Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 5 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, October 5, 2017
Desean Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers


1. Jameis Winston, QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Jameis Winston squares off against the QB-friendly New England Patriots on a short week at home, and is in position for a huge week. The Patriots have given up an average of 335 yards through the air and have given up 11 passing touchdowns. With the game on Thursday night, Famous Jameis has an opportunity to capitalize against a Patriots D still looking to find their way. Winston is coming off of a game in which he passed for 332 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions - he should find similar success this week and is a must start.

2. Isaiah Crowell, RB (Cleveland Browns)

While Isaiah Crowell has only rushed for an average of 33.5 yards per game so far, most games they have been trailing which leads to teammate Duke Johnson being utilized more, he now faces the New York Jets who have been generous to the running back position. The New York Jets have given up a minimum of 137 total yards to opponents’ running back in three out of four games this season.

3. DeSean Jackson, WR (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Every week, the Patriots look to shut down the opposing team's best weapon. This week, that weapon is Mike Evans. This leaves DeSean Jackson with a great opportunity to see plenty of targets in what could be a shootout. If Tampa Bay can use Jackson similar to how Tyreek Hill was used with misdirection against the Patriots in Week 1, he may be in for a big week.

4. Hunter Henry, TE (Los Angeles Chargers)

This past week the New York Giants gave up 2 touchdowns to Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard who combined for 143 receiving yards on 6 receptions. This week they square off against the LA Chargers and sets up Hunter Henry with a terrific matchup. Henry will look to improve on last week’s performance where he was able to haul in 2 catches for 16 yards and a red zone touchdown.

5. Mason Crosby, K (Green Bay Packers)

Crosby is coming off a 5.00 point performance after he converted all 5 extra points as the Green Bay offense looked unstoppable in the redzone. This week will provide a better opportunity for Crosby as the Packers face the Cowboys, a team that just gave up a whopping 27.00 fantasy points to the position. If the Cowboys play bend-but-don't-break defense yet again, Crosby should be set up nicely for a solid outing.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers, DEF

This Week the Pittsburgh Steelers are at home and average 12.25 fantasy points through 4 weeks. While Blake Bortles has only thrown 2 interceptions so far this season, the Steelers have shown they have been able to get to the quarterback, sacking quarterbacks a total of 11 times. If the Steelers can continue to pressure the QB,  Bortles is likely to make a few ill-advised throws in this game.  


1. Cam Newton, QB (Carolina Panthers)

Newton is fresh off of burning the Patriots defense for 33.00 fantasy points last Sunday, but now faces a tough Detroit Lions defense that has held opposing quarterbacks under 14.00 fantasy points in all contests including 2 QBs who finished with under double-digit points. Newton usually has a few big games per year, and owners may be disappointed with the output this week against the Lions that can force turnovers- through 4 games this season, the defense has 7 interceptions.

2. Jeremy Hill, RB (Cincinnati Bengals)

Jeremy Hill is currently averaging 6.25 carries for 20.5 yards per game and has not scored a touchdown. Though 4 weeks, the Bills defense has allowed an average of 37.5 yards rushing to running backs and only 1 touchdown. With teammate Joe Mixon now receiving more carries and targets than him, Hill cannot be started this week against a tough Bills defense.

3. Allen Hurns, WR (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Allen Hurns has averaged 13.13 over the past three weeks, but now faces a Steelers defense in Week 5 that has only given up 2 touchdowns to wide receivers through 4 games. Hurns may need to be started as bye weeks have begun, however owners should temper their expectations for what to expect. On top of this, Bortles has only thrown 1 touchdown pass in each of his 3 games played in the United States this year.

4. Jason Witten, TE (Dallas Cowboys)

Jason Witten has gone MIA lately, catching a combined 12 yards on 2 receptions in Week 3 and 4, after exploding in the first two weeks with 156 yards on 17 receptions. Witten now must face a Packers defense which has given up an average of 5.20 fantasy points and have not allowed a touchdown pass against them from the tight end position.

5. Giorgio Tavecchio, K (Oakland Raiders)

The Baltimore Ravens are currently only giving up 6.75 points per game to kickers through 4 weeks. Giorgio Tavecchio faces said Ravens this week and Oakland may struggle to move the ball with Derek Carr now sidelined for Week 5’s matchup. Besides a big Week 1 game in which he scored 19.00 fantasy points, Tavecchio has averaged 5.67 points in his other three games.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DEF

While the Patriots have lost 2 out of 4 games this season, it’s not because of a lack of offensive firepower. Through 4 games, the Patriots’ offense has averaged 29.75 points and have held opposing defenses to an average of 1 point per game. While the Buccaneers defense got out to a hot start in Week 2 with 18.00 points, they haven’t been the same since scoring a combined -7.00 points in the other two contests played.

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