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Week 5 Patriots vs Cowboys: Fantasy Football Start 'Em or Sit 'Em

The Patriots are playing a floundering Dallas Cowboys team. How should you change your fantasy roster?

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If you missed Tom Brady in your week 4 fantasy line-up, he's expected to return in a major way against a weak Dallas Cowboys defense. The Cowboys allowed the 6th most points in week 3 to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the 3rd most to Saints quarterback Drew Brees in week 4. The Dallas defense has been one of the worst against quarterbacks over the past two weeks. The New England Patriots quarterback is projected to score the most points in week 5.

Dion Lewis is going to have a major day, unless the game becomes a blow out. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman led the league in week 3 scoring, while Saints running backs C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram ranked 6th and 15th, respectively. The Cowboys strength will be their defensive front with the return of linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Greg Hardy, so look for Lewis to produce out in space.

Julian Edelman could have another strong day, too. Edelman is a top 12 wide receiver since the start of the 2013 season, so his recent streak of production isn't a fluke. Book Edelman in for 10 touches and 100 yards like clockwork every single week. While Falcons receiver Julio Jones ranked 3rd out of wide receivers in week 3, the Cowboys are strong against depth wide receivers, so don't expect much from Danny Amendola or Aaron Dobson.

The Cowboys haven't had to face a good tight end this season (Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is probably the best they've faced, but his quarterback is Sam Bradford so that probably isn't the best indicator), so Rob Gronkowski will be new territory for the Dallas defense. Gronkowski is a must play every single week and look for him to bump up his time in the end zone after not scoring a touchdown against the Jaguars.

The New England Patriots defense is a less-than-optimal play against the Cowboys as quarterback Brandon Weeden is expected to play conservatively and not risk any turnovers, while the Dallas offensive line is certain to limit the number of sacks allowed. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski is a must play every week.