The Cut's Week 5 Starts and Sits

This season has been the most challenging to manage through four weeks. Between the cancellations, reschedules, and injuries, you probably haven't been thrilled with the outcomes. We're here to help this week. Before we get started, just a friendly reminder to check out the latest episode of the podcast where we discuss the reasons for these starts and sits in-depth.



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Christian: Deshaun Watson

For what it's worth, I know people that are considering sitting Deshaun Watson because Bill O'Brien was fired. Do not. Watson should finish inside the top-five this week. Play him.

Sean: Kirk Cousins

Cousins has quietly turned in two straight solid performances, mostly because of the emergence of Justin Jefferson. The Vikings get the Seahawks this week, which has been a treat for opposing fantasy-relevance. Start him up.

Randy: Gardner Minshew

He's been great each week of the season (aside from the week that Christian made him his start of the week) and this week, he gets a juicy matchup. Gardner is a solid shout for DFS this week, too.


Randy: Carson Wentz

Running Back

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Christian: Ronald Jones

Well this one already happened. And it turned out well. 1/1 so far.

Sean: James Robinson

It seems as though we want every piece of this game. It helps that Houston has given up top-8 performances to opposing running backs in each of the last three weeks.

Randy: Kareem Hunt

Lowest-hanging fruit you'll ever see.


Randy: Darrell Henderson

Christian: Kenyan Drake

Sean: Joshua Kelley

Wide Receiver

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Christian: DJ Chark

DJ Chark is elite. He's actually been the best receiver in a lot of advanced analytics this season, despite missing a week. Check out the podcast for what those statistics are consistent of.

Sean: Adam Thielen

Also some low-hanging fruit.

Randy: Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson has been the Steelers' WR1 since Week 1, as Big Ben has shown a trust in him that he doesn't always display with young receivers. With Juju getting the tougher corner matchups, Diontae should see a ton of targets this week. And boy, oh, boy, is he dynamic after the catch.


Sean: Terry McLaurin

Christian: Michael Gallup

Tight End

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Christian: Hunter Henry

He plays the New Orleans Saints.

Sean: Evan Engram

In a game in which the Giants will surely be playing from behind, Evan Engram's high target volume should finally result in high fantasy value.

Randy: Dalton Schultz

Schultz has been great all season, and this week should be no different. The Giants should be able to put up points on the other side, and that will force the Cowboys to, once again, throw 9 million times. Start him up.

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