With Week 5 approaching, the following are some of the updates on what’s going on in the world of fantasy football news.
Week 5 Highlights
The NFL schedules are leading to some strong fantasy matchups, like Lamar Jackson going against Josh Allen and the Ravens vs. the Bills during Week 4. In Week 5, the Bengals travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.
The Week 5 primetime game is a matchup between Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow. Lamar Jackson is the top-scoring fantasy quarterback. Burrow will be facing off against Jackson with Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, and Tee Higgins. Burrow has been among the top fantasy quarterback scorers for the past two weeks.
Throughout the initial four weeks of the season, among the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks have been players including Carson Wentz, Trevor Lawrence, Geno Smith, Jared Goff, and Tua Tagovailoa. They’ve been ahead of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stanford, and Russel Wilson, as well as Kirk Cousins.
Among QBs, notable injuries have included Brian Hoyer with a concussion, Daniel Jones with an ankle injury, Mac Jones as well, and Tua Tagovailoa with a concussion. Jameis Winston has a back injury, while Dak Prescott has a thumb injury.
Tom Brady is going against the Falcons, and last week he did have his best game of the short season. You might consider keeping him active for Week 5.
Joe Burrow at the Ravens could be someone to start with because he scored more than 20 fantasy points for the second week in a row last week. He might be able to turn that into three weeks.
Derek Carr hasn’t had much consistency in stat sheets, but the Raiders are facing the Chiefs, so he might have the opportunity to get some fantasy points in Week 5.
Running Back Preview
Only seven running backs through week four handled over 70% of their team’s rush attempts. Joe Mixon and Leonard Fournette are the only two of those seven with a 12% target share.
Most running backs are sharing passing downs or rushing, and a lot are sharing both.
As far as injuries, Alvin Kamara, D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, Javonte Williams, Cordarrelle Patterson, Melvin Gordon, Justice Hall, and Boston Scott are all injured, among others.
If you’re looking for a waiver add, you could consider Tyler Allgeier because he seems like he could be poised to lead the Falcon’s running backs while Cordarrelle Patterson is out. He did well in Week 4 and produced 104 yards on 11 touches. He also played more on third downs compared to Caleb Huntley.
Jaylen Warren could be a stash.
Some other updates include:
- Cairo Santos wasn’t on the recent Bears practice report from Wednesday. Santos came back with the Bears after sitting out Week 4, which was a loss to the Giants. That was for personal reasons. The player made all four field-goal tires but missed two of six extra-point attempts.
- Austin Seibert logged limited practice on the Lions’ injury report. He didn’t practice last week because of a groin injury, and he was out for the loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Despite this, Seibert converted three of five field goal attempts and all three PATs during the first three weeks. As such, he’s likely to see a lot of scoring opportunities in the offense throughout the season.
- Andy Isabella is joining the Baltimore Ravens. Isabella was a second-round pick in 2019, and he recorded 33 catches for 447 yards and three touchdowns, having made 39 appearances.
- Rashaad Penny has a shoulder injury, so he was a non-participant at practice on Wednesday, according to reports from the official Seahawks site. Monitor the status of Penny to see whether he has the possibility of playing in New Orleans.
- Danny Gray is back to full practice after not practicing last week because of a hip injury.
- Pharaoh Brown has finalized a contract with the Browns after passing the physical.
- Mac Jones is returning to limited practice after having not participated at all the week before and sitting out for the Patriots’ loss to the Packers.
Finally, J.K. Dobbins is being held out with a chest injury. He missed practice on Wednesday. Dobbins is more likely to play than Justice Hill this coming Sunday as they go against the Bengals, but the Ravens will need a contribution from Davis or Drake. They could need a replacement for Dobbins if his chest injury doesn’t improve.
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