As usual, we saw another week of heroic performances as well as a few “head-scratching” surprises. If you started Jameis Winston, you were rewarded even more generously than Week 3 as the Tampa Bay quarterback threw for 385 and four touchdowns. In fact, the 55-40 win over the Los Angeles Rams was Tampa Bay’s highest point total in team history! After a slow start, Cleveland caught fire with a 40-25 road victory over division rival Baltimore. Cleveland was led by running back Nick Chubb’s 183 total yards and three touchdowns as well as wide receiver Jarvis Landry’s 165 receiving yards. Both AFC powerhouses remain undefeated as New England topped Buffalo and Kansas City edged out Detroit in nail-biting wins!
Hopefully you are staring down at the rest of the teams in your league’s standings, but keep the faith even if you are sitting at 0-4. Follow the mantra from the famous Gloria Gaynor song “I Will Survive,” and try to win and survive each week! Week 5 weather should not be a factor, however be aware that light rain is possible in both Tennessee and Cincinnati. Also, note that Miami and Detroit are on bye this week. Take a dive with me as we review several players and a defense who should shine in Week 5!
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
Sure, you can argue that he’s shown inconsistency especially last season, but his last two weeks are impossible to ignore. If Winston is your backup quarterback or sitting on the waiver wire, he needs to be owned and started. Winston does not hesitate to throw deep and has two great talented receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Tampa Bay’s aerial assault can compete with any team except for Kansas City. With a road matchup against division rival New Orleans this weekend, continue to ride the wave as New Orleans has allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Winston’s history has not been superb against New Orleans, but many of those games he received tons of pressure and was often sacked. He should fare much better in Week 5.
Week 5 projection: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
RB LeSean McCoy, Kansas City
After it appeared that running back LeSean McCoy would serve as the veteran on a young, developing Buffalo offense before the season, he was released and signed with arguably the most explosive offense in the NFL. Reuniting with coach Andy Reid, McCoy has been the most explosive back on Kansas City with an average of 5.4 yards per carry and three scores. He only had three touchdowns all of last season! With a home matchup against Indianapolis (who have given up the 10th-most fantasy points and nearly 5 yards per carry to running backs,) McCoy should be considered a low-end RB2 with high upside this weekend.
Week 5 projection: 80 total yards, TD
WR Stefon Diggs, Minnesota
Generally, I don’t include a must-start fantasy “stud.” Unfortunately, Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been anything but a fantasy stud this season. Minnesota’s offense has been very run-focused with the second-lowest pass play percentage this season. With a lackluster offense thus far, expect Minnesota to leverage more pass and play-action plays when it visits the New York Giants, who have surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Despite Minnesota’s lack of passing plays, Diggs still caught all seven targets for 108 yards and was Kirk Cousins’ primary target. Expect Diggs to return to WR2 status for Week 5.
Week 5 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD
TE Eric Ebron, Indianapolis
After a tremendous 2018 season, most fantasy owners of Indianapolis tight end Eric Ebron expected regression as tight end Jack Doyle would split workload and a different offensive scheme with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Ebron has still been productive early this season with two touchdowns and has slowly increased his total receiving yards each week. With an attractive road matchup against Kansas City, who have given up the 10th-most fantasy points and most receptions to tight ends, look for Ebron to continue trending upward, especially if T.Y. Hilton sits again.
Week 5 projection: 60 receiving yards, TD
D/ST Philadelphia Eagles
The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles defense has not appeared nearly as strong as the 2018 version. In fact, Philadelphia has averaged more than 26 points to opposing offenses and has less sacks than any other team. This should change when Philadelphia hosts the New York Jets, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season. If Sam Darnold returns or backup Luke Falk starts, the Philadelphia defense should rebound well in Week 5!
Week 5 projection: 12 points