The best fantasy football gamble of Week 5

There’s much to like about this Raider being in the driver’s seat in Week 5.

Every week, at least one player becomes my fascination of whether he’s worthy of a fantasy football start as a streamer. The decision can be a mental wrestling match, but for the purpose of brevity, only one player can be chosen as the fantasy football gamble of the week.

The best fantasy football gamble for Week 5

Tracking my predictions: 1-3-0
Win: Player produces ≥ 75% of projected fantasy points
Loss: Player produces >75% of projected fantasy points
Tie: Player is ejected, leaves with an injury, or lands on COVID-19 list after publishing

2021 record: 8-9-1
2020 record: 5-10-1

Hey, look at that! Being back in the winner’s circle feels nice, but it pales in comparison to the reward that was starting Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny at Detroit Lions. The 15.9 PPR points I projected was dwarfed by his actual 28.7 results, and it hopefully propelled many of you to a fantasy victory.

The celebration is short-lived, just as quickly as we shake off bad calls around here, so let’s get after it for Week 5.

QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

The 0-3 Raiders were up against it heading into Week 4 and managed a victory vs. the Denver Broncos, but if this team has any chance of making the playoffs, winning this week is just as — if not more so — important.

As we saw last week, returning to the ground game was the key to Vegas’ win, and Carr was effectively irrelevant through the air. He finished with 188 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, and added 40 rushing yards for his first sub-21-point fantasy outing of 2022.

While I fully acknowledge the driving force behind the Raiders’ Week 4 success was Josh Jacobs’ 144 rushing yards, it won’t be so easy to just pound the rock and throw a season-low 34 times again vs. Kansas City. The Chiefs have permitted the fewest rushing yards per game to the position in 2022. Furthermore, they probably will score 30-plus points, and the Raiders will be required to respond through the air.

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KC has allowed quarterbacks to average 25.7 fantasy points per game, which is the sixth-highest figure through the first month of play. In that time, the position has thrown 10 touchdown passes — tied for the league lead — against a lonely interception and averaged 286.5 aerial yards. The Chiefs, to their credit, have opened the year facing Kyler Murray (20.6 points), Justin Herbert (28.8), Matt Ryan (19.5) and Tom Brady (31.3) — not exactly the easiest slate.

In 2021, the Chiefs blew out the Raiders in both meetings, and Carr was at least competent in each one, largely thanks to garbage-time volume. He finished with 261-2-1 and 264-1-1 — not ideal but not horrendous, either, suggesting a reasonably stable floor. Yes, the Raiders have a new, complex offense that hasn’t been fully actualized in 2022, but the weaponry is improved. Davante Adams and Darren Waller demand focused defensive attention each and every play, while Hunter Renfrow and Mack Hollins have proven to be more than capable role players. Renfrow is poised to return from missing two games with a concussion.

All things considered, the Raiders haven’t played that poorly on defense. The highest point total allowed so far is just 29 to Arizona in Week 2, and six of those were a walk-off defensive TD. The Los Angeles Chargers were held to 24 in the opener. Kansas City has scored 41 or more twice in four outings, and a far superior defense in Tampa Bay had no answers for this offense a week ago.

If the Raiders cannot get any traction on the ground early, look for the short-area passing game to become the rushing attack by proxy, and those nickels and dimes add up for real money in Carr’s final stat line. I’m banking on a combination of a poor running game and a negative game script resulting in the veteran passer cashing in his most lucrative fantasy day of the season.

My projection: 331 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 13 rushing yards (25.15 fantasy points)

7 sleepers to play in fantasy football for Week 5

Here are seven sleepers to play in fantasy football for Week 5.

With the first quarter of the fantasy football season now behind us, managers are looking for any kind of edge as the playoff races begin to heat up. That’s where the sleepers come in.

We will be using The Huddle’s weekly PPR projections and rankings as a reference. In order to qualify as a sleeper, we are taking a look at quarterbacks ranked outside the top 12, running backs and wide receivers ranked outside the top 24, and tight ends ranked outside the top 10.

Here are seven sleepers to play in fantasy football for Week 5:

Fantasy football start/bench list: Week 5

Check out where your roster options fit into our Week 5 start/bench tiers.

Player analysis and projections can be found in our Start/Bench Tool customized to your myHuddle league scoring and rosters. All player listings by groups are in no particular order.

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QUARTERBACKS WIDE RECEIVERS
BEST BETS Opp BEST BETS Opp
Josh Allen PIT Stefon Diggs PIT
Jalen Hurts @ARI J. Jefferson CHI
GREAT STARTS Opp Davante Adams @KC
Lamar Jackson CIN Mike Evans ATL
Derek Carr @KC Tyreek Hill @NYJ
Patrick Mahomes LVR GREAT STARTS Opp
Tom Brady ATL Christian Kirk HOU
SOLID STARTERS Opp Cooper Kupp DAL
Kyler Murray PHI Mike Williams @CLE
Russell Wilson IND C. Sutton IND
Joe Burrow @BAL Tee Higgins @BAL
Justin Herbert @CLE Ja’Marr Chase @BAL
Aaron Rodgers NYG SOLID STARTERS Opp
Andy Dalton SEA Gabe Davis PIT
Kirk Cousins CHI Tyler Lockett @NO
M. Stafford DAL Chris Godwin ATL
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp Deebo Samuel @CAR
Trevor Lawrence HOU CeeDee Lamb @LAR
Zach Wilson MIA Chris Olave SEA
T. Bridgewater @NYJ Jaylen Waddle @NYJ
Carson Wentz TEN Drake London @TB
Matt Ryan @DEN Brandin Cooks @JAC
Geno Smith @NO J. Smith-Schuster LVR
Ryan Tannehill @WAS M. Pittman Jr. @DEN
Jared Goff @NE Josh Reynolds @NE
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Diontae Johnson @BUF
Cooper Rush @LAR A.J. Brown @ARI
Justin Fields @MIN DK Metcalf @NO
Jacoby Brissett LAC Allen Lazard NYG
Jimmy Garoppolo @CAR Curtis Samuel TEN
Bailey Zappe DET Marquise Brown PHI
Davis Mills @JAC Adam Thielen CHI
Kenny Pickett @BUF DeVonta Smith @ARI
Daniel Jones @GB Romeo Doubs NYG
Baker Mayfield SF Terry McLaurin TEN
Brian Hoyer DET Robert Woods @WAS
Jameis Winston SEA FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp
Marcus Mariota @TB Amari Cooper LAC
RUNNING BACKS Corey Davis MIA
BEST BETS Opp R. Gage Jr. ATL
Austin Ekeler @CLE Rashod Bateman CIN
Saquon Barkley @GB Kyle Philips @WAS
Derrick Henry @WAS Jarvis Landry SEA
Nick Chubb LAC Tyler Boyd @BAL
James Robinson HOU Michael Gallup @LAR
GREAT STARTS Opp Darnell Mooney @MIN
R. Stevenson DET Nico Collins @JAC
Damien Harris DET George Pickens @BUF
Aaron Jones NYG Brandon Aiyuk @CAR
Dalvin Cook CHI Jerry Jeudy IND
C. Edwards-Helaire LVR Devin Duvernay CIN
Dameon Pierce @JAC D. Peoples-Jones LAC
L. Fournette ATL Alec Pierce @DEN
SOLID STARTERS Opp DeVante Parker DET
D. Singletary PIT Isaiah McKenzie PIT
J.K. Dobbins CIN D.J. Moore SF
M. Gordon III IND M. Valdes-Scantling LVR
C. McCaffrey SF Elijah Moore MIA
Alvin Kamara SEA Josh Palmer @CLE
Joe Mixon @BAL Garrett Wilson MIA
Tony Pollard @LAR Mack Hollins @KC
Nyheim Hines @DEN SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp
Kareem Hunt LAC Parris Campbell @DEN
Jeff Wilson Jr. @CAR Robbie Anderson SF
Miles Sanders @ARI Julio Jones ATL
AJ Dillon NYG Marvin Jones HOU
Breece Hall MIA Allen Robinson DAL
Khalil Herbert @MIN Chase Claypool @BUF
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp Keenan Allen @CLE
Najee Harris @BUF Michael Thomas SEA
J.D. McKissic TEN Zay Jones HOU
Ezekiel Elliott @LAR DJ Chark Jr. @NE
Chase Edmonds @NYJ Hunter Renfrow @KC
Mark Ingram SEA Jakobi Meyers DET
Tyler Allgeier @TB Kadarius Toney @GB
Rashaad Penny @NO A. St. Brown @NE
D. Henderson DAL W. Robinson @GB
Raheem Mostert @NYJ Jamal Agnew HOU
James Conner PHI Randall Cobb NYG
Cam Akers DAL Nelson Agholor DET
Antonio Gibson TEN K.J. Osborn CHI
Travis Etienne HOU Rondale Moore PHI
Rex Burkhead @JAC O. Zaccheaus @TB
Jamaal Williams @NE Richie James @GB
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Noah Brown @LAR
Justice Hill CIN DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Mike Boone IND BEST BETS Opp
Caleb Huntley @TB Bills PIT
B. Robinson Jr. TEN 49ers @CAR
D. Montgomery @MIN GREAT STARTS Opp
D’Andre Swift @NE Vikings CHI
K. Walker III @NO Packers NYG
TIGHT ENDS Jaguars HOU
BEST BETS Opp SOLID STARTERS Opp
Mark Andrews CIN Rams DAL
Travis Kelce LVR Chiefs LVR
GREAT STARTS Opp Broncos IND
T.J. Hockenson @NE Chargers @CLE
Dallas Goedert @ARI Titans @WAS
Zach Ertz PHI Eagles @ARI
SOLID STARTERS Opp Patriots DET
Tyler Conklin MIA Buccaneers ATL
David Njoku LAC FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp
Gerald Everett @CLE Jets MIA
Darren Waller @KC Dolphins @NYJ
Tyler Higbee DAL Colts @DEN
George Kittle @CAR Commanders TEN
Kyle Pitts @TB Cowboys @LAR
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp Seahawks @NO
Hayden Hurst @BAL Ravens CIN
Dawson Knox PIT Saints SEA
Logan Thomas TEN Lions @NE
Robert Tonyan NYG SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp
Dalton Schultz @LAR Falcons @TB
Mike Gesicki @NYJ Bears @MIN
Irv Smith CHI Texans @JAC
Hunter Henry DET Cardinals PHI
Pat Freiermuth @BUF Giants @GB
Mo Alie-Cox @DEN Raiders @KC
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Bengals @BAL
Cole Kmet @MIN Steelers @BUF
Will Dissly @NO Panthers SF
Austin Hooper @WAS Browns LAC
Evan Engram HOU
O.J. Howard @JAC
D. Bellinger @GB

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Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings: Week 5

Forecasting where all of the notable players net out over the remainder of the season.

These fantasy football rankings track a player’s value for the remainder of the season and are intended to be used as a tool, not necessarily a definitive guide to player valuation.

The scoring system is performance PPR. There is no exact science behind season-long rankings, considering all of the variables and situational uncertainties at work.

Rankings key:
UP/DN is trending up or down from week’s ranking.
NR means the player wasn’t ranked last week.
UP/DN numbering shows where the player was ranked the prior week.

Fantasy football rest of season rankings

Quarterbacks
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Josh Allen, BUF 7
2 Lamar Jackson, BAL 10 more volatile than Mahomes, but his weekly ceiling is as high as anyone
3 Patrick Mahomes, KCC 8 was in complete control against a tough TB D on SNF; as steady as they get
4 Jalen Hurts, PHI 7
5 Justin Herbert, LAC 8 not running AT ALL through the first month of the season
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
6 Kyler Murray, ARI 13
7 Joe Burrow, CIN 10
8 Tom Brady, TB 11 after throwing 61 passes in Wks 1&2 (both wins), he’s thrown 94 in Wks 3&4 (both losses)
9 Russell Wilson, DEN 9 still ugly in DEN, but he did account for 3 TDs in Wk 4
10 Aaron Rodgers, GB 14
11 Matthew Stafford, LAR 7 lots of things to fix in LA right now
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
12 Dak Prescott, DAL 9 UP16 missed last 3 gms w/ a thumb injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
13 Jared Goff, DET 6 UP17 scored 45 pts w/o Swift, St. Brown, or Chark… that’s impressive, no matter how bad SEA’s D is
14 Kirk Cousins, MIN 7
15 Tua Tagovailoa, MIA 11 suffered a head injury in Wk 4; he has been ruled out for Wk 5
16 Trevor Lawrence, JAC 11 had five turnovers in Wk 4, albeit in poor weather conditions
17 Matt Ryan, IND 14
18 Derek Carr, LV 6 DN15 lots more running for LV in Wk 4
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
19 Ryan Tannehill, TEN 6
20 Jameis Winston, NO 14 DNP in Wk 4 w/ a back injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
21 Carson Wentz, WAS 14 DN19 the bloom may be off the rose in DC
22 Jimmy Garoppolo, SF 9
23 Geno Smith, SEA 11 UP32 back-to-back 300-plus yd games
24 Mac Jones, NE 10 DNP in Wk 4 w/ an ankle injury; he could miss multiple weeks
25 Davis Mills, HOU 6 UP27 feels like there’s at least some room to grow w/ Mills
26 Marcus Mariota, ATL 14 DN22
27 Justin Fields, CHI 14
28 Kenny Pickett, PIT 9 UP35 took over for Trubisky at halftime in Wk 4; will he start in Wk 5?
29 Daniel Jones, NYG 9 suffered an ankle injury in Wk 4; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
30 Jacoby Brissett, CLE 9
31 Zach Wilson, NYJ 10 returned in Wk 4 after missing first 3 gms w/ a knee injury
32 Baker Mayfield, CAR 13
33 Cooper Rush, DAL 9 has done solid work in relief of Prescott, but his time is growing short
34 Deshaun Watson, CLE 9 suspended until Dec. 4
35 Desmond Ridder, ATL 14
36 Teddy Bridgewater, MIA 11 NR who knows where the Tagovailoa situation is heading?
Running backs
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Jonathan Taylor, IND 14 suffered an ankle injury in Wk 4; his status for Wk 5 is TBD but it’s not considered a long-term issue
2 Christian McCaffrey, CAR 13 missed practice w/ a quad injury but was able to play in Wk 4
3 Derrick Henry, TEN 6
4 Austin Ekeler, LAC 8 finally looked like the 2021 version in Wk 4 w/ 3 TDs
5 Nick Chubb, CLE 9
6 Saquon Barkley, NYG 9 UP8
7 Dalvin Cook, MIN 7 suffered a shoulder injury in Wk 3 but played in Wk 4
8 Aaron Jones, GB 14 UP12 he’s GB’s most dangerous weapon
9 Najee Harris, PIT 9
10 Joe Mixon, CIN 10 DN5 averaging less than 3.0 YPC on the year, but his high usage means opportunity
11 Alvin Kamara, NO 14 DNP in Wk 4 w/ a rib injury; he’s missed 2 of the last 3 gms and his status for Wk 5 is TBD
12 D’Andre Swift, DET 6 DNP in Wk 4 w/ knee & shoulder injuries; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
13 Leonard Fournette, TB 11 had 45 carries in the first 2 gms & just 15 the past 2
14 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL 9
15 J.K. Dobbins, BAL 10 UP18 scored twice in Wk 4; there’s a lot of upside here once he’s back at full go
16 David Montgomery, CHI 14 DNP in Wk 4 w/ ankle & knee injuries; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
17 Miles Sanders, PHI 7 UP23 if he starts being used like a true lead back, look out
18 James Conner, ARI 13
19 Josh Jacobs, LV 6 UP24 will Vegas commit to the run on a weekly basis?
20 James Robinson, JAC 11
21 AJ Dillon, GB 14 quietly pounded out 84 yds in Wk 4
22 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC 8 UP28
23 Melvin Gordon III, DEN 9 UP40 w/ Williams (knee) lost for the year, Gordon should be the clear No. 1 back despite his fumbling issues
24 Dameon Pierce, HOU 6 UP26
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
25 Breece Hall, NYJ 10 got 19 touches in Wk 4 to Carter’s 11
26 Kareem Hunt, CLE 9 DN22
27 Antonio Gibson, WAS 14
28 Jamaal Williams, DET 6 UP38 off to a great start, but his role dwindles as soon as Swift is back in action
29 Cam Akers, LAR 7
30 Rashaad Penny, SEA 11 UP36 getting much more work than Walker
31 Jeff Wilson, SF 14
32 Damien Harris, NE 10
33 Tyler Allgeier, ATL 14 UP49 ATL’s offense has run more than it has passed in all 4 gms this year
34 Devin Singletary, BUF 7 playing well, but it’s hard to trust BUF’s running game when the offense is so centered on Allen
35 Travis Etienne, JAC 11 DN32
36 Tony Pollard, DAL 9
37 Raheem Mostert, MIA 11 UP43 has 34 carries the last 3 wks vs 16 for Edmonds
38 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE 10
39 Chase Edmonds, MIA 11 DN31 scored for a second straight week, but Mostert is getting more touches
40 Michael Carter, NYJ 10
41 Khalil Herbert, CHI 14 was solid in Wk 4, but Montgomery remains the lead back when healthy
42 Darrell Henderson, LAR 7
43 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL 14 DN21 suffered a knee injury in Wk 4 & was placed on IR; he’s eligible to return in Wk 9
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
44 Isiah Pacheco, KC 8 UP50 ran hard v TB; easy to see his role growing as the weather gets worse
45 Nyheim Hines, IND 14
46 J.D. McKissic, WAS 14
47 Mark Ingram, NO 14
48 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI 7
49 Kenneth Walker III, SEA 11 DN44 in a gm w/ 1,075 yds of offense, Walker accounted for just 24 of them
50 Eno Benjamin, ARI 13
51 Alexander Mattison, MIN 7 DN48 four touches in Wk 4
52 Rachaad White, TB 11
53 Justice Hill, BAL 10 NR has been effective in limited work; he suffered a hamstring injury in Wk 4 and his status for Wk 5 is TBD
54 Brian Robinson Jr., WAS 14 missed the first 4 gms w/ a knee injury; he could return in Wk 5
55 Zack Moss, BUF 7 DN53
56 Tyrion Davis-Price, SF 9 DN54 missed last 2 gms w/ an ankle injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
57 Jerick McKinnon, KC 8 has just 36 yds in his last 3 gms combined
58 James Cook, BUF 7 DN55
59 Mike Boone, DEN 9 NR enters the rankings w/ the loss of Williams (knee)
60 Darrel Williams, ARI 13
61 Caleb Huntley, ATL 14 NR he could split time w/ Allgeier now that Patterson (knee) is on IR
62 Dontrell Hilliard, TEN 6
63 Elijah Mitchell, SF 9 suffered a sprained MCL in Wk 1; he’s expected to miss around 2 months
64 Gus Edwards, BAL 10 currently on the PUP w/ a knee injury but is eligible to be activated
65 Zamir White, LV 6
66 Rex Burkhead, HOU 6 DN59
67 Matt Breida, NYG 9
68 Jaylen Warren, PIT 9
69 Sony Michel, LAC 8 DN65 has done nothing thus far
70 Samaje Perine, CIN 10
Wide receivers
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR 7
2 Justin Jefferson, MIN 7 UP3 I have a bit more confidence in Jefferson indoors late in the year than Diggs outside
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF 7
4 Tyreek Hill, MIA 11
5 Davante Adams, LV 6 accounted for 101 of LV’s 188 passing yds in Wk 4
6 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN 10
7 Mike Evans, TB 11 UP8
8 Deebo Samuel, SF 9
9 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET 6 DNP in Wk 4 w/ an ankle injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
10 Jaylen Waddle, MIA 11 played through a groin injury on TNF; he’ll have extra rest ahead of Wk 5
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
11 Michael Pittman Jr., IND 14 DN9
12 Tee Higgins, CIN 10 UP14 MIA decided to focus on Chase, which was good news for Higgins
13 Keenan Allen, LAC 8 missed last 3 gms w/ a hamstring injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
14 A.J. Brown, PHI 7
15 CeeDee Lamb, DAL 9
16 Marquise Brown, ARI 13 UP20 seeing 13 targets per game over the past 3 wks
17 Courtland Sutton, DEN 9
18 DK Metcalf, SEA 11 UP21 was carted off the field in Wk 4… to use the bathroom
19 Brandin Cooks, HOU 6
20 Christian Kirk, JAC 11
21 Terry McLaurin, WAS 14 DN17 why isn’t he more involved in WAS’ passing game?
22 Mike Williams, LAC 8 a weekly risk/reward play
23 Michael Thomas, NO 14 DNP in Wk 4 w/ a toe injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
24 Jerry Jeudy, DEN 9
25 D.J. Moore, CAR 13
26 Chris Godwin, TB 11 UP33 returned in Wk 4 after missing 2 gms w/ a hamstring injury
27 Diontae Johnson, PIT 9 DN18 hard to trust much of anything w/ PIT’s offense right now
28 DeVonta Smith, PHI 7
29 Amari Cooper, CLE 9 came crashing down in Wk 4, but he should still be CLE’s primary receiving option most wks
30 Curtis Samuel, WAS 14
31 Adam Thielen, MIN 7 UP36 getting more involved after a slow start
32 Romeo Doubs, GB 14 UP41 came within an eyelash of catching 2 TDs in Wk 5; he’s a player on the rise
33 Gabriel Davis, BUF 7 DN28 quiet since Wk 1
34 JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC 8
35 Allen Lazard, GB 14 UP39
36 Tyler Lockett, SEA 11
37 Rashod Bateman, BAL 10 DN34
38 Chris Olave, NO 14 UP44
39 Hunter Renfrow, LV 6 missed last 2 gms w/ a concussion; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
40 Garrett Wilson, NYJ 10 I’d like to see another week w/ Wilson at the helm before adjusting the WRs
41 Elijah Moore, NYJ 10
42 Allen Robinson, LAR 7 DN31 LA simply can’t figure out how to get Robinson involved
43 Drake London, ATL 14 DN38 what’s going on w/ ATL’s passing game?
44 Robert Woods, TEN 6
45 Jakobi Meyers, NE 10 DN40 missed last 2 gms w/ a knee injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
46 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI 13 suspended until Oct. 20
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
47 Jahan Dotson, WAS 14 suffered a hamstring injury in Wk 4; he’s not expected to play in Wk 5
48 Noah Brown, DAL 9 UP68 I’m starting to believe…
49 Jarvis Landry, NO 14
50 Brandon Aiyuk, SF 9 DN48
51 Darnell Mooney, CHI 14 we have a heartbeat
52 George Pickens, PIT 9 UP60 a breakout game? maybe
53 Treylon Burks, TEN 6 suffered a foot injury in Wk 4; it’s unclear how much time he’ll miss
54 Tyler Boyd, CIN 10
55 Michael Gallup, DAL 9 UP63 returned in Wk 4 after missing first 3 gms w/ a knee injury
56 Alec Pierce, IND 14 UP67
57 Zay Jones, JAC 11 DNP in Wk 4 w/ an ankle injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
58 Chase Claypool, PIT 9 DN50 put up the old donut in Wk 4
59 DeVante Parker, NE 10
60 Josh Reynolds, DET 6 UP71
61 K.J. Osborn, MIN 7 DN55
62 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, KC 8
63 Robbie Anderson, CAR 13 DN56
64 Richie James, NYG 9 DN54
65 Julio Jones, TB 11 returned in Wk 4 after missing 2 gms w/ a knee injury; had just one catch
66 Nico Collins, HOU 6 UP72
67 Isaiah McKenzie, BUF 7 NR has 3 TDs on the year; suffered a head injury in Wk 4 & his status for Wk 5 is TBD
68 Rondale Moore, ARI 13 returned in Wk 4 after missing first 3 gms w/ a hamstring injury
69 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE 9
70 Christian Watson, GB 14 UP69 returned in Wk 4 after missing 1 gm w/ a hamstring injury; scored his first NFL TD
71 Devin Duvernay, BAL 10 UP75
72 Corey Davis, NYJ 10 NR
73 Josh Palmer, LAC 8
74 Russell Gage Jr., TB 11
75 Mecole Hardman, KC 8 DN62 barely involved in KC’s offense
76 Marvin Jones, JAC 11
77 Jameson Williams, DET 6 on the RES/NFI list as he recovers from a torn ACL
78 DJ Chark Jr., DET 6 DNP in Wk 4 w/ an ankle injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
79 Van Jefferson, LAR 7 on IR w/ a knee injury; eligible to return in Wk 7
80 Kadarius Toney, NYG 9 missed last 2 games w/ a hamstring injury; his status for Wk 5 is TBD
Tight ends
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Mark Andrews, BAL 10
2 Travis Kelce, KC 8
3 Darren Waller, LV 6 back-to-back quiet wks
4 George Kittle, SF 9 almost had a TD grab
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
5 Dallas Goedert, PHI 7 UP7
6 Dalton Schultz, DAL 9 returned in Wk 4 after missing 1 gm w/ a knee injury; he did not record a catch
7 Kyle Pitts, ATL 14 DN3 ATL drafted him 4th overall last year and have barely used him in 3 of 4 gms this year
8 Tyler Higbee, LAR 7
9 T.J. Hockenson, DET 6 UP10 had a huge game, but that was w/ St. Brown, Chark & Swift all out
10 Zach Ertz, ARI 13
11 Pat Freiermuth, PIT 9 if they switch to Pickett now I like Freiermuth’s upside as a frequent safety net
12 David Njoku, CLE 9
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
13 Gerald Everett, LAC 8
14 Dawson Knox, BUF 7 DN12 hasn’t made an impact this season
15 Hayden Hurst, CIN 10 UP17 he’s option 3a/3b w/ Boyd, which means weekly upside and inconsistency
16 Irv Smith, MIN 7
17 Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN 9
18 Robert Tonyan, GB 14 UP20 still rounding into shape from his ACL tear but caught a TD pass in Wk 4
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
19 Mike Gesicki, MIA 11 DN15 simply not involved enough at this point
20 Tyler Conklin, NYJ 10 UP25
21 Hunter Henry, NE 10 DN19 doing nothing
22 Cole Kmet, CHI 14
23 Will Dissly, SEA 11 NR has 3 TDs on the season
24 Logan Thomas, WAS 14 UP27
25 Cameron Brate, TB 11 NR nine catches the past 2 wks; suffered a concussion in Wk 4 & his status for Wk 5 is TBD
26 Austin Hooper, TEN 6
27 Evan Engram, JAC 11
28 Noah Fant, SEA 11 DN22 seeing less work than Dissly
29 Isaiah Likely, BAL 10
30 O.J. Howard, HOU 6
Defensive teams
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Bills, BUF 7 UP2
2 Buccaneers, TB 11 they had no answers for KC in Wk 4
3 Eagles, PHI 7 UP5 leading the NFL in sacks and takeaways
4 49ers, SF 9 UP7 haven’t allowed a first-half TD this season
5 Rams, LAR 7
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
6 Cowboys, DAL 9
7 Packers, GB 14 DN4 flashes of dominance followed by flashes of incompetence
8 Patriots, NE 10
9 Broncos, DEN 9 loss of Gregory (knee) could affect them
10 Bengals, CIN 10 UP18
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
11 Jaguars, JAC 11 UP14
12 Dolphins, MIA 11 DN9 held up pretty well last Thursday under the circumstances but not making big plays
13 Steelers, PIT 9
14 Chiefs, KC 8 UP17
15 Chargers, LAC 8 placed Bosa (groin) on IR; we’ll see how big of a blow that is
16 Saints, NO 14 DN11
17 Cardinals, ARI 13 UP20
18 Colts, IND 14
19 Ravens, BAL 10
20 Bears, CHI 14 NR

Fantasy Football Market Report: Week 5

The most important risers and fallers in fantasy football.

One of the aspects of fantasy football that never fails to amaze me is when fantasy owners don’t take into account bye weeks. Week 5 will be the last time in a long time that every player on most rosters will be available.

Injuries do their part to gut fantasy rosters, so players who had no draft-day intention of being in the starting lineup are there more weeks than not. Bye weeks are a meaningless gutting – those guys are healthy, just not playing.

There will be eight weeks in which at least two and as many as six teams will be on bye. If you’re a seasoned fantasy player, you probably paid attention to the bye weeks as you were assembling a draft/auction roster, but a lot has happened since then.

A week from now it will dawn on some casual players that the bye weeks have started. You can be ahead of that curve and prepare for it now. If you see a week that will be rough, make a trade to diversify your roster. There will be someone in your league who effectively forfeits a week because too many key players are on their bye. Don’t let that be you.

Here is the Week 5 Fantasy Football Market Report:

Fantasy football waiver wire: Should you keep or cut these 7 players ahead of Week 5?

Who to keep and drop ahead of Week 5 waivers in fantasy football.

You’re waking up on Tuesday reading all that you can about the players that you should be picking up off the waiver wire as you prepare for Week 5 of fantasy football in 2022.

But it’s likely there aren’t as many things written about who you should be dropping to grab those players. That’s what this weekly column — keep ’em or dump ’em! — will hopefully answer for you: Some help in the debate over who you should keep or drop in order to improve your team.

It’s a fairly good waiver wire week, so let’s dive in to help you with who to keep or drop:

Fantasy Football: 9 utilization stats to know from Week 4

Here are key utilization stats fantasy football managers should know following Week 4 of the NFL season.

We’re now four weeks into the 2022 NFL season and injuries are piling up and bye weeks are right around the corner. It’s an important time in fantasy football, and managers need to stay on their toes.

Before you make any roster cuts or waiver claims for Week 5, here are the key utilization notes to know following Week 4.

 

Best Fantasy Football waiver wire pickups for Week 5

These players could help out for a week or two, or they could be season-long difference-makers.

After the fourth full slate of regular season action, the NFL and fantasy football are back in full swing.

If you had a tough injury in Week 4, or you just didn’t get the production from one of your players that you expected, we’ll scan the waiver wire. For potential pickups, we’ll consider players who are available in at least 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Let’s take a look at some of the potential waiver wire pickups that could help your teams heading into Week 4 of the NFL campaign.