Week 5, we're one quarter of the season down!
How are we already 4 games done with this NFL season? The greatest time of the year always goes by too fast. I hope your fantasy teams look good so far. I'm 4-0 in one league, and 1-3 in others. Go figure. But another week deeper into the season means more teams on bye. Detroit and Miami are taking it easy this week. Like last week, I'm here to help you replace the Marvin Jones's of your roster. Position by position, I try to find that one guy that can be the difference maker in your match-up.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater. If he's still available in any of your leagues, I would pick him up. He has shown that he is capable of leading the Saints with Drew Brees being down. At this point in the season, we have seen a lot of backups in the game, and I believe Teddy is possibly the best backup in the league at QB.
RB: Rex Burkhead. James White is the main pass catcher out of the New England backfield, but Rex is always a threat to catch the ball. He is a smart play in PPR leagues, but also very risky. I think he has the highest ceiling this week of running backs on the wire, but also has a high potential of being a dud. Going up against a weak Redskins defense is always a solid boost of confidence.
WR: Auden Tate. AJ Green is still out for Cincy, and John Ross suffered a shoulder injury on Monday night. That leaves Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate as the main receiving options for Cincy on Sunday, The Bengals have a favorable match-up going up against Arizona, so I expect Tate to have a solid showing.
TE: James O'Shaughnessy. The Jacksonville tight end has caught a touchdown in back to back weeks, and it may seem like he's building some chemistry in the red zone with Gardner Minshew. He may not rack up the catch numbers, but if he catches another touchdown, it could be a solid addition for your team.
DEF: Oakland Raiders. After back to back duds, the Raiders defense had a solid day versus the Colts. A pick six and a fumble recovery gave them 10 fantasy points for the week. I can see them having a similar day against Chase Daniel and the Bears. Going up against a backup quarterback can be a favorable play this week.
K: Randy Bullock. Like I've said before, kickers in fantasy are a crap shoot. Sometimes it's better to leave a kicker spot vacant than trying to pick one up. There are some odds that they score zero. If you do want a kicker, I do suggest someone who's going up against a suspect defense. Even though the Bengals offense has looked awful, I have a feeling that this can be the week they break through and score some points.
My homer pick of the week will seem strange, but when you really think about it, it makes sense. Remember last season when Matt Barkley started one game against the Jets? The Bills offense put up 41 points. That's probably the best the offense has looked in years. And the guy who led the team in receiving that day was Robert Foster. I know he was injured last week, but this would be the best week for him to come back and show up. He has shown to have chemistry with Barkley, and with Barkley being more of a timing passer, the quickness he has to get out of his routes lend to Barkley's passing game.