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Quick Grades Week 5 (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Oct 4, 2019

Jameis Winston may be worth starting for the third straight week

Happy Friday everyone! Thursday’s game is behind us which means it is time to look ahead to the full slate of games and make start/sit decisions. This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

Will Dissly tore it up as expected in a cake matchup versus the Cardinals last week

Expected Volume
Wayne Gallman went from afterthought to must-start when Saquon was injured

Fantasy Ability
Tom Brady is a superior real-life quarterback to Lamar Jackson, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
It certainly doesn’t hurt Jameis Winston to have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. Because the tables are a screenshot of an excel table, I’ve added a quick search/find list at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one or two immediate answers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Royce Freeman 
    • Stream of the Week: Raheem Mostert (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Josh Jacobs
  • Break in the chart is between RB30/RB31

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
    • Streams of the Week: Keke Coutee (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: A.J. Brown
  • Break in the chart is between WR36/WR37


    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Jameis Winston
    • Stream of the Week: Andy Dalton
    • Fade of the Week: Josh Allen

Tight Ends

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Eric Ebron
    • Stream of the Week: Tyler Eifert
    • Fade of the Week: Jimmy Graham

Search, Find and Player Cards

Travis Kelce (TE – KC): 100, A+, Must Start
Julio Jones (WR – ATL): 100, A+, Must Start
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): 100, A+, Must Start
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): 100, A+, Must Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 98, A+, Must Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 95, A, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 95, A, Must Start
Michael Thomas (WR – NO): 94, A, Must Start
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 94, A, Must Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 94, A, Must Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 93, A, Must Start
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 91, A-, Strong Start
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 89, A-, Strong Start
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 88, B+, Must Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 87, B+, Strong Start
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): 87, B+, Must Start
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 86, B+, Must Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 86, B+, Strong Start
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 85, B, Must Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 85, B, Should Start
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): 84, B, Must Start
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 84, B, Strong Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 84, B, Must Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 84, B, Should Start
Chris Godwin (WR – TB): 84, B, Must Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 83, B, Must Start
Mike Evans (WR – TB): 83, B, Must Start
Alshon Jeffery (WR – PHI): 83, B, Must Start
Mark Ingram (RB – BAL): 83, B, Strong Start
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT): 83, B, Must Start
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): 82, B-, Strong Start
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 82, B-, Strong Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 82, B-, Strong Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 82, B-, Strong Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 82, B-, Strong Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 81, B-, Strong Start
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 81, B-, Should Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 81, B-, Strong Start
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): 81, B-, Strong Start
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): 81, B-, Strong Start
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI): 80, B-, Strong Start
James Conner (RB – PIT): 80, B-, Strong Start
Evan Engram (TE – NYG): 80, B-, Strong Start
David Montgomery (RB – CHI): 79, B-, Strong Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 79, C+, Should Start
Austin Hooper (TE – ATL): 79, C+, Strong Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 78, C+, Should Start
Josh Gordon (WR – NE): 78, C+, Should Start
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): 78, C+, Should Start
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – DEN): 78, C+, Should Start
Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC): 78, C+, Should Start
Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): 77, C+, Should Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 77, C+, Could Start
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB): 77, C+, Should Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 77, C+, Strong Start
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL): 76, C+, Should Start
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 76, C+, Should Start
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN): 76, C+, Should Start
Wayne Gallman (RB – NYG): 76, C+, Should Start
James White (RB – NE): 75, C, Could Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 75, C, Could Start
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN): 75, C, Could Start
D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): 75, C, Could Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 75, C, Could Start
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): 75, C, Could Start
Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): 74, C, Could Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 74, C, Could Start
Jordan Howard (RB – PHI): 74, C, Could Start
Matt Breida (RB – SF): 74, C, Could Start
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): 73, C, Could Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 73, C, Could Start
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): 73, C, Should Start
Geronimo Allison (WR – GB): 73, C, Could Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – ATL): 72, C-, Could Start
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 72, C-, Could Start
Damien Williams (RB – KC): 72, C-, Could Start
John Brown (WR – BUF): 72, C-, Could Start
Eric Ebron (TE – IND): 72, C-, Could Start
Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC): 72, C-, Could Start
Frank Gore (RB – BUF): 72, C-, Could Start
Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): 72, C-, Could Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 72, C-, Could Start
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 71, C-, Could Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 71, C-, Could Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 71, C-, Could Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 71, C-, Could Start
Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ): 71, C-, Could Start
Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): 71, C-, Could Start
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): 71, C-, Could Start
Darrel Williams (RB – KC): 70, C-, Could Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 70, C-, Could Start
Anthony Miller (WR – CHI): 70, C-, Could Start
Keke Coutee (WR – HOU): 70, C-, Could Start
Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): 70, C-, Could Start
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 70, C-, Could Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 69, C-, Could Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 69, C-, Could Start
Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): 69, C-, Could Start
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC): 69, C-, Could Start
Auden Tate (WR – CIN): 69, C-, Could Start
Daniel Jones (QB – NYG): 69, C-, Could Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 69, C-, Could Start
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): 69, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Tony Pollard (RB – DAL): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Golden Tate (WR – NYG): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Tyreek Hill (WR – KC): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Chase Daniel (QB – CHI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): 67, D+, Could Start
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Parris Campbell (WR – IND): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 67, D+, Could Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 67, D+, Could Start
Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Peyton Barber (RB – TB): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Gus Edwards (RB – BAL): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Ted Ginn (WR – NO): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jordan Wilkins (RB – IND): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
James Washington (WR – PIT): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Teddy Bridgewater (QB – NO): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Joe Flacco (QB – DEN): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
KeeSean Johnson (WR – ARI): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Trey Burton (TE – CHI): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Dion Lewis (RB – TEN): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jared Cook (TE – NO): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Dante Pettis (WR – SF): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Trey Quinn (WR – WAS): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Kenny Stills (WR – HOU): 62, D-, Crazy Start
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Ito Smith (RB – ATL): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Marquise Goodwin (WR – SF): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Jeff Wilson (RB – SF): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Chase Edmonds (RB – ARI): 62, D-, Crazy Start
T.J. Yeldon (RB – BUF): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Randall Cobb (WR – DAL): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Latavius Murray (RB – NO): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Paul Richardson (WR – WAS): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Giovani Bernard (RB – CIN): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Luke Falk (QB – NYJ): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Taylor Gabriel (WR – CHI): 58, F, Crazy Start
Jason Witten (TE – DAL): 58, F, Crazy Start
Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): 57, F, Crazy Start
Delanie Walker (TE – TEN): 57, F, Crazy Start
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE – CLE): 55, F, Crazy Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 55, F, Crazy Start
Jalen Richard (RB – OAK): 55, F, Crazy Start
Dare Ogunbowale (RB – TB): 54, F, Crazy Start
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 53, F, Crazy Start
Kyle Allen (QB – CAR): 53, F, Crazy Start
Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): 50, F, Crazy Start
Vernon Davis (TE – WAS): 50, F, Crazy Start
Gardner Minshew (QB – JAC): 47, F, Crazy Start
Marcus Mariota (QB – TEN): 47, F, Crazy Start
Jordan Akins (TE – HOU): 45, F, Crazy Start
Colt McCoy (QB – WAS): 35, F, Crazy Start

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