NFL Breakdown – Week 5

Week three of the NFL season is in the bag, and we are hitting the fourth week of the season, which will mark the 25% mark of the season once completed. I think a lot of these breakdowns were accurate last week, but admittedly this week I am not going to go into as much detail. I need to start preparing hockey and basketball content for our users, so I will keep these a little more brief!

Miami at Cincinnati

This should be a bloodbath, as Miami has been a liability defensively this season, and this Bengals offense is pretty good. On the Miami side the only ones in consideration for me are Jarvis Landry in cash and Kenny Stills in tournaments. I like the spot this week for A.J. Green, as he should have his way with this Dolphins secondary. I think Jeremy Hill should have another strong game, and I ultimately don’t hate the Bengals defense.

Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville

This one won’t be on the main slate, but there should still be plenty of fantasy goodness here, with two really poor defenses. I think both QB’s are in play here. I don’t mind Frank Gore or Chris Ivory either. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marquie Lee make for decent tournament options, and I really like TY Hilton. Dwayne Allen and Julius Thomas are in play, and Jack Doyle makes sense too.

Tennessee at Houston

This is the lowest total on the week, with good reason. Tennessee, aside from DeMarco Murray, has been a fantasy wasteland this year. Well, except for opposing defenses. On the Houston side of the ball, it is all Lamar Miller for me. I get wanting to go with either Will Fuller or DeAndre Hopkins, but I think this is a situation where I’d rather just ride the Lamar Miller train to success.

Cleveland at Washington

This should be another interesting game, as both teams have less than stellar defenses. The difference is that Washington actually has a good offense. I think Terrelle Pryor will be highly owned this week, and I think the Redskins will work to shut him down. I don’t mind Isaiah Crowell as a tournament play. Kirk Cousins could be the cash game QB of the week, and many of his options will be utilized in cash games and tournaments. I really like Jordan Reed to finally do something this week.

Seattle at NY Jets

This is a battle between two teams with reasonably good defenses, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Neither Russell Wilson or Ryan Fitzpatrick have impressed to start the year. Both Matt Forte and Christine Michael have, though I would probably go Michael between the two. I also really like Jimmy Graham here. I think Doug Baldwin and the Jets receivers could be decent tournament options at relatively low ownership.

Buffalo at New England

The new look Bills steam rolled through a tough Cardinals team in Week 3, but now come into division play against the Patriots. LeSean McCoy will likely be high owned, and would be the only one from the Bills I would consider. The Patriots have a few guys that make interesting options, most specifically LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman. I do think there is some upside to Chris Hogan in tournaments.

Carolina at Atlanta

Carolina and Atlanta have a pretty high total for the week, the second highest in actuality. Cam has struggled a lot on the road in Atlanta so he is a tournament option only for me, though I think Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen could have good games. I think there will be a lot of attention on the Atlanta running backs this week, but I’ll pass against a tough defense. Jacob Tamme and Julio Jones jump out as the options here to consider. Kyle Rudolph was able to work on this defense pretty well last week, so Tamme could do the same.

Oakland at Baltimore

The Raiders defense is very bad, but not so bad that the Titans could do anything with it. I think the Ravens are a different story. I like Mike Wallace as a tournament option, and Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith in cash games, as the targets have been there and this is the week I think the production will be as well. I also think that Amari Cooper will finally get into the end zone, and he is the only one I really want to consider here.

Detroit at Chicago

Chicago is definitely going to be a team that is ganged up on this year. My gut reaction is that Stafford and his receivers will go over owned, and that it will be the running backs that do the damage. I think Theo Riddick is safe for cash, but I am really liking Dwayne Washington as a tournament play this week. On the Chicago side of things, Alshon Jeffery and Kevin Week are seeing a ton of targets, and could finally bust out with that one big game. Zach Miller has been good so far, and Jordan Howard should have his first crack at a big game.

Denver at Tampa Bay

Another thing we are likely to see this week is super high ownership for Trevor Semien, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas due to their explosion last week. That immediately makes me want to pivot to C.J. Anderson in tournaments. On the Tampa Bay side of things, Mike Evans is seeing a ton of targets, and Jameis Winston will have to throw a lot to keep them in the game. Outside of Evans, Charles Sims should see a ton of targets making him a worthwhile option.

Los Angeles at Arizona

Los Angeles has been a relative trainwreck this year, but they looked much better last week. I like Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin as tournament options again this week. Arizona was a disaster, and I think this is a good bounce back spot for them. I’d look first to the passing game, specifically with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. I also like Michael Floyd to get on track this week.

New Orleans at San Diego

New Orleans will always be a team to target, so expect high ownership of everyone from San Diego. Without question, my favorites are Melvin Gordon and minimum priced Hunter Henry. Drew Brees doesn’t do as well on the road, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Mark Ingram is going to end up putting together a pretty good game this week.

Dallas at San Francisco

This is yet another positive situation for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. I would tend to go with Elliott here, as the Cowboys are intent on riding him as much as they possibly can. On the San Francisco side of things, Carlos Hyde should be in for a big week, as he has been very good to start the year. I still think Dallas is going to struggle with the run, and that is really about all San Francisco has.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is coming off it’s biggest loss in the last 20 years and takes on a Chiefs team that just ran over the Jets. I think it will be both close and high scoring. I really like Alex Smith, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce this week, and I think the running back situation is going to be convoluted even more with Jamaal Charles possibly returning. For Pittsburgh, I would just go with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

NY Giants at Minnesota

The Monday Night Football game will see a tough offense in the Giants take on a tough defense in the Vikings. I don’t really love the outlook for the Giants, but guys like Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard should be considered here. The Vikings are in a much better decision, and I really like the upside of both Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph in this one.