Fantasy Football 2015: Week 5 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 5
October 8, 2015
Tonight, we’ll be getting started on NFL Week 5, which means we fantasy owners have to start making those tough lineup decisions. We’re here to help, though; here’s our weekly Start ‘Em-Sit ‘Em list in case you’re agonizing over some aspects of your roster.
USA TODAY Sports
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: After a crummy performance in Week 4 (and subsequent benching late in the game), Murray may have left your circle of trust. He’s worth another shot, however, as he’s still got the confidence of the coaching staff and will get a favorable fantasy matchup against the run defense of the Denver Broncos in Week 5.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota had a tough day in Week 3, falling to the Colts and throwing a couple of picks. That said, he also bagged two touchdowns and 367 yards passing, which helps fantasy owners’ bottom lines.
The Titans will come off a bye in Week 4 to face the undisciplined Bills defense, which can’t get out of its own way. We like Mariota as a sleeper start here.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns: While you might be hesitant to start any Browns offensive player, Benjamin is a popular sleeper pick this week. He got 10 targets in Week 4, grabbing six for 79 yards.
Benjamin has two consecutive weeks of 10 targets, so he’s locked in as a regular contributor. He’ll see a vulnerable Ravens pass defense in Week 5.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Abdullah is coming off a pretty ugly stat line against the Seahawks, but then again everybody has an ugly stat line against the Seahawks. That said, things won’t get much easier for the youngster here, as he’ll go into another tough one against the Cardinals. Look elsewhere if you can.
Doug Martin, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Martin was awesome in Week 4, logging 143 total yards and a touchdown against the beat-up Panthers defense.
That big performance may get you amped up to start him again in Week 5, but he won’t have it so easy against a much-improved and quite formidable Jaguars run defense on Sunday.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Tight ends are a thin commodity for fantasy owners these days, so you may not have the luxury of benching Eifert. That said, his three-catch (four targets), 69-yard effort in Week 4 is probably much better than he’ll see this week. Eifert and company will face the Seahawks defense, who have been flat-out unstoppable the past couple of weeks.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.