Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery

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Thomason: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em For Week 5

Tyler Boyd has a quality matchup, while Alshon Jeffery could have trouble on the horizon.

Jack Thomason
October 04, 2018 - 10:48 am

(670 The Score) "Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em" is a breakdown of some of the best and worst fantasy football matchups to help you navigate setting your lineups for the week.

My goal with this article is to provide you with a player to start who may not be the most obvious of starts and to share a player to sit who you normally wouldn't consider shying away from regardless of the matchup.


START – Blake Bortles, Jaguars (at Chiefs) The Chiefs defense is sporting No. 30 ranking in both Football Outsiders' DVOA and 4for4's adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA). Bortles has at least 33 pass attempts in every game this year, he has thrown for more than 350 yards in two of the last three games and six touchdowns over that same span. No one has slowed the Chiefs offense down, and Vegas has Kansas City as four-point home favorites with a 26.5 team total. That means Bortles should do plenty of throwing to keep the Jaguars close. Couple his volume against a bad defense, and he's a quality fantasy play.

SIT – Russell Wilson, Seahawks (vs. Rams) The Seahawks are seven-point home underdogs with a 20.5- point team total. The Rams are the sixth-best team against quarterbacks in aFPA and the seventh-rated team in pass DVOA. Their defensive line that's anchored by Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh should eat up the Seahawks' offensive line en route to another victory. Seattle is also going back to its run-heavy approach, with just 26 pass attempts in each of the last two weeks. That's going to limit Wilson's ceiling and his floor as well.

Running back

START – T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars (at Chiefs) Yeldon has been fantastic filling in for an injured Leonard Fournette. He has played at least 62 percent of the snaps in three of four games and is averaging 82.5 yards and 0.75 touchdowns on 16 touches per game. The Chiefs are next in line and currently rank 30th in aFPA to running backs and 32nd in run DVOA. I love me some Yeldon this week.

SIT – LeSean McCoy, Bills (vs. Titans) How can you trust McCoy right now? He's playing just 54 percent of the snaps and seeing 9.7 touches per game. The volume isn't there in like it has been in years past. Even with the Titans' defense boasting a No. 25 ranking in run DVOA, McCoy isn't worth a spot in your starting lineup as the Bills are four-point home underdogs with a paltry 17.5-point team total. 


START – Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. Dolphins) Boyd has been nothing short of sensational for the Bengals, compiling 26 receptions, 349 yards and two scores in four games. Has has also posted back-to-back 100-yard efforts in the last two weeks. The Bengals are tied for the third-highest team total this week (27.5 points), and their offense has been clicking on all cylinders, having scored at least 34 points in three of their four games this season. Boyd should be involved early and often, and Tyler Eifert's injury should only boost Boyd's target share. 

SIT – Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (vs. Vikings) Benching Brandin Cooks last week because he was most likely to see Xavier Rhodes didn't work out so well. That being said, Cooks is a different receiver than Jeffery. Rhodes' size and length should match up well against Jeffery's game, which includes the same attributes. Minnesota also ranks 12th in DVOA to No. 1 receivers, and Rhodes has something to prove after being called out by his head coach. Jeffery will hold his own, but owners may be too excited about him after a big day in his first game back last Sunday.

Tight end

START – Vance McDonald, Steelers (vs. Falcons) McDonald and Jesse James had been about even in snaps since McDonald's return to the lineup in Week 2. Then on Sunday the snaps went 60-40 in favor of McDonald, who has seen five targets in every game since his return. Meanwhile, James has seen a combined two targets in the past two weeks. The Falcons are normally tough against tight ends, but with no Deion Jones and few other injuries to key Atlanta defensive players, McDonald is worth a start in a game that has the highest over/under of the week at 57.5 points. 

SIT – Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (at Eagles) You're probably not benching Rudolph, but with the concentration of targets heading toward Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and the Eagles being historically stingy against tight ends (third in DVOA, second in aFPA), you may want to limit expectations. The Eagles have also been vulnerable to perimeter receivers. The Vikings are also only sporting a team total of 20.5 points.

Other starts: Alex Smith (at Saints), Austin Ekeler (at Raiders), Sterling Shepard (at Panthers) and Austin Hooper (at Steelers)

Other sits: Eli Manning (at Panthers), Lamar Miller (at Cowboys), Devin Funchess (vs. Giants) and David Njoku (vs. Ravens)

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​