15 players to start in fantasy football for Week 5

christian mccaffrey

Week 4 of the NFL season saw an odd number of close games and blowouts, leading to some wacky fantasy results.

We faired well last week, with 11 of our 15 chosen “start” players either scoring a touchdown or topping 100 yards.

As usual, we try to avoid the most obvious picks — though sometimes they slip in — and choose players you might be bordering on starting or sitting.

Heading into Week 5, here are some players worth starting, a few of them being somewhat risky.

Consensus rankings are the combined average of ESPN, Fantasy Pros, and Yahoo’s weekly rankings.

1. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

2018 stats so far: n/a

Week 5 opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Consensus ranking: 30th among WRs

One thing to know: With Edelman suspended four games and Danny Amendola in Miami, Tom Brady has missed having a reliable slot receiver. Edelman is back now, while there could be some rust (Edelman missed 2017 with a torn ACL and only played preseason this year), he knows the playbook and should be refreshed and ready to go.

2. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

2018 stats so far: 45 rushes, 267 yards, 1 TD

Week 5 opponent: at New York Jets

Consensus ranking: 28th among RBs

One thing to know: The Jets rank second in defensive DVOA, but just 19th in rushing defense, per Football Outsiders. Lindsay got more carries than Royce Freeman last week and found the end zone for the first time in his career. 

3. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

2018 stats so far: 28 catches, 285 yards, 3 TDs

Week 5 opponent: at Detroit Lions

Consensus ranking: 10th among WRs

One thing to know: Adams leads the Packers in targets and catches but is only second in yards, failing to crack 90 receiving yards in all four games. Aaron Rodgers complained publicly after Week 4 about getting the ball to the Packers’ best players. Our guess is Rodgers makes a point to get his top weapon the ball against the Lions’ flimsy defense.

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15 players to start in fantasy football for Week 5