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: Matt Breida @ Los Angeles Rams
The San Francisco 49ers running game has been absolutely lethal through the first five weeks of the season. Matt Breida looked fantastic on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns and now he will face a struggling Los Angeles Rams defense that has looked bad in recent weeks. I think this is going to be a high scoring game and I really love the matchup for Matt Breida especially.
Start – Sony Michel vs New York Giants: It was nice to see Sony Michel finally have a good game against a lowly opponent such as the Redskins. The Giants have looked good at times, but overall, the defense is still highly suspect. Fire up Sony Michel in a nice home matchup.
Start – Adrian Peterson @ Miami Dolphins: This is gross, trust me, I know. The bottom line here is with injuries and several players on bye weeks, Adrian Peterson is not the worst option you could run out there because he’s at least starting. The Miami Dolphins is Peterson’s only chance to produce, but it’s probably a risk you have to take.
Start – Chris Carson @ Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland Browns defense hasn’t been terrible, but even still, I have no qualms about starting Chris Carson on the road. Carson’s volume simply cannot be ignored right now and he’s a weekly must-start regardless of the matchup.
Start – Devonta Freeman @ Arizona Cardinals: The Atlanta Falcons running game has had its struggles, but I think that Devonta Freeman will be fine against the Cardinals. Freeman’s recent involvement in the passing game makes him a safer play, so definitely start him this week in a plus matchup.
Start – James Conner @ Los Angeles Chargers: With the news that Jaylen Samuels is going to miss time, James Conner is going to be locked and loaded as an RB1 if he can stay healthy. Benny Snell has yet to emerge in this backfield, so I would expect James Conner to thrive in this matchup against a banged-up Chargers defense.
Sit of the Week: Duke Johnson @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs defense has struggled against the run, but even so, I cannot advise playing Duke Johnson in this matchup. Johnson hasn’t done much of anything this season and has been a complete bust considering his ADP following the trade to the Texans. Johnson’s value is limited because the Texans and more importantly Deshaun Watson, do not check the ball down. There really isn’t any value in playing Duke Johnson right now, so make sure he’s on your bench.
Sit – John Hilliman @ New England Patriots: More often than not, when a running back becomes the starter, they become the hottest waiver wire candidate in the majority of leagues. However, in the case of John Hilliman, not only do I think he isn’t a good play, I don’t think he’s even worth rostering. I’d rather take a shot on a backup with a plus matchup than Hilliman.
Sit – Melvin Gordon @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers front seven is a strong unit and Melvin Gordon is still working back from his holdout. Melvin Gordon got 16 touches last week, but even with that amount of volume, I don’t think he’ll do much unless he’s able to find the endzone. If you are loaded at running back and have another quality option to play, play them over Gordon.
Sit – Le’Veon Bell vs Dallas Cowboys: He might be the Jets entire offense right now, but even still, Le’Veon Bell is struggling in fantasy football. The offense is just plain bad, probably the worst in the league whenever Luke Falk is on the field. Even with Sam Darnold returning, I’m not excited about Bell facing one of the best linebacker units in the league.
Sit – Raheem Mostert @ Los Angeles Rams: I love Colonel Mostert, but unfortunately, he’s not getting much run with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida receiving the majority of the backfield touches. Mostert would be a desperation play and I understand if you really don’t have another option, just don’t expect much if Mostert doesn’t break a long run on very limited touches.
Sit – Tony Pollard @ New York Jets: I was hoping Tony Pollard would be a sneaky start this week, but unfortunately he’s banged up. Pollard is dealing with knee and ankle issues but should be able to practice this week. However, even if he’s available, I’d rather not take the chance on a backup who has two lower body injuries he’s nursing.