2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
In many PPR fantasy football leagues, the receiver position is what many look forward to utilizing. It’s time to continue our fantasy series with a fantasy football Week 5 wide receiver start ’em sit ’em evaluation.
Receivers can really win and lose your fantasy games. Finding a consistent receiver who puts up the numbers every game is tough to find. There have been a number of receivers who have stepped up this season.
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Fantasy Football Week 5 Wide Receiver Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
Samuel is turning into a threat in his third year in the NFL. He is fresh off of eight catches, 156 yards, and a two-touchdown game against the Seahawks. He’s turning himself into one of the leagues’ best receivers.
The 49ers will face the Arizona Cardinals this weekend who are ranked 25th against opposing wide receivers. Rookie QB Trey Lance will get the start, and should continue to hit Samuel like he did last weekend. Samuel is in line for another solid performance.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – Baltimore Ravens
Brown is fresh off of a great game against the Broncos. He finished with 91 yards and a touchdown and looks to be a rising star in this league.
The former Oklahoma Sooner will continue to get a ton of targets from Lamar Jackson and he is finally starting to stay healthy. He’ll face the Colts for Monday Night Football who are ranked 19th against wide receivers. Brown could be a WR1 this week, and he’s shown to play well in primetime games before.
DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Parker is a streaky fantasy football receiver. He has never been anyone you could seriously rely on but has shown flashes of stardom in his career.
The Dolphins will go up against the 32nd ranked Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. This should be a breakout game for Parker as the Bucs will be without multiple starters in their secondary. Brissett is the QB, but he’s shown the ability to complete passes. Parker should be heavily utilized.
Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns
Beckham missed the first two weeks of the season and has yet to make his mark. Everyone knows how talented he is, but his health is a major factor. Many fantasy players want to start him, but he is too risky to do so. He has just seven total catches in two games this year.
The Browns will face a tough defense against the 2nd ranked LA Chargers on Sunday. LA has shut down opposing receivers this year and doesn’t look to be done. Jarvis Landry will be out, so Odell should get more looks than normal. Although, his fantasy value remains low. He is likely a flex option at best this week, for desperate teams.
Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears
Robinson isn’t having the season he or anyone had hoped to see. His fantasy value has lowered because he came into the season as a potential breakout candidate. So far this year, his best fantasy game displayed two receptions for a touchdown.
He’ll face a Las Vegas Raiders this weekend, who have been solid on defense. They will be without a few members of their secondary, so there is a light of hope for Robinson this week. With Fields at QB and the inconsistency from Robinson’s play, he shouldn’t start until he proves to establish numbers.
Sterling Shepard – New York Giants
The former Sooner is starting to find his place in the NFL. He started off hot this year but is currently dealing with a hamstring injury. Shepard missed last week’s game against the Saints after being removed from the game against the Falcons. He played well in his first two games, combining for 16 catches and a touchdown.
Whether Shepard plays or sits, his value won’t be great this week against the Cowboys regardless. Dallas corner Trevon Diggs already has five interceptions, and the Giants have multiple guys that Jones can target. If you are desperate to start Shepard, he’s a flex option at best if he does indeed play.