Start/Bench/Flex Advice for Week 5 of Fantasy Football

By: Jonathan Goad

After another decent week with my picks, let’s get right into Week 5.

Side note: let me know how much I’m helping your team. And if you end up winning your league, a share of your winnings would be nice…


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Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

Davis had a monster game last week (9-161-1) against the reigning champs’ defense. He also saw a season high 15 targets. It’s safe to say that Marcus Mariota loves him some Corey Davis. It’d be shocking to see Davis get fewer than ten targets in this week’s contest against Buffalo. Get him in your starting lineup.

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Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

Jones is the best back that the Pack has. He’s out performed Jamal Williams and Ty Montgomery. He had 12 touches for 82 yards and a TD last week against Buffalo. The Packers play the Detroit Lions this week who are among the league’s worst rushing defenses. Jones should run all over them. There’s big potential for an Aaron Jones breakout game this week. Start him.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are struggling to run the football. There’s no questioning that. However, Hines is the guy I want in that backfield simply because he catches passes. He caught two TD passes last week. He also saw eleven targets, catching nine. In a matchup with the Patriots, Hines should see plenty of work as the Colts are likely to trail for most of the game. Expect Hines to have several catches out of the backfield once again.


Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

Chances are you’ve got a better option at QB. Mayfield did pick up Cleveland’s first win in two years, but don’t expect him to fair well this week. The Browns play the Ravens who are very good against opposing QBs. Add that to Mayfield being a rookie in what will only be his second start, and I’m skeptical of him this week. Bench the rook.


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

In a game against the poor Chiefs defense, Thomas only posted a 4-24-0 stat-line. He hasn’t topped 63 receiving yards in a game this season and has only scored once. He’s riding the pine for my team(s) until he proves he deserves to start. Some of the blame is on Case Keenum, but that’s just more reason to bench Demaryius this week.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Ingram returns this week from a four-game suspension. While he averaged 18 touches per game last season, I wouldn’t expect anything close to that with this being his first game of the season and with the way Alvin Kamara is playing. Why would you want to take away touches from the leading RB in fantasy? That wouldn’t be smart coaching, Sean Payton.



Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers


He’s had a nice season so far (19-289-2), and is coming off an eleven target game. However, he did suffer a concussion in the game against Buffalo. If he plays, I’d still be hesitant with him. The Lions are solid against WRs this season. No WR has gone for more than 63 yards, and they’ve only given up three passing TDs. On the flip side, the Lions haven’t seen many good WRs this season. There’s some potential, but I’d be cautious with Allison this week.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

It’s looking like Devonta Freeman will return this week. That means Coleman will move to his 1B role. While he still provides some value, he won’t see the touches that he has in the past few weeks. Also, the Steelers have only given up one TD on the ground. Don’t expect too much from Coleman this week.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

I know, I know. You can’t flex a QB (in most leagues). I’m not advising to bench him either. All I’m saying is to lower your expectations for Mahomes this week. The Chiefs play the Jaguars who haven’t allowed a QB to throw for over 234 yards. They’ve also only given up three passing TDs. With his historic start to his career, you’re likely going to start him anyway. Just don’t be surprised if he underachieves a bit this week.


Best of luck to everyone this week except my opponents. Seriously guys, I need a win.

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