As the fantasy football season rolls on, the injuries pile up. We are starting to learn more about each team and how they perform. This gives us more data on how well teams defend against each position and this can help us make start/sit decisions. Look at your team, look at the opponent of the player you are starting, and make an informed decision.
START This Quarterback
Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
The Dolphins' offense is pretty solid, and part of that was because of Tua Tagovailoa, but also because of the weapons on the team. Bridgewater stepped in last week and did a decent job. He had 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception in relief of Tagovailoa. He should improve on those numbers with a full week of practicing with the team and a good matchup against the Jets.
SIT This Quarterback
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
The Vikings face the Bears, and while Chicago has struggled on offense, the defense has fared better. Cousins has been consistent this season so far, throwing for about 250 yards per game, one or two touchdowns and the occasional interception. Those numbers aren’t fantastic, and a tough defense just makes starting him even more difficult. Plus the Bears have been sieve-like against the run, so this could be a game where Minnesota leans on Dalvin Cook.
Related: RB/WR Fantasy Advice for Week 5
START This Tight End
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers
After only seeing one target in Week 1, Njoku has stepped up as a viable tight end. He had 10 targets in Week 3 and seven in Week 4. He turned those targets into 14 total receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown. His usage is increasing and the team needs him. The tight end position is always tough, so look to Njoku if you need a jolt at the position.
SIT This Tight End
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
At the beginning of the season, it seemed like Engram might have a fresh start in Jacksonville. Everything seemed to be lining up for him, and then the season started. Catching all four of his targets in Week 1 helped, but it was only for 28 yards. He had eight targets in Week 2 and caught seven of them for 46 yards. After that, however, he has a total of two receptions for 25 yards in the past two weeks. There is no sign that his usage will increase, although you never know. It’s too hard to trust Engram as a starting fantasy tight end.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots
Owned in only two percent of Yahoo leagues, the Lions DST is a nice streaming option for Week 5. They face the Patriots, who are down to their third-string, rookie quarterback and have some injury concerns at wide receiver too. Detroit is not a stellar D but the matchup is oh-so-appealing. If you are looking for a plug-and-play option, the Lions is it this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
The Cowboys have been a solid fantasy DST this season, but they have a tough matchup on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Rams are a high-powered offense and Dallas isn't the strongest defense statistically other than limiting the damage done on the scoreboard (15.5 ppg). Yes, the sacks have been there but it will probably be a little more difficult to take Matthew Stafford down compared to Carson Wentz.
— 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.