Startem sitem 2020 Sunday Week 5

By Brad Kruse
Brad Kruse



In this Start Em / Sit Em column each week, I'm looking to find some fringe players that you might consider starting each week and comment based on their matchups. Early on, I'll base my selection of candidates on where they were with respect to ADP. I'm not going to try to pad my stats by suggesting your start Patrick Mahomes each week, but instead trying to dig deep and find some nuggets for players to avoid or to go after. These are coin flip guys and if I can finish the year at better than 60% I'll consider it a success. My metrics to get the start decision are: QB 20 pts or more, RB, WR or TE need to score 12 pts or more for a successful endorsement. Defense/Special Teams should put in 8 points or more to get those picks right. I'll look at ~3-6 players on each Thursday night's game and ~ 6 players for the rest of the week to get you going.




Player Pos Team Opp Start / Sit Comment
Teddy Bridgewater QB CAR ATL START Atlanta has given up a lot of points to the QB. Granted, they've played Russell Wilson (35 pts), Dak Prescot (46 points) and Aaron Rodgers (33 points). But, the combination of Trubisky and Foles also scored 34 points against them in week 3. Start Teddy with confidence
Carson Wentz QB PHI PIT SIT His matchup with PIT combined with having no healthy receivers and down one of his star TEs makes Wentz a difficult player to want to start this week. Sit him if you have other options
Baker Mayfield QB CLE IND SIT Indy has proven to be one of the toughest defenses against opposing QBs. Beckham appears to have bounced back, but that's probably not enough to propel Mayfield to a startable week.
Jerick McKinnon RB SFO MIA START Mostert might retun this week, but even if he does, McKinnon should still be playable. HE's scored in every game this year and has the speed to take it to the house. He also likely has a solid floor as the best pass catching back.
Hunter Henry TE LAC NO START New Orleans has been susceptible to the TE including Tonyan's emergence on the fantasy radar prior to his big 3 touchdown effort. Tonyan went 5 for 50 and a touchdown against New Orleans.
Tyler Higbee TE LAR WAS START Washington has been vulnerable to the TE this year and Higbee has been a little hit or miss. Teams have had more success attacking Washington with the TE than the WR.
Michael Gallup WR DAL NYG START Gallup has disappointed fantasy owners thus far, but attacking the Giant defensive backfield is a cure for those ills.