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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 5 Start / Sit

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 5

October 6, 2017

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Week 5 in the NFL is already off and running, so it’s time to tweak those fantasy football lineups for the weekend games to see which guys should make your starting lineup. Let’s take a closer look at our Start/Sit recommendations for this week. 

Start ‘Em: 

Fantasy Football 2017: Week 5 Start / Sit

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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: In years past, Smith has been a borderline matchup play, but he’s really coming into his own so far under this custom Andy Reid offense. 

Smith has at least 15.1 fantasy points in every game so far this year and has broken 27 points in two games. He gets a marginal draw against the Texans this week but is still worth a look. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: We’re admittedly still leery of trusting Lacy as a fantasy starter, but with Chris Carson’s injury and Thomas Rawls’ inactive status last week Lacy showed some pep in his step against the Colts. 

With Rawls in the mix, Lacy may not get as many opportunities as he otherwise would, but there should still be some value here with the Rams on the schedule. LA is last in the league against the run in FPA so far. 

Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Garcon has been pretty solid this year, and he gets a nice matchup against his old team the Colts in Week 5. 

Though Garcon hasn’t scored yet, he’s still got some solid performances under his belt with 142 yards in Week 3 and 81 yards in Week 1. The Indy secondary is bound to be kind to him. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans: Let’s look at the other side of that Chiefs/Texans matchup and examine Watson. Although he’s been very good this year so far and should have a bright future ahead of him, Kansas City’s D can stop any NFL QB in their proverbial tracks. 

The Chiefs are fourth in fantasy points against so far this year when it comes to quarterbacks, so this may be a run-first weekend for the Texans. 

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders: It’s time to cut ties with Lynch—or at least show him the bench—if you drafted him. He’s got just 27 carries for a dismal 75 yards over his last three games. 

Let’s face facts: Lynch is a 31-year-old RB who sat out last year, and he’s showing that on the field. Temper your expectations at the very least. 

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Here’s another Raider to stay away from. Crabtree sat out Week 4 with a bruised lung, and though he’s set to return (supposedly) in Week 5 the ghost of that injury will follow him. 

Further dampening Crabtree’s prospects is the absence of Derek Carr, who is out with a broken bone in his back. This is bound to be a messy game and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Crabtree on light duty here. 

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