Week 5’s Fantasy Sit Em’s
Marcus Mariota: The Titans go against a highly motivated Broncos team that is finally finding its way to the quarterback and causing turnovers. The Titans’ offensive line will continue to struggle at Mile High while Denver’s pass defense continues to improve. To survive in Denver, the game-plan has to be establishing the run. The Broncos are already susceptible to being tired out by a stout running game, and this is a perfect opportunity for Derrick Henry to have a great game. Establishing the run will take a load off of Mariota, and if the Titans achieve success on the ground Mariota will naturally be taken out of the game.
Matthew Stafford: I like Matthew Stafford. He’s a personal favorite of mine, and he has shown great audacity and has played in amazing games. However, the Lions are facing a stellar Packers defense on Monday night. The Packers have the third most interceptions and have allowed the 5th lowest completion percentage for opposing quarterbacks. There will be real opportunities to pressure Stafford and force turnovers, but the Lions recent success might persuade you to start him. I really think the Packers are up to the challenge and to be on the safe side I’d sit Stafford, but this is a chance to prove all doubters (and me) wrong.
Gardner Minshew: I’m a Minshew believer, but I think the Saints will really test him. The Saints are just playing really good football and are the best team in the NFC. Sean Payton is having another great coaching year, and Minshew will have too much on his plate to handle. It’ll be one bad week in a promising career.
Joe Flacco: Something tells me that Flacco will have a tough time against the Titans this week. He has been steady in his production, but Flacco hasn’t had an impressive game. Everyone knows the Titans are weirdly inconsistent and pick random weekends to play elite football, but they also show up whenever they need a win to stay alive for the playoff race. Their defense is solid all around and their pass defense ranks in the top ten in opposing completion percentage, sacks, and interceptions. At this stage in his career, Flacco is bound to make those kinds of mistakes.
Kirk Cousins: Cousins has consistently failed to show up in big games and this might be another. The Eagles have a great defensive front and the Vikings will have to throw the ball in order to have a good day on offense. This is a perfect game for Cousins to show why he deserves that contract as the Eagles have shown flaws in their secondary. Adam Thielen is poised to have a nice game, but the Eagles are top 10 in interceptions and opponent completion percentage. It’s really plausible that Thielen can have good stats while Cousins commits a few turnovers.
Nick Chubb: The Browns are facing the fourth best rushing defense in the league in Seattle. The Seahawks opponents only average 80 yards on the ground, and the Browns struggle when Chubb is ineffective. The Browns and Baker Mayfield’s passing attack, thus making it much easier to game-plan around Chubb. Chubb is a reliable fantasy back but the Seahawks are a much more talented team on defense. Russel Wilson is also playing at an MVP level and if the Hawks get into an early lead, Cleveland might have to go through the air for a majority of the game just to keep things close. Chubb won’t see many opportunities.
Todd Gurley: Injuries are the worst part of the game and have ruined stellar careers. Maybe Gurley’s numbers are down because the Rams are just being extraordinarily careful with him. He certainly isn’t the same as last year and this week the Rams face a stingy and overachieving 49ers. The Niners rank 5th in run defense and it’s more likely the Rams score through the air. They run the ball just 33% of the time and at this point there’s no doubt that Sean McVay would rather keep Cooper Kupp’s hot streak going than trying to establish Gurley.
Le’Veon Bell: The Dallas Cowboys seem to be deflated after losing to competent teams, but now they have another chance to be dominant against a struggling team. The return of Sam Darnold is irrelevant, and fully expect Dallas to play determined football to get back on track. Although the recent evidence suggests otherwise, the Cowboys have played good run defense and the statistics support that claim. Bell has had an efficient start to the season, but he is the point of emphasis for the defense.
Joe Mixon: Mixon had an amazing season last year, but has been unable to rekindle the same magic. The Bengals are hurt all over on offense and Mixon fantasy owners have to face the harsh reality of letting go of a former top running back.
Kerryon Johnson: Johnson is a super talented running back that will have a bad game. The Packers defense has been a pleasant surprise, and Johnson isn’t the type of back that can change games or be a focal point on offense. He has yet to break 17 points this year and I see his ceiling being a modest 15 in PPR leagues. There should be much better options this week.
Stefon Diggs: Diggs is clearly behind Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook in the Vikings offense. The ball hasn’t reached Diggs enough for him to do much, and his fantasy stock is quickly diminishing. We are also expecting Cousins to not perform well, and Diggs will suffer because of it. I encourage Diggs owners to try to trade him as soon as possible while he still holds market value.
JuJu Smith-Schuster: Juju and the Steelers offense have not looked right all season. Juju doesn’t look 100% and Roethlisberger isn’t there to get the rock out to his star receiver and it’s shown. With the third string Devlin Hodges coming in, don’t expect JuJu to do anything against the 5th best ranked corner by PFF in Casey Hayward.
Mike Evans: Evans had one mounstrous game and three dissapointing performances thus far. He was completely shut out last week in New Orleans, and now will face a Panthers team that they already beat earlier this year. I’m sure Carolina doesn’t allow a repeat of that game and will focus on getting Jameis Winston to turn the ball over. Furthermore, Chris Godwin has shown Tampa Bay that he is the true WR 1, and it’s clear that Evans is behind him.
Odell Beckham JR: Odell and the Brown’s offense has to figure things out fast. Despite their overall talent, the passing attack has been abysmal, and some of Beckham JR’s stats are skewed by a long touchdown catch. Until the Browns show signs of change, sit ‘em.
Kenny Golloday: Stafford will have a bad day. The streaky Golloday will have a quiet day by cause and effect.
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