Week 5's fantasy football rankings
Plus, mid-week pickups and a preview of Thursday night's game to help you prepare your lineups.
Waiver wire adds and streaming options
Courtesy of 5th Down’s Martin Grisko….
Jerick McKinnon (RB, KC) — This is exactly the game you want McKinnon in, against a Vikings team that can’t stop anyone on defense but can actually keep up with the Chiefs offense. With an over/under of 53 points expect McKinnon to have a lot of playing time and some nice fantasy production.
Jaleel McLaughlin (RB, DEN) — McLaughlin showed some nice plays on film that should lead to more playing time, no matter how long Javonte Williams is out. He gets the Jets on Sunday, which is not a great matchup, so temper expectations. But anytime you can get a potential starting running back in fantasy you take it though, don’t overspend but also make sure McLaughlin is rostered in all leagues.
Jameson Williams (WR, DET) — With his suspension being reduced Williams is now cleared to practice and play with the Lions. While you can’t start Jameson this week without seeing him play, he should be stashed in every league as he has the potential to become a weekly WR starter. While his NFL has gotten off to a rough start (injuries and suspension) the former 1st round pick has too much talent to ignore. Add him in the hope he can reach his potential with what has been a very impressive Lions offense so far this year.
What to expect Thursday night
Fantasy analysis for Thursday night’s matchup between the Bears and Commanders, courtesy of 5th Down’s Neil Forbord…
Justin Fields (QB, Bears) – Well, we finally got the Justin Fields everyone hoped for when drafting him….kind of. While we hope he can clean up the turnovers, the four touchdowns were nice to have. Everyone would love to see more designed run plays for him as well, but I think we will see more of that as the season unfolds. What we all hope he gets under control are his turnovers. He has seven of them on the year so far. If he can clean those up, he’ll be able to complete more of these drives.
Projection: 220 passing yards, 45 rushing yards, 2 total touchdowns, and 1 interception
DJ Moore (WR, Bears) – Outside of Week 1, the target share for DJ Moore has been 25%, 30%, and 28%. I understand the Bears aren’t exactly a high-volume passing offense, but I’ll still take those numbers. They finally unleashed him last week with 131 yards and 1 touchdown. I don’t expect him to put up the same numbers in week 5 but look for him to be targeted early and often. Quarterback play has hindered Moore’s fantasy value his whole career, we all just want to see him be featured!
Projection: 8 catches for 98 yards
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