’s absence would give the game a better chance of being high-scoring.
Start – Kirk Cousins vs Philadelphia Eagles: The overcorrection came quickly and now you need to stay in the flames with Kirk Cousins. Cousins’ next four matchups will come against the Eagles, Lions, Redskins, and Chiefs so he will be a solid streaming option for the next four weeks, especially with bye weeks coming into effect.
Start – Lamar Jackson vs Cincinnati Bengals: Action Jackson didn’t have a great game last week, but he saved you with a touchdown and 50 yards on the ground. This week, he will have a get right game against the lowly Bengals and on top of that, he’ll be playing at home. Make sure you fire up Lamar Jackson this week.
Start – Jimmy Garrapolo @ Los Angeles Rams: I’m not afraid of the Los Angeles Rams defense right now, especially given that they’ve given up over 80 points the last two weeks. Jimmy G hasn’t been great for fantasy, but I think he’ll find the endzone multiple times in this game, so don’t be afraid to start him this week, even on the road.
Start – Jared Goff vs San Francisco 49ers: On the other side of the ball, I would also start Jared Goff this week. The 49ers defense has been a top 3 unit in the league, however, they can be had at times through the air. I expect this to be a high scoring matchup, especially with the Rams at home.
Start – Philip Rivers vs Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers front seven has played tremendously well but the secondary still isn’t up to speed. Philip Rivers is heading into the most brutal part of his schedule, but I’m still comfortable starting him at home against a reeling Steelers team that will likely be playing an undrafted rookie at quarterback.
Sit of the Week: Baker Mayfield vs Seattle Seahawks
For the second straight week, I have Baker Mayfield as my sit of the week. On Monday, Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing offense, in general, was a hot dumpster fire that some homeless guy threw half a bottle of vodka into. What I’m saying is it was bad and even with a home matchup, I don’t know that it gets much better against the Seahawks. The Seahawks defense certainly isn’t a top ten unit, but they’re capable and have guys that can harass Mayfield into another bad game. Unless I don’t have any alternative, I’m sitting Mayfield again this week.
Sit – Daniel Jones @ New England Patriots: This is less about Danny Dimes and more about the New England Patriots’ number one ranked defense. Historically, rookie quarterbacks have not fared well against Bill Belichick and it’s a road matchup as well. Make sure you hold Danny Dimes for next week against Arizona but make sure he’s on your bench before Thursday’s matchup.
Sit – Andy Dalton vs Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens defense hasn’t played great, but then again, neither has the Bengals offense. It seemed like the Bengals were going to be a new, trendy type of offense, but they are quickly regressing because of their poor offensive line play. At this point, you cannot trust Andy Dalton week to week and I prefer not to play him on the road.
Sit – Carson Wentz @ Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings defense is a legitimate top ten unit and I think they’ll be able to put it on the Eagles this Sunday. You’re not going to sit Carson Wentz for just anybody, but if you’re asking me if I would play Wentz over Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott or Matt Ryan for example, the answer is no.
Sit – Sam Darnold vs Dallas Cowboys: It’s being reported that Sam Darnold has been cleared to play, but by no means should you start him in your fantasy football lineup. The Dallas Cowboys have a good enough defense that I expect them to hold the Jets under 20 points even if Darnold plays. If somehow Darnold still ends up missing the game, the Cowboys defense would become the start of the week for streaming defenses.
Sit – Joe Flacco vs Tennessee Titans: I’ve been up and down on Joe Flacco this season, but I just can’t advise starting him against the Titans. The Titans have also been very up and down, but the defense is one that is able to travel well and should be able to limit the Denver Broncos’ offense. I would sit Joe Flacco this week.