We had a nice bounce back week in week four of the season, going 5-2 to bring us back up to 14-12 on the year. Now we move to fantasy football week five, where the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars are all on their bye week. I’m going to go back on what I said last week, as we will be sticking with the Yahoo and DraftKings daily fantasy sites for at least one more week. With that, we begin week five of Start ’em Up:

QB- Trevor Siemian/Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons (Yahoo Price- Siemian $31/Lynch $27, DraftKings Price- Both $5200)

Siemian’s injury was one of my only blemishes last week, and we still don’t know who will start this Sunday, but the bottom line is that whichever one of these guys starts is going to be worth playing against a terrible Falcons defense that has given up three passing touchdowns in each game they have played this season. Even though Atlanta won last week, they still gave up two touchdowns to Derek Anderson of all people. Siemian will probably start if he is healthy, but even if the Lynch era begins this week, expect a big game out of the Broncos starting quarterback.

RB- Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts (Y- $21, DK- $5200)

Howard was my special performance last week, and I’m sticking with him this week. He had 132 all-purpose yards as the starter against the Lions and has looked better each week as John Fox and the Bears coaching staff gains more confidence in him. Against the lowly Colts defense that just cut their starting inside linebacker (Sio Moore), you should feel confident in Howard too. Expect his first career rushing touchdown and at least 100 yards this week.

WR- Sterling Shepard, New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (Y- $2400, DK- $5500)

Monday night’s game against the Vikings was the lowest fantasy output the rookie has produced all season, but that’s more a product of how good Minnesota’s defense is than anything Shepard did. This week the Giants head to Lambeau to take on a putrid Packers secondary that let Marvin Jones explode for over 200 yards and two scores in week three before it went on its bye week. Plus, the storyline to watch is how Odell Beckham’s frequent temper tantrums could affect the rest of the Giants receivers. If Beckham forces the coaching staff to sit him down so he can cool off, I would expect a true breakout performance out of Shepard, who has shown his talent in many moments thus far this season.

TE- Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets (Y- $13, DK- $2900)

James’ season numbers are nothing to shout about this season: twelve receptions for 85 yards and two scores through the first four games. But the Jets defense has looked rather pedestrian over the last two weeks; with Travis Kelce catching six balls for 89 yards and a score, than getting torched by Jimmy Graham for six more catches and 113. James isn’t as talented as either of them, but he has a good rapport with Ben Roethlisburger, who should have no problem exploiting the Jets weakness at stopping opposing tight ends, meaning James could be in line for the best game of his career.


RB- Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins (Y- $17, DK- $4800)

West has been an enigma throughout his career and this year is no exception. A strong training camp that had the Ravens coaching staff talking him up to the media ultimately led to three subpar performances as Baltimore tried a running back by committee approach that didn’t work out for anyone, only to then finally explode in week four against the Raiders for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. With Justin Forsett released, John Harbaugh said that the Ravens will continue to ride the hot hand which, even with Kenneth Dixon set to return this week, should be West. Washington’s defense has given up seven scores and two 100-yard games to backs this season, so I have no problem riding West’s hot hand this week, and neither should you.

WR- Brice Butler, Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears (Y- $10, DK- $3500)

This is a straight Hail Mary play here, as we still don’t know how committed the Cowboys are to Butler as a legitimate playmaker in Dez Bryant’s absence. But last week definitely gave the indication that Dak Prescott will use him if he can, and he led all Cowboys receivers in snaps player (62), while being targeted twice in the red zone, turning one of those targets into a score. Take a flier on him if you need a cheap receiver this week, but know that there is a chance Bryant returns, which would kill Butler’s value, in addition to being a pretty stupid move if Bryant isn’t at 100 percent.

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