Thursday Night Football Start/Sit For The Los Angeles Rams & The Seattle Seahawks, Week 5
Welcome to week 5 of the 2019 NFL season. Hopefully, you all did well in week 4. For those who are first-time readers, I’ll be doing a weekly Thursday night football start/sit article followed by a separate article that will cover the rest of those games for that week. Here’s a breakdown of how these articles will be laid out.
Must Start: These are players that you’re starting week-to-week, regardless of the opponent.
Flex Start: These are players who are more opponent dependent or players you might need to start depending on league size.
Sits: These are players that don’t have a good matchup or don’t have much of a role in their team’s offense.
***Please note that this article was written before the Thursday night game and with that comes changes to player situations due to injury or other factors. If a player(s) is injured or inactive after this article was published please use common sense and sit them. Please always double-check your lineup before kickoff.
In order for me to be able to cover every team’s matchup, the explanations will be brief. I do base these recommendations on my fantasy football experience along with the necessary research. This is my first year doing this weekly article and last week, I made approximately 170 decisions (start/sit) and got 111 correct and 62 incorrect for a 64% correct rate. My average so far this season is 66% correct. Please note, I didn’t do week 1 rankings. Let’s dive into this matchup.
Rams @ Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams:
Must Start: N/A
Flex Start: Jared Goff (QB) Todd Gurley (RB) Brandin Cooks (WR) Robert Woods (WR) Cooper Kupp (WR) Gerald Everett (TE)
Goff comes in as a top 20 quarterback so far this season. However, throwing the ball 68 times last week really skews his numbers. I’d rather sit him if I could. The Seahawks have been very tough against the run, allowing 318 rushing yards, through the first quarter of the season. This isn’t good news for Gurley, going into this matchup. The Rams offensive line play has been very poor to this point in the season. That affects the run game, but it also impacts Goff’s ability to throw the ball down the field to these three receivers. Week to week, fantasy owners have no idea which of these three will go off. As it stands now, here are the targets for each of these three receivers, 46 Kupp, 38 Woods, and 31 cooks. As for Everett, he’s a desperation tight end two for this week, I’d prefer to sit him.
Sit: Malcolm Brown (RB)
He’s just a handcuff for Gurley owners.
Must Start: Russell Wilson (QB) Tyler Lockett (WR)
He’s a top three quarterback through the first quarter of the season. Lockett comes in as a top 10 receiver and the Rams struggled last week against the Buccaneers wide receivers.
Flex Start: Chris Carson (RB) DK Metcalf (WR) Will Dissly (TE)
Carson is a solid RB two for this game and comes in as a top 20 running back. Metcalf is clearly the number two wide receiver and has seen one more target than Dissly. Dissly comes in as a top 5 tight end, but he only has 22 targets. That target amount is top 10 at the tight end position.
Sit: Rashaad Penny (RB)
He makes for a good flex start if needed, but I want to see how he’s going to be used, returning from injury.