Fantasy football Week 5 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Starts

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders — He’s nearing must-start territory, and if he does well in this matchup against the Chargers’ defense, I’d put him in that category from here on out.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws to a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws to a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers — It might seem like a no-brainer, but some have been scared off by his bad games. They regretted it last week when he threw for five TDs. This week, he faces a Jets defense that is 28th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants — Manning has only one TD in his past three games. That trend should end Sunday when he faces the Packers’ defense, which is 29th in points given up to quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — You can almost start any quarterback who faces the Raiders’ defense, especially one like Rivers.

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — He’s looked great and gets to face the Colts’ defense, which allows 105 rushing yards per game and is near the bottom in points allowed to running backs.

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots — The Patriots should build a big lead against the Browns in the return of Tom Brady. Once they get ahead, look for a heavy dose of Blount.

Terrance West, RB, Ravens — Coming off a 113-yard performance after getting promoted, West should keep it going against the Redskins. They have given up the most rushing touchdowns in the league (eight) and allow 133 yards rushing per game.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers — Even if Cam Newton doesn’t start, Benjamin is facing a Bucs defense that is 31st in points allowed to wideouts. He has just 39 yards receiving in the past two games, but he should be solid Monday.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins — He’s been targeted at least 10 times every week and has had decent to great games so far this season.

Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry runs for a thrid quarter touchdown as they play the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins beat the Browns 30-24 in overtime. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry runs for a thrid quarter touchdown as they play the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins beat the Browns 30-24 in overtime. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles — Carson Wentz, who also is a good start this week, has a nice rapport with Ertz, who’s coming off a rib injury. Detroit is second to last in points allowed to tight ends.

Sits

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons — What’s that? He threw for more than 500 yards last week. Well, he’s at Denver this week, and if history is any indication, he’s due for a stinker.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets — He’s had two bad games in a row and is getting outgained by Bilal Powell. Sit Forte until he gets back on track.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Bobby Wagner (54) tackle New York Jets' Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Bobby Wagner (54) tackle New York Jets’ Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Theo Riddick, RB, Lions — Don’t start him against the team that is second-best in points allowed to running backs. The Eagles allow just 71 yards rushing per game and have given up only two rushing TDs.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns — Pryor’s had a nice run the past couple of weeks, but he’s got a tough test against the Patriots. If he comes out the other end of it having contributed well, you can start him nearly every week.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans — The Vikings are great at shutting down good receivers. They shut out Benjamin two weeks ago and then held Odell Beckham Jr. to a career low. If any receiver on the Texans is going to perform well, it’s more likely that it will be DeAndre Hopkins instead of the rookie.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Falcons — If you start any pass-catcher for Atlanta, it should be Julio Jones.