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Week 5 fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em for IDP leagues

We’re already a month into the 2020 NFL season, and some of your fantasy football teams could be 4-0, while others may sit at 0-4. Regardless of whether you're undefeated, winless or somewhere in between, the decisions we make from this point going forward will be crucial in determining whether our teams can carry momentum going forward to be a playoff contender or whether we are going to just go through the motions and let our teams fall by the wayside.

For those willing to keep grinding, here are Week 5’s best, but less obvious, starts and sits.


START — Chandler Jones, ED, Arizona Cardinals (vs. NYJ)

To say that the past two games have been disappointing for Chandler Jones would be an understatement. Not only has he not graded out as his usual dominant self, but he has also recorded only a single pressure in the past two games while being held without a sack since the second quarter of Week 1. It’s definitely frustrating for fantasy managers who have watched him tally double-digit sacks in each of his past five seasons, but don’t give up on him just yet. There is potential for a saving grace heading into Week 5 for Jones in the form of the New York Jets, led by Joe Flacco.

The Jets could also be without first-round rookie tackle Mekhi Becton, who has been one of the only bright spots in this offense. If Becton can’t go on Sunday, it will be up to Conor McDermott, who holds a 46.1 pass-blocking grade in 2020 with seven allowed pressures, and George Fant, who has allowed five pressures en route to a 67.3 pass-block grade in three games this year. The Jets present Jones' best matchup of the year — as such, it's his best opportunity to get back on track this season with a big game.

SIT — Maxx Crosby, DE, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. KC)

Maxx Crosby, a 2019 fourth-rounder out of Eastern Michigan, was one of the biggest surprises of last season. He had an incredibly efficient 2019 campaign in which he turned just 45 total pressures into 11 sacks on the season. The man is nothing if not efficient when it comes to showing up in the box score. It's a similar story this season, as he has just four total pressures yet three sacks.

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