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

Bills running back Zack Moss cuts back against the Texans. Jg 100321 Bills 32

With four weeks of the NFL season already in the rear-view mirror, in-season trends are starting to form and data is becoming more actionable. It might be tough to bench some of these guys you drafted in the earlier rounds, but sometimes it has to happen. In the words of Bruce Lee, “Be water.”

So let's get to it: Here is the Week 5 edition of fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em.


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QB KIRK COUSINS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Some may be jaded after a truly awful outing last week against the Cleveland Browns, but Cousins still lands in a good spot for Week 5. Even with his meager 11.1 point showing, Cousins is the QB14 on the season — right in the streaming category. It’s also likely that many managers dropped him to waivers this week.

The Vikings benefit from a prime divisional matchup with the Detroit Lions. The Lions haven’t given up as many points as you’d think to quarterbacks; through four weeks, they’ve actually allowed the 14th-least fantasy points to the position. However, Cousins should be more than capable of exploiting receiver matchups — both Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have top-three matchup advantages this week according our WR/CB Matchup tool.

RB ZACK MOSS, BUFFALO BILLS

You may recall  Zack Moss was in this position last week before rushing 14 times for 61 yards and a touchdown. He had a red zone target as well but was unable to haul it in as Josh Allen put just a tad too much heat on it. Sunday marked the second week in a row where Moss collected five red zone rushing attempts and one red zone target — a great sign for incoming touchdown variance.

Related Content for you: NFL Week 5 Positional Fantasy Football Rankings via Nathan Jahnke

Moss draws the one of the easiest running back matchups of the week in the Kansas City Chiefs. They have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position and have given up at least 29 points in every game this season. Moss might never be a workhorse, but he’s in a great spot for chunk yardage and touchdown scoring.

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