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: Byron Pringle vs Houston Texans
Once you pop you can’t stop and you can’t stop playing Byron Pringle. I understand that Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman are the hot starts if Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill miss week 6, but I’d rather have Pringle. Last week, he was second on the team in targets to only Travis Kelce and I think he will see similar volume this week against a high flying Houston offense that should push the Chiefs need to score.
Start – DJ Chark vs New Orleans Saints: The Chark-nado swept through Carolina last week and destroyed everything in his path. This week, the Chark-nado will sweep across back to Jacksonville, Florida in a home matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense is much better on the road than at home and I don’t expect Marshon Lattimore to follow Chark into the slot, so you can start DJ Chark with confidence this week.
Start – Tyler Lockett @ Cleveland Browns: On the season, Tyler Lockett is the 11th highest scoring wide receiver in fantasy football. His last two weeks haven’t been great, but he did find the endzone last week. In a road matchup against a struggling Browns team, Lockett is a must-start.
Start – Auden Tate @ Baltimore Ravens: I had the Bengals rookie wide receiver in my start list last week and he’s making a second appearance this week. Auden Tate found the endzone last week which saved his value, but he’s also been getting a decent enough volume share that you can count on him. Startup Auden Tate against a banged-up Ravens defense.
Start – Calvin Ridley @ Arizona Cardinals: This is pretty obvious, but you can probably start all of your Falcons against the Cardinals. Julio Jones should have a nice bounceback, Mohamed Sanu is a playable asset, but above all, I think Calvin Ridley is about to have a monster week. Ridley is the type of receiver that you can count on if your star is on the sit list.
Start – Michael Gallup @ New York Jets: Returning from injury, Michael Gallup had a monster game. It wasn’t terribly efficient, but he caught 7 of 14 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. This week, he gets as easy a matchup as there is in the NFL right now against the sinking New York Jets.
Sit of the Week: Mike Evans vs Carolina Panthers
After goosing last week, Mike Evans cannot be trusted this week. Historically, Mike Evans has always struggled against the Carolina Panthers and specifically James Bradberry. Unlike Chris Godwin, Mike Evans doesn’t get moved all over the formation, so he’s being shadowed by the team’s opposing starting corner. Evans only had 61 yards the last time that he faced Carolina and I expect similar results this week. You might not be able to sit Evans if you lack depth, but if you went wide receiver heavy in your draft, I would advise sitting Evans this week.
Sit – Alshon Jeffrey @ Minnesota Vikings: I’m very nervous about the Eagles heading into Minnesota after the Vikings were able to find themselves against a surging Giants squad. Also, there’s a good chance that Alshon Jeffrey sees a lot of Xavier Rhodes in this game as well. Again, it’s all about roster construction, but if you’re able to sit Jeffrey, it’s probably a good idea.
Sit – Odell Beckham vs Seattle Seahawks: At this point, there’s nothing you can do with Odell Beckham except bench him. For two straight weeks now, Beckham has sunk your fantasy football lineup. His value is name-based and he’s currently 31st in scoring on the season and that’s only because he had one big game against a Jets team playing their backup quarterbacks. Sit Beckham until further notice.
Sit – Robby Anderson vs Dallas Cowboys: Even if Sam Darnold returns, you probably can’t play Robby Anderson this week. Anderson has been a non-factor this season, failing to catch a touchdown or top 100 yards in any game this season. Ultimately, Robby Anderson is a deep threat on a team that doesn’t throw the ball deep.
Sit – Corey Davis @ Denver Broncos: The fact is, you simply never know when to sit or start Corey Davis. On almost any other team, he’s potentially a WR2. On the Titans roster though, he’s a perpetual enigma that is virtually impossible to solve. In a road matchup against the Broncos, Davis is less likely to have a big game, so it’s probably safe to sit him this week.
Sit – JuJu Smith-Schuster @ Los Angeles Chargers: You’re taking a risk benching a star player like JuJu, but call me crazy, I want to see how he plays with the 4th string quarterback before I run him out in my lineup. If this first litmus test game goes well, then maybe I’ll reconsider his status as a weekly start, until then, I’m in more of a wait and see position.