Although Week 5 was brimming with amazing performances, there were several events that “almost” happened. After winning last week, the Cleveland Browns almost won their 2nd game in a row, but lost a lead in a bitter overtime defeat. The Oakland Raiders almost blew another lead in the 2nd half, but ended up escaping with a victory. Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky almost tied the record for most passing touchdowns in a game after throwing six (five in first half) against a terrible Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s defense. Lastly, we almost had three more ties, but thankfully these games were settled near the end of overtime!
Whether you are 4-0, 2-2, or 0-4, the season is still young, so let’s take a dive into Week 5 to review several players and a defense prepped for a superb performance!
QB: Alex Smith
He may be called a “game manager”, but Alex Smith had a career season in 2017 in Kansas City and off to a solid start to 2018 with Washington. Coming off a bye last week and set for a road matchup against the New Orleans’ Saints who have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks, Smith should be considered a QB2 with a high ceiling for Week 5.
Week 5 projections: 225 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD
RB: T.J. Yeldon
T.J. Yeldon may be one of the most important handcuffs in fantasy football. After missing Weeks 2 and 3, Leonard Fournette has re-aggravated his hamstring injury and will miss Week 5. Although Yeldon will be leading a running back committee, he should be considered an RB2 or Flex heading in Week 5’s contest against the Kansas City Chiefs who have surrendered the most total points and most receiving yards to running backs. They are also allowing 5.6 yards per carry! Yeldon will be a hot waiver wire addition as he will be a top performer in Week 5.
Week 5 projections: 100 total yards; 1 TD
WR: Calvin Ridley
Julio Jones seems to be Matt Ryan’s secondary target this season as rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley has proven to be more than just a one week wonder. With six touchdowns over his last two games, Ridley is also a top target in the red zone, which has been an area of weakness for the Atlanta Falcons’ early on and much of last season. Ridley is a must-start and could be considered a low-end WR 1 or Flex for Week 5 when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Pittsburgh Steelers who have given up the 3rd most points to wide receivers including 2nd most receiving yards. Start Ridley this week!
Week 5 projections: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE: C.J. Uzomah
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4, which was even more unfortunate as he had finally recovered from two seasons of ailing back issues. Nonetheless, the Cincinnati Bengals sit atop their division and are one of the league leaders in points scored. Tight End C.J. Uzomah is next in line for snaps at tight end and will quickly become a major target for Andy Dalton. In Week 5, Uzomah will face the Miami Dolphins who have been solid against the tight end, but expect to see Dalton looking for him often.
Week 5 projections: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
D/ST: Tennessee Titans
Although the Tennessee Titans’ offense has disappointed thus far, their defense has been strong. Only six teams have allowed less points and more sacks than Tennessee. With a matchup against the struggling Buffalo Bills who have given up the most points to opposing defenses, Tennessee may be a great stream option for Week 5. Buffalo just allowed seven sacks and three turnovers last week so grab Tennessee’s defense if they are available!