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Fantasy Football Update 10/5/16: Week 5 Start/Sit Picks

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy This Week

October 5, 2016

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It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time for our weekly Start / Sit list in the world of fantasy football. Today it’s the Week 5 edition, so before those games get going let’s check out some of the notable players you may be on the fence about and help make those tough roster decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

Fantasy Football Update 10/5/16: Week 5 Start/Sit Picks


Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: With the Eagles on a bye this past week, it’s easy to forget about Wentz. The youngster bagged at least 19 fantasy points in two of his first three starts this year, and is a great streaming pickup against a Lions defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this year. 

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: So far over the first four weeks of the season, Gurley hasn’t done much at all. He’s about to get a boost this week, however, with a nice matchup against the Bills. 

Buffalo has allowed at least 23 points to opposing RBs twice this year, so Gurley has a solid chance to put up some big points. 

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: If you’ve got Benjamin on your roster, you’re probably already starting him, but this should make you feel better. Benjamin has found the end zone in every game but one so far, and he’s going up against a Buccaneers defense this week that has given up an NFL-high nine TD catches to wide receivers this year. With or without Cam Newton, Benjamin is a great start. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: If you’ve been using Ryan all season, you’re probably not going to sit him this week. That said, you should temper your expectations a little at least. 

Ryan is going up against a stout Broncos defense this week, and Denver has allowed an average of around 13 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. 

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: Ajayi had a nice week last week against the Bengals, and looks like he’s emerging as the top guy among the running backs in Miami. 

All of that said, Ajayi still has a committee to contend with for touches, and what he does get will be tested by a stout Titans run defense this week. 

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: Fuller has been great to open up the season, and it would be hard to sit him during a bye week with minimal choices. Still, you should temper expectations here and realize that Fuller is going up against a Vikings defense that has been pretty brutal to opposing WRs so far this year. 

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