The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 5 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 5 Start/Sit list for the offensive side of the ball!

The fourth week of NFL action brought more injuries to sort through, making lineup optimization even more challenging., but the NFL Week 5 Start/Sit list is here to help!

The most notable injuries included Joe Mixon, David Montgomery, Logan Thomas, and DJ Chark. Chark will be out for the year and Montgomery will be out 4-5 weeks, while Mixon, Carson, and Thomas will be considered week-to-week.  Also, consider alternatives for Joe Mixon and Logan Thomas.

The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!


The Week 5 Slate

Week 5 is here, which means we are already a quarter through the season, and this is the last week without teams on bye until Week 15 *insert wide-eyes emoji* Below are some helpful weekly reminders for what to consider for lineup optimization!

Without further ado, the NFL Week 5 Start/Sit list for offensive players!

Thursday Night Football

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
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Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB

If You Must –  Tyler Higbee TE, Robert Woods WR

BustSony Michel RB


Trust –  Russell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Chris Carson RB (if active)

If You MustAlex Collins RB (if Carson inactive), Gerald Everett TE (if active)

Carson is considered week-to-week, so be prepared to have an alternative in place for him.


Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
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TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE

If You MustMiles Sanders RB, Jalen Reagor WR, Kenneth Gainwell RB, Zach Ertz TE


Trust –  D.J. Moore WR, Sam Darnold QB,  Chuba Hubbard RB

If You MustRobby Anderson WR

Bust Terrace Marshall WR

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (in London!)
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TrustCorey Davis WR

If You MustMichael Carter RB, Jamison Crowder WR

BustZach Wilson QB, Tevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB


TrustCalvin Ridley WR, Kyle Pitts TE, Matt Ryan QB, Mike Davis RB, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals
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TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB, Robert Tonyan TE

Bust AJ Dillon RB, Allen Lazard WR, Randall Cobb WR


TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja’Marr Chase WR, Tyler Boyd WR, Tee Higgins WR (if active)

If You MustSamaje Perine RB, Joe Mixon RB


Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
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TrustD’Andre Swift RB, T.J. Hockenson TE

If You MustJamaal Williams RB, Quintez Cephus WR, Jared Goff QB


TrustKirk Cousins QB, Alexander Mattison RB, Justin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

If You MustK.J. Osborn WR, Tyler Conklin TE


Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Trust –  Courtland Sutton WR, Noah Fant TE

If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR


TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Chase Claypool WR (if active)

Bust Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pat Freiermuth TE


Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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TrustMike Gesicki TE

If You MustJacoby Brissett QB, Myles Gaskin RB, Jaylen Waddle WR


Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Antonio Brown WR

If You Must Ronald Jones RB, Leonard Fournette RB


New Orleans Saints  at Washington Football Team
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TrustAlvin Kamara RB

If You MustJameis Winston QB, Marquez Callaway WR

Football Team

TrustAntonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR

If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB, Curtis Samuel WR

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
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TrustDerrick Henry RB, A.J. Brown WR (if active), Julio Jones WR (if active), Ryan Tannehill QB (if A.J. Brown and Julio Jones are active)


TrustMarvin Jones WR, James Robinson RB, Laviska Shenault WR

If You MustTrevor Lawrence QB


New England Patriots at Houston Texans
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If You Must –  Damien Harris RB, Jakobi Meyers WR, Jonnu Smith TE, Mac Jones QB, Hunter Henry TE, Nelson Agholor WR


TrustBrandin Cooks WR

BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RB, Mark Ingram RB, Davis Mills QB


Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders
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Trust –  Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR

If You MustJustin Fields QB, Damien Williams RB


TrustDarren Waller TE, Josh Jacobs RB

If You MustDerek Carr QB, Henry Ruggs WR, Hunter Renfrow WR

Bust Kenyan Drake RB, Bryan Edwards WR


Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
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TrustNick Chubb RB, Kareem Hunt RB, Odell Beckham Jr. WR

If You MustBaker Mayfield QB

BustRashard Higgins WR


TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

If You MustJared Cook TE

BustJustin Jackson RB, Larry Rountree RB


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
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TrustSaquon Barkley RB, WR Kenny Golladay WRDaniel Jones QB

Bust – Kadarius Toney WR


TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE,

If You MustTony Pollard RB

Bust Blake Jarwin TE, Cedrick Wilson WR


San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
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TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR

If You MustTrey Sermon RB, Jimmy Garoppolo QB (if active), Brandon Aiyuk WR, Trey Lance QB (if Garoppolo inactive)

BustElijah Mitchell RB


TrustKyler Murray QB, DeAndre Hopkins WR, Chase Edmonds RB

If You MustJames Conner RB, Christian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR


Sunday Night Football

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
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TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Zack Moss RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR


TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB

If You MustMecole Hardman WR

Monday Night Football

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
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TrustJonathan Taylor RB

If You MustMichael Pittman WR, Nyheim Hines RB, Zach Pascal WR

BustCarson Wentz QB, Colts TEs



TrustLamar Jackson QBMark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR

If You MustSammy Watkins WR, Latavius Murray RB

BustTy’Son Williams RB


Good luck and enjoy the games!

Thank you for reading my NFL Week 5 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me.
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