Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Week 5 Matchups, Picks To Consider


Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Week 5 Matchups, Picks to Consider

Week 4 of the NFL is officially in the books! We now turn our attention to Week 5, which features an 11-game main slate. Let’s jump right into all the info, and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Game Notes

Highest Scoring Game

Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys – 53 projected points

The Packers and Cowboys have, by far, the highest combined total on this Week 5 main slate. The Cowboys check in as slight favorites with an implied point total of 27 points. Dak Prescott ($6,800) saw a $600 increase in his salary from Week 4 after his 23.5-fantasy-point performance against the L.A. Rams. Prescott threw for 256 yards including three touchdowns and an interception. The Packers have been tough on opposing quarterbacks thus far, allowing an average of 210 passing yards per game and four touchdowns, which is tied for the third-lowest total in the league. I expect Aaron Rodgers ($8,100) to continue to post huge numbers in this game, as he has the more favorable matchup. Aside from the 24 fantasy points he’s averaging this season, Rodgers gets a Dallas defense allowing an average of 257 passing yards with eight touchdowns given up.

Lowest Scoring Game

Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals – 39 projected points

The Bills and Bengals have the lowest projected total of the week at just 39 points. The Bengals are slight favorites here with a 21-point projection. This is going to be a tough game overall for both sides, as defensively, both have been fantastic. The Bills have only allowed one passing touchdown on the season while the Bengals have allowed a total of 742 passing yards, the third lowest in the league. One thing worth keeping an eye on is the health of Bills CB E.J. Gaines. Gaines left last week’s game against the Falcons with a groin injury, putting his Week 5 status as questionable. If Gaines is out, Bengals WR A.J. Green could see Leonard Johnson, who has been targeted against 20 times allowing 14 catches for 118 yards. But the Bills could also shadow Green with reigning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month winner Tre’Davious White.


DvP Matchups

Format: Team vs. Opponent, Defense vs. Position Rank

Worst QB Matchups

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1st
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills, 2nd
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 3rd

Best QB Matchups

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans, 31st
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns, 29th
San Francisco 49ers @ Indianapolis Colts, 28th

Worst RB Matchups

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4th
Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers, 5th
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals, 6th

Best RB Matchups

Seattle Seahawks @ L.A. Rams, 32nd
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 30th
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets, 29th


Worst WR Matchups

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1st
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd
Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4th

Best WR Matchups

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans, 31st
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles, 29th
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals, 28th

Worst TE Matchups

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1st
Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers, 2nd
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals, 3rd

Best TE Matchups

Los Angeles Chargers @ New York Giants, 32nd
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns, 31st
Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens, 29th

Target Report

Target Leaders – Last Week

NameTeamLast Week’s OPPTargets
Odell Beckham Jr.NYGTB15
Andre EllingtonARZSF14
Dez BryantDALLAR14
Jaron BrownARZSF12
Aldrick RobinsonSFARZ12
Keenan AllenLACPHI11
Evan EngramNYGTB11
Allen HurnsJAXNYJ10
Duke JohnsonCLECIN10
Brandon MarshallNYGTB10

Target Leaders – Last Three Weeks

NameTeamTargets Last Three WeeksAvg Targets
Antonio BrownPIT3411.3
Odell Beckham Jr.NYG3311
Jarvis LandryMIA3311
Dez BryantDAL3110
Keenan AllenSD3010
Jaron BrownARI297.3
Zach ErtzPHI289
Larry FitzgeraldARI2810.3
A.J. GreenCIN289.5
Doug BaldwinSEA277.8

Lineup Quick Hits

QB To Build Lineups Around…

Carson Palmer ($5,900) – Aaron Rodgers is likely going to be popular this week, so I’m looking at Carson Palmer at a $2,200 discount. Palmer is throwing a ton of passes, averaging 45 per game, and he is completing 59% of them thus far. While the Eagles have a great defense up front, they’re extremely beatable in the back. The Eagles only trail the New England Patriots in total passing yards allowed at 1,204, which averages out to 301 per game. They’ve also given up seven touchdowns through the air through four weeks. With the amount the Cardinals throw and their running game still a bit murky, Palmer should be a great option in Week 5.

WR To Pair Him With…

Jaron Brown ($4,500) – First and foremost, you have to love any QB/WR stack that runs you only $10.4K on the week, leaving you with an average of $5.7K for the rest of your lineup. Brown was a huge part of the Cardinals’ offense last week, drawing 12 targets, bringing his yearly average up to 7.2 on the year, totaling 105 yards. While Larry Fitzgerald ($6,800) continues to be a target monster in the red zone, Brown is currently second on the team with seven red zone targets, trailing the 13 of Fitz. Jaron Brown was on the field for 82 of 86 offensive snaps last week, lining up on both sides of the field.

The Top Running Back Will Be….

Le’Veon Bell ($9,500) – Bell’s salary has jumped all the way to $9,500 in Week 5, taking the honor as the most expensive player on this 11-game slate. However, with the expensive salary comes a good spot for him against a tough Jacksonville defense. With the Jaguars essentially shutting down any production through the air, the Steelers should rely heavily on Bell. Heading into Week 5, the Jaguars have allowed the second most total rushing yards at 576 with four rushing touchdowns allowed. Opposing backs have also caught 18 of their 23 targets for 130 yards. Bell should run wild in this matchup.


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