Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a fantasy football PPR scoring system. This column isn’t about the NFL’s elite players like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor, or Cooper Kupp. Instead, I look at the players you have questions about that may or may not meet expectations at each position. For all your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings, which are updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Fab’s top 10 quarterbacks
1. Josh Allen vs. Steelers
2. Patrick Mahomes vs. Raiders (MNF)
3. Jalen hurts cardinals
4. Lamar Jackson vs. Bengal
5. Justin Herbert at Browns
6. Joe Burrow at Ravens
7. Kyler Murray at Eagles
8. Tom Brady vs. Falcons
9. Aaron Rodgers vs. Giants (London)
10. Russell Wilson vs. Colts (TNF)
My full ranking: QB | RB | WR | TE | TO BEND | K | Summertime
Week 5 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVER | TIGHT ENDS | KICKER & TEAM DEFENSE
Week 5 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
beginning of the week
Tom Brady vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Brady, who was listed as a starter last week, had his best game of the season with 385 yards, three touchdowns and 25.4 points in a loss to the Chiefs. I’d keep him active this week as well, as the Buccaneers are up against a Falcons defense that concedes quarterbacks an average of nearly 19 fantasy points per game. Brady also averaged 29.2 points against her in 2021.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Brady for 283.5 yards (-120)
Joe Burrow at Ravens (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Burrow, who was also listed as a starter a week ago, scored over 20 fantasy points for the second week in a row. I believe he can make it three in a row as the LSU product faces a vulnerable Ravens defense. In the last eight games since last season, Baltimore has conceded quarterbacks an average of 22.5 fantasy points per game. That’s most of it in the NFL.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Burrow over 1.5 touchdown passes (-141)
Derek Carr at Chiefs (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Carr has been inconsistent on the stat sheets, twice scoring over 18 points while also failing to score 14 points in his other two games. I like him this week, however, as the Raiders face a Chiefs defense that concedes almost 22 fantasy points per game to the quarterbacks. Carr has also scored 18+ fantasy points against her in three of his last four encounters.
Kirk Cousins vs. Bears (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Cousins is so contradictory on the stat sheets it will drive you insane, but the matchup against the Bears is right this week. He had success against Chicago, scoring 20+ points in three of his last four games against them. Their defense hasn’t been great this season either, giving the quarterbacks multiple touchdowns in two of their last three contests.
Ryan Tannehill on Commanders (1pm ET, CBS): Tannehill has been hard to trust this season, but fantasy managers in a bond could do worse than starting him in a matchup against the Commanders. Their defense has yielded 10 touchdown passes and 21+ fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Additionally, two of the last three QBs they have faced have scored 26+ points.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Tannehill over 212.5 passing yards (-125)
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• Aaron Rodgers vs. Giants (London, 9:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
• Jared Goff with the Patriots (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Trevor Lawrence vs. Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• Tom Brady vs. Falcons ($6,000)
• Ryan Tannehill at Commanders ($5,800)
• Trevor Lawrence vs. Texans ($5,600)
Week 5 Sit ’em: Quarterbacks
sit of the week
Matthew Stafford vs. Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox): Stafford has been brutal over the past two weeks, scoring 17 total fantasy points with no touchdowns. He just doesn’t look right and his offensive line is a mess. That’s bad news against an aggressive Cowboys defense that’s pressuring Stafford and could force him to make bad decisions. Unless you’re playing in a Super Flex league, Stafford is a sit ’em.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Stafford under 255.5 passing yards (-125)
Geno Smith at Saints (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Smith was one of my favorite DFS players last week and he exceeded expectations with over 30 fantasy points against the Lions. However, I still don’t see him as anything more than a matchup-based option, and this week’s game in New Orleans sucks. Their defense has allowed only one quarterback to score more than 12.9 points against them in their last eight games.
Daniel Jones at Packers (London, 9:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network): Jones put on a nice stat line last week, rushing for two touchdowns while scoring 21.6 points in a win over the Bears. However, he suffered an ankle injury in the game, so he could be somewhat limited or even inactive when the Giants take on the Packers in London. The matchup is bad and if his ankle is also bad then Jones won’t be a fantasy option.
Justin Fields at Vikings (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Fields was an absolute nightmare in fantasy leagues, not scoring more than 13.6 points in his first four games. That makes him a risk even in super-flex and multi-quarterback leagues. While this week’s matchup against the Vikings isn’t bad on paper, it’s impossible to trust Fields on an offense that has given him just 67 pass attempts this season.
Jimmy Garoppolo at Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Garoppolo may find success on the field, but he’s no fantasy quarterback. He has a combined 22.3 fantasy points in his last two games and has not thrown for multiple points in six straight games and seven of his last nine games dating back to last season. So while the matchup against the Panthers isn’t terrible, I just can’t trust Garoppolo.
• Matt Ryan at the Broncos (Thu. 8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video)
• Marcus Mariota at Buccaneers (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Baker Mayfield vs. 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Kyler Murray vs Eagles ($7,400)
• Matthew Stafford vs. Cowboys ($6,400)
• Geno Smith at Saints ($5,500)
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