Each week I’ll be taking three similarly ranked players and tell you if they are a start (they will score more than the average for the player currently at the position where they are ranked) or a sit (they will score less than the average). I’ll also rank them. Then, I’ll take the Yahoo Fantasy Football app’s predictions and see if I’m doing better or worse. The scoring will be HPPR, but the predictions work for 0 PPR or 1 point-per-reception scoring, as well. Note: Yahoo! might update their projections mid-week, in which case I’ll update this article.
Start or Sit Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett or Gardner Minshew in Week 5
Start or Sit Jameis Winston Week 5
It is hard to know which Jameis Winston you are going to get. If you started him the first two weeks of the season, you got two touchdowns, three interceptions and probably lost your match. In the last two weeks, Winston has thrown for seven touchdowns combined and over 350 yards each game. He also had two interceptions, but Jameis gonna Jameis. Perhaps most important of all in the question of whether to start or sit Jameis Winston versus New Orleans in week five is how good are the Saints at stopping the pass? The answer is not very good at all. New Orleans has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The only team worse are the Dolphins, meaning the Saints are the worst legitimate NFL team against opposing quarterbacks. If match-ups matter to you, then you need to start Jameis Winston in week 5.
Start or Sit Jacoby Brissett in Week 5
Interesting stat: Jacoby Brissett is way better than I gave him credit for. While not technically a stat, it is true nonetheless. Through a quarter of the season, Jacoby Brissett is a top ten fantasy quarterback. If you predicted that before the season started, you probably blackmailed Andrew Luck into retiring. In the last three weeks, Jacoby Brissett has finished as a QB1 in most 12 man leagues. In week five, he will be facing a Kansas City Chiefs team that has a great offense and a mediocre defense. For the Colts to have any chance of winning, they will need to keep up with the Chiefs offense. And if they do, Brissett is gonna have himself a good game. Through four weeks, there is no reason to think that Brissett won’t produce, which makes week five a good time to start Jacoby Brissett in week 5.
Start or Sit Gardner Minshew Week 5
What are you doing? I know Minshew mania is sweeping the nation, but why would you even ask yourself this question? I get it, you were desperate for quarterback help on your waiver wire and saw the Gardner Snake staring back at you and thought, “he is kinda not terrible.” However, if you decide to start Minshew, you should only do so with the expectation of getting a high floor performance. If you need 200 yards and two touchdowns, Gardner Minshew will get you 200 yards and two touchdowns. If you need 300 yards and three touchdowns, Gardner Minshew will get you 200 yards and two touchdowns. If you need someone to watch your kids, Gardner Minshew will get you 200 yards and two touchdowns. The man is a metronome of a quarterback. Quietly consistent, but rarely exciting. So if you want to Start Gardner Minshew in week 5, just know what you are getting.
Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett and Gardner Minshew ranked for week 5:
Waleed Ismail (that’s me): Winston > Brissett > Minshew
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