Week 5 Fantasy Football Predictions For Top Players At Each Position

*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.

Week 4 Review:

Top QB: Cam Newton – finished 15th
QB Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick – finished outside Top 25
QB Sleeper: Kirk Cousins – finished 13th

Top RB: Melvin Gordon – finished 6th
RB Sit: Miami backfield – all outside Top 25
RB Sleeper: Isaiah Crowell – finished 3rd

Top WR: Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders – finished 9th and 12th respectively
WR Sit: Jeremy Maclin – finished outside Top 25
WR Sleeper: TY Hilton – finished 24th

Top TE: Zach Miller – finished 9th
TE Sit: Gary Barnidge – finished 15th
TE Sleeper: Dennis Pitta – finished outside Top 25

Top D/ST: Washington – finished 11th
D/ST Sit: Baltimore – finished outside Top 25
D/ST Sleeper: New York Jets – finished outside Top 25

Week 5 Predictions

Quarterbacks

Top QB: Andy Dalton – After back-to-back poor stat lines, look for Dalton to rebound against a Cowboys D that’s allowed 18+ points to three out of their last four QBs, one of those guys being Brian Hoyer. Dallas has also surrendered a total of nine touchdown passes in their last three home games, this sets up for explosive stat lines if Dalton can hookup with AJ Green.

QB Sit: Matthew Stafford – Stafford has been tough to bench this season, but after his eight-point performance last week where he had a good matchup against Chicago, things could be changing. With a matchup against Philadelphia’s defense that held Big Ben to 6.98 fantasy points in Week 3, this is definitely a game you want Stafford on your bench for.

QB Sleeper: Carson Wentz – Carson Wentz rolls into Week 5 after his bye with a plus matchup against the Detroit Lions, a team who was scored on for 19+ fantasy points by the aforementioned Brian Hoyer last week. The Lions have given up 12 touchdowns already to QBs and allows the second most fantasy points to QBs this season at 24.55 points per game. Wentz appears as a sleeper because he obviously does not have a weapon at receiver like AJ Green.

Runningbacks

Top RB: Melvin Gordon – If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. I am rolling with Melvin Gordon once again this week. The Chargers lead back keeps on rolling in the stat lines as he now has six touchdowns. Coming into yet another favorable matchup against Oakland, Gordon will have no problem running all over the Raiders who have allowed an average of more than 23 fantasy points per game to running backs.

RB Sit: All of Giants’ Backfield – Whether it be Rashad Jennings, Orleans Darkwa, or Paul Perkins no choice out of this backfield is a good choice at all. The Green Bay Packers have given up only nine fantasy points per game to running backs, the best total in the league. Committee backfields are already a mess to deal with to begin with, so pairing that up with the league’s best run defense fantasy wise is not a good idea. Especially since Jennings recent injury history is slightly scary.

RB Sleeper: Latavius Murray – After Murray disappointed last week with just 2.4 points, it is time to get him back into your lineup if you were smart enough to bench him, or keep plugging him in. Facing a Chargers defense that surrenders 25.98 fantasy points per game to runnings back (third worst in the league.) Look for Murray to pile up the yards, and be a great candidate for a score.

Wide Receivers

Top WR: Kelvin Benjamin – It is time to give Cam and Kelvin a chance this week as they go up against a Tampa secondary that gives up the most points in the league to wide receivers (32.25), and have allowed the highest touchdown total (nine) to the position. Of course this is fantasy football and things that are usually supposed to happen never do, but Kelvin is primed to come out on top this week.

WR Sit: Terrelle Pryor – Pryor has become Cleveland’s top option in the passing attack so far this year and you can be sure Bill Belichick is going to hone in on him as part of his defensive plan. In the last two games, New England has only allowed a combined 8.7 points to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in Week 3 and only 12.7 points to Buffalo’s receivers just last week.

WR Sleeper: Steve Smith Sr. – Coming into a matchup this week against a Redskins defense that allows 26.95 points to the position (5th most), Smith Sr. has developed a pretty good relationship with Joe Flacco in the passing attack so far this season. Look for Smith to maybe emerge as a top 5 WR this week in a game where the Ravens could put up a very healthy amount of points.

Tight End

Top TE: Zach Ertz – Not too many great options at the position this week, but Ertz, who comes back from injury in Week 5 squares off against a Lions defense that gives up 15.93 points per game to tight ends, bad enough for second most in the league. The Lions have also given up a league leading six touchdown catches to the position. Wentz and Ertz could be hooking up multiple times this week.

TE Sit: Eric Ebron – Ebron has been one of the highest targeted tight ends this season, but with small ankle and knee injuries plus a terrible matchup against the Eagles, Ebron needs to be kept on the bench. Philadelphia has held Gary Barnidge, Zach Miller, and Jesse James to a combined 4.3 fantasy points. The Eagles are averaging an incredibly small 1.43 points per game to tight ends.

TE Sleeper: Cameron Brate – The man who leads the Bucs in receiving yards is continuing to produce for his team. Facing a Panthers defense that is fourth in most points allowed to the position with 12.35 points per game, the third year tight end has now seen a combined 18 targets over the last two games. With the TE position being thin this week for favorable matchups, there is a great chance Brate creates another good rapport with Jameis Winston against this week.

Defense/Special Teams

Top D/ST: Carolina Panthers – One week removed from being absolutely ripped to shreds by the Atlanta Falcons, the Panthers come into Week 5 with a much more favorable matchup. Squaring off against the Bucs at Bank of America Stadium, Jameis Winston comes up against them with 10 turnovers already this year, the Panthers have no business being on a bench and are locks to score at least 10 fantasy points.

D/ST Sit: New York Jets – The Jets defensive unit has been a giant disappointment this season. They’ve only scored two fantasy points in two of their first four games. Things are still looking bad for them this week as a road matchup against Big Ben and Antonio Brown looms. There is absolutely no reason to start the Jets this week.

D/ST Sleeper: New England Patriots – Rookie Cody Kessler will be facing Bill Belicheck’s defense who will look to tear him apart. Kessler is more than likely to be confused and disoriented throughout the duration of this game so the Patriots are looking like a nice option this week. Just like any defense does when their opponent is the Browns.

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