Week 5 Fantasy Preview
Welcome to Week 5! Hopefully, you are doing well in your fantasy leagues to date, making some key trades and waiver moves to put yourslef in a good position a quarter of the way through the season. those that haven’t, like me, do not panic. There is still plenty of time left, and a turnaround is possible. Let’s take a look at what options are available as we go game by game in our Week 5 preview.
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons
Welcome to London, where it seems the British always get a bottom-tier game, and this is no different. Look for Patterson and Pitts to receive a ton of targets with Russell Gage and Calvin Ridley not making the trip overseas. Jamison Crowder should continue seeing targets as he firmly establishes himself as the WR1 on the Jets, and Michael Carter should be a low-end flex play if you are desperate.
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals
Aside from the usual suspects, look for Samaje Perine to have a role with Joe Mixon out. Randall Cobb is an interesting play, as this game will show us just how many targets he is going to receive in the offense with MVS sidelined.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
TJ Hockenson might not play, so fire up Quintez Cephus and Kalif Raymond for Detroit alongside D’Andre Swift. Dalvin Cook is still not 100%, but at this point, you probably don’t have better options in your backfield. Look for KJ Osborn to have a bounce back game.
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
Drew Lock means a significant downgrade for all Denver pass catchers, with the possible exception of Noah Fant. Pittsburgh has been dealing with the painful regression of Roethlisberger and offensive line issues keeping Najee Harris in check. That being said, Harris is getting the volume, and Diontae Johnson is getting the target share to continue being viable.
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fade everyone on Miami. Quickly. Just pause reading this, take them all of out your lineup, and come back. I’ll wait. Are you done? Good. Now, do the same thing for Tampa in reverse. Brady, Fournette, Godwin, Evan, and the crew should dominate this game. Play them with the utmost confidence.
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team
The Saints have been so up and down the first 4 weeks of the season, it is hard to trust anyone outside of Alvin Kamara. So, don’t. As for Washington, look for Taylor Heinicke to continue his solid play of late, and Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson, and JD McKissic to continue to benefit. Logan Thomas being out should allow the three of them to have increased targets.
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
Carolina should dominate this matchup, so look for Sam Darnold to connect with DJ Moore early and often. As for Philly, it is hard to trust running backs against the Panthers’ defense, so look for Quez Watkins, Dallas Goedert, and Devonta Smith to be targeted early and often.
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
James Robinson and Derrick Henry will be the fantasy focal points for this matchup but look for Marvin Jones and the returning AJ Brown to take advantage of their injured position mates and bounce back to have solid games. This will be a good game for Ryan Tannehill to bounce back from a poor start to the year.
New England Patriots at Houston Texans
Mac Jones proved he could hang with the top QBs in the league after his valiant performance in a losing effort in Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro. He will again spread the ball around but look to Kendrick Bourne to have a sneaky good game this week. Brandin Cooks continues to be the only option worth starting in Houston.
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders
The official start of the Justin Fields era begins. It will be interesting to see target distribution between Robinson and Mooney, as well as Damian Williams starting for the injured Davis Montgomery. A ton of intrigue on the Bears’ offense. The Raiders should win this one, with Derek Carr putting in another solid performance and elite slot receiver/ HOF safety candidate Hunter Renfrow becoming a must-start in fantasy.
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers are running full steam ahead, and have become an offense you want a piece of in fantasy, no matter where you can get it. Look for Jared Cook to have another underrated TE day. Cleveland has once again relied on their running game, making Chubb and Hunt elite options. I wouldn’t trust Mayfield or the receiving corps just yet though, as they need to show more consistency week to week.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Daniel Jones should have some Konami magic, and Saquon you must start, but otherwise, this matchup is not great for New York. Dallas should continue being an elite fantasy option, and Dalton Schultz has been a revelation after winning the TE1 job. Start with confidence.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Trey Lance might get his first start of the year against the unbeaten Cardinals, so it will be interesting to see how his increased mobility affects Trey Sermon, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle. Brandon Aiyuk seems to be inching his way out of the doghouse and might contribute this week. Kyler Murray should continue to dominate fantasy, with his cast of running backs and receivers chipping in to contribute as well. The problem with Murray is that he is spreading the ball around at such an increased rate, it is hard to nail down any elite options from the Cardinals on a week-to-week basis.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes should light it up in this matchup. So, expect a 10-9 game. Apart from the usual plays, look to see how Devin Singletary does, as he is averaging 15 touches a game, and could be an option if you need running back help. Another fun storyline is the debut of Josh Gordon as a Chief. Everyone is tempering expectations, but there is a real path for Gordon to eventually be #3 in the pecking order in KC. Stash him if you can.
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore should crush the Colts, who haven’t exactly been living up to fantasy expectations. Jonathan Taylor is an obvious play, but that is the only player I’d trust this week. Rashod Bateman might make his debut this week, but barring that, it will be interesting to see if Latavius Murray continues getting starter quality work at running back.