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NFL Week 5: Fantasy football start ‘em/sit ‘em

Carson Wentz deserves more love from fantasy owners. Terrance West is going to get some huge opportunities in Baltimore. Antonio Gates is still a question mark. We offer you advice on who to sit and start for Week 5.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Now sure who to start and who to sit on your fantasy football team as Week 5 kicks off? We can help! From quarterbacks to defenses, get our fantasy advice here in the following podcast and article.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘em

Carson Wentz, PHI (vs Detroit Lions): Despite his hot start, Wentz is only starting in 7.7% of leagues on NFL.com. This week he faces the Detroit Lions, who have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Sit ‘em

Matthew Stafford, DET (vs Philadelphia Eagles): After a weak game last week, Stafford faces a defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Running Backs

Start ‘em

Terrance West, BAL (vs Washington Redskins): With Justin Forsett out of the picture for good, West is the unquestioned starter now and has a good chance to continue his momentum against a Redskins defense that is 30th in rushing defense.

Sit ‘em

Lamar Miller, HOU (vs Minnesota Vikings): At this point it may sound like a broken record, but if your players are going up against Mike Zimmer’s Vikings, look for better options, especially if your player has had over 100 touches so far this season as a starter and has yet to find the end zone like Miller.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘em

Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (vs Atlanta Falcons): The Falcons have been involved in shootouts as of late, which is a good thing for Sanders. Two weeks ago against Cincinnati, he finally developed chemistry with quarterback Trevor Siemian. That carried over in Week 4, even though Paxton Lynch had to fill in for an injured Siemian.

Sit ‘em

Dez Bryant, DAL (vs Cincinnati Bengals): Despite dealing with a bone bruise on his right knee and some attitude problems, Bryant is starting in over 60 percent of leagues. You should probably keep him on your bench until you receive a positive report out of Dallas. And as of now, there isn’t one.

Tight Ends

Start ‘em

Cameron Brate, TB (vs Carolina Panthers): Only three tight ends in the league have more end zone targets than Brate has this year, and over the past two weeks, he has 10 receptions and two touchdowns on 18 targets. Against a Panthers defense that just got rocked by the Falcons, Brate, who is only being started in 4% of NFL.com leagues, is a must start.

Sit ‘em

Antonio Gates, SD (vs Oakland Raiders): The long-time vet looks to return to the field against the Raiders, but don’t expect him to get more targets than his future replacement Hunter Henry on his first game back.

Defenses/special teams

Start ‘em

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs New York Jets): Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is falling apart having thrown 9 interceptions in his last two games. Thanks in large part to his ineptitude, New York is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Meanwhile, the Steelers are only being started in 23.3% of leagues, which seems a bit low.

Sit ‘em

Houston Texans (vs Minnesota Vikings): Sam Bradford is leading an efficient Minnesota offense that knows it doesn’t have to do much to win games behind a staunch defense. The Vikings have only turned the ball over once all season. And the Texans are now without J.J. Watt.