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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 5: Kareem Hunt and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

Hunt is in line for even more touches now that Nick Chubb is on IR

Fantasy owners need to be aware of what is going on behind the scenes throughout the league. With more and more positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee, the Bills-Titans game is in jeopardy of happening on Sunday. It's unlikely the game will be played on Monday either, so fantasy owners may need to make sure they have other options besides any Bills or Titans, unless your league is making exceptions. Therefore, there are no Bills or Titans mentioned below in start/sit, because it's impossible at this point to say if the game will be played. With Green Bay and Detroit on bye, fantasy owners should start the best team they possibly can, as difficult as that may be.

 

Week 5 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Detroit, Green Bay

 

START These Running Backs

 

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Rams

With a touchdown in the past three games, Gibson should be started in most fantasy formats. Especially in PPR leagues, he is becoming more and more part of the game. With Dwayne Haskins being benched, look for Kyle Allen to check the ball down to Gibson this Sunday against the Rams. While it is possible that Washington will be playing from behind, Gibson has earned the role as the starting back. He's an RB2 in all formats.

 

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

When Nick Chubb went down in Week 4, Hunt had 71 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He wasn't involved in the passing game at all, but that should change. This offense will likely be his, with D'Ernest Johnson stepping in as needed. Hunt has been dealing with a groin injury, but he had that same injury designation last week and played just fine. Start him as an RB2 with upside.

 

SIT These Running Backs

 

J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

For the first two weeks of the season, it seemed that Dobbins may be gearing up to have a significant role in this offense. Then Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards got their chances, making this backfield one confusing timeshare. Dobbins has 22 rushing yards and five receptions for 39 yards in the past two games combined. If the Ravens are going to continue to basically divide the carries between the three backs, then none are probably worth starting in fantasy. Barring an injury, Dobbins is simply a stash option right now.

 

Dion Lewis, New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

After Saquon Barkley went down, there was some talk that Lewis would be the main back until Devonta Freeman got settled in the offense. After that Lewis would become the primary pass-catching back. At this point, Lewis should probably be the bench(ed) back. In the past two weeks combined, he's rushed for 10 yards and has three receptions for 18 yards. Based on the way the Giants' offense has been playing, it's hard to justify holding onto Lewis, let alone start him in fantasy.

 

START These Wide Receivers

 

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy owners of Brown likely wanted more from the speedy receiver. He has yet to find the end zone (although he was very close in Week 4) and he has two games with more than 80 yards and two under 45. Brown did miss practice on Wednesday, so fantasy owners should monitor that. It's likely it was just a day of rest, but ensure that Brown practices Thursday and especially Friday, but start him with confidence despite his "meh" performance so far.

 

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins

It is very difficult to trust a player coming off injury in their first game back. Fantasy owners got that out of the way with Samuel in Week 4. He had three receptions for 35 yards in his season debut, and the team has said that he will be eased into the offense. With George Kittle catching all 15 of his targets, there wasn't a lot left for others. The 49ers may not go that route again against Miami, so look for Samuel to be a solid WR3.

 

SIT These Wide Receivers

 

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals

In Week 4, the only Jets offensive player to have a decent fantasy day was Crowder. He had seven receptions for 104 yards. He's gone over 100 yards in the two games he's played this season. He scored a touchdown in Week 1 before missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. The Jets face the Cardinals at home this Sunday, but it will be Joe Flacco and not Sam Darnold at quarterback. Flacco will likely try to get the ball to Crowder, but Arizona knows this. With no one else on the Jets to really fear, it's going to tough for Crowder to do much, although desperate fantasy owners may still start him as a WR3.

 

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

In Week 4, Cooks had three targets and caught none of them. He's had one decent game this year, recording five receptions for 95 yards in Week 2. Bill O'Brien has been fired, and it's not clear how this will impact the offense, if at all. Regardless, Cooks should remain on fantasy benches until he can prove he can be trusted – or an injury to Will Fuller makes him a more appealing option.

 

— 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.

 

(Top photo by Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns, courtesy of browns.com)

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