Heading into Week 5, some fantasy owners have tougher start/sit decisions to make. There are four teams on a bye this week. While the 5 Up/5 Down column is not meant to directly tell fantasy owners who to start or sit, it should help when looking at the rankings for each position. It may also help when looking at DFS lineups.
At the end of the column is the full disclosure, listing how well last week's picks performed. Please note the 5 Up/5 Down column is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
In the past three games, Palmer has thrown for more than 300 yards each game and four touchdowns. He only has two interceptions in that span as well. The running game has faltered since David Johnson went down, so it's been up to Palmer to throw the ball. He's used his running backs and his wide receivers in order to get the offense going. He's ranked No. 10 this week, but against a soft Philadelphia defense, he should break into the top five.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
With only two touchdowns through four games, Blount has shown that he's not going to offer a repeat of 2016 in terms of getting into the end zone. In Week 4, he did run for 136 yards, but that's not going to be the norm either. However, with Wendell Smallwood banged up and potentially out for Week 5, Blount may see a larger than normal role this week. He's ranked the No. 21 running back, but he should crack the top 20.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
This is a gamble because fantasy owners haven't seen Murray with a full workload this season. He has been dealing with recovering from offseason ankle surgery, but he'll be given the majority of carries in Week 5. Sure, Jerick McKinnon is still in the picture, but we've all seen McKinnon have the opportunity to secure the Minnesota running back role and fail. It's up to Murray, and he should perform better than his No. 30 ranking.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
In his first game in 2017, Fuller had four receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, however, he was able to spread the field for the Texans. Deshaun Watson had options other than DeAndre Hopkins. While it was his first game back, that kind of production cannot be expected each week. However, he is slowly making his way onto the fantasy radar. He's ranked as the No. 38 wide receiver, and he has the potential to out-perform that ranking.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets
He has a great matchup and he showed that he was back and ready to play in Week 3, his first game back from suspension this year. After a 5/31/0 stat line in Week 3, he caught all four of his targets in Week 4 for 46 yards. As long as that trend increases, he will have TE2 value. He's ranked as the No. 14 tight end this week but he could exceed that.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
With only six touchdowns through four games, Roethlisberger hasn't looked like the borderline QB1 that he was being drafted as. He did have three away games, but he returns home this week, which should help. However, the No. 9 ranking is still a bit high. The Steelers face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who actually allow the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. While they haven't faced any of the big names, their defense is solid. This shouldn't be a big Big Ben game.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
While Miller struggled in the first three games, he finally found the end zone in Week 4. He tallied his highest rushing yardage total (75) of the season as well. However, this does not mean that he is a top-10 running back this week. Kansas City's run defense is stout. Aside from the three rushing touchdowns they gave up to Mike Gillislee on the first night of the NFL season, the Chiefs allowed just one other to a running back. Miller should finish outside the top 10.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery owners must be frustrated by this point. He's had tough matchups and he's faced some of the best cornerbacks in the league. Week 5 is no exception as he has a date with Patrick Peterson when the Eagles face the Cardinals. Jeffery is ranked No. 21, but it is going to be tough for him to break into that tier. Jeffery is a solid wide receiver, but he has struggled in tough matchups (3/38/0 vs. Josh Norman in Week 1, for example).
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer is going to throw the ball, however, the problem in Arizona is that there are too many pass catchers. Andre Ellington had the most targets and receptions in Week 4. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown each had seven targets, but Jaron Brown had 14. Throw J.J. Nelson in the mix along with Jermaine Gresham and others and all those mouths to feed lead to fantasy headaches. Fitzgerald is ranked No. 12, and one Arizona receiver will probably break the top 12, but trying to figure out which one is anyone's guess.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
While Witten is usually a pretty steady TE2, he's ranked No. 12 this week. He faces a Green Bay defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. He's had one reception in each of the past two games for a total of 12 yards. While he may have a bigger role this week, it's not a great matchup.
Full Disclosure, Week 4:
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ranked: 13, Actual: 7)
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (Ranked: 16, Actual: 36)
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ranked: 23, Actual: 34)
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (Ranked: 33, Actual: not in top 50)
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ranked: 18, Actual: 3)
Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (Ranked: 8, Actual: 12)
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (Ranked: 4, Actual: 37)
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints, (Ranked: 6, Actual: 4)
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Ranked: 13, Actual: not in top 50)
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints (Ranked: 12, Actual: 38)
Bonus: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers (Ranked: 13, Actual: 27)
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.