Start/Sit: Week 5
Updated: Oct 9, 2022
It is time to get your lineup in order, and you may have to make some decisions. Week 4 opened the door for some fantasy players to start some guys in favorable situations. Need some help making those tough decisions easy? We got you!
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Start: J.K. Dobbins
Dobbins found the end zone twice in what looked to be his return game. His touches concerned most managers, but he is in line for a higher workload with Justice Hill being names out for the game against the Bengals. Bengals are ranked 10th against RBs, but Dobbins could see a decent volume in one of the heaviest run based offenses in the NFL. We already know Dobbins is getting the red zone looks, so it could be a good outing for Dobbins.
Sit: Antonio Gibson
Gibson has a favorable matchup, so most people would assume Gibson should have a solid day. Unfortunately, I do not have faith. Gibson has ranked below the 20s in fantasy RBs, and he has been averaging a mere 14.5 touches a game. It is possible we can see Brian Robinson Jr, who has pulled a insane recovery after being shot several times. Gibson already has a low floor, and if Robinson gets in the mix, its hard to imagine him having a high ceiling either.
Start: Miles Sanders
Sanders seems to have finally found his footing with Nick Siriani, and clearly is the lead back in this offense. He is playing a majority of the snaps, and is running routes on half of Hurts dropbacks. Sanders was the premier goal line back, even with Gainwell getting a TD. Sanders usage has been great, and should continue to be well against a struggling Cardinals team.
Sit: Najee Harris
This might be a hard hit for fantasy managers hearts, but this is a week to bench Harris. The offensive line has been horrible in run blocking, and Harris has saw his usage in the pass game dissolve. Harris even saw two rushing touchdowns go to rookie Kenny Pickett. Pickett is the new QB for Pittsburgh, but he faces the dominant Bills defense which is not favorable for Najee Harris. The game could get out of hand fast with a new QB against a Super Bowl favorite, so Najee could see the touches drop.
Start: Khalil Herbert
Herbert should lead the backfield with David Montgomery expected to be out, and there is a lot of faith for him. Herbert got a high volume of carries and will lead the backfield without contest again. He is facing off the Minnesota defense which has been ran over by several backs now. Herbert is in line for a big day.
Sit: Chase Edmonds
Edmonds was originally projected to edge out the other backs in Miami, but he has found himself falling out in favor of Raheem Mostert. Edmonds is seeing the only tether to a role in the red zone, but saw his snap share drop close to 40%. He is a touchdown dependent boom or bust, which is not a reliable reason to start Edmonds anytime soon.
Start: Chris Godwin
Godwin saw a high snap share in his return from injury, and is looking to return to full form after another week under his belt. He and Evans are the clear favorite targets, and Godwin is facing a good divisional matchup against Atlanta this week. Godwin could see a lot of action this week.
Sit: Diontae Johnson
Johnson has been fairly reliable up to this point, with last weeks loss being the only significant bust, but we have yet to see him be anything more than a target hog for a bad offense. The biggest concern with Johnson is that Kenny Pickett clearly favored weapons like Pat Friermuth and George Pickens more, and it is easy to believe that will be the case again. Johnson typically has a high floor, but it is hard to see a lot of upside in Kenny Picketts first start against the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills
Start: Tyler Lockett
Lockett has been surprising this year, mainly due to the surprise hot streak of Geno Smith. DK is the clear matchup favorite in man coverage, but with New Orleans being a zone based pass defense, it could mean that Lockett is in line for a big game. Lockett typically has seen a lot of volume against zone, so a big game for Lockett could be in the books.
Sit: DJ Moore
At this point it is hard to trust Baker Mayfield getting the ball. If you were unable to sell him after his high game you are stuck. It is not unreasonable to be considering cutting loose of Moore. The only hope I have is that maybe he gets traded to a good team. It is too risky to trust DJ Moore at this point.