Startem sitem 2020 Thursday 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
Tom Brady QB TB CHI SIT Brady is coming off a 5 TD performance and he is capable of a big night for sure. Chicago hasn't allowed a QB to score more than 20.15 fantasy points this season, however. The names aren't great: Stafford (without Golladay), Daniel Jones, Matt Ryan and Phillip Rivers. But, Stafford and Ryan can put up numbers. This is likely a below average matchup for Brady. I'd look for other options. With two teams on a scheduled BYE and COVID concerns already emerging for week 5 that may be tough.
David Montgomery RB CHI TB SIT Tampa allowed 21 yds rushingg to Kamara week 1, 59 yds rushing to McCaffery week 2, 26 yards rushing to Melvin Gordon in week 3 and held the entire Charger backfield to 28 yards rushing. They did give up some passing fantasy points and Kamara and McCaffrey did score TDs. But Montgomery isn't in the same class as those RBs.
Scott Miller WR TB CHI START Miller has had fair success this year. 21 targets over four weeks and three double digit fantasy point efforts. This week, it's like Chris Godwin is OUT that should raise Miller's floor. OJ Howard being out for the season may also give an uptick in Tampa's use of 3 WR sets.