Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 5 Start or Sit

Week 5 is upon us and let us help you decide who will lead you to victory and who should be glued to your bench in this week’s start or sit.

Week 4 saw some amazing games. A potential NFC Championship matchup between Minnesota and LA was everything we desired, and there were 3 overtime games (with NO F’ING TIES!) Thank goodness. Aaron Jones proved to be the Pack’s best running back, and Derrick Henry once again disappointed many. Mitchell Trubisky threw 6, yeah 6 touchdowns, with only 1 to Allen Robinson, and somehow Calvin Ridley has more tds this year than Julio since the beginning of last. This wee was my biggest flop as 2 out 3 rb and wr starts totally floundered. Lets take a look at the full results from last week’s fortune telling:

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Running backs who will shine

Nyheim Hines (Ind@NE, TNF 8:20pm est)

Hines has become the Colts best receiver out of the backfield and is stealing carries from fellow rook Jordan Wilkins. Hines recorded 4 carries and 9 receptions for 63 yards and 2 TDs compared to Wilkins measly 1 target.

Thursday, he and the Colts travel to Foxboro where they are 10-point dogs and without number one wideout T.Y. Hilton. Hines should see the field more without Hilton available, Especially in a game where they are destined to be trailing.

Prediction: 7 car 31 yards 1 td, 7 rec 54 yards: 17.5 pts

Alex Collins (Bal@Cle, 1pm est)

Alex Collins was finally utilized like the Ravens no.1 back during Sunday Night’s contest vs the Steelers. He worked the Ravens first red zone possession, and the former Razorback caught a 3-yard touchdown.

This week expect Baltimore to lean more heavily on their running game after Marshawn ran for 120 yards against the Browns. Hopefully Harbaugh realizes what we all do, and lets Collins flush down the Browns.

Prediction: 14 car 78 yards 1 td, 2 rec 12 yards: 16 pts

TJ Yeldon (Jac@KC, 1pm est)

Last week TJ Yelled loudly that he can fill the shoes of Leonard Fournette. Yeldon finished with 52 yards and a td on the ground while adding 48 receiving yards and a td through the air in relief of Fournette.

Yeldon will return to the featured roll this weekend against a Chiefs D that allowed the Broncos to run for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday. T.J.’s skill set suites the Jags and their goal of trying to keep the Chiefs off the field, but also lends a hand in a game where Blake Bortles throws a lot. Yeldon will see the field often and should play an every-down role.

Prediction: 20 car 75 yards 1 td, 5 rec 32 yards: 19.2 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Carlos Hyde (Bal@Cle, 1pm est)

Time to Hyde Carlos on your benches during week 5’s matchup against the Ravens. Carlos Hyde has scored at least 1 rushing td in every game this season, but that streak will end Sunday.

Although he has gobbled up most Cleveland’s rushing attempts, the former 49er has been seldomly used in the passing game with a total of 4 receptions on the season. I expect this game to highlight Duke Johnson Sr. and the quickness of Nick Chubb more than Hyde’s downhill running style.

Prediction: 16 car 63 yards, 1 rec 5 yards: 7.3 pts

Tevin Coleman (Atl@Pit, 1pm est)

Devonta is back! Coleman has performed admirably while Devonta Freeman has been out, but the Falcons will most definitely get freeman rolling on Sunday in game expected to be high scoring.

The rookie Ito Smith has carved out a role on this high-powered Falcons offense and I expect Atlanta to use all 3 backs on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Taking a back seat to Freeman, the constant rotation and unreliable usage will result in a limited output for Coleman.

Prediction: 11 car 39 yards, 3 rec 28 yards: 8.2 pts

Lamar Miller (Dal@Hou, SNF 8:20pm est)

Well, its official, Lamar has gone the way of Odom. Miller has disappeared from every week starter and is in danger of losing his job to D’Onta Foreman in a couple weeks. Deshaun Watson has only targeted running backs 14 times this season amongst his 148 attempts with Miller accounting for 10 of those 14. Week 5 presents a matchup against the Dallas Cowboys who will run, run, and run more. With limited time of possession and lack of usage in the passing game, send Lamar Miller to your bench.

Prediction: 13 car 45 yards, 2 rec 16 yards: 7.1 pts

Titans Taywan Taylor

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Taywan Taylor (Ten@Buf, 1pm est)

Corey Davis is the clear no.1 receiver in Nashville and made some sweet music last week during his breakout performance and game winning touchdown against the Eagles.

This week the Titans travel to Buffalo and face a Bills pass defense lead by standout corner TreDavious White. White will probably shadow Davis therefor leaving Taylor for the others. Taylor and his quickness will be the favorite check down target for Mariota this Sunday and lead to a surprise performance.

Prediction: 7 rec 64 yards 1 td: 16.4 pts

Kenny Stills (Mia@Cin, 1pm est)

Last week was a disastrous performance by the Dolphins in New England. Expect them and especially the passing attack to get back on track week 5 against the Bengals poor pass defense.

Stills is Miami’s favorite deep target as shown by his 18.7 y/rec and needs just one connection to warrant starting. I believe he will connect on multiple deep passes with Tannehill this weekend especially if Devante Parker sits again.

Prediction: 6 rec 89 yards 1 td: 17.9 pts

Jordan Reed (NO@NYG, 4:25pm est)

Travis Kelce was Alex Smith’s favorite target in Kansas City. His new tight end Jordan Reed has stepped into that role and his stats reflect it. Reed is seeing about 7 targets per game and should see that plus many more in the Big Easy.

The Saints still boast one of the best offenses in football and should score plenty against the Skins. Washington will look to attack the leagues 3rd worst pass defense while potentially playing from behind as well. Game flow on top of being the no.1 target make Reed a must start week 5.

Prediction: 9 rec 74 yards 1 td: 17.9 pts

Splinter Time

Travis Kelce (Jac@KC, 1pm est)

Kelce has been the most targeted Chiefs receiver this season and has scored 3 touchdowns. Sunday, he faces a Jaguars defense allowing a league low 11 receptions and 100 yards to tight ends.

Jacksonville has shown an ability to shut down the oppositions greatest weapon. They did this against the Patriots, where Rob Gronkowski was held to 2 receptions for 15 yards. Jalen Ramsey may be used to curtail Kelce’s size advantage that he holds against other Jaguars defenders. Kelce will still get his targets but will fail to live up to his current expected outcomes.

Prediction: 5 rec 52 yards: 7.7 pts

Devin Funchess (NYG@Car 1pm est)

Fantasy owners will likely lose their lunches if they start Funchess this Sunday. Devin will be shadowed by Giants shut down corner Janoris Jenkins who held Michael Thomas to 4 catches last week. Cam and the Panthers will lean on their rushing attack and avoid turnovers via the passing game this week. In a game that could be week 5’s lowest scoring affair, targets and receptions will be limited for Carolina’s default no. 1 wide out.

Prediction 3 rec 37 yards: 5.2 pts

Alshon Jeffery (Min@Phi, 4:25pm est)

Alshon will play more like the Geoffrey from Toys R Us when he goes bankrupt against the Vikings Sunday. He immediately took his place atop the depth chart Sunday when he posted 105 yards and a td against Tennessee.

This week he goes up against Xavier Rhodes who Alshon torched for 2 TDs last year in the NFC championship game. Rhodes and the Vikings will be out for revenge and looking to dig themselves out of a 3-game winless streak. Expect Minnesota to have fixed some deficiencies on D and force Carson Wentz to target others on the outside.

Prediction 4 rec 63 yards: 8.3 pts

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