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Fantasy Football: Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Picks And Busts

October 2, 2018
Some Notes:

• Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

• Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard will miss up to a month with a knee injury.

• Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered an apparent concussion Sept. 30.

• Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will miss time again after reinjuring his hamstring. 

• Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly suffered a torn patella and will be out the rest of the year.

• San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis left with a knee injury and will miss at least Week 5. 

• Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins injured his hamstring Oct. 1. 

• New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was unable to practice Oct. 1 due to his ankle injury. 

• Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison is in the concussion protocol. 

• Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton hurt his hamstring and is iffy for the Colts' game against the Patriots Oct. 4.

• Houston Texas receiver Will Fuller hurt his hamstring again.

• Mark Ingram and Julian Edelman return from suspension for Week 5. 

• Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is expected to return for Week 5.

• Running back Le'Veon Bell says he will report to Pittsburgh during the Steelers' Week 7 bye. 

• Jameis Winston will take over as the starting quarterback in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers' bye this week.

• "Thursday Night Football:" Indianapolis at New England

• "Monday Night Football:" Washington at New Orleans

• Week 5 Byes: Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Look to every Thursday for my DFS Cash Game picks. We're 4-0 so far this year.

Hot Pickups Of The Week: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Joe Flacco, Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones, Mike Davis, Nyheim Hines, Geronimo Allison, Dede Westbrook, Taywan Taylor, Christian Kirk, Keke Coutee, Jack Doyle, Hayden Hurst, Nick Vannett, Tyler Kroft 

Last Week's Pickups: Baker Mayfield, Ryan Tannehill, Calvin Ridley, Chris Godwin, Antonio Callaway, Javorius Allen, Wendell Smallwood, Cameron Meredith, Vance McDonald, Ben Watson, Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst, C.J. Beathard, Josh Rosen

Two Weeks Ago: Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Giovani Bernard, Corey Clement, Austin Ekeler, Bilal Powell, Marlon Mack, Tyler Boyd, Jesse James, Kenny Golladay 

Trade Bait: Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Jared Cook, Jordy Nelson 

Studs Of The Week: (We could give this to Alvin Kamara every week, but let’s share the wealth.) Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, DeAndre Hopkins Golden Tate, Kareem Hunt, Jared Cook

Duds Of The Week: Kenyan Drake, Mike Williams, Jordan Howard and Drew Brees

Fantasy Football Start 'Ems For Week 5: 

Quarterback Must Starts: Pat Mahomes, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers

Running Back Must Starts: Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Melvin Gordon Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, Christian McCaffrey, Kareem Hunt, Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel, James White, Giovani Bernard (as long as Joe Mixon is out), Marshawn Lynch

Wide Receiver/Tight End Must Starts: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Tyreek Hill, Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Devante Adams, Emmanuel Sanders, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Alshon Jeffrey, DeAndre Hopkins, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Cooper Kupp, Golden Tate, Corey Davis, Calvin Ridley, Tyler Boyd, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks

Click here for full weekly rankings, including individual defensive players (IDP).

Sleepers Of The Week:
Quarterback: Joe Flacco
Running Back: Dion Lewis
Wide Receiver/Tight End: Josh Gordon
Kicker and/or Defense: Tennessee Titans

Busts Of The Week:
Quarterback: Alex Smith 
Running Back: Carlos Hyde
Wide Receiver/Tight End: Jared Cook
Defense: Jacksonville Jaguars

Locks Of The Week:
Season record: 9-3
1. Cincinnati over Miami
2. New England over Indianapolis
3. New Orleans over Washington 

Picks With Points
Season Record: 32-30

NFL Lines For Week 5
Picks are in bold.

Favorite Line Underdog Total
At New England -10 Indianapolis 53
Baltimore -3 At Cleveland 47
At Kansas City -3.5 Jacksonville 51.5
Tennessee -3 At Buffalo 39
At Carolina -6.5 New York Giants 44.5
At New York Jets -2 Denver 43.5
At Pittsburgh -3.5 Atlanta 57
Green Bay -1.5 At Detroit 50.5
At Cincinnati -6 Miami 50.5
At Los Angeles Chargers -5.5 Oakland 53.5
At San Francisco -4 Arizona 41
At Philadelphia -3 Minnesota 44.5
Los Angeles Rams -7 At Seattle 50
At Houston -3.5 Dallas 45
At New Orleans -6.5 Washington 52

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