Last Week’s 5 Up found Martellus Bennett (26 pts), Charles Clay (21 pts), Charles Sims (16 pts), and Brandon Marshall (19 pts) doing well in Week 4. 5 Down was disappointing as expected with Rishard Matthews (2 pts), DeMarco Murray (6 pts), Beckham Jr. (8 pts), and Peterson being held to 89 yards.
Week 5 brings us new challenges. A reminder, this article presents two different groups. The first 5 are not about studs that will produce, but rather, lower-end players with high potential. The second 5 are solid players that won’t live up to the “stud” status for that particular week. Let’s dive in!
1) Karlos Williams (RB) Buffalo Bills – He has been doing very well this year as LeSean McCoy has been out suffering from a hamstring injury. McCoy looks to be out a few more weeks which means Williams is still the bellcow. He faces a very weak Tennessee Titans run defense and a fired up Bills team that should have beat the Giants yesterday. They will look to dominate the game on the ground early and often.
2) C.J. Spiller (RB) New Orleans Saints – PPR leagues will rejoice to see Spiller fully healthy and back on the field. When healthy, he can make a big play at any time out of the backfield. He saw the field against the Cowboys, but wasn’t truly 100%. He will be ready to go against the Eagles next week who just let some average backs pick up plenty of yards out of the backfield versus the Redskins on Sunday. They really have trouble with speedy backs in open space with Kiko Alonso (LB) being out.
3) Allen Hurns (WR) Jacksonville Jaguars
I need to give Hurns some love. I picked him up a week ago to be a flex play after some late injury news, and was happy to have him. I decided to give him another chance this week against a weak Colts secondary, and it payed off again with 28 points. He has had 60 receiving yards every game this season. Next week he faces a weak Tampa Bay secondary who has allowed average receivers to run all over them. Blake Bortles has improved and will find Hurns to be a valuable weapon against the Buccaneers in Week 5. If you haven’t already, Hurns is a excellent flex play week-to-week based on matchups, including next week.
4) Jameis Winston (QB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I know what you are thinking, “DAN! A Rookie Quarterback?!” Calm down, Winston hasn’t looked awful this season. He has made rookie mistakes, but his matchup against Jacksonville intrigues me. Jacksonville has looked pretty miserable against the pass. Vincent Jackson had a great game against a tough Panthers defense with 30 points. Mike Evans is getting healthier by the week. I’m banking on Winston having the best performance of his rookie season this game. I’m thinking around 300 yards and 3 TDs. Go big or go home.
5) Andre Johnson (WR) Indianapolis Colts – Do you remember last year when T.Y. Hilton had 9 receptions for 223 yards and a TD against the Texans on a Thursday night in October? In Week 4, Luck took the day off while the Colts squeaked past the Jaguars. Luck should be healthy enough to go against the Texans this coming Thursday. If they beat the Texans, they will be 3-0 in the division and in the driver’s seat. Johnson has done nothing this year, but this is not a normal game. He gets to take it to the team that thought he was too old to play. If you don’t think he will be jacked for that game and the Colts won’t try to get him on track to improve the offense, you are in for a surprise come Thursday Night.