Steelers fantasy football: Players to start or sit in Week 5

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Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Chase Claypool

Verdict: Start ’em

This is my bold prediction this week, but I think Chase Claypool has himself a game. With the questions surrounding Johnson’s health this week, Claypool could see a lot more opportunities to produce a big play. While he looks like a traditional deep threat, he has also proven to be an asset from all over the field. He has made some big plays by turning short passes into big plays.

Given the woes of the Eagles secondary, Claypool could be in for a great game. While the deep passing game is still shaky, if Claypool can see a couple of short to medium passes, he could make the most of them. As well, he has shown his ability to take an end-around and be a threat as a runner. Claypool could be a sneaky good start if he receives five or so touches. A few big plays and a possible score could leave him as the second-best fantasy receiver by the end of the day.

While it will certainly be a risk starting him, Claypool could provide the Steelers with a big final stat line if he gets going against this bad secondary. Don’t be surprised if he takes an end-around for a decent gain as well. He’s a risky play, but if you have an open spot on your roster, consider putting Claypool in for high risk, high reward play.