Deshaun Watson continues his impressive rookie campaign and has now scored an average of 26.75 fantasy points in the 4 games he has started this season. This week he faces a Cleveland Browns team currently giving up the 4th most fantasy points to the position. In addition, the Browns have given up 2 rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks through 5 weeks; Watson is a top 5 must-start QB this week.
With Rob Kelley a longshot to play Sunday, Samaje Perine has a great opportunity against the San Francisco 49’ers this week who currently give up the 3rd most fantasy points to running backs through 5 weeks. While Chris Thompson will see his share of targets, if the Redskins are able to jump out to an early lead (currently a 10.0 point favourite) then Perine (granted he holds onto the football) should see his fair share down the stretch at a minimum. With ongoing bye-weeks and injuries that have piled up, you could do worse as at your RB2 / Flex position.
Devin Funchess has seen an increasing role in the Panthers offense since the 1st week of the season where he only had 4.00 fantasy points. In the last 4 games, Funchess has averaged 5.5 receptions and 62.25 yards. Over the past two games Funchess had scored 3 touchdowns and now faces an Eagles defense on Thursday Night Football who are giving up the most total fantasy points to opposing wide receivers through 5 weeks.
While Ryan Griffin might not be a superstar name you would like to consider starting at the tight end position this week, the fantasy points the Cleveland Browns are giving up to the position cannot be ignored. The Browns are currently allowing an average of 7.4 receptions, 66.6 yards and 1 touchdown per game to tight ends. While Griffin has been fairly quiet for most of the year, he did expose a New England Patriots defense that allows the 4th highest amount of fantasy points to tight ends. Griffin went on to score 17.10 points in week 3 and has another juicy matchup this week.
Dustin Hopkins is coming off bye, and in Week 4 finished with 9.00 fantasy points after he converted 2 field goals and 2 extra points Kansas City Chiefs. This week will provide a better opportunity for Hopkins as the he faces the 49ers who are giving up an average of 12.40 fantasy points to the position. With a positive game-script in hand, Hopkins could see a lot of opportunity to pad the lead with a few field goals later on in the game.
The Tennessee Titans Defense will look to continue their momentum from last week where they are able to score 11.00 points against the Dolphins. This week they play against Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis points who are giving up a league high 13.8 points to opposing defenses, including 22.00 to the Seahawks in Week 4. Brissett has shown he will turn the ball over and make mistakes, and if Marcus Mariota can play and get the Titans out to an early lead, Brissett will be forced into catchup and will turn the ball over.
Jaguars are fresh off of 26-point performance against Big Ben and held him to a mere 2.60 fantasy points. This season the Jags D has been the best against the QB, holding the opposition to an average of only 5.46 points. This week the Jaguars return home and will play Jared Goff who is coming off his worst fantasy performance of the season with 7.70 points.
Adrian Peterson was averaging 5.4 carries for 16.2 yards per game and has not scored a touchdown before being traded to the Arizona Cardinals. While the change of scenery will be nice as Peterson is expected to be the workhorse back in the Cardinals’ offense, he faces a Buccaneers’ defense that has only allowed 1 touchdown on the ground through 4 weeks. Also, the Cardinals’ offensive line has not helped out their previous RBs as all combined running backs were only able to rush for an average of 42.60 yards per game. Peterson’s upside will be limited as well, as Andre Ellington has assumed the role of the 3rd-down back (28 receptions through 5 games). As this is Peterson’s first week with the offense and against a tough opponent, he should not be in any starting lineups.
Pierre Garcon could be in for a long game Sunday against the Washington Redskins, who are currently allowing the 2nd-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers through 5 games. Where Garcon does his damage in PPR leagues is through his high reception total- Washington currently leads the league allowing the fewest receptions by wide receivers (35) thus far. Garcon may have to be started with bye-weeks and injuries piling up, however in standard leagues Garcon may not provide much value in this matchup.
Once again, Jordan Reed’s fantasy season has been disappointing and injury riddled. When on the field, Reed has seen his share of targets, but has almost exclusively been limited to passing down work, which makes it fairly obvious for opposing defenses. When Reed is playing, he shares the field with fellow teammate Vernon Davis who has outperformed him in the past two games. This week, Reed plays against the San Francisco 49’ers defense which has limited opposing tight ends to an average of 2.8 receptions, 0 touchdowns and 4.90 fantasy points. Moving forward, Reed will need to have a prove-it game to gain back any trust from fantasy owners.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently only giving up 4.40 fantasy points per game to kickers through 5 weeks, including only 5 total field goals overall to the position. Harrison Butker finished Week 4 as the highest scoring kicker with a 21.00-point performance Monday Night, but may disappoint in Week 5 due to the fact the Steelers have only allowed 8 total kicking attempts (extra points and field goals) to opposing teams thus far.
The Arizona Cardinals Defense have only scored double-digit fantasy points (11.00) once this season, and that was against Jacoby Brissett in his first start with the Indianapolis Colts. This week they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who only allow an average defense to score 2.80 fantasy points through 4 weeks. In a game that may be a shootout Sunday afternoon in the desert, owners should look elsewhere for streaming options in Week 5.
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