Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5
Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 5

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Holton Ahlers, Quarterback, East Carolina at Old Dominion

I've been an Ahlers skeptic for some time, but it would be obstinate to recommend benching him this week against Old Dominion. The Monarchs have the 12th-lowest defensive efficiency per the new RotoWire Team Rankings metrics. Meanwhile, Ahlers has done enough on the ground with eight touchdowns and a team-leading 185 rushing yards to mitigate the impact on his poor passing numbers. 

 As a player in whom you likely invested a high draft pick, Ahlers has been a relative disappointment through the first four games. Matching up against a shaky Old Dominion defense should help Ahlers recoup some of that. 

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Brady White, QB, Memphis vs. Navy

Even with Patrick Taylor Jr. sidelined, Memphis has become a decidedly run-first operation in 2019, ranking 14th in the nation in rushing play percentage at 63.1 percent. White has been efficient with his dialed-back attempts, averaging 10.0 yards per attempt and completing 72 percent of his passes. We need some volume on top of efficiency in fantasy football, though, and it hasn't really been there from White just yet. 

 It's a small sample, but White hasn't thrown for more than 209 yards in either of his matchups against FBS opponents. With this new offensive philosophy, White simply isn't being asked to air it out in 2019. Beyond that, a matchup with Navy can complicate matters for his fantasy value. Obviously, the Navy offense is designed to sap the clock, and when

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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.
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