Fantasy Football ’17 Week Five Feasters, Starvers

We are finally past the quarter mark into the 2017 season, and bracing for 11 more weeks of fantasy madness. Below are my Week 5 feasters and starvers.

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Quarterbacks

#  START  Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Jameis Winston  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  NE
2  Carson Palmer  Arizona Cardinals  @PHI
3  Dak Prescott  Dallas Cowboys  GB
#  SIT Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Cam Newton  Carolina Panthers  @DET
2  Tyrod Taylor  Buffalo Bills  @CIN
3  Deshaun Watson  Houston Texans  KC

Feasters:

  • Jameis Winston: We just saw the slumping Cam Newton put up 4 total TD’s against the Patriots last week. The Patriots have turned into the new Saints, becoming that team you must start quarterbacks against. The Bucs possess so many weapons of offense, plus they are at home. I absolutely love this matchup.
  • Carson Palmer: Carson is in the middle of the pack as far as fantasy points for QB’s (16), which isn’t terrible, but he has a solid matchup in Week 5 against the Eagles. Philly has given up an average of 17.3 fantasy points to opposing QB’s, coupled with a 7:3 TD to INT ratio. I think Palmer can have a 250/3 TD line in a shootout against Carson Wentz.
  • Dak Prescott:  Prescott and the Cowboys will take on Green Bay in Week 5, which will be an thrilling game. In two games against the Packers in 2016, Prescott averaged about 273 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. With the same offensive core, there’s no reason to believe Prescott will not duplicate his past success against the Pack.

Sleeper: Joe Flacco, BAL

Starvers:

  • Cam Newton: Cam had an outstanding game against the Pats last week, but I think he comes back to earth in Week 5. The Panthers take on the Lions who have allowed the 4th fewest points to opposing quarterbacks, an average of 10 points per game. The Detroit defense has a 4 TD to 7 Int ratio, which should continue against Cam and Co. come Sunday.
  • Tyrod Taylor: The Bills travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 5, who have allowed the 2nd fewest passing yards and an average of 14 points per game. The Bills lost Jordan Matthews Sunday, and this matchup could be a disaster waiting to happen for Taylor.
  • Deshaun Watson: Watson has been the real deal thus far in this young season. The Texans host the Chiefs in a Sunday Night Football matchup against the red-hot Alex Smith. The Chiefs have also only given up an average of 15 points with a 4:4 TD/INT ratio. I think this game could be a blunder for Watson, with him turning the ball over a ton. I think if you have another option, you roll with it for Week 5.

Running Backs

#  START  Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Duke Johnson Jr.  Cleveland Browns  NYJ
2  Carlos Hyde  San Francisco 49ers  @IND
3  Thomas Rawls  Seattle Seahawks  @LAR
#  SIT Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Lamar Miller  Houston Texans  KC
2  Latavius Murray  Minnesota Vikings  @CHI
3  Marshawn Lynch  Oakland Raiders  BAL

Feasters:

  • Duke Johnson Jr: Johnson is one of the premier pass catching backs in the NFL. The Browns take on the surprising Jets through 4 weeks, who have given up 6 receptions and 56 yards per game to opposing backs. This is great news for DJJ, who has averaged 5 receptions and  about 52 yards per game. Look for the Browns to get DJJ involved early. This has a potential to be a KABOOM play in Week 5.
  • Carlos Hyde: The 49ers take on the Colts in Week 5, who are tied for the 2nd most rush TD’s given up along with allowing an average of 26 fantasy points per game. Hyde has no consistent threat taking touches from him, and I think he has a multiple touchdown game in Week 5.
  • Thomas Rawls: Given the current state of the Seattle backfield, playing Rawls this week is a bit of a gamble but it could reap great rewards. Pete Carroll said this regarding Carson’s injury and Rawls: “With Chris being banged up, we’re so fortunate to have Thomas ready to jump back out there. We’re just lucky that we have a guy like that who’s ready to go and is healthy and all that.” This is intriguing, as the Seahawks are facing a Rams defense who have given up the most points to opposing backs. I think you roll the dice on Rawls in Week 5.

Sleeper: Bilal Powell, NYJ

Starvers:

  • Lamar Miller: Miller had his first breakout game of 2017, coupled with a complete dismantling of the Titans. Although the Chiefs have allowed 4 rushing touchdowns, they have held opposing running backs in check, only allowing 19 fantasy points to opposing running backs per game. I think Kansas City gets a big lead, limiting Miller’s rushing touches. I’d stay away in Week 5.
  • Latavius Murray: Murray is the presumed RB1 with Dalvin Cook’s torn ACL, however he was only able to put up 21 yards on 7 carries in extended action last week. The Vikings take on Chicago in week 5, who have allowed the 8th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. I expect Murray to struggle against a stout front 7 on Monday.
  • Marshawn Lynch: The skittle monster has been underwhelming thus far in his career as a Raider, totaling 151 yards through 4 weeks. Oakland also hosts the Ravens in Week 5, where they will be Derek Carr-less and possibly without Michael Crabtree. Look for the Ravens to take advantage and stack the box, giving Lynch little room to run. I think Lynch is a MUST bench in week 5.

Wide Receivers

#  START  Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  DeVante Parker  Miami Dolphins  TEN
2  Larry Fitzgerald  Arizona Cardinals  @PHI
3  T.Y. Hilton  Indianapolis Colts  SF
#  SIT Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Alshon Jeffery  Philadelphia Eagles  ARI
2  Keenan Allen  Los Angeles Charers  @NYG
3  Martavis Bryant  Pittsburgh Steelers  JAX

Feasters:

  • DeVante Parker: Parker is legit and I think he explodes in Week 5 against the Titans, who have allowed a ridiculous 8 touchdowns so far. That’s 2 TD’s to opposing receivers per week. If you are a Parker owner like I am, you’re drooling over this matchup. I’m confident Parker gets into the endzone at least once this week.
  • Larry Fitzgerald: Fitz is the Tom Brady of receivers; the man just seems to never age, playing extremely well even at the age of 34. The Cardinals take on the Eagles in Week 5, who have allowed the most receptions and yards to opposing receivers. This will be a money matchup.
  • T.Y. Hilton: Hilton did not do much against the Legion of Boom in Week 4, but that was expected. Look for Brissett and Hilton to connect a ton in their Week 5 matchup against San Francisco. San Fran has given up an average of 37 points to opposing receivers and Hilton always seems to play better in a dome. This matchup is awesome in Week 5.

Sleeper: Kendall Wright, CHI

Starvers:

  • Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery has been meh so far as an Eagle, and I absolutely hate his matchup this week. Jeffery will also be shadowed by Patrick Peterson, and that should give owners nightmares. Avoid playing Jeffery if you can, Agholor is a much safer play this week.
  • Keenan Allen: Similar to Jeffery, Allen has a great corner covering him in Week 5 in Janoris Jenkins. I think Allen should be avoided simply because of that. End analysis.
  • Martavis Bryant: The Steelers take on the Jaguars in Week 5, who not only boast an impressive and young secondary, but also have given up the fewest points to opposing receivers. Stay far, far away.

Tight Ends

#  START  Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Antonio Gates  Los Angeles Chargers  @NYG
2  Cameron Brate  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  NE
3  Jason Witten  Dallas Cowboys  GB
#  SIT Team  Week 5 Matchup
1  Evan Engram  New York Giants  LAC
2  Delanie Walker  Tennessee Titans  @MIA
3  Jared Cook  Oakland Raiders  BAL

Feasters:

  • Antonio Gates: Okay, I’ll own up to my incorrect Gates prediction of 2 TD’s last week. I’m not giving up hope yet, though. The Giants have given up the most touchdowns and points to opposing tight ends, and I think Rivers will look Gates’ way with Allen being locked down.
  • Cameron Brate: Brate is one of Winston’s favorite red zone targets and rightfully so at 6’5 and 235 pounds. The Bucs play the Patriots who have given up an average of about 17 points to opposing tight ends per game. I think Brate gets going early and scores at least once.
  • Jason Witten: Witten has been non existent since starting off hot, but look for him to get back on track against a beatable Packers defense. In two games against Green Bay last season, Witten averaged 5 receptions 50.5 yards and .5 touchdowns. I think Witten will have a similar stat line on Sunday.

Sleeper: Martellus Bennett, GB

Starvers:

  • Evan Engram: The Chargers have allowed a mere 8.7 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends and I can’t imagine him having a big game against LA. In short, I’d explore other options.
  • Delanie Walker: Walker’s quarterback on Sunday will be Brandon Weeden. I’ll pass.
  • Jared Cook: Although the Ravens have given up 16 points per game to opposing TE’s I cannot see Baltimore letting Jared Cook and E.J. Manuel beating them, I’ll pass on this too.

Tony Jaramillo is a freshmen in college with an unhealthy obsession with the Chicago Bears and fantasy sports. Brainwashed by his Chicagoan father at the age of 10 and mixed with some Devin Hester, Tony became hooked.

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