Aside from both of last week’s tight end picks being in the postponed Steelers-Titans game and Joe Mixon posting an absurd statline, week four was a success for the fantasy picks.
Solid performances from Deshaun Watson, Mike Davis, and DeVante Parker left fantasy managers satisfied and hopefully produced wins.
With the threat of COVID-19 still looming over the league along with the beginning of bye weeks, let’s look to continue to find success through this difficult season. Here are some players to get in or out of your lineup in week five.
QB: Kirk Cousins (vs. SEA)- Minnesota is off to a slow start at 1-3, but Cousins has turned it around after a rough week two performance against the Colts. In the other three weeks, he has thrown for over 250 yards in each game. Taking on a horrible Seahawks secondary that could be without Jamal Adams in week five means that Cousins has a high probability of throwing the ball with great efficiency.
If they have any hopes of competing with Russell Wilson and the Hawks elite offense, Cousins and the Vikings pass catchers will need to step up. Start him as a low-end QB1 and a great streaming replacement for star fantasy players like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, or Cam Newton that will be inactive this week.
RB: Antonio Gibson (vs. LAR)- Gibson is starting to break out in the way that many people expected him to do headed into his rookie season. He has scored in three straight games and had over 20 full PPR points against the Baltimore Ravens in week four.
Against a Rams defense that has allowed a ton of production to running backs, Gibson is a perfect guy to fill in for a starting running back on a bye week or due to the injuries of Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler. He should be started with RB2 expectations and plenty of upside in a PPR format.
WR: Will Fuller (vs. JAX)- Fuller had an excellent week four game with over 100 yards and a score. A questionable late call left him without what should have been a second touchdown, but it was still a great showing nonetheless. Fuller gets an enticing matchup this week against the Jags as the Texans look to win their first game of the season.
With Bill O’Brien now fired, the Texans will likely look to target the players that are most familiar with their system. In this must win showdown, fire up Fuller as a high-upside WR2.
TE: Dalton Schultz (vs NYG)- Schultz has been heavily involved in the offense in lieu of opening week starter Blake Jarwin. He has caught four or more passes in the past three games while adding two scores during that stretch as well. Schultz is quickly becoming one of Dak Prescott’s most trusted targets and can be counted on to see plenty of targets against a poor Giants secondary. With all the weapons on the Cowboys offense, Schultz receives little attention from defenses and can be fired up as a low to mid-tier TE1.
QB: Joe Burrow (vs. BAL)- Burrow has his hands full this week with the Ravens ferocious defense. He has been exceptional so far with over 1,100 passing yards through four games, but this is the best defense he has faced in his young career. Joe Mixon finally had a breakout week last week, so expect him to continue to be more involved in the game plan as the Bengals try to pick up their second win of the season.
Burrow’s rushing floor allows for him to potentially beat the Ravens tough pass rush, but he will most likely struggle to get the ball in the endzone. He enters more of the QB2 discussion than his usual low-end QB1 production yet is still a worthy start for teams in a pinch.
RB: Kenyan Drake (vs. NYJ)- Drake has been an utter disaster of a second round fantasy pick and has struggled despite playing back-to-back below average run defenses. A stretch against the Lions and Panthers made owners salivate, but the Arizona running back instead produced two single-digit scoring performances. Drake gets a Jets defense that, while allowing a big game to Melvin Gordon on-paper, held the Broncos back in check until a fluky long touchdown run to ice the game.
The Jets will look to limit Drake and give themselves a chance to win, so Drake is not a player that should be forced into lineups. He may need to be started regardless due to his draft stock, so he is still a strong flex option that can possibly bounce back like Joe Mixon did last week.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. IND)- OBJ had an unreal fantasy day against his former in-division rival in the Dallas Cowboys. Odell had seven touches with over 150 scrimmage yards and three total touchdowns. He takes on a much more difficult test this week against the stout Colts defense that will make Baker Mayfield’s life extremely tough.
With no Nick Chubb to set the tone for the offense, the passing attack will struggle. OBJ is still an option, but is a low-end WR2 with capped upside in what is poised to be a low-scoring affair.
TE: Mike Gesicki (vs. SF)- After an incredible week two performance, the Miami tight end has caught just two passes for 30 yards and 1 touchdown. For some reason, his target volume has completely fallen off within the Dolphins offense. Despite trailing throughout against Seattle and needing to air it out more, Gesicki was nowhere to be found.
The Fins take on the Niners banged up defense, but this is still a solid unit that limited Zach Ertz to just six yards in week three. Gesicki is an easy fade until his production goes up as touchdowns are the only factor that could make him worth starting.