With our first “bye week” now in the books we look ahead to the start of real bye weeks. Detroit and Green Bay are up first with their Week 5 byes. This is where streaming quarterbacks and tight ends gets trickier. Don’t worry. We got your back!
RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona
Kenyan Drake is still the lead ball carrier for Arizona but he fell behind Edmonds in targets and receptions this week. Catching 5-of-6 targets, Edmonds scored a touchdown and has clearly become a threat to Drake in the passing game. Drake also suffered an injury late in the contest but we don’t know enough about it yet. Should Drake miss any time, Edmonds would be the first man up for the job.
The New York Jets pose a very positive matchup in Week 5. Even with a healthy Drake, Edmonds holds value against a team that doesn’t pose much of an offensive threat, especially in points per reception (PPR) league formats.
Edmonds can be found in over 65 percent of leagues and should be added in every league at this point. If you want to add a wild card to your roster, look for Edmonds on your waiver wire.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina
This former first-round pick threw for multiple touchdowns for the first time this season. He even ran in another one from 18 yards away. Bridgewater was peppering his targets all over the field and seems to have gained a fondness for Robby Anderson, who received 11 targets against Arizona. The former All-Pro and his team have surpassed expectations thus far, doing it without Christian McCaffrey, who still has some time before his return to action.
This upcoming week in Atlanta will be fruitful. Atlanta has been incredibly soft against fantasy quarterbacks, giving up four passing scores to the combo of Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and 450 passing yards to Dak Prescott in Week 2.
Bridgewater is around 80-90 percent unrostered, making it very likely you can add him to your squad. He could be a streamers dream in Week 5.
RB Latavius Murray, New Orleans
Very quietly, this former Oakland and Minnesota player has had at least 13 touches in three games this year. Before Week 4, Murray had broken 50 yards in a game only once, so it’s easy to see how he’s gone unnoticed. After scoring twice in Week 4, however, he will no longer be swept aside and should be owned in all leagues. Even behind Alvin Kamara, Murray will be a viable fantasy option.
The Los Angeles Chargers are the Week 5 opponent for New Orleans, and they look tough. However, they did give up yardage totals of 91 to Mike Davis and 128 to Ronald Jones in the last two games. Those two runners also had eight and six receptions, respectively. Murray does have receiving chops too.
Over the last few weeks, many fantasy managers have given up on Murray and dropped him. He’s still a little tougher to find being available in only 40-55 percent of leagues.
WR Tim Patrick, Denver
With injuries to Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and KJ Hamler, someone has to catch the ball for Denver. Patrick has become that man, catching 10-of-11 targets for 156 yards and two scores over the last two games. He is consistent and will continue to see high snap counts whenever the team needs him out there.
New England, who faces Denver in Week 5, have been uncharacteristically giving to fantasy wide receivers this season. New England gave up four wide receiver touchdowns to Seattle in Week 2 and 86 yards and a score to Hunter Renfrow in Week 3.
Patrick has never been a high-volume player in the past but the cards seem to be failing his way in 2020. Virtually unowned everywhere, there’s little doubt you can add him to your team.