The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over, folks. Pour one out for him, as it was one hell of a ride for the first 3 weeks. We will never forget the amazing stretch he had, but it is now Jameis Winston time (pick him up if you are struggling at the QB position…). A friendly reminder that Chicago and Tampa Bay are on bye this week, so get any players on those two teams out of your lineups! Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for week 5.
Alex Smith, WAS (at New Orleans)
Smith has been pedestrian this year, to say the least. That being said, he gets the pleasure of facing the 4th best matchup for quarterbacks (New Orleans) in week 5. He does sport a 102.2 quarterback rating, and will have to be more aggressive against the Saints’ high-octane offense. Eli Manning just completed 75.6% of his passes against this defense in week 4, and he only threw one touchdown. Smith should be a great play this week.
Ryan Tannehill, MIA (at Cincinnati)
This sucks to recommend, as Tannehill looked abysmal in Week 4 against New England. He did, however, do quite well in the first three weeks of the season. Tannehill was sporting a 7 TD to 2 INT ratio before the Week 4 debacle and still has a 106.1 quarterback rating. Joe Mixon is expected back in this matchup, and Cincinnati seems to be firing on all cylinders right now. Oh, the Bengals are also the 5th best matchup for quarterbacks. Don’t be afraid to stream the former college wide receiver in Week 5.
Patrick Mahomes, KC (vs. Jacksonville)
Jacksonville, by name and play, is just a known tough matchup in any context. So who am I pumping the brakes on this week? If you guessed the red-hot Mahomes, I owe you a beer or some sort of beverage. As of this writing, I’m not sure how he fared against Denver in week 4 (7th hardest matchup for quarterbacks). What I do know, however, is that Week 5 will be the REAL test for the young stud against Jacksonville.
Austin Hooper, ATL (at Pittsburgh)
Hooper was a start for me last week, and that really didn’t work out. Hooper caught 1 of his 2 targets for 19 yards (whomp-whomp). I’m going back to him in week 5, though, as he faces the 3rd easiest matchup for tight ends when he travels to Pittsburgh in Week 5 (who should be red-hot mad after being defeated at home by Baltimore). If you are struggling to find a healthy tight end this week, the points should be aplenty in this contest.
Geoff Swaim, DAL (at Houston)
Ah yes, the deep-dive of the week. Swaim tied all of Dallas’ receivers for the lead in targets (5) in Week 4, as he reeled in 3 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. Now the unknown tight end gets to face the 4th easiest matchup for tight ends in Week 5 when he takes on Houston’s paltry pass defense (Eric Ebron just rung up a 5-40-1 line on them in Week 4). As I said, this is if you’re really desperate, but you could do much worse in a tough tight end landscape.
Jordan Reed, WAS (at New Orleans)
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a Redskins’ fan. That being said, New Orleans’ grades out as the hardest matchup for tight ends. Enter Jordan Reed, who is Washington’s leading receiver on the year (168 receiving yards…sigh). Look, I’m not saying to bench him, but you could have an equal tight end on your bench who has a better matchup in Week 5. It hurts, but don’t be shocked when the result isn’t what you expect with Reed.
A Look Ahead Week 6…
For Week 6, Andy Dalton is lucky enough to face the dismantled Pittsburgh pass defense (best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Dalton has been a nice surprise this year, so plan accordingly. I mentioned Jameis Winston in the intro to this article, and Week 6 is the main reason why. Winston faces Atlanta, as they are the 3rd best matchup for quarterbacks. So, yeah, pick him up already, okay? Vance McDonald has been a beast as of late (see the stiff-arm on Chris Conte in Week 3…), and I can see him continuing that in Week 6 when he travels to Cincinnati (best matchups for a tight end). On the flip-side of that matchup, pay attention to who steps in for Tyler Eifert (ugh…such a gruesome injury for a good guy…). Pittsburgh is the 3rd best matchup for tight ends, and you’ll want whomever steps up in Eifert’s absence (either Tyler Kroft or C.J. Uzomah) for Week 6.
Best of luck to you all in Week 5. There were a lot of tight end injuries in Week 4, and we are entering bye week hell.. 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!