Week 5 of the NFL football season is in the books, and if you aren’t doing well in your fantasy football league you are running out of time to get back into the playoff hunt. The waiver wire has very little after being picked over for a few weeks, and it is tough to make a trade when you do not have anybody to trade! Lucky for you, there’s always a player that breaks out for a game or 2, you just have to know when to put them in your lineup. That being said, here is this week’s fantasy football lineup advice.
Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals
The #1 overall pick in this years draft has been putting up nice fantasy numbers this year even though his team has struggled. I see no reason this does not continue this week against the Atlanta Falcons, who just let up 53 points this week and 426 yards passing with 5 touchdowns by Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
Prescott looked like he was going to have a second consecutive bad fantasy game against the Green Bay Packers, with 3 interceptions in the game, but was able to salvage the day with a big second half, especially in the 4th quarter. Traveling to New York to face the Jets after losing two in a row will definitely have Dak Prescott looking to get his team back in the win column and put up some good numbers while he’s at it.
Teddy Bridgewater – New Orleans Saints
Bridgewater was on my list last week as well, and I would ride this train another week. If Jalen Ramsey ends up playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars that will make things a bit tougher for him, but I don’t see an end to the stand-off between Ramsey and the Jaguars anytime soon. Christian McCaffrey just ran wild on the Jags this week, and his play set is similar to Alvin Kamara, who is capable of getting a short dump off pass and taking it to the house, helping Bridgewater’s numbers. Combine that with his connection with Michael Thomas beginning to grow, and I see Teddy having another nice game here.
Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers
If you didn’t trust Jones before, I am sure you do now! After exploding for 4 touchdowns against the Cowboys this week, I think you can safely put him in regardless of match up, but especially in week 6 against the Detroit Lions.
Sony Michel – New England Patriots
Michel started to heat up this week against the Redskins, gaining 91 yards on the ground with a touchdown, in addition to 3 catches for another 32 yards. They play Thursday night against the New York Giants in Foxboro, so no reason to think that he will not continue his success as he becomes more comfortable in his second year with the Patriots.
Kerryon Johnson – Detroit Lions
Another second year player, Kerryon Johnson had a very nice game 2 weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs before a costly fumble possibly cost the Lions the game. He still ended up with 125 yards rushing and two catches for another 32 yards receiving. Teams have proven that the Packers can be run on, so this might be a good choice to put in this week.
Will Fuller V – Houston Texans
Out of my 7 leagues, Will Fuller was on the bench in 5 of them and 1 league he is not even owned! Needless to say, not many people saw this outbreak coming, as he finished with 217 yards on 14 catches with 3 touchdowns. Do not make that mistake again, as the Texans face the Chiefs in what could be a high scoring shoot out, with Tyreek Hill potentially coming back from injury.
DJ Clark Jr. – Jacksonville Jaguars
Here is another young receiver who broke out this past week, with 8 receptions for 164 and 2 touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers. He has a nice connection with Gary Minshew and a match up with the New Orleans Saints coming up. He may not quite match those number every week, but look at him and Minshew to bond more as the season goes along.
Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys
Gallup was another Cowboy who put up good numbers in the loss to the Packers Sunday, even though most of that came late when they were attempting the come back. With Amari Cooper likely to grab the most attention, Gallup should be able to put up good number on a regular basis, and with the New York Jets coming up on the schedule this will be a good wide receiver to put in your lineup.
Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons
Austin Hooper is almost an afterthought in the Falcons offense behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but when they get behind as has been the case in many games this year there are plenty of passes going around. He is averaging over 8 targets a game, and although he has only had two touchdowns so far this year (which happened to come in the same game), the Falcons are facing the Arizona Cardinals this week who are the statistically worst against tight ends this year.
Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens
Another member of my list from last week, he only put up 5 catches for 45 yards, and narrowly missed a touchdown that would have saved his fantasy day, which Mark Ingram kindly punched in for him on the very next play from 4 yards out. The Ravens have Cincinnati up next, who has let up a lot of points this year, and assuming that Andrews in healthy he is due for a good game this week.
Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams
The tight end position is not as deep as it was thought to be before the season, but Gerald Everett may be one that is rising up the ranks. Not looked at much the first 3 weeks, he has had 8 targets and 11 targets the last two weeks. With the Rams struggling to get a win lately he may start to see more targets, especially against the San Francisco 49ers coming to town this week. The 49ers defense has been very stout so fay this year, so Jared Goff may need to use Everett as a safety valve Sunday.
You may see a theme here, but after two tough losses and the New York Jets next it could be a long day for Jets fans. The Cowboys defense looked unstoppable the first 3 weeks against lesser competition, so look for that to continue this week against an equally bad team.
Another team looking to get back to early season success, the Ravens should get that facing the Bengals this week. After a season opening game against the Dolphins, the defense has not been as sharp, allowing at least 23 points in each of the last 3 weeks. That streak will probably stop this week.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have quietly put together two straight weeks with over 10 points in traditional fantasy leagues, with 8 total sacks, 3 turnovers and a return for touchdown. If you started them you were rewarded. Up next is a game against the Pittsburg Steelers, who has been in offensive turmoil all season, and will probably be starting their third string quarterback this week. Look for the Chargers to take advantage of any mistakes that the Steeler offense will make.
Well there you have it, hopefully you can find some help here for your team this week. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below, and if you took my advice last week tell me how it worked out! If your season is not looking good, you can always check out my review on Daily Fantasy Sports here. Happy fantasy football week 6!