Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 5: Calvin Ridley and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice

Ridley can't possibly outscore Julio Jones again this week — or can he?

There are some interesting names at the top of the wide receiver fantasy football scoring leaderboard as we have reached the quarter pole of the season. Golden Tate, Copper Kupp, Calvin Ridley are all top 12 in fantasy scoring at the position so far this year. All of them are ahead of Antonio Brown and A.J. Green, to name a few.

 

Choosing the right wide receivers to start week in and week out can be vital to your fantasy football success, especially in a PPR league where guys like Tate become so important.

 

Of course, you are always going to start your studs, but what about Calvin Ridley? Is he really worth starting again this week? And what about Will Fuller?

 

Keep reading for Week 5 advice, but first let's take a quick look to see how Week 4 start/sit suggestions turned out.

 

Good Calls for Week 4...

Start Sterling Shepard (15.7 fantasy points) – Shepard took advantage of a great matchup and had his best game of the season so far.

 

Sit Chris Hogan (2.5 FP) – The Patriots' offense finally gets it going, but Hogan is an afterthought and now Julian Edelman returns from suspension.

 

Start Trey Burton (14.6 FP) – It finally happened, the Trey Burton breakout game. Hopefully you kept him on your roster and if so, you were finally rewarded.

 

Bad Calls for Week 4...

Start Mike Williams (1.5 FP) – Just when it looked like Williams was becoming an important part of the Chargers' offense, he catches one of three targets for 15 yards.

 

Sit Jared Cook (23 FP) – It looks like Cook is going to be a TE1 for the time being thanks to Jon Gruden.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay

 

Wide Receivers

 

START THESE WRs...

 

Calvin Ridley, ATL (at PIT)

The Falcons' first-round pick, who didn’t have a single catch in the season opener against the Eagles, has since scored six touchdowns in the last three games. Ridley’s quickly becoming one of the hottest rookies of the first half of the season and fantasy owners should gamble with him in their lineups. Mohamed Sanu had more targets (9) than Ridley (6) in Week 4, but it’s the quality of the targets that Ridley is getting that is producing fantasy numbers. Ridley leads the Falcons with five red zone targets in the last three weeks and the Steelers are giving up the third-most fantasy points to WRs this season.

 

Alshon Jeffrey, PHI (vs. MIN)

Jeffery didn't waste any time getting becoming fantasy relevant after missing the first three games. Jeffery totaled eight catches on nine targets in Week 4, netting 105 yards and a touchdown. Entering this season this matchup may have looked daunting, but the Vikings' pass defense is in shambles.  Minnesota is allowing 8.5 yards per pass attempt, and that's not just accumulated from Week 4's disaster against the Los Angeles Rams. The Vikings have struggled each week on the defensive side of the ball and the national audience finally witnessed it last Thursday. Jeffery and the Eagles should have room to maneuver in the passing game this Sunday.

 

Tyler Boyd, CIN (vs. MIA)

The Dolphins are without cornerback Bobby McCain (knee) this week at Cincinnati, while safety Reshad Jones (shoulder) has missed the past two games. Jones is expected to play Sunday, but this is a Bengals' passing attack that's been clicking and Boyd has been one of the keys to that success. He's scored at least 21 PPR points in each of the past three outings, with at least six catches and 91 yards in each game, and he'll benefit even more with Tyler Eifert (ankle) out the rest of the year. The Dolphins have allowed six receivers to score at least 12 PPR points this year.

 

MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

 

Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (vs. DEN)

Enunwa is consistent, he’s put up nearly identical 4-57-0 and 4-66-0 lines on eight targets apiece in the last two games. He’s emerged as Sam Darnold's favorite target and Denver’s defense has been susceptible through the air. The greatness of Patrick Mahomes aside, the Broncos are league average (between 15th and 17th) against No. 1, No. 2 and slot receivers.

 

SIT THESE WRs...

 

Keelan Cole, JAC (at KC)

The Jaguars' wide receivers are an interesting group. Donte Moncrief has the biggest share of air yards at 35.28  percent (296), followed by Cole at (20.72, 192) and Dede Westbrook (19.88, 166). Week 4 saw Jacksonville’s offense tally 77 snaps, with both Cole and Moncrief in for 60 and Westbrook in on 57. Westbrook has 28 total targets, while Cole is at 24 and Moncrief has 22. So basically any one of them could have a big game, but it isn’t worth the gamble especially since you didn’t draft Cole to be a fantasy starter anyway.

 

Devin Funchess, CAR (vs. NYG)

Surprisingly, the Giants' secondary has been much improved this season. It’s the rushing defense (28th in the NFL) that has been the problem. Expect a big game for Christian McCaffrey in this contest, with players like Funchess getting nothing but the scraps. If you have a better option, I would use it in Week 5.

 

Sterling Shepard, NYG (at CAR)

Shepard has been good this season. He's seen at least seven targets in three of four games, including a 10-target outburst in Week 4 against New Orleans. He even has two touchdowns on the season. He's been productive, despite not gaining many yards. He has less than 50 receiving yards in two of four games, and has reached the 80-yard mark only once. And if you're counting on scoring touchdowns, Shepard just isn't going to have room against a Carolina defense that is solid at keeping receivers out of the end zone. The Panthers are top 10 in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, with the ability at limiting touchdowns a big reason why. This isn't a great matchup for Shepard, especially with the Panthers playing at home and coming off of a bye.

 

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

 

Will Fuller, HOU (vs. DAL)

This warning isn’t about Fuller’s hamstring injury. He's listed as questionable for the Week 5 game against Dallas. Even if he plays, though, it would be wise to keep him on the bench. He continues to score touchdowns for the Texans. He has a touchdown catch in every game this season. However, against a defense like Dallas, there won’t be the opportunity for multiple fantasy options for the Texans. The Cowboys allow just 6.6 yards per pass attempt, ranking ninth in the NFL. Dallas also allows the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

 

Tight Ends

 

START THESE TEs...

 

George Kittle, SF (vs. ARI)

Tight end has been a barren wasteland in 2018. Travis Kelce is the only guy living up to expectations. Zach Ertz has been close but has not scored a touchdown yet which hurts. Kittle has been one of the more consistent players at the position this year and with C.J. Beathard now at quarterback, Kittle should still see a strong target share. Kittle and Beathard played college ball together at Iowa and that rapport has carried into the NFL. Kittle has gone over 75 yards in all but one game and just scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He is third on the team in red zone opportunities and fifth among all tight ends. Additionally, the Cardinals' linebackers have struggled in pass coverage so far this season.

 

Jared Cook, OAK (at LAC)

Cook had a couple of duds after his breakout opener, but he bounced back with two scores and 110 yards against the Browns. Do you know how many times before 2018 he's had two 100-yard games within the first four games? Here's a hint: Never. Jon Gruden has made Cook a point of emphasis in his offense.

 

Austin Hooper, ATL (at PIT)

The Steelers gave up 100-yard performances and at least one touchdown to tight ends in Weeks 2 and 3, and Baltimore's Maxx Williams almost stretched out for another score on Sunday. Hooper has had a couple of lackluster games but this one in Pittsburgh figures to be a shootout and the defensive matchup favors him.

 

MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

 

C.J. Uzomah, CIN (vs. MIA)

The Bengals' passing game has been clicking and with Tyler Eifert done for the year, it’s Uzomah’s turn to get in on the action as Uzomah has been used more than Tyler Kroft so far this season. He has eight targets to Kroft’s five, but most important is that Uzomah played in 70 percent of the snaps last week compared to Kroft’s 27 percent. Miami has held opposing tight ends to a combined 226 receiving yards with no TDs, but opportunities could be there for Uzomah, especially if stud corner Xavien Howard sticks to A.J. Green in coverage.

 

SIT THESE TEs...

 

Charles Clay, BUF (vs. TEN)

The Titans were roughed up by Zach Ertz (10-112-0) last week, but kept Mike Gesicki, Jordan Akins, Ryan Griffin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins each under 25 yards in the first three weeks. With eight targets through three weeks, Clay was nearly invisible before seeing six targets in Week 4, so perhaps those in PPR formats can take solace in his being a safety outlet for Josh Allen, but don’t count on it.

 

David Njoku, CLE (vs. BAL)

Njoku had his best game of the season, catching five of his seven targets for 52 yards, but he might have a tough time continuing his momentum in Week 5 when the Browns face the Ravens, who are fourth in the league against the pass (193.3 ypg).

 

Benjamin Watson, NO (vs. WAS, Mon.)

Watson is coming off a terrible game, managing just 3.3 fantasy points in the win over the Giants and to make matters worse, he lost snaps to Josh Hill. Keep Watson on the fantasy sidelines in this matchup against another NFC East team. Quarterbacks have averaged a mere 52.4 passer rating when targeting the slot against the Redskins, and Watson has run 55.7 percent of his routes out of the slot. Find a better option like the aforementioned C.J. Uzomah.

 

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

 

Kyle Rudolph, MIN (at PHI)

Rudolph has been a consistent but unspectacular part of the Vikings' offense through the first month, but he faces a Eagles defense in Week 5 that has held three of four opposing tight ends to under 34 yards thus far.

 

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

 

(Top photo courtesy of www.atlantafalcons.com)

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