By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
With one game in the books for week five, most fantasy owners are now
faced with big decisions on which players to start and which players to
bench. This week will give fantasy owners more options since only two
teams are on byes as opposed to the six last week. You have questions
regarding your week five lineup and we've got the answers. It's week
five. Let's do this.
Fine- Philip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- The Chargers signal caller has
been playing like an MVP candidate through the first four weeks of the
season and fantasy owners can expect more of the same heading into his
week five matchup versus the fourth worst passing defense in fantasy
football. The Jets are allowing almost 22 fantasy points per game to the
opposing quarterback and Philip Rivers is averaging over 24 fantasy
points per game himself. He's thrown for nine touchdowns and only one
Pine- Jake Locker- Tennessee Titans- So Jake Locker returns from an
injury that sidelined him in week four. Much like Locker sat on the
bench for the Titans last week, he should sit on the bench for fantasy
owners this week. Not only is his matchup not great, he's not great
either. The Cleveland defense has been stingy versus opposing
quarterbacks allowing under 16 fantasy points per game to them and
Locker's three touchdowns to four interceptions will allow the Browns
defense to be a top fantasy defense in week five. Locker himself is
averaging a pedestrian 17.9 fantasy points per game. This could be a
week for Bishop Sankey to make some headway in fantasy football.
Fine- Rashad Jennings- New York Giants- Rashad Jennings has looked like
the lead back the GMen envisioned when they signed him in the offseason.
He's rushed for 341 yards and two scores as well as added nine catches
for 92 yards. Jennings is averaging almost 14 fantasy points per game
and is gold in PPR formats. He gets the Atlanta defense this week which
is allowing over 32 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Jennings needs to be started with such a great matchup in his favor.
Pine- Montee Ball- Denver Broncos- It's safe to say that Montee Ball has
been a disappointment up until this point for fantasy owners that
drafted him. He's averaging under 10 fantasy points per game and the
week five matchup is not in his favor taking on an Arizona Cardinals
defense that is allowing just over 11 fantasy points per game to
Fine- Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers- With a New York Jets defense
that is allowing almost 28 fantasy points per game to the other teams
receivers, Allen has caught 22 of his 28 targets this season and is
coming off of a week four performance that saw him finish as the 11th
best receiver as he scored 13.5 fantasy points. Did I mention he faces
the fourth worst passing defense in fantasy football this week?
Pine- DeSean Jackson- Washington Redskins- With a Monday
night matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks on tap, D-Jax doesn't appear
to have the best of matchups this week. The Seahawks defense has allowed
505 yards to wide receivers in three weeks (168.3 per week) and just
under 19 fantasy points per game to the receiver position.
Fine- Heath Miller- Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers tight end had
himself quite a game in week four and fantasy owners can expect another
big game from him again in week five when he faces a defense that all
but forgets to cover the opposing tight end. The Jaguars are allowing
the third most fantasy points to the tight end position at 13.5 fantasy
points per game. Miller has hauled in 21 of his 27 targets this season
for almost 200 yards and a score. Miler himself is averaging 6.4 fantasy
points per game.
Pine- Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys- Witten himself has been pedestrian
at best so far with Romo seemingly only having eyes for Dez Bryant,
Terrance Williams and DeMarco Murray. With that said, the Cowboys
opponent this week is the Houston Texans who happen to be allowing the
third least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The matchup
doesn't play in Witten's favor. On the season, Witten has 15 catches
for 156 yards while averaging under four fantasy points per game.
Fine- Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks defense is scoring over 11 fantasy
points per game while Kirk Cousins was ranked 22nd among fantasy
quarterbacks for week four. While week five is a new week and the
Seahawks are a different team on the road, the matchup says to start the
Seahawks defense this week and sleep soundly Monday night.
Pine- Jacksonville Jaguars- There's a good chance no fantasy owner will
be starting the Jaguars defense this week or any week for that matter
but on the off chance there is a fantasy owner somewhere that is
thinking about it, don't. The Jaguars defense is scoring under four
fantasy points per game as a unit and Big Ben is the ninth highest
scoring quarterback in fantasy football through the first four weeks of
the season with 19.3 fantasy points per game.