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NFL Week 5 fantasy football start 'em or sit 'em

For fantasy managers sitting at 1-3 or 0-4 heading into Week 5, this week is critical when it comes to start/sit decisions. More injuries are upon us, and bye weeks have us scrambling to find replacements for Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Kenny Golladay and T.J. Hockenson. Many rosters won’t be at 100%, so we need to squeak out wins however we can.

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I'm here to be your guide through weekly sit/start questions across traditional 10- and 12-team leagues, along with deeper formats.

So, without further ado, get ready for the fifth edition of the 2020 PFF fantasy football start ‘em or sit ‘em.


Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position this season, but a lot of that has to do with the beating they imposed on Nick Mullens. They also faced Dwayne Haskins Jr. in Week 1 — he's now been regulated to bench duties in favor of Kyle Allen.

In Weeks 2 and 3, the Eagles faced Joe Burrow and Jared Goff who both posted over 23 fantasy points. They each threw for multiple touchdowns and averaged just under 300 yards passing.

The Eagles’ biggest weakness is slot cornerback Nickel Robey-Coleman, so I would expect Big Ben to expose the matchup there with JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Eagles' defense does rank first in the league in total pressures, which is why I think they're interesting DST to stream this week, but the advantage still goes to Roethlisberger. His OL has PFF’s fifth-highest pass-blocking grade (79.3) — he has seen pressure on just 22.2% of his dropbacks, the sixth-lowest percentage in the league.

And even if the Eagles can get pressure, Roethlisberger has the eighth-best passer rating (93.8) under pressure this season. 

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