The Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 5
Week four has come and gone. Fitzmagic came crashing back down to earth and the Patriots shut up the doubters with a blowout against the Dolphins. Week five has some very juicy matchups that I can’t wait to dive into so lets get to it.
Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 58.0 (Heinz Field)
I’ll be focusing the most on this game because it is certainly looking like quite the shootout. The Steelers let us down last week and quite frankly I cannot see the same thing happening this week against a porous Falcons defense. This is a huge game for both teams who need a win so I expect so much scoring that your fantasy app won’t be able to keep up! Big Ben will redeem himself this week along with the rest of his crew. Especially Antonio Brown who has yet to have a 100 yard receiving game this year. I have a feeling that they will connect quite a few times in this game and get back on the same page. James Conner hasn’t had a whole lot of success running the ball over the last couple of games either but that is in part to the fact that the Steelers have had to abandon the run to try and keep up with how many points their own defense is giving up. They might have let you down last week but don’t let that discourage you from playing any of them. This is a must win game for them and they will put up the points to back it up. On the other side of the ball you have the Falcons and Matt Ryan who has just been a monster with 1,065 passing yards and ten touchdowns over the last three games. I’m calling it now, Julio will get his first receiving touchdown this week. You may read that and wonder why this could be just his first? I’ll tell you why… Calvin Ridley. He’s got six receiving touchdowns over the last three weeks. Come on man! Save some for Julio! Devonta Freeman was removed from the injury report and is “all systems go” for this game. Both he, and Tevin Coleman should be involved as they normally are and at least one of them should find the end zone. This game may end up looking like one of those old fashioned college football shootouts. Start everyone.
Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers – 4:05 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 52.5 (StubHub Center)
Last week Philip Rivers passed John Elway in passing yards with 51,504. I have a feeling that Rivers is going to tear the Raiders apart and bring them back down to earth after their overtime win against the Browns last week. Melvin Gordon continues to dominate the Chargers backfield and looks like he just can’t be slowed down. His involvement in the passing game and the fact that Rivers loves to get him the ball, look for Gordon to have another fantastic game. There might be some concern over Keenan Allen as he hasn’t produced a whole lot over the last three games with just 174 receiving yards and no touchdowns. I think Rivers and Allen get back on the same track this week so have no doubts in playing Allen as well. Another guy that certainly let us down last week was Mike Williams. After a great week against the Rams the previous week he was held to one reception for 15 yards. The opportunity that he will have this week though after Travis Benjamin re-aggravated his foot injury and will be missing a few weeks should put him back on the radar, especially in the red zone where Rivers should look for him.
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks – 4:25 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 50.0 (CenturyLink Field)
The Rams have been an offensive juggernaut this year and it will continue against a Seattle defense that just lost Earl Thomas. The Rams are averaging 35 points per game which is good for second place right behind… you guessed it, the Kansas City Chiefs. Jared Goff is coming off of a 465 yard, five touchdown game against Minnesota on Thursday night and he will certainly continue to stay hot as he will look to throw to the likes of Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandon Cooks. If you have any of these guys on your fantasy team, you need to start them. You may even have two of them on you team for example Kupp and Cooks. According to average draft position you should’ve had a chance to draft them both. If you did, you start them both. This team looks unstoppable and you should have any piece that you can.
Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints – 8:15 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 52.5 (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
I’m interested to see where Sean Payton fits Mark Ingram into his first game back after a four game suspension. You’re probably wondering if you should play him this week and to me, its team dependent. If you have an RB on bye or have been riddled by some injuries, I’d say plug him into your flex and maybe he goes right back into his old spot and scores a TD right off the bat. If you’re okay with the RB’s you have right now, I’d give it a week and see what Payton does. Drew Brees only needs 201 yards to break the NFL career record set by Peyton Manning. He’s obviously going to do that and more. The Redskins seem to be a good defense but lets look at whole they’ve played. Week one it was the Cardinals and we all know how the Cardinals are doing. Week two was the Colts who were still trying to get Luck back on track and figuring things out. Week three were the Packers. I get it, it was Aaron Rodgers but his receivers couldn’t catch a pass. So, yes, they look like a good defense on paper but we’ll see what they’re made of when they travel to New Orleans. Michael Thomas didn’t do much last week but that was a rare occurrence as he will certainly get back on track as he tries to help his QB set the record. Both Thomas and Kamara are obvious plug and play guys in this game. You might be able to even use Cameron Meredith as a deeper dart throw fill-in kind of WR if you need someone for your bye. He’s been more involved the last couple of weeks out snapping Ted Ginn so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him have some production against the Redskins.