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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 5

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 5

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Let's get right into the Week 5 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:


Amari Cooper, WR, OAK (vs. SD) - Cooper has been wildly disappointing this season, seeing a dip in production for four straight weeks. But he should have no trouble righting the ship against a Chargers defense that was struggling even before its top cover corner Jason Verrett was lost for the season with a knee injury. Cooper should hop back on track this week and leave his last couple duds in the rearview mirror. (Tony Andracki)

Frank Gore, RB, IND (vs. CHI) - The Bears front seven is improved, but they're still not close to being elite, allowing opposing running backs an average of 100+ yards and a TD on the ground each week. Gore, meanwhile, has scored in three straight weeks and while his yards per touch isn't anything to write home about, he's the clear bell cow in Indy and one of the most stable backs in fantasy right now. Start him with confidence in Week 5. (Andracki)

Jordan Howard, RB, CHI (@ IND) - The new battering ram in Chicago draws a mouth-watering matchup against an Indianapolis Colts defense which is allowing just under 20 points per game to opposing fantasy running backs. With Joique Bell as the only other healthy running back in Chicago, look for Howard to be the focal point of Chicago's offensive attack this week at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Scott Krinch)

Steve Smith Sr., WR, BAL (vs. WSH) - We're pretty freaking lucky that we all get to watch Smith add to his Hall of Fame resume for another year. The ageless wonder has been on a roll the last two weeks as he's hauled in a combined 16 catches for 198 yards and a touchdown. Look for Smith to add to that total when he lines up against the fifth-most generous secondary to opposing wide receivers in Week 5. (Krinch)

Carson Wentz, QB, PHI (@ DET) - If Wentz is still sitting on your league's waiver wire, please pick him up. The rookie signal-caller has yet to throw an interception this season, and he's averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game. A date with the Lions is another opportunity for Wentz to prove he's the real deal as their leaky defense has allowed two quarterbacks to throw for four touchdowns and they've given up 300-plus passing yards twice in four games. Wentz should deliver another solid performance, especially with the return of tight end Zach Ertz to the Eagles offense. (Krinch)

Jameis Winston, QB, TB (@ CAR) - Last week was no fluke. This isn't the same Panthers defense that stifled opponents on the way to a Super Bowl appearance. Whether it's related to Josh Norman's absence or not, the Panthers are vulnerable through the air and Winston has been forced to throw, throw, throw this season. A Monday night matchup should result in a nice fantasy day for Winston. (Andracki)

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LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE (@ CLE) - There aren't many weeks where I'm going to sit a running back against the Browns. This week I'm making an exception, and it's not because I don't believe in Blount. With Tom Brady coming back from his four-game Deflategate suspension, the Patriots are going to let him air it out and stick it to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. We're probably looking at an 80/20 passing/rushing split. Brady owners, get your popcorn ready. (Krinch)

Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN (vs. HOU) - After two monster games to begin the 2016 season, Diggs' play as cooled. The second-year wide receiver has collected just nine receptions for 87 yards and no touchdowns in his last two games. I have a difficult time of seeing him break out of that slump in a matchup with a Houston Texans defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown to opposing wide receiver since a first half score to Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery in Week 1. (Krinch)

Matt Forte, RB, NYJ (@ PIT) - Bilal Powell is coming fast on Forte's heels. Much was made about Forte's huge workload in the first couple weeks of the season and we're already seeing the repercussions cropping up in knee and rib issues. Powell could easily see the lion's share of snaps this week against the Steelers and moving forward, Forte might not even be the top fantasy back on his own team. (Andracki)

Terrelle Pryor, WR, CLE (vs. NE) - Pryor has become a must-start after his breakout Week 3, but not against the Patriots. The way Bill Belichick coaches is by taking out the top player on the other team and you could make the case Isaiah Crowell is the Browns' top weapon, but I'd actually argue it's Pryor. He should be listed as "athlete" not just WR given his propensity to line up in the backfield as a wildcat QB or regular QB and he's a threat to run or pass. My bet is the Patriots take Pryor out of the game and force somebody else to try to beat them. (Andracki)

Matthew Stafford, QB, DET (vs. PHI) - Everybody heralds the Denver Broncos as the top pass defense in the league and while they carried that torch last year, it's actually the Eagles leading the pack in 2016. Philly has yet to give up a TD through the air, allowing only 23 fantasy points to opposing QBs TOTAL in three games. That's an average of just 7.7 per week, more than double the NFL average (20.8 fantasy points). With the Eagles coming off a bye, they're as dangerous as ever. Sit Stafford and his top options like Marvin Jones. (Andracki)

Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF (@ LA) - Unless I have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers on my roster, all I'm looking for out of my quarterback position is consistency, and Taylor is the exact opposite of that. In four games this season, Taylor has posted fantasy totals of 3, 29, 11 and 13 points. I'll let somebody else in my league take their chances with him, and I sure as hell won't play him against a Los Angeles Rams defense that held superior quarterbacks in Russell Wilson (nine points) and Carson Palmer (eight points) in check. (Krinch)

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility


D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident


All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.