Everyone’s favorite time of year is officially upon us! No, I am not talking about Fall, pumpkin spice beverages, or even Halloween; I am talking about bye weeks and season ending injuries. This is when fantasy winners and losers are truly made. Before I begin my favorite plays for Week 5, I will go over my best and worst picks from Week 4 and let you know what teams are on bye this week.
Week 4 Star:
- Deshaun Watson vs Tennessee Titans: 25-34, 283 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception; 4 rushes for 24 yards and 1 touchdown
- Future Fantasy Outlook: The Clemson product proved to everyone last Sunday why he should be considered the best rookie quarterback in the NFL (for now). Watson had his way with a tough, but struggling Tennessee defense. Expect Watson to continue to grow within his role and with Houston’s high caliber defense, the pressure to win games on his own will not likely be an issue.
Week 4 Bust:
- Ryan Griffin vs Tennessee Titans: 2 receptions for 13 yards on 5 targets
- Future Fantasy Outlook: In a game that saw basically everyone on the Texans offense explode, one of the only outliers was Ryan Griffin. He had five targets, but failed to haul in the majority of them for only 13 total yards. Griffin is expected to be more involved than this game showed going forward, but he may not be as reliable of an option as some of us hoped with the return of Will Fuller and other receiving options breaking out.
Week 5 Bye Weeks: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins
Stream of the Week: Deshaun Watson (36% owned) vs Kansas City Chiefs
I am going back to the Deshaun Watson well for Week 5, and this is most likely going to be the last time I will be able to use him as a streaming option. Watson exploded for over 30 FPS this week, backing up his very solid performance against the New England Patriots in Week 4. I explained above why I believe Deshaun will continue to be a solid playable option throughout the year and this week will prove he can get it done against anyone. The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Houston after their comeback win on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. The Chiefs currently are the 11th best team against opposing quarterbacks, but have given up 20+ FPS twice so far this year to Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins. The pattern? Both have the ability to scramble out of the pocket and create plays. Let’s look for Watson to use both his arm and his legs to lead teams to a fantasy victory.
Jacoby Brissett (3% owned) vs San Francisco 49ers
The trend of the mobile quarterbacks continue as Jacoby Brissett is also a streaming option that I like this week. Brissett may not be flashy, but in the fantasy world yards and touchdowns are all that matters. In Seattle last week, Brissett managed to go 16-29 for 157 yards, a touchdown and an interception and rushed 3 times for 33 yards. He did also lose a fumble, but Jacoby Brissett did not completely fold against the stout Seahawks defense and their 12th Man. Week 5 brings the San Francisco 49ers to Indianapolis. The 49ers have been middle of the road against opposing quarterbacks, giving up at least 14 FPS to every quarterback they have faced. This streaming option may not look great at first, but expect Brissett to help you more than hurt you this week.
Josh McCown (2% owned) @ Cleveland Browns
The New York Jets and the New England Patriots are officially tied in the AFC East standings. Yes, is only a quarter of the way through the season but you would never think that this would be a factual statement at anytime after Week 1. The 38 year old leader of the Jets has not been overwhelming, but he has scored over 14 FPS in the two matchups not against the tough Buffalo and Jacksonville defenses. This week McCown and the Jets fly (pun intended) to Cleveland to face a winless Browns team. Cleveland is the 7th worst defense against the quarterback through four weeks and things do not look like they are trending upwards. Myles Garrett may be set to make his NFL debut this week, but look for at least one of Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to break loose for a long touchdown reception or two.
Other Notables: Jared Goff (24% owned) vs Seattle Seahawks, Jay Cutler (29% owned) vs Tennessee Titans
Stream of the Week: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (7% owned) @ Cleveland Browns
As stated above, I like the New York Jets’ chances to prevent the Cleveland Browns from getting their first victory of the year. One of the guys I believe that will help this cause is the man known as “ASJ”. Sererian-Jenkins sat out two games this year due to a suspension, but he has posted 9 receptions on 10 targets for 77 total yards so far on the season. ASJ has the athletic potential to break open for a long gain or a touchdown every week and the only thing preventing him is the talent that is throwing him the ball. This week in Cleveland gives me hope that this is the week Austin Serferian-Jenkins breaks 100 yards or scores a touchdown. The Browns have allowed the 7th most FPS so far to the tight end position, giving up 280 yards and 4 touchdowns so far on the year. Tight ends Jessie James, Benjamin Watson, and Tyler Kroft have put up fringe TE1/TE2 numbers or better against them and I believe that ASJ will continue this trend in Week 5.
Benjamin Watson (24% owned) @ Oakland Raiders
If there was one trend that I followed during the 2016 fantasy football season it was play tight ends against the Oakland Raiders. So far this season, it seems that this trend is still a thing. On the season the Raiders are ranked towards the bottom of the league against tight ends, but this streaming option plays more on the Ravens side to me than the matchup. The Baltimore Ravens struggle to give Joe Flacco time to throw, meaning short passes are a necessity. We already know that Flacco has always loved throwing to his tight ends, and this seems to be the case this year as well. Benjamin Watson is leading the team with 16 receptions and 146 receiving yards. Between the inability to cover tight ends for the Raiders and the inability to protect Flacco for the Ravens, look for Watson to be heavily targeted this week in Oakland.
Evan Engram (47% owned) vs Los Angeles Chargers
Evan Engram makes yet another appearance in my favorite streaming options and hopefully this will be the last time I am able to. It seems that my Charles Clay love has finally grown with other fantasy owners, and I believe that Engram my be next. There is not much to hate in the play of Evan Engram so far on the fantasy season. Engram has accumulated 30 targets (tied with Rob Gronkowski for 2nd in the NFL), catching 19 of them for 200 yards and a touchdown. He has not lit up the world with his play, but the fact that Engram has received the same amount of targets as Gronk alone should have fantasy owners scrambling to the wire to add him. The Week 5 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers may not be stellar as they are ranked 7th against opposing tight ends, but the volume of targets and receptions is set for Engram going forward.
Other Notables: Antonio Gates (32% owned) @ New York Giants
Stream of the Week: New York Jets (4% owned) @ Cleveland Browns
You guessed it. One of my favorite fantasy plays this week is the New York Jets. The Jets’ defense has not exactly burst onto the scene to promote this pick, but the matchup is possibly the best in all of Week 5. The Cleveland Browns have given up the 3rd most FPS this year to opposing defenses, allowing at least 17 FPS in half of their games so far. Cleveland has committed 10 turnovers, allowed 13 sacks, and has given up a touchdown so far on the year. The Browns have only scored more than 20 points once this year and this week should follow that trend for the Jets.
Detroit Lions (37% owned) vs Carolina Panthers
If I asked you who is the #1 ranked defense in fantasy football, would you guess that it is in fact the Detroit Lions? Me neither. The Lions have scored double digit fantasy points every week so far this season, thanks to their 10 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 2 pick-sixes. The opportunistic Lions defense gave my Atlanta Falcons fits inside of Ford Field and welcoming the Carolina Panthers there should be another opportunity for the Lions to prove their defensive dominance. The Panthers have given up double digit points in half of their matchups this year, one of which to a New Orleans defense that is widely considered one of the worst in the NFL. Yes, the Panthers just scored 33 points last week against New England, but we have to remember that the 2017 Patriots defense is considered the WORST defense in the NFL through four weeks. Week 5 should prove the Detroit defense is for real.
Buffalo Bills (15% owned) @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Buffalo Bills have surprised the NFL world so far this season going 3-1, including wins against the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. While the offense has been less than stellar, the Bills defense has carried the team atop the AFC East. Through four games, the Bills have yet to give up more than 17 points by recording 11 sacks, 6 interceptions, and returning a fumble for a touchdown. Last week was the most impressive victory for the Buffalo Bills so far, traveling down to Atlanta and holding the high ranked Falcons offense to 17 points, all with me in the stands to watch (thanks Bills). This week, they travel to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Cincinnati has given up the 4th most FPS to opposing defenses, but have been improving each week so far. If the Bills can give the Atlanta Falcons fits in Atlanta, I will assume they can do the same to the Bengals in Cincinnati.
Other Notables: Philadelphia Eagles (42% owned) vs Arizona Cardinals