2023 Week 5 Fantasy Football Starts & Sits: Daniel Jones, Gus Edwards, Calvin Ridley & More!

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Hey everyone. My apologies for no article last week. Unfortunately, I deal with severe mental illness that occasionally renders me unable to be productive. Not to worry though, I am doing better now and hope to continue bringing you content weekly until the end of the fantasy season! With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

QB START OF THE WEEK: Daniel Jones, NYG @ MIA (ECR: 15, my rank: 12)

I know, I know. Daniel Jones hasn’t played well this season, and he’s probably just not a good quarterback. However, Miami is not a particularly strong defense against quarterbacks, and it’s likely that the Giants will be playing from behind most of this game. Therefore, Jones will be forced to air the ball out and run more than he has this season.

Russell Wilson, DEN vs. NYJ (ECR: 18, my rank: 9)

QB SIT OF THE WEEK: Jared Goff, DET vs. CAR (ECR: 9, my rank: 19)

Goff may be at home, but he is likely to be without Amon-Ra St. Brown and could be without Jahmyr Gibbs as well. Carolina is also a stout pass defense. Conversely, the Panthers are not good at stopping the run, which plays right into the gameplan of the Lions. I expect another ground-and-pound effort from Detroit, leaving Goff without many opportunities to score fantasy points.

Trevor Lawrence, JAX vs. BUF (ECR: 10, my rank: 13)

RB START OF THE WEEK: Gus Edwards, BAL @ PIT (ECR: 30, my rank: 24)

The Gus Bus rides again in a positive matchup against a suspect Steelers run defense. I expect Baltimore to lead for most of this game, resulting in more carries for Edwards and increasing the likelihood he scores a touchdown.

Dameon Pierce, HOU @ ATL (ECR: 23, my rank: 31)

I’ve been seeing a lot of positivity on fantasy Twitter regarding Pierce’s usage. Don’t fall into this trap. Pierce is not a particularly talented player and he plays in a pass-heavy offense. No matter how much he’s on the field, he is unlikely to produce boom weeks and does not have a high PPR floor.

WR START OF THE WEEK: Jakobi Meyers, LV vs. GB (ECR: 25, my rank: 18)

This one is simple: Meyers has received 26 targets in three games this season and has double-digit targets in each game he’s played with Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start this matchup. He should be a fixture in your lineups until further notice.

Christian Watson, GB @ LV (ECR: 30, my rank: 24)

WR SITS OF THE WEEK: Calvin Ridley (ECR: 17, my rank: 31) and Christian Kirk, JAX vs. BUF (ECR: 22, my rank: 28)

Jacksonville’s offense seems stuck in the mud. The fluidity and explosiveness they played with last season has gone missing, and I do not expect it to suddenly reappear against a tough Bills defense. These two Jaguar wideouts are merely flex plays this week.

TE START OF THE WEEK: Jonnu Smith, ATL vs. HOU (ECR: 20, my rank: 10)

Whether you like it or not, Smith is the TE1 in Atlanta due to Kyle Pitts being clearly hampered by a right leg injury. He caught six passes for 95 yards last week and gets a juicy matchup against the Texans on Sunday. He’s also averaging five receptions and 60 yards per game on the season. He’s a starter every week unless the matchup is poor.

Hunter Henry, NE vs. NO (ECR: 14, my rank: 11)

Dallas Goedert, PHI @ LAR (ECR: 8, my rank: 18)

What are we doing here? Goedert has 21.8 PPR points in the entire season. That is simply not playable. Goedert’s ranking is due to his name, not his performance. I won’t be fooled and you shouldn’t be either.

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