Top Shelf Starts: Week 5


We’re already 25% of the way through the NFL season. Can you freaking believe that? What a blur.

Top Shelf Starts
Carson Wentz (QB6)- Three games into his young career and I am all-in. Wentz is the real deal and should be considered a solid fantasy starter for the remainder of the season. The Lions have given up 12 passing touchdowns already this season and with the Eagles coming off of a bye, I fully expect Wentz to put up the best game of his career.

Jameis Winston (QB12)- Boy oh boy does Winston’s week 1 gem feel like it was years ago. I’ll stop with that because you already know how I feel – and how I’ve been right thus far. Anyway, is there a dude in the world that’s laughing at the Panthers more than Josh Norman? The Panthers pass defense just got torched by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. I’m not expecting 500 and 300 from Winston and Mike Evans, but they might not be too far off.

Jordan Howard (RB9)- In what already looks to be a lost season for the Bears, at least it looks like they have found their starting running back going forward. Howard should shine this week in his matchup against the awful Colts defense.

DeAndre Washington (RB22)- Latavius Murray is officially ruled out for week five. I’m expecting a 60/40 split between Washington and Jalen Richard. Over his last three games, Washington has averaged over seven yards per attempt. The Chargers have given up five rushing touchdowns in their past two contests which bodes very well for both Washington and Richard. If you’re playing against David Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald and are already down a bunch, Washington could be your home run to get you right back into the game.

Julian Edelman (WR5)- A little banged up and I couldn’t careless. Tom Brady is back and this game begins the biggest “F you” tour you’re ever going to witness.

Cameron Brate (TE9)- Well, Mike Evans can’t catch every pass this week. Brate has quietly become the Bucs number two pass catcher. Again, the Panthers can’t seem to cover anybody and just gave up two receiving touchdowns to Falcons tight ends last week. I see a big week for Bucs players.

Players in the Well
Matt Ryan (QB13)- Well, I got rid of Matt Ryan a week too early as I lost a matchup because I replaced Ryan with Kirk Cousins. Sigh. Ryan has been lights out this season, except the game I started him on Monday Night. Ha, go figure. Ryan is coming off the best game of his career and now gets to travel to Denver and face a defense that’s given up over 200 passing yards, 206 to be exact, just once this season.

Lamar Miller (RB16)- The workload is there. The consistency has been there, yardage wise. However, Miller is averaging less that four yards per carry this season. Not what you’d expect from a player that’s as explosive as Miller is. The Vikings are allowing only 62.5 rushing yards per game and just 3.38 yards per attempt this season. I love Miller as a buy low, but I’m not buying him for this matchup.

Tevin Coleman (RB30)- Remember when Coleman was going to take Devonta Freeman’s job? Yeah, that was fun. Outside of a 47 yards reception in week 1 and a flukey three touchdown game in week 3, Coleman has been pretty blah. I don’t feel he’s perceived that way, though. I do like the talent he possesses, but I see another blah game against the Broncos.