We are now a quarter of the way done of the NFL regular season with Week 4 coming to a close on Monday. In Week 4, we had yet another week that had plenty of quarterbacks who had success in fantasy football, which makes for several intriguing start ’em sit ’em options.
Altogether, we had nine quarterbacks who were able to post at least 20 fantasy points over the weekend. But for the first time this season, the one name who didn’t crack the top 10 in fantasy points at quarterback this week was Patrick Mahomes.
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback had a so-called ‘down’ game with 315 yards and failed to throw a touchdown for the first time since Week 5 of the 2018 season. Even then, Mahomes still managed to have a respectable 18 fantasy points against the Detroit Lions in Week 4.
With that being said, let’s take a further look at who you should consider as start ’em and sit ’em options in your lineup in the upcoming week of football. Before we do that, all picks are made based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
Here are the start ’em sit ’em quarterbacks for Week 5.
QBs to Start in Week 5
Patriots’ Tom Brady (vs. Redskins): The New England Patriots and Tom Brady were rolling offensively in the first three weeks of the season. Then, in Week 4, the Buffalo Bills defense held Brady in check to just 3.7 fantasy points on Sunday.
Prior to Sunday’s game, Brady had exceeded 20 fantasy points in each of the first three games to begin the season. The ageless wonder should return to fantasy relevance in Week 5 against a Washington Redskins defense that has allowed 10 passing touchdowns this season (second-most in NFL).
Cardinals’ Kyler Murray (vs. Bengals): Before the season began, a majority of people were in belief that Kyler Murray would be a viable option in fantasy football. Up this point, the rookie signal-caller has been solid in his first four games in the NFL.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has scored 72.1 fantasy points this season (14th among QBs). Nevertheless, Murray will get a chance to break out in Week 5 as he squares off with a Cincinnati Bengals defense that just allowed Mason Rudolph to score 16.8 fantasy points in Week 4.
Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (vs. Saints): If you remove his game from Week 1, Jameis Winston has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in the past few weeks. Altogether, Winston has combined for 973 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions from Weeks 2-4.
The New Orleans Saints defense was able to slow down Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense in Week 4 but they still aren’t great in their secondary. Winston will face a Saints defense that has allowed 24.7 fantasy points per game to QBs this season (second-most in NFL).
Other QBs to Start: Bengals’ Andy Dalton (vs. Cardinals), Falcons’ Matt Ryan (vs. Texans), Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Giants)
QBs to Sit in Week 5
Titans’ Marcus Mariota (vs. Bills): Every single week, we seem to get a different version of Marcus Mariota. After totaling 28.8 fantasy points in Weeks 2 and 3, Mariota went on to post 23.2 fantasy points in Week 4 versus the Atlanta Falcons.
The Tennessee Titans quarterback is now the eighth-highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football in the first four games of the season. However, this week Mariota will go up against a Bills defense that just held Tom Brady to just 3.7 fantasy points in Week 4.
Raiders’ Derek Carr (vs. Bears): In deeper or two QB leagues, you may be starting Derek Carr in your lineups this season. Carr has yet to be a viable option in fantasy football; failing to score more than 16 fantasy points in any game this year.
Unfortunately for the Oakland Raiders signal-caller, it won’t get any easier for him in Week 4. On Sunday, Carr will have to say hi to Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears defense that has held opposing QBs to just 11.8 fantasy points per game this season (fourth-best in NFL).
Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew (vs. Panthers): Gardner Minshew has become a fan favorite for the Jacksonville Jaguars since Nick Foles went down with an injury. Surprisingly, the rookie sixth-round pick has scored just 3.8 fewer fantasy points than Kyler Murray this season.
The only thing is, Minshew has only started in three games but he has scored at least 16 fantasy points in each game this year.
Sadly, Minshew magic may have trouble getting started in Week 5 against a Carolina Panthers defense that has surrendered just four passing touchdowns this season (tied for third-best in NFL).
More Week 4 Fantasy Advice
- Podcast: Week 4 Recap and Week 5 Waiver Wire
- Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5
- Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
- Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
- Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends