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Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 5: WR Jalin Marshall

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Jalin Marshall #89 of the New York Jets returns a kickoff against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 23-22. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Jalin Marshall #89 of the New York Jets returns a kickoff against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 23-22. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 5 fantasy football, wide receiver Jalin Marshall of the New York Jets isn’t worth starting when it comes to final lineups.

As the New York Jets prepare for their Week 5 road game against the Cleveland Browns, their offense as of late has been clicking on all cylinders. Their ground game is potent led by running backs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire as even quarterback Josh McCown is doing well in managing the offense efficiently. Wide receiver Jalin Marshall is coming back off a four-game suspension but should fantasy football owners consider starting him this week?

Unfortunately, don’t expect Marshall to be a sleeper pick or anything, even if he does end up playing. He’s been out of football for an entire month and to be honest, it takes time for offensive playbooks to become second-nature and practice enough to ensure a wide receiver is back in football shape.

Earlier in the week, head coach Todd Bowles said, via the Media Relations Department of the Jets, that Marshall still has to get into football shape. It doesn’t look like he’ll even be activated for this game so fantasy football owners shouldn’t stress their decision if he should start or sit this week.

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It’s best to sit Marshall this week since even if he does play, he’ll be all the way at the bottom of the depth chart. With the rise of Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and of course, the two-headed monster at running back with Powell and McGuire, the Jets aren’t in dire need of adding more receiving targets.

Perhaps as the season progresses, Marshall might be a viable option but for now, in Week 5, it’s best to sit him and not even think twice about it. If the Jets do activate him, if anything, he might see some time as a punt or kickoff returner since that’s what he specialized in last season. But even then, the Jets already have that covered with Jeremy Kerley so it might not even be worth putting him in such a role.

START OR SIT?: Fantasy Pros Start or Sit Assistant Tool

Sit Marshall this week and if you’re looking for a quality FLEX option, keep searching the waiver wire for someone other than him. Save yourself the frustration and potential goose egg in your fantasy lineup and look elsewhere.

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