Week 5 is underway (Go Pats) and the Sunday games pack some serious punch. Before we dive into whom to put into our lineups, let’s recap how last week went. I am pleased to announce that I will never trust Case Keenum again and I apologize if you listened to me and started him. He was trash against an equally trash KC defense. All of the yuck, Case, all of it. I will also put the nail in the coffin on Eli Manning. He looks lost, worn out and old like his brother before him. He has the weapons. He has a run game. He has an o-line that’s at least a little better than last year, but he just doesn’t have the arm strength any longer. While the starts were meh, the sit suggestions started off hot. I figured last week was the week the Fitz-magic would run out and indeed it did. Winston is now the starter in Tampa Bay after an awful performance from Fitzpatrick against the Bears. I suggested sitting Carson Wentz because I felt he would need a little bit more time to get back into a groove but he looked great against a good Titans defense on the road. If he can repeat that performance against the Vikings this week then feel comfortable starting Wentz going forward.
As for wide receivers, Tyler Boyd had another big game while Christian Kirk had a rookie letdown game. 1 for 2, .500 gets you into the hall of fame folks. I said to sit Quincy Enunwa and while he performed better than expected (4 catches for 66 yards) he still wasn’t start worthy. I said to sit Kelvin Benjamin and I ended up scoring as many points as the Bills while I was sitting on my friends couch watching so that tells you all you need to know about that. With that said, on with the action!
Start ‘Em QB
Titans QB Marcus Mariota @ Buffalo
Mariota played well against a pretty good Eagles defense last week and this week he’ll take on the Bills. Mariota is always a risky start because he’s a bit injury prone but if he can make it through this game then he has a great match-up. Corey Davis continues to emerge and I think Mariota is heating up in Matt Lafleur’s new offense. Start Mariota this week.
Raiders QB Derek Carr @ LAC
While Oakland has mostly been in turmoil this season, their offense has been sneaky good through the first 4 weeks. Derek Carr is currently 5th in the league in passing yards and, while his touchdowns are low (6), he’s looked pretty solid. This week he’ll face a Chargers defense that has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far this season. You need to score points to keep up with LA so Carr will have a good game flow and plenty of chances to make some plays with his arm. Trust Carr this week.
Sit ‘Em QB
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson VS LAR
He’s playing the Rams. He has a gimpy Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. I could continue but I don’t think I should. Stay away from Russ this week.
Washington QB Alex Smith @ NO
Monday Night Football in New Orleans at the Dome and the crowd will be hyped up for Brees becoming the all time leader in passing yards equals a rough time for the opposing team. Washington currently lacks a bit of an identity but I just don’t like this spot for Alex Smith. Couple that with the fact that the Saints defense might be turning a corner and I would advise against getting ballsy and starting Smith this week.
Start ‘Em WR
Falcons WR Mahamed Sanu @ Pittsburgh
Sanu has become the forgotten man in Atlanta thanks to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Sanu seems to be coming around as he had 100 yards receiving last week and a touchdown the week before that. I think Falcons-Steelers is going to be a very high scoring affair. Sanu is a sneaky good flex play this week and should have plenty of opportunities to make plays.
Ravens WR John Brown @ Cleveland
John ‘Smokey’ Brown has been white-hot this season. After being hyped up in the preseason, he has lived up to his lofty expectations thus far and should continue to do some damage for the Ravens. This week the Ravens travel to Cleveland to face a much-improved Browns defense. Even with the improvements, I still like Brown this week and would expect him to get the volume of a WR1. Fire him up.
Sit ‘Em WR
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett VS LAR
If you haven’t noticed, I really don’t like the Seahawks’ chances this week against the Rams. I know Kirk Cousins just roasted the Rams but I expect a bounce back effort against a much weaker offense in Seattle. Lockett has actually been solid this season but the Rams defensive line might not give Russell Wilson enough time to even get the ball to him. Stay away from Lockett and all Seahawks pass catcher’s this week.
Browns WR Jarvis landry VS Baltimore
I know it’s tough to sit juice but that’s what you’ll have to do this week. He’s a little hobbled AND he is facing a very good Ravens secondary that will get Jimmy Smith back this week. This is not the week for Jarvis and the Browns offense. I’d steer clear of them and look elsewhere.