Fantasy managers often look at their rosters and try to make the best start/sit decisions. By Week 5, you should know how your team is looking (are you 4-0 or 0-4?!). For those teams in the middle of the pack, you want to try to make the best decisions possible. Look at the injury reports, look at the matchups and also look at your waiver wire. Be sure that no one is available that you would rather have in your starting lineup (or you pick up so they are not started against you).
START These Running Backs
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
When David Montgomery was out in Week 4, Herbert had 101 yards from scrimmage. Montgomery missed practice on Wednesday but was able to put in a limited session on Thursday. He may be active on Sunday but Herbert will likely continue to lead the backfield. If Montgomery sits another one out, Herbert is a borderline RB1. If he’s back, he drops to a low RB2.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (MNF)
Prior to Week 1, Jacobs was low on draft boards. He had a rough preseason and fantasy managers were down on him. He is in a contract year, and it seems the Raiders are willing to run him into the ground. In Week 4, he put up an impressive outing: 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go along with five receptions for 31 yards. As long as the team is using him like that, fantasy managers should treat Jacobs as an RB1.
Related: QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice for Week 5
SIT These Running Backs
Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
The matchup against Miami is a good one, but fantasy managers should be cautious with Hall this week. He’s been limited in practice. He doesn’t have one particular injury, but he’s clearly banged up. Michael Carter is still in the picture, limiting Hall’s upside. The Jets are using both backs and while Hall’s fantasy arrow is pointing up, he’s an RB3 this week.
Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
Similar to Hall, Henderson has to split work with Cam Akers. However, Henderson is the Michael Carter of the Rams. Akers is getting the work and Henderson’s role is being diminished each game. While he is still getting carries, the team is using Akers (and even Malcolm Brown), making it hard to trust any of them. However, Akers would be the preferred fantasy option, followed by Henderson.
START These Wide Receivers
Robert Woods, WR, Tennessee Titans at Washington Commanders
With the reports that Treylon Burks has turf toe, it seems that he will be out for at least Week 5. This opens up more opportunities for Woods. While the Titans don’t seem to throw the ball as often as other teams, with one less mouth to feed, Woods has a chance to make his way into WR3 territory. He certainly isn’t a must-start, but he should exceed the four receptions he’s been getting in the past three weeks.
Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals (SNF)
Rashod Bateman's status is iffy because of a foot injury, which could open the door for Duvernay. Mark Andrews is the No. 1 target on the Ravens, but they do need someone else to step up. Duvernay has three touchdowns but only 12 receptions. This week against Cincinnati, Duvernay should be considered a WR3/4.
SIT These Wide Receivers
DJ Chark, WR, Detroit Lions at New England Patriots
With Amon-Ra St. Brown still out, it seems like Chark would have an opportunity to grab some targets. However, Chark missed Week 4 with an ankle injury and is making his way back on the field. The Lions need him, as Josh Reynolds is the default No. 1 receiver. However, the Lions face the Patriots this week, which will be a tough matchup. If Chark can make it on the field, he has value in PPR formats, as Jared Goff will look to check down to him, but he’s a WR3, at best.
Joshua Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns
With Keenan Allen (hamstring) out, it seemed that Palmer would take on a bigger role. That hasn’t happened. In addition, Palmer has popped up on the injury report with an ankle injury. It seems likely that he will play, but fantasy managers have to lower expectations. In Week 4, he had one reception for 25 yards. Sure, he had six receptions for 99 yards in Week 3, but that didn’t carry over to the next week. The Chargers face the Browns, and it’s hard to trust Palmer this week, even if Allen misses another game.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.