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Fantasy football advice, Week 5: who to start/sit for New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Dan Ciarrocchi reviews who should be started or seated in this AFC matchup

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Fantasy owners have much to factor into their decisions for Week 5, whether it is four teams on bye weeks, or Hurricane Matthew’s winds potentially whipping around in football stadiums along the East Coast. In the meantime, fantasy owners can have some clarity in setting lineups by looking at Week 5’s matchups, one at a time.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Start ‘em

The New York Jets have allowed huge outputs from Tyrod Taylor and Russell Wilson, and face their biggest challenge against Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Each has arguably the biggest upside at their respective positions for Week 5 and should be in lineups of all formats per usual.

Though the Jets have been predictably stout against the run, Le’Veon Bell presents a new challenge altogether. Bell remains a top-flight RB1 even against a defense that is allowing just 3.1 yards per carry on the season.

Sit ‘em

Aside from the Steelers’ big three, there isn’t much consistency to be expected from the rotation of Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates despite their upsides. Fantasy owners likely have less risky options at their disposal than to have to start Wheaton or Coates.

New York Jets

Start ‘em

Brandon Marshall could be a target monster with Eric Decker ruled out and Quincy Enunwa dealing with a knee injury. Marshall’s biggest challenge will be sustained drives with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s arsenal of pass catchers depleted, as well as Matt Forte being banged up after Week 4’s loss to the Seahawks. Marshall remains a steady WR2, and Enunwa has flex appeal in a game that could have the Jets airing it out.

Start ‘em?

With Forte banged up, facing a sturdy Steelers front seven, and potentially facing a negative game script, Forte could be considered more of a low-end RB2 instead of the RB1 status he asserted himself as in the season’s first three weeks. Bilal Powell could be a factor with an injury-riddled depth chart throughout the Jets offense ad garners flex consideration in PPR leagues.

Sit ‘em

Newly acquired Austin Seferian-Jenkins could soon be a factor for an offense that hasn’t completed a pass to a tight end this season. For now, he and his quarterback don’t warrant consideration.