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Fantasy football: Week 5 start/sit advice for Team Outsports Equality

Here's our weekly fantasy starting lineup of NFL players who have expressed support for LGBT equality.

Wild Card Round - Oakland Raiders v Houston Texans
Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who has a lesbian sister, leads the NFL in receiving.
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With fantasy football so popular, we decided to start our own Outsports team comprised of players who are LGBT supportive.

With no openly gay players in the league, the idea is to form a fantasy team from players who have shown their support for LGBT issues in interviews with us and other media.

Keep in mind that all of the players on our roster have expressed support of LGBT equality. Players benched are not against LGBT equality, but simply the players we do not feel you should start on your fantasy team this week.

Last week our team was once again strong, courtesy of DeAndre Hopkins and a sneaky smart move of starting Travis Kelce in the flex spot. The team scored 109.96 points in a standard Yahoo fantasy league, which would have ranked second only behind Jim Buzinski in the league we participate in. Another big win for Team Equality!

Also, we are adding Russell Wilson as a free agent to add depth behind Aaron Rodgers. Team Equality is always looking to grow and we are glad to add Wilson to the squad.

Week 5 start/sits

Quarterback

Start: Aaron Rodgers vs. Cowboys

Rodgers has delivered time and time again this season and this week he has a very favorable matchup against the Cowboys, who allowed 35 points to the Rams last week. The Packers have the ability to match the Rams’ high-octane offense and that spells a big fantasy day for Rodgers.

Sit: Cam Newton vs. Lions

Newton had a bounce-back game against New England, but he is not someone you should immediately start this week in a tough road matchup against Detroit. The Lions allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the QB position and no quarterback has scored more than 20 points against them in a standard Yahoo league this season. Avoid Newton for this week.

Running Back

Start: Jordan Howard vs. Vikings, Gio Bernard vs. Bills

A small change in the starting lineup this week. We are sticking with Howard largely because rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is going into his first career start Monday night and will be relying heavily on Howard to produce offense. Bernard gets the nod mostly for his recent success. He has had receiving touchdowns the last two weeks and is a sneaky start in most leagues, especially PPR-scoring leagues.

Wide Receiver

Start: DeAndre Hopkins vs. Chiefs, T.Y. Hilton vs. 49ers

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hopkins is leading the NFL in receptions through four weeks and is proving why he received such an expensive extension this offseason. Hilton had an off week last week being blanketed by Seattle’s Richard Sherman, but this week against the dismal 49ers secondary, Hilton should be able to find his magic again.

Sit: Eric Decker vs. Dolphins

If Matt Cassel is starting under center on Sunday, it hurts every Titan in terms of fantasy production.

Tight End

Start: Travis Kelce vs. Texans

After a bounce-back performance on Monday Night Football, Kelce has a good matchup against my Texans. Houston does not play tight ends well and Kelce has had a decent amount of success in the past against the Texans. Two touchdowns from their 2015 meeting and five catches for 34 yards in the 2016 meeting show that it is a matchup the Chiefs can exploit on Sunday.

Flex

Start: DeMarco Murray vs. Dolphins

I am not wild about Murray’s matchup, but with Rob Gronkowski out for the Patriots, I had to shift Kelce to the starting tight end position and insert Murray as the flex player.

Defense

Start: Baltimore Ravens vs. Raiders

The Ravens do have to head to the Bay Area for this matchup, but the absence of QB Derek Carr sparks a favorable matchup for Terrell Suggs’s defense. E.J. Manuel only started one game last season in Buffalo and has been deemed a draft bust. After two difficult weeks for the Ravens, look for them to get back on track against Oakland.

Kicker

Start: Matt Prater vs. Panthers

With Brandon McManus and the Broncos on a bye this week, Prater is our starter by default. But we’re not complaining about that. Prater has been exceptional this year, making several kicks longer than 50 yards.

This is your weekly reminder to check and make sure you sub out your players on bye.

This week’s teams on bye: Falcons, Broncos, Saints, Redskins

LGBT focus

Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens): Asked if he would have a problem with a gay teammate, Suggs answered, "Absolutely not." Suggs then added that the rest of the team would welcome a gay teammate as well. We wouldn’t have a problem with it," Suggs said.

"We don’t care. Our biggest thing in the locker room is to just have fun and stay loose. We don’t really care too much about that. We’re a football team. I said it yesterday; everybody deserves a certain amount of privacy. Who cares? Whatever a person’s choice is, it’s their choice."

"On this team, with so many different personalities, we just accept people for who they are and we don’t really care too much about a player’s sexuality," Suggs said. "To each their own. You know who you are, and we accept you for it."

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Jeremy Brener is a student at the University of Central Florida who writes for Outsports. He can be reached via email (jeremybrenerchs@gmail.com) and followed on Twitter.