Welcome back! It’s good to see you after a pretty decent week of streaming. I needed this one for my sanity after the disaster that was week 3, so I’m very glad that we did ok. Week 5 is sizing up as a pretty juicy streaming week so I’m excited to dive into it. Before we do that, though, let’s take a look back at week 4.
QB: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, 12.84 Fantasy Points, QB25
This one was not ideal, but I’m not disappointed for a couple reasons. Firstly, despite the QB25 finish, Carr was only 4.1 fantasy points behind this week’s QB13, Carson Palmer. There wasn’t a huge gap between a lot of the quarterbacks this week. Secondly, Carr got some really bad luck in the form of Latavius Murray, who let a pass bounce off his chest resulting in an interception and also fumbled a pitch that hit him in the hands. Despite the fumble being Murray’s fault, it was technically on a quarterback-running back exchange and therefore credited to Carr. That’s -4 points for Carr thanks to Latavius. Add those 4 points in (you can also assume Carr’s points would increase if those drives continued) and all of a sudden he’s QB14. Sometimes luck doesn’t go your way.
TE: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills, 20.1 PPR Points, TE3
Here we go baby, this was the good stuff. With Sammy Watkins out, Clay was a target monster and finished with 9 catches for 111 yards. He was so good this week that he had a touchdown called back due to a penalty and still managed to get 20 points. Look for Clay to continue to produce.
D/ST: Cincinnati Bengals, 7 Fantasy Points, D/ST14
Not great, not bad. 7 points from your defense is a perfectly acceptable number.
Alright, let’s get into the week 5 options. Like the previous weeks, I’ll give you three options at each position with the top choice being the one we’re gonna track. All of these options are under 50% owned on Yahoo! Fantasy Football. I’ll also give you a few bonus options that are slightly higher owned but still may be available in your league.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, VS CHI
Alex Smith is QB12 right after 4 weeks. I repeat, Alex Smith is currently QB12. This week, he gets a great matchup against the Bears at home. Jamaal Charles is going to go off, but Alex Smith will as well.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, AT KC
Cutler loves garbage time, and he should get plenty of it this week against a bad secondary. It also looks like Alshon Jeffery will be back this week as well. You can start Cutler with plenty of confidence.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, AT TB
The Jaguars haven’t been able to get any semblance of a run game going this year so Bortles has been forced to sling the pig. So far, he’s actually done okay at it, topping 16 fantasy points in 3 of his 4 outings this year. Tampa Bay’s pass defense is not something to be scared of, so you can safely roll Bortles out there.
Guys who might be available and are worth playing: Charles Clay, Owen Daniels
Derek Carrier, Washington Redskins, AT ATL
With Jordan Reed hurt, Carrier steps into the number one tight end role in Washington. I’m not sure that Carrier’s a good player, but his expected volume in this game is enough for me to recommend playing him. Kirk Cousins likes throwing to the tight end, and the Redskins should be playing from behind here so they’ll have to throw the ball a lot.
Larry Donnell, New York Giants, VS SF
Donnell has gotten at least 6 targets in each of his past 3 games, and the 49ers pass defense is less than stellar. Donnell provides a relatively safe target floor with touchdown upside against a bad team.
Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, VS STL
Rodgers is one of those tight end who probably needs to catch a touchdown to be a worthwhile play. That being said, he has Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball so touchdowns should be plentiful.
New York Giants, VS SF
The Giants are big favorites against a quarterback who tends to turn the ball over. This one’s a no-brainer.
Cincinnati Bengals, VS SEA
We all saw how bad the Seahawks offensive line is on Monday night. Expect the Bengals to get to Russell Wilson in this game and force a couple turnovers.
Jacksonville Jaguars, AT TB
Jameis Winston loves to throw picks. It’s like, his favorite thing to do on Sundays. He’ll probably throw a couple this Sunday too.
That does it for week 5. Hopefully we all have a nice relaxing float down the stream and end up winning our matchups. Agree with me? Disagree with me? Have Questions? Hit me up in the comments or on twitter @nwalshington.
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