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5 must starts for fantasy football in week 5

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Who to put in your line up to secure a Week 5 victory.

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Another mixed bag for my must starts in Week 4, not helped by injuries. My gamble on Terry McLaurin who was questionable throughout the week with a hamstring injury ended with the rookie sitting out the loss to the Giants and then John Ross exited the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers with shoulder injury and had only 6.6 PPR points at that stage. He has subsequently gone on IR and is likely done for the season. Tony Pollard also gave us a big fat 0 as he was on the field for just two snaps and didn’t see the ball after what looked like a breakout Week 3 performance.

On the plus side, Sterling Shepard put up a tasty 16.9 points and finished Week 4 as the WR15, Will Dissly had 18.7 points and was the TE2 and Carlos Hyde put in a useful 10.4 point performance as the Texans lost to the Panthers.

Onto Week 5 and here are my must starts to help you win your fantasy match up this week.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals @ Bengals - 92.9% owned

The evergreen Larry Legend continues to be productive and has become a real asset to Kyler Murray as he finds his way in the NFL. With 23 catches already in 2019, Fitzgerald is seeing plenty of volume and that’s set to continue against the Bengals with Christian Kirk set to miss the match up. The Bengals have been a bottom three pass defense so far this season and Fitz could a be huge asset in your flex this week.

WR Allen Robinson, Bears @ Raiders - 92.0% owned

Even without Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, Allen Robinson is a must start as he is by far the number one option in the Bears’ passing game. Even when Trubisky went out, Robinson still caught seven passes from Chase Daniel and this week faces a bottom five pass defense in the Raiders in the first of the 2019 London games. Robinson is averaging 13 PPR points per game this season so is a great floor as a WR2/Flex this week.

RB Nyheim Hines, Colts vs Chiefs - 39.2% owned

At the time of writing, Marlon Mack is yet to practice this week which doesn’t bode well for his availability come Sunday. Nyheim Hines may not be a straight replacement as a runner, but if he can add some additional rushes to the nice floor he’s establishing in the passing game, Hines is worth a start in deeper leagues.

TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals vs Cardinals - 18.7% owned

This one is all about the match up. The Cardinals have been horrible defending tight ends so far this season, allowing an incredible 27.8 fantasy points per game to the position over the first four weeks. Eifert comes into the game healthy but without a major contribution so far this season. However, with John Ross now on IR, Eifert becomes the number two passing option in the Bengals offense so you should buy low and reap the benefits this week.

WR Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Chargers - 78.3% owned

Though Sutton has one fewer target on the season than Emmanuel Sanders, over the past two weeks, Sutton has seen 17 targets to Sanders’ 13 and has put the ball in the paint twice. This trend, plus the match up against a Chargers team that is currently in the bottom 10 against the pass means Sutton is on track to be the Broncos’ number one receiver and a borderline WR1 in your fantasy line up.