Week 5 is here and so are my sit and start recommendations for the week. Jordan Howard and Marcus Mariota both excelled and laid an egg, respectively, in Week 4 proving that I might have some idea what I’m doing in this weekly column.
Carson Wentz (QB, PHI) – at DET: The rookie sensation heads to the Motor City coming off a bye week. The past two weeks will have the Eagles game planned well for the listless Lions secondary who has allowed 12 passing touchdowns and an average 120.0 passer rating to opponents. The return of Zach Ertz, who proved to be one of Wentz’s favorite targets in Week 1, should give him plenty of ammunition to run rough shod on Detroit.
Terrance West (RB, BAL) – vs WAS: West has been sitting on most league’s waiver wires for the first three weeks of the season. He’s been the starter all season, but hasn’t done much to gain fantasy owner attention. Taking a closer look though West averages over four yards per carry, but was only given 10-12 carries a game in the first three weeks. In Week 4, John Harbaugh kept feeding West and was rewarded with 113 yards and a touchdown. Washington ranks near the bottom of the league in rushing defense so I foresee a lot more Terrance West this week.
Quincy Enunwa (WR, NYJ) – at PIT: There should be plenty of targets for Enunwa this week as Eric Decker continues to sit out with injury. Enunwa is a great WR3 or Flex starter this week if bye weeks are depleting your lineup. Pittsburgh has looked dominant offensively this year, but they rank 30th in passing yards allowed in the league.
Tevin Coleman (RB, ATL) – at DEN: Coleman has proven to be a solid option for any team’s FLEX position this season, but with a trip to Denver I don’t like the matchup. The Broncos limited Charles Sims to only 35 yards on the ground last week and with Coleman splitting carries with Devonta Freeman he may struggle to score this week.
Ryan Mathews (RB, PHI) – at DET: I am not a fan of the Ryan Mathews backfield situation. Not only is Mathews coming off an ankle injury, but while he was recovering from the injury Darren Sproles was looking like he drank from the fountain of youth scooting all over the field in Week 3. This is going to be a running back by committee team for the foreseeable future which is a risky start for Mathews on your fantasy team. Sproles has proven to be the go-to back on passing downs which also hurts Mathews ability to score in PPR leagues.
Matthew Stafford (QB, DET) – vs PHI: The Eagles defense leads the league in passing touchdowns allowed with zero and is third in opponent’s passer rating (66.1). Stafford has been up and down this season with his two biggest games coming on the road at Indy and Green Bay. Stafford has only one touchdown pass and three picks in home games this year.