WATCH: WEEK 5 MATCHUPS BREAKDOWN
With four weeks of football in the books, we move onto Week 5. Let’s get ready for this slate, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Highest Scoring Game
San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
Projected Point Total: 50 points
The Chargers and Raiders are featured in the highest projected total of the week with the Chargers tabbed for 23 points and the Raiders at 27. The Chargers are coming into this game after giving one away to the Saints in Week 4, going down 35-34. Rivers had a great game, exceeding 300 yards for the second week in a row, completing 28/43 for 321 yards and two touchdowns. It was certainly encouraging to see Melvin Gordon involved in more than just the ground game again in Week 4. Although he averaged a brutal 1.9 YPC on 19 carries, he was able to get in the endzone twice and added an additional 6 catches on 7 targets in the passing game.
As for the Raiders, Derek Carr totaled 4 TDs with a miniscule 199 yards through the air with a solid 71% completion rate on 35 passes. He’s in a decent matchup here as well this week, as the Chargers are averaging 290 passing yards per game this season. The Chargers almost top the league in average passing attempts allowed this season at 43, trailing just four other teams in the league. Nonetheless, if this game goes as expected, we should see a ton of passing in what should be a game full of some nice fantasy plays.
Lowest Scoring Game
Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings
Projected Point Total: 39 points
Both of these teams have put the hammer down when it comes to defense, and we cold see a lot of it here this week. With just 39 projected total points between both teams, the Vikings opened up with an implied total of 23 and the Texans at 16. The Vikings were so impressive at containing Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 4 that one has to wonder what they could do to Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins this week. Xavier Rhodes held Beckham to a career low 23 yards on just three receptions in Week 4. Both of these teams rank as two of the top three against opposing wide receivers, as they’ve allowed a combined two passing touchdowns on 1,049 yards and a 52% completion rate. Stifling to say the least.
Worst QB Matchups
1. Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles – After an early bye week, the Eagles will enter Week 5 as the best team defending against opposing quarterbacks. Coming into this matchup, Philly has yet to allow a passing touchdown on the season while grabbing three interceptions. Only 57% of their 99 targets have been completed for a total of 682 yards.
2. Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans – While they’ve only grabbed two interceptions on the season, they’ve allowed just one passing touchdown on the season. Opposing QB’s have completed only 52% of their 114 targets for 707 yards.
3. L.A. Rams vs. Buffalo Bills – Fresh off a shutout of the New England Patriots, the Bills are number three on the list against opposing QB’s. With only two passing touchdowns allowed, the Bills have grabbed four interceptions with 61% of the 144 targets going for completions.
Best QB Matchups
1. Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons – Regardless who’s under center for the Broncos Sunday, they’re in for a tasty matchup against the Falcons. Entering Week 5, the Falcons have allowed 13 passing touchdowns to lead the league while grabbing just four interceptions. 69% of the 179 targets have been completed for 1,293 yards.
2. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions – While Philly has been one of the best against opposing quarterbacks, the Lions have been one of the worst. 12 passing touchdowns have been completed with a 70% completion rate on 140 targets. The Lions come into this game grabbing just one interception.
3. San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders – The Raiders enter Week 5 with the most passing yards allowed in the league at 1,331. Eight passing touchdowns have come against this Raiders defense while they’ve grabbed three interceptions.
Worst RB Matchups
1. New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers – If the Giants are looking to grab a win this week, they certainly will have some trouble on the ground. The Packers lead the league against opposing running backs as they’ve allowed just one rushing touchdown and 2.1 YPC.
2. Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles have allowed two rushing touchdowns on the season while holding opposing running backs to 3.9 YPC.
3. Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens – The Redskins will come into this game against a Ravens defense that has stifled the run so far this season. With only two rushing touchdowns allowed, the Ravens have held opposing backs to 3.9 YPC.
Best RB Matchups
1. Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins – With the Saints on a bye week, the Redskins will remain the worst team against the run through the first four weeks. Coming into this game, they’ve allowed seven rushing touchdowns with a league leading 532 yards. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Redskins are giving up 5.1 YPC thus far.
2. Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers – After rushing for just 64 total yards last week, the Raiders get a tasty matchup against the Chargers. With six rushing touchdowns allowed, opposing running backs are averaging 3.6 YPC.
3. Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts – With a breakout performance last week against Detroit, Jordan Howard and the Bears will match up with the Colts in Week 5. Indy has allowed four rushing touchdowns this season with 4.1 YPC to opposing backs.
Worst WR Matchups
1. Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos – With just one passing touchdown allowed to opposing wide receivers so far, the Denver Broncos top the list against wide receivers. They’ve allowed just 443 yards, the least in the league, while allowing just 49% of their 79 targets to be completed.
2. Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings – Coming off an impressive showing in Week 4 where the Vikings held Odell Beckham Jr. to his lowest total in his career of 23 yards, the Texans have quite the matchup in front of them. The Vikings have held opposing wide receivers to just one touchdown with a 50% completion rate on 93 targets.
3. Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans – Not to be outdone, the Texans have allowed just one passing touchdown to opposing wide receivers while holding them to a 54% completion rate on 73 targets for 533 yards.
Best WR Matchups
1. San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders continue to be demolished through the first four weeks of the season. With six touchdowns going to opposing wide receivers, the Raiders have allowed a 62% completion rate on 99 targets with a league leading 858 yards.
2. New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers – Despite coming off a bye week, the Packers remain one of the best for opposing wide receivers to go up against. With a 64% completion rate on 65 targets, the Packers have allowed four passing touchdowns on 683 yards.
3. Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins – Marcus Mariota will face a Miami defense that has allowed four passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers with a 65% completion rate on 95 targets for 800 yards.
Worst TE Matchups
1. Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles have barely seen any action towards opposing tight ends, thus they get the easy number one spot against them. With only 11 targets, they’ve caught six of them for 43 yards.
2. Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings – Houston has seen more volume against tight ends, but they haven’t allowed much of anything either. Tight ends have gone 12/26 for 92 yards.
3. Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens – Fresh off a stellar 28.3 fantasy point day for Jordan Reed, he’ll get the Ravens in Week 5. Thus far, Baltimore has let 15/23 targets to be completed for 135 yards, but have yet to allow a touchdown.
Best TE Matchups
1. Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons have had the most issues with tight ends thus far, as they’ve gone 30/42 with a league leading 340 yards. On top of that, the Falcons have allowed five touchdowns to the tight end position.
2. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions – After a three-week absence, Zack Ertz will return to the Eagles with a fantastic matchup on tap. The Lions have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing tight ends with six, as they’ve gone 24/33 with 257 yards.
3. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends as they’ve gone 28/32(!) for 325 yards.
Last Week’s Leaders
|Name||Team||Last Week’s OPP||Targets|
Target Leaders Last 3 Weeks
|Name||Team||Targets Last 3 Weeks||Avg Targets|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG||31||10.3|
Lineup Quick Hits
QB To Build Lineups Around…
Andrew Luck ($7,300) – On paper, this is a fantastic spot for Luck, but anyone that has watched him lately may think otherwise. Nonetheless, he has a favorable matchup here in Week 5 against a banged-up Chicago defense. They certainly held their own against the Lions in Week 4, but their defense has been inconsistent in the early going and have allowed on average 24.2 points per game this season. If Luck can get some consistently out of his own team (his offensive line specifically), he could be in line for a very nice bounce back start here.
WR To Pair Him With…
T.Y. Hilton ($7,400) – Hilton continues to be Luck’s favorite target this season, nabbing double-digit targets in all four games. Over those four games, Hilton has seen targets of 12, 11, 11 and 10, catching 25 of those. Hilton has amassed almost 30% of the team’s targets this season and should be in line for double-digit targets once again in Week 5. Hilton has now reached the end zone in two straight games, making him a very viable option in this matchup with the Bears in my opinion.
The Top RB Will Be…
DeMarco Murray ($7,200) – What a difference a year makes, right? Murray has been one of the most consistent backs in the league this season that has already been plagued by injuries. The Titans have seven touchdowns on the season and Murray has accounted for five of those. With three on the ground and two through the air (both in Week 1), Murray is averaging 25.2 FPPG in his first four weeks and averaging 5.3 YPC. While Miami hasn’t exactly been vulnerable to the run this season, they have allowed the fourth most rushing yards this season despite allowing just one rushing touchdown.
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