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What to do with Courtland Sutton in Week 5 fantasy football

Courtland Sutton has been the one constant in the Broncos’ offense so far this season. We look at whether you should play or bench the WR on Sunday vs. the Chargers.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton celebrates his touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The start to the Joe Flacco led Denver Broncos hasn’t gone as planned. Through four games, Denver is winless and the #elite Flacco doesn’t appear on his way back to the postseason. He also doesn’t look like he’ll return any fantasy football value this season. Fortunately, his favorite target appears to be Courtland Sutton, who has seen at least seven balls thrown his way in each of the Broncos’ four games this season. Sutton leads Denver in receiving yards (309) and TDs (2), coming off an impressive 24.2-fantasy point outing vs. the Jaguars. Week 4 was the first time we saw Sutton cash in on his red zone looks, scoring twice against Jacksonville. He’s gotta at least two targets in the red zone in each of the first four games, so the TDs should become more consistent, though it’s tough to predict with Denver’s offense uninspiring.

Fantasy football analysis, Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton

The key to this matchup vs. the Chargers for Sutton is whether Flacco will have enough time to get him the ball. It seems that should be the case, though. Last week, the Broncos held the Jaguars’ feared pass rush to zero sacks after giving up six to the Packers the week before. Los Angeles’ pass rush has been lackluster despite having talented rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. We know Sutton will get at least around 7-8 targets and some red zone looks, plus he should see less of shutdown CB Casey Hayward. Sutton is a low-end WR2 and decent FLEX option who is likely TD dependant in order to reach his ceiling. He’s got a decent floor given his target volume and the game script should play in his favor considering the Broncos have been trailing most of the season.

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