Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview

Jeff Pratt
Head of NFL/Podcast Host

“You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.” - Tom Brady

This is the fifth installment of my weekly all-in-one fantasy football article which consists of recaps from the prior week, start/sit advice and waiver targets. Stay tuned for new updates every week! Now, let’s get into this Week 5 preview:

Week 4 Recap

*All fantasy stats are based on PPR scoring*

Best Performers:

Joe Mixon – 42.1 points / 181 total yards / 6 receptions / 3 touchdowns

George Kittle – 40.1 points / 15 receptions for 183 yards / 1 touchdown

Odell Beckham Jr. – 38.4 points / 154 total yards / 5 receptions / 3 touchdowns

Dak Prescott – 38.3 points / 502 passing yards / 4 touchdowns

Robert Tonyan – 33.8 points / 6 receptions for 98 yards / 3 touchdowns

Cam Newton – 35.6 points / 397 passing yards / 11 carries for 47 yards / 3 touchdowns

Biggest Busts:

Kenyan Drake – 3.5 points / 13 carries for 35 yards

Hunter Henry – 5.9 points / 2 receptions for 39 yards

Tyler Lockett – 5.9 points / 2 receptions for 39 yards

T.Y. Hilton – 5.9 points / 3 receptions for 29 yards

Zach Ertz – 4.9 points / 4 receptions for 9 yards

Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5

Start: Mike Davis (@ ATL)

The Mike Davis hype train is still going strong, as the Panthers RB has now posted back-to-back 22+ point games. Davis has another tantalizing matchup against the Falcons this week. Take advantage of his production while you can, because Christian McCaffrey may be returning in Week 6.

Sit: Darrell Henderson (@ WAS)

Henderson was downright awful last week against a pitiful Giants defense, racking up just 38 total yards. The sophomore RB was also outplayed by Malcolm Brown. With Cam Akers primed to return to action this week, I’d stay away from Henderson against a strong Washington defensive line.

Start: Adam Thielen (@ SEA)

Thielen was tremendous last week, racking up 26.2 points against the Texans. This Sunday, he’ll take on the worst secondary in the league in Seattle. Look for Thielen to take full advantage of this matchup and continue his hot streak.

Sit: A.J. Green (@ BAL)

At this point, A.J. Green is unstartable. Green has scored less than nine points in his last three matchups, and things won’t get any easier for him this week against a stout Baltimore secondary. It’s obvious at this point, but bench Green until he proves himself.

Start: Hunter Henry (@ NO)

Henry wasn’t great last week, but things are looking up for the fourth-year tight end as he’s set to take on the Saints this Monday. New Orleans has been especially vulnerable to opposing tight ends this year, giving Henry owners plenty of reason for optimism.

Sit: Mike Gesicki (@ SF)

After exploding in Week 2, Gesicki has been a fantasy dud for the last couple of weeks. There’s still plenty of time for the Dolphins tight end to turn things around, but I wouldn’t feel confident starting him against a tough 49ers defense this week.

Start: Teddy Bridgewater (@ ATL)

Teddy Two Gloves finally hit his stride last game against the Cardinals, leading Carolina to an important victory. This week, he’ll take on an abysmal Falcons secondary that allows 341.5 passing yards and 3.25 receiving touchdowns per game. I’m very confident that Bridgewater will stay hot on Sunday.

Sit: Carson Wentz (@ PIT)

Carson Wentz was impressive rushing the ball for the second-straight week against San Francisco, but I’m expecting that streak to end on Sunday against an impressive Steelers defense. Wentz needs to prove he can be effective throwing the ball again, and until he does that I don’t feel confident starting him.

Waiver Wire Target of the Week

D’Ernest Johnson

With Nick Chubb out approximately six weeks, Johnson should handle a significant workload for the next few games as Cleveland’s #2 running back. If he’s able to produce similar numbers to his last game against the Cowboys, Johnson could end up being a very valuable fantasy asset.

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