Each week, I will go over players that I think can positively or negatively impact your fantasy football team each week.  I will be focusing my picks on PPR (Point Per Reception) scoring, but most players on the list can be adjusted for standard scoring leagues as well.

Favorites:

QB- Jacoby Brissett (IND): This may not be the flashiest pick, but Brissett has been ultra efficient so far this season.  He has scored 16 or more points in each of the first four games of the season and thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to three turnovers. I would play him this week with confidence against the lowly Chiefs defense, who have struggled against every quarterback they have faced this year. My projection: 21.5 points

RB- Joe Mixon (CIN): Mixon has let fantasy owners down so far this season, but there’s still plenty of time for him to justify his high draft position.  I see this week as a very good opportunity for him to break out against the weak Arizona Cardinals defense. Both teams play extremely fast, so Mixon should see a few extra touches on the ground and through the air.  The return of A.J. Green does not look iminent, so expect a back-end RB1 week with top-five upside for Mixon. My projection: 18.4 points

WR- Allen Robinson (CHI): Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky went down with a shoulder injury, but Robinson was still able to produce record seven receptions for 77-yards against top cornerback Xavier Rhodes and the Minnesota Vikings. Facing a much easier matchup against the Raiders this week, I expect him to be able to produce WR2 numbers as long as he can find the endzone. He should be able to overcome the uncertainty at quarterback and build off his week three performance.  My projection: 15.1 points

TE- George Kittle (SF): After a slow start to the season, I look for Kittle to explode coming off San Francisco’s bye week. The Browns have been pretty solid defensively, but have given up massive performances to tight-ends Delanie Walker and Austin Hooper, neither one of which is as talented as Kittle. He’s locked in as an easy top-five tight end this week against Cleveland and could put up 130-plus yards and two scores against their depleted secondary.  My projection: 19.8 points

Least Favorites:

QB- Daniel Jones (NYG): Danny Dimes sure did not throw as many dimes in his second career start and managed to earn just 12.3 points in four-point passing TD leagues/ He certainly let faithful owners down in a promising matchup against the Redskins. He gets a very difficult Vikings defense this week, which caps his upside as a QB2. Without star running back Saquan Barkley, Jones may find himself under pressure throughout the contest and the offense will produce few big plays. It will be wise to leave him on the bench for this week. My projection: 13 points

RB- Phillip Lindsay (DEN): Lindsay has had a real up and down season this year. He had a week three explosion against Green Bay, but has been mediocre in his other three matchups. Some of his lack of production can be chalked up to tough matchups and the Chargers will prove to be another tough opponent this week. Lindsay may get some receiving work, but I expect him to get bottled up on the ground. Splitting work in the backfield with Royce Freeman does not help his potential either. I would recommend treating him as a low to mid-tier flex with little upside. My projection: 10.7 points

WR- Tyrell Williams (OAK): Williams’ hot start to the season has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. Many owners are going to start him this week, but I would limit expectations. The Raiders are facing the elite defense of the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Derek Carr has struggled keeping possession of the ball, which will not help Williams’ case either. He will most likely have to deal with Kyle Fuller, who is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. He is a risky flex with some upside to score, but I would take a look at some other options if you need a more reliable play at the position. My projection: 11.6 points

TE- Greg Olsen (CAR):  Olsen has had a solid season to this point for the Panthers. Last week, he struggled against a stingy Houston defense and scored just 2.5 points. Facing an equally tough defense in the Jaguars, Olsen may struggle yet again this week. Quarterback Kyle Allen showed some of his inexperience with three fumbles and some risky passes thrown last week and I expect more of that against a ferocious pass rush. You can start Olsen in a pinch, but temper your expectations. My projection: 6.8 points

5 Interesting Stories for Week 5

  1. Melvin Gordon should be back in action against the Denver Broncos. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn stated that he would be limited in his return, so I’d start him as an RB2 with some risk. Also, consider Austin Ekeler as an RB2 until Gordon resumes his lead role. 
  2. Gardner Minshew is now 2-1 as a starter for the Jaguars. He squares off against another inexperienced quarterback in Kyle Allen. Owners should look for him to move to 3-1 and can be relied on for 15 fantasy points.
  3. Quarterback Sam Darnold may return as the Jets starter in week five. If he plays, upgrade Le’veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, and Robby Anderson in all formats.
  4. Chase Daniel should be the starter at quarterback for the Bears this week. Against the Raiders, I predict 250-yards and three scores for Daniel as he looks to keep the Bears afloat.
  5. Golden Tate makes his season debut for the Giants off his PED suspension. If you are desperate for a receiver, I would add Tate and bench him this week. He could be a usable WR2 if he and Jones can establish a connection.