Fantasy Football Week 5 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Leonard Fournette ready to rumble against reeling Dolphins


As we enter into October, you should have a good idea of what your Fantasy team is right now. There have been four weeks of the season, and hopefully your team is looking like a playoff contender. If not, don’t be afraid to shake things up.

You don’t have to start guys just because you drafted them with an early-round pick. If a player is struggling — Myles Gaskin, Allen Robinson, Kyle Pitts, etc. — and you have a better option on your bench, use that guy. And you should explore making trades.

While the season is extended this year with an extra game, you don’t want to fall to 0-5 or 1-4 if you can avoid it. Be aggressive as a Fantasy manager and do something to save your season. This is why we play this game, right? To run our own franchise and hopefully make it a winner.

We’ll continue to do our part to help with your lineup decisions, but you control your own destiny. And if things aren’t going right then don’t just hope that “this is the week my guy comes through.”

Use the player that gives you the best chance to win if it makes sense and not the guy you drafted in a certain round. And explore making a trade if your roster needs help. Even if your Fantasy season got off to a rocky start, you can still save your roster. Time is running out, but you can still make it happen.

Editor’s Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

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Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em

The only thing missing for Leonard Fournette so far this season has been a touchdown, and hopefully he can find the end zone this week against Miami. He’s worth trusting as a quality No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues, and he’s our Start of the Week.

Fournette has been Tampa Bay’s primary running back this year. He’s scored at least 11 PPR points in three of four games, and he has at least three receptions in each outing. It appears like Giovani Bernard (knee) could return in Week 5 after being out in Week 4 at New England, but that shouldn’t have much of an impact on Fournette’s role. He’s led Tampa Bay’s running backs in snaps in every game this season.

Against the Patriots, Fournette had 20 carries for 91 yards, along with three catches for 47 yards on five targets. It would be great if the Buccaneers fed him that much again. The Dolphins have been terrible against opposing running backs so far this year, and Fournette has the chance for a standout performance.

Miami has allowed six touchdowns to running backs and four guys — Damien Harris, Devin Singletary, Peyton Barber and Jonathan Taylor — have gained at least 90 total yards, with Harris, Barber and Taylor rushing for 100 yards. We know Tampa Bay will probably still be pass-heavy in this matchup with Tom Brady, but Fournette should get plenty of work.

I hope he can find the end zone for the first time and lead Fantasy managers to a big week. I’m excited about Fournette in this matchup with Miami.

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Broncos (at PIT): Ben Roethlisberger (hip) is playing hurt, and the Steelers aren’t scoring many points. They’ve been at 17 points or less in three games in a row, and the 23 points they scored in Week 1 at Buffalo is a season high. Roethlisberger has been sacked at least twice in every game, and he has four interceptions in his past three outings. The Broncos defense has eight sacks in the past two games and has held three teams to 13 points or less.

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Bills (at KC): The Bills DST is No. 1 this year by far, but this is a good week to find an alternative option. Buffalo has shut out two of its past three opponents with Miami in Week 2 and Houston in Week 4, but Kansas City is scoring an average of 33.5 points per game. While Patrick Mahomes does have four interceptions on the season, he’s only been sacked five times. While the Bills defense might slow down the Chiefs offense, the Bills DST is not worth starting in most leagues this week.

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