Week 5: Get 'Em In, Get 'Em Out

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Well hello there!  I am finally back.  Hopefully you survived the first four weeks without me.  Through the gauntlet of injuries that have taken place, I am proud to say that I have, as I sit at 4-0 heading into Week 5.  So that little humble brag is my resume as to why you should listen to me as we embark on this year's Get 'Em In. Get 'Em Out.  I know, I know.  As I just stated I did not pump any articles out the first four weeks, but hey, 2020, what are you gonna do?  Things happen.  But I am here now so let's get rolling. Two players, each game, Get 'Em In or Get 'Em Out.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears

  • Get 'Em In
    • Ronald Jones - For the second straight week, Jones will not have Leonard Fournette to compete with for backfield work.  Last week, without Fournette, Jones made it over the century mark on 20 carries, all the while Tampa was in a passing shootout.  Fournette is not the only Buccaneer that will be missing from action tonight as O.J. Howard is now out for the year,  Chris Godwin will be absent with a hamstring injury, and Mike Evans is highly questionable.  Couple all those missing pass catchers, and a short week, I would expect Tampa to rely on the run a lot tonight.  Jones is always capable of a dud, however, with the amount of work lined up for him this evening, he is must start RB2 with a RB1 ceiling.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Tom Brady - For literally every reason I just listed above.  Yes we have seen Brady do a lot with less throughout his career, but it's a short week, which then tends to make teams leans on the run more anyway because of the simplicity of the game-planning.  With possible COVID cancellations and injuries, I get if you HAVE to start Brady, but if you don't, go with someone else.

Los Angeles Rams @ The Washington Football Team

  • Get 'Em In
    • Tyler Higbee - Higbee has a been a real boom or bust play all season long.  His big boom came in week two when he hauled in three scores.  Besides that game he has seen 4-5 targets a game, but with no touchdowns.  I would not worry about him this week though.  Washington defense is beatable, especially with rookie monster defensive end Chase Young still on the shelf.  Higbee should be a red zone target for Goff against a Washington defense that has given up the second most touchdowns to tight ends in the league.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Terry McLaurin - So this is one of my patented you're not actually benching him, but be wary picks.  McLaurin has been a PPR dream this year scoring in double digits every single game, and scoring over 20 twice.  Washington is going to need to throw the ball to keep up with LA.  There is no doubt in my mind about that.  But my fear is Kyle Allen.  We saw him last year in Carolina and he was really, meh.  Who knows what kind of chemistry he has with McLaurin making me worry about his numbers this week.  He also has a thigh injury rendering him less that 100 percent.  I would play him if he dresses, but with the knowledge of, it may not be his best day.  McLaurin can be labeled as a WR3 this week.

Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans

  • Get 'Em In
    • John Brown - Couple of things to note here.  First, there is a very good chance this game is not played and may go down as a Tennessee forfeit because of failure to comply with COVID protocols.  You must keep that in mind as you set lineups this week.  Second, Josh Allen is not listed here because he is officially now a Must Start player every single week.  Boy, that escalated quickly with him, huh?  Now, as for John Brown.  Besides for a random goose egg Week 3, Brown remains ones of Allen's top targets.  Couple that with the Titans having a bottom third of the league pass defense, it makes Brown a great play this week.  Not sure the Titans have anyone that can keep up with Brown's speed.  If this game takes place, get both Allen and Brown in your lineups. 
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Ryan Tannehill - I just do not love the matchup against the Bills defense, or the lack of weapons he will have for the game.  Adam Humphries and Corey Davis have both landed on the Covid List while A.J. Brown remains limited with a knee injury.  If this game is played, the Titans could find it real project to get down the field and into the endzone. 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Eric Ebron - The Eagles are terrible against opposing tight ends.  Did you know that?  Now you do.  The Bengals game was the only one so far where a tight end did not score against Philadelphia.  And the boom Tyler Higbee had I just mentioned above, happened against these Eagles where he hit the endzone three times.  Steelers had an unexpected bye last week because of the Titans outbreak, and you know damn well they spent time to learn this themselves.  They will look to Ebron often when they get to the red zone.  Start him with confidence this week.  
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Carson Wentz - If you're still starting Wentz I feel bad for you son, you got 99 problems and your fantasy quarterback is your biggest one.  Wentz still has no competent receivers besides Zach Ertz, who in my opinion doesn't look totally into the season after the Eagles front office stiffed him on contract discussions.  The offensive line stinks, Wentz stinks, and the Steelers defense does not stink.  Go grab Teddy Bridgewater off the waiver wire instead.  You will thank me on Monday morning.

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

  • Get 'Em In
    • Teddy Bridgewater - That my friends, is what we call in the biz, a segway.  Teddy Bridgewater is not a great fantasy quarterback.  But anyone can be great in a given week.  He did that last week against a weak Cardinals defense, throwing for 276 yards, two scores, and rushing another one in.  Now he comes into the Atlanta matchup with a hot hand against a bad defense.  The Falcons pass defense currently sits in the bottom three in the league.  There is no reason why Bridgewater cannot match last weeks output, and if he does, that would be a 30 point performance. 
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Joey Slye - Panthers are going to need to score points in order to outduel the Falcons, not settle for field goals.  Also, Slye has missed at least one kick three out of the four games so far.  He has a monster boot, but accuracy just isn't his thing. 

Arizona Cardinals @ New York Jets

  • Get 'Em In
    • Kenyan Drake - If not now, then when?  The Jets are plain awful all over the board and the Cardinals should easily get out in front in this one and turn to the run game.  I get it, you own Drake and you're beyond frustrated with his output so far.  He just played the pathetic run defense of the Panthers and couldn't crack 40 yards.  You're angry.  It's warranted.  But don't make any rash decisions while you're angry.  Give Drake one more shot this week and he should hit the endzone for the first time since Week 1.
  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Jamison Crowder - The Cardinals defense has played surprisingly well early on against the pass, ranking in the top 5 through four games.  Then there is Crowder coming off of a seven catch, 104 yard game last Thursday.  So what gives?  Joe Flacco.  That's what.  Darnold will be out with a sprained shoulder and the Jets need to hand the keys to Joe Flacco.  Who at this point in his career is probably driving a 1974 Gremlin.  Flacco makes Crowder real hard to trust this week.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs

  • Get 'Em In
    • Hunter Renfrow - Renfrow has seen nine and eight targets respectively the last two weeks, making him an excellent "volume" play this week at Kansas City.  The Raiders are expected to have to throw to keep up with Kansas City on Sunday, and the Raiders are thin at wideout.  Henry Ruggs III is nursing a hamstring injury and is questionable at best.  Bryan Edwards is again looking like a no-go.  Expect Andy Reid and the Chiefs to hone in on tight end Darren Waller, opening things up for Renfrow.  He makes for a strong flex play this weekend.

  • Get 'Em Out 
    • Josh Jacobs - Week one Jacobs played one of the worst run defenses in the league with the Carolina Panthers.  Then he played much tougher opponents with New Orleans, New England, and Buffalo, totaling just 31 points through those three games.  Kansas City is not stout by any means, but they are not a pushover either.  Be careful playing Jacobs this week.  I still would, but with RB2 expectations, not RB1. 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

  • Get 'Em In
    • D.J. Chark/Keelan Cole/Laviska Shenault Jr. - I cannot believe I am saying this, but I love all of the Jaguars receivers this week, in that order.  Chark is coming off a monster game against the Bengals that saw him reel in eight balls for 95 yards and two scores.  He is the number one option and Houston provides another enticing matchup.  Keelan Cole has had a role in the offense every single week, catching at least four balls, and topping 40 yards.  Shenault also has posted very similar numbers to Cole every single week.  He however is questionable with a hamstring injury.  If he cannot give it a go, I love Chark and Cole even more.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Brandin Cooks - I was clearly a little overzealous with my love of Cooks before Week 1.  He was once again been MIA for the majority of the season, culminating last week with a goose egg against the putrid Vikings pass defense.  At this point I am all set with Cooks and would not touch him until he put together back to back decent showings. 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens

  • Get 'Em In
    • Marquise Brown - A good defense?  Marquise Brown bad.  A bad defense?  Marquise Brown good.  Cincinnati defense?  Bad.  Marquise Brown? ______ You fill in the blank.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • A.J. Green - It's such a shame how much A.J. Green has fallen off.  After back-to-back injury filled seasons, the hope with Burrow at quarterback was to see more of the old Green.  Unfortunately, that has not happened.  Green has looked slow at times, and Burrow seems to be enjoying the likes of Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins more.  It's hard to see this being the week Green gets it going either.

Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jerick McKinnon - The easy answer of course would have been George Kittle.  He proved last week, regardless of who is playing quarterback, he can put up a monster stat line (15/183/1).  The less clearer answer is McKinnon.  Raheem Mostert has started practicing in a limited fashion this week after missing two weeks with a sprained MCL.  That however tells me, even if Mostert goes, he will be less than 100 percent and McKinnon will still have a role.  At least for this week.  Against a bad Miami defense, that makes McKinnon a respectable Flex play this Sunday.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick - Nobody has hills and valleys like Ryan Fitzpatrick.  One week he is Fitzpatrick, the next he could be Fitzmagic.  I don't think we see the magic come Sunday.  Fitzy has already thrown five interceptions this year.  Two of which came last week against Seattle's Swiss cheese pass defense.  The Niners have a ton of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but still have the sixth best pass defense to this point in the year.  They will make it tough on Fitzpatrick, who will more than likely try a few throws he shouldn't try.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

  • Get 'Em In
    • Ezekiel Elliott - Zeke is coming off two down weeks.  In those down weeks he still scored 17, and 21 points respectively.  If that's a down week sign me up for an up week.  A lot has been made of Zeke's recent struggles/fumbles and I think he comes out with a purpose on Sunday.  I feel Dallas will use him more than they have the entire season and I will hit you with a fearless forecast of 25 carries, 115 yards, three catches, and two total touchdowns. 
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Dallas Defense -  This is a matter of don't get cute. Yes, we know how bad the Giants offense has been, and people try and find a streamer defense to hit big.  This ain't it.  Trust me.  Dallas' defensive issues run so deep even the Giants are going to find green on Sunday.  Don't try to hit a homerun with their defense, because in the end, you will be striking out.

Indianapolis Colts @ Cleveland Browns

  • Get 'Em In
    • T.Y. Hilton - Go peruse any other site with a Start/Sit article and let me know what they are saying about Hilton.  Actually no.  Don't go to any other site.  Stay right here on Boston Sports Syndicate.  I will tell you what they are saying.  They are saying bench him.  And rightfully slow.  Hilton does not have the fantasy numbers, or even the volume.  Through four games he only has 23 targets and only brought 13 of them in.  13 catches all year!  George Kittle caught 15 passes just last week alone.  So why start Hilton?  Maybe it's a gut feeling.  Maybe I just think he is due.  Maybe its because the Dallas game showed two things last week.  One, that the Cleveland offense is humming, and two, the Cleveland defense can be thrown on.  So if my math is correct.....carry the 2.... Okay, that means the Browns will put up some points, and the Colts will need to try and play catch up for really the first time all year.  Enter Hilton.  Got to take risks sometimes folks.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Baker Mayfield - The Browns scored 49 points against the Cowboys last week.  Mayfield must have had a massive fantasy day!  Wrong - 18 points.  Mayfield scored 18 points last week.  The most Mayfield has scored all year was 19 and it was against the Bengals.  Mayfield is playing better this year, but it's just not translating to the fantasy world.  This week against the Colts, Mayfield faces a defense that has allowed less than 200 passing yards in three out of the four games they have played this year.  Probably not the week that Baker cracks the 20 point threshold.

 Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots

  • Get 'Em In
    • Patriots Team Defense - Billy Ripken at quarterback or whatever his name is.  No Courtland Sutton.  Melvin Gordon is overrated.  And this team just kept Pat Mahomes down.  Pats defense all day and worth the price in daily.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Melvin Gordon - Nobody is better at neutralizing their opponent's best player than Bill Belichick.  Like I said, they just kept Pat Mahomes down for almost four entire quarters.  Melvin Gordon is the Broncos best player at this current time and that's not saying much.  Bill will force the Broncos to throw the ball and shut Gordon down.  Send Gordon to the bench until next week when Miami heads to Denver. 

Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks

  • Get 'Em In
    • Tyler Lockett - I don't know what in the world happened last week where Tyler Lockett caught only two passes against Miami.  Neither of which even happened until the fourth quarter.  I will say this though, Seattle noticed that too.  Tyler Lockett is too good of a player to see that poor of an output happen again against another inferior opponent.  The Vikings defense is a shell of their former self currently sitting as the fourth worst pass defense in the league.  Back at home this week, look for Russ and Lockett (and Metcalf) to expose that secondary all day long.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Kirk Cousins - Seattle's defense is allowing an average of 30.2 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.  That's really good.  For the quarterbacks that is.  However, Cousins has not hit the 30 point mark yet this season and he just played a really bad Texans defense which only allowed Cousins to get to 16 fantasy points.  Then you have the fact it's a primetime again and we all know those are Cousins' kryptonite.  I think this game has Dalvin Cook's name written all over it and I just cannot bring myself to trust Cousins.  It's a hard pass for me.

Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints

  • Get 'Em In
    • Joshua Kelley - The recipe isn't great on paper.  The Saints run defense is pretty good.  And you would think the Saints are going to get out in front of this one, forcing the Chargers to play keep up.  But let me take you to just a week ago when Justin Herbert when shot for shot with Tom Brady and the Bucs and these are not the Saints of old anymore.  If the game can remain close, and it should, solely based on volume, Kelley is worth a dart throw.  I know of his fumble issues too, which is the absolute WORST thing for a rookie running back.  But with Ekeler out, and the Chargers already know what they have in Justin Jackson, there is really no reason Kelley shouldn't get a decent volume game.  Kelley is a legitimate flex play.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Tre'Quan Smith - This pick is solely off of the expectation that Michael Thomas will be back on the field Sunday.  If he is, Smith is a no go.  If Thomas remains out one more week, then you should roll the dice one more time on Smith.  If you rolled the same dice last week you were rewarded with a two touchdown effort.  With a Chargers defense riddled with injuries, even Smith could find another decent fantasy day, but only if Thomas sits. 
 

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