Heading into Week 5, there are twice as many teams that have yet to win a game (6) than teams with no losses (3). The Patriots, Chiefs and 49ers are the only unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL, with the first two looking like they are on a collision course for an AFC title game rematch come playoff time. But it’s still early, so let’s talk this week’s matchups. Even if you’ve lost a few games in fantasy football so far, there is still time to right the ship and make a postseason run in 2019. This week, Jordan Howard piques my interest as the headliner for Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, after he racked up three touchdowns in Week 4 and proved to be the focal point in what was supposed to be a crowded backfield in Philadelphia.
Start ‘Em QB: Jameis Winston, TB @ NO
Jameis Winston is an impossible puzzle to solve. One week, he looks like absolute garbage, turning the ball over on offense and failing to get anything going through the air. The next week, he looks like a top-tier quarterback. After all, he is a former Heisman winner, a former National title winner and a former No. 1 overall pick, so the talent is clearly there. Now, he has a certified QB guru at head coach in Bruce Arians and looks ready to take the next step on his way to earning that lucrative contract extension he is seeking this offseason.
Through four games, Winston ranks fifth in passing yards (1,167) and tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (9), despite throwing five interceptions already. Nevertheless, he is coming off back-to-back weeks as a top-5 fantasy quarterback. Plus, this week, he takes on a Saints defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to the position per game (24.7). They also allow the fifth-most yards per play at 6.3, which is ideal for a big play offense like Tampa. Expect a big day for Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on Sunday.
Sit ‘Em QB: Dak Prescott, DAL vs. GB
The biggest reason that I don’t like Dak Prescott isn’t necessarily that he had a dud of a game against the first contender he faced in 2019. Rather, it’s because of the injuries to his offensive line and the matchup against the newly renovated Green Bay Packers defense. First, Prescott has been notoriously bad throughout his career without Tyron Smith lined up at left tackle. Second, Green Bay has an extra-long weekend to prepare for the Cowboys, after dropping a close one to the Eagles last Thursday. And third, the Packers defense is among the best in the league. They have young playmakers at every level, starting with Preston Smith up front leading to Darnell Savage and Jaire Alexander in the secondary.