We have made it to our first official bye week, as Detroit and Green Bay have the week off. That’s a lot of fire power on bye, as many of you have been starting Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers. For you folks who are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players whom can exploit a good matchup (and those that may let you down in a bad matchup, as well). Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 5.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina (at Atlanta)
Bridgewater isn’t a “sexy” name, by any means, but he needs to be on your radar this week. The veteran quarterback had a tough matchup in Week 4 against Arizona, but he took it to them to the tune of 276 yards and two touchdowns (as well as another touchdown on the ground) en-route to a surprise victory. In Week 5 he gets the pleasure of facing Atlanta, the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks. This game will be a shootout, so if you need a streamer this week, Bridgewater is your guy.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (at Seattle)
Cousins underwhelmed in Week 4, but the ground game took the reins in that contest. This week, however, he gets to face Seattle, the third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. You think Carolina/Atlanta will be a shootout? This game should pummel the over, and Cousins could single-handedly bring your fantasy squad a victory. With Justin Jefferson now rocking and rolling, Cousins is a great spot start in Week 5.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (at Pittsburgh)
Wentz just doesn’t look right this year. Yeah, it can be blamed on his offensive line and his weapons, but he deserves some blame as well. That being said, people are still starting him on a regular basis. Week 5 is not going to be a fun week for Wentz, as Pittsburgh is the third-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. The former first-overall pick needs to be on your bench this week.
Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis (at Cleveland)
Alie-Cox found the end zone yet again in Week 4, albeit that was his only reception of the game. Here is a fun fact, though: The former basketball player is the leading receiver for Indianapolis on the year. I know, that’s just crazy, but it’s true. Now he gets to play Cleveland, by far the best matchup for opposing tight ends. This will be a competitive game, so Indianapolis is going to need their big tight end to make some plays. Alie-Cox is a great stream for Week 5 if you need him.
Ian Thomas, Carolina (at Atlanta)
This is for those deep leagues out there. The popular sleeper pick from the off-season has underwhelmed this season, to say the least. He did catch a touchdown pass in Week 4, and I like his odds of playing a key role in Week 5 as well. As mentioned above, the battle with Atlanta should be a shootout, as Atlanta is the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends. Don’t expect a monster game, but Thomas deserves your attention as a sleeper this week.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland (vs. Indianapolis)
People are still trotting out Hooper as a starter in many leagues, and I don’t get it. Cleveland doesn’t throw the ball much, so he already has limited opportunities. Yes, he did find the end zone in Week 4, but Dallas is the fifth-best matchup for tight ends. Now he has to face Indianapolis, the third-worst matchup for opposing tight ends (this defensive unit has been outstanding). Don’t get cute and start Hooper in Week 5, as you’ll regret it deeply if you do.
A Look Ahead to Week 6 …
Kirk Cousins could be of service in Week 6 again, as he faces Atlanta, the best possible matchup for quarterbacks. Don’t laugh, but Daniel Jones could surprise in Week 6. He faces Washington, the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Who faces Cleveland in Week 6? It’s Eric Ebron, and he should do well in the best possible matchup for tight ends. Kyle Rudolph can be started in deeper leagues, as Atlanta is the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends.
Best of luck to you all in Week 5. You can utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any part of the upcoming season (and any other position). As always, don’t hesitate to ask me any and everything regarding fantasy football on Twitter (my Twitter handle can be found below). Until next time, Sharks!