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Greetings owners! I am here again to ease your bye week woes. Hopefully, you made it through your first round of byes with a victory. If not, never fear, I am here to get you back on track. When predicting fantasy production, you can never be 100% accurate. That’s why each week, I will highlight one hit and one miss (Bad Call/Good Call) from the previous week’s predictions. Before we examine the best week 5 streamers, let us take a look back at week four.
Week 4: Bad Call
QB Ryan Tannehill– Tannehill was coming off an incredible week at home. I suggested Tannehill in what I thought would be a shootout in New England. Sadly, Tannehill and the Miami offense fell flat. The New England offense came alive and put up a lot of points, but Miami answered with one touchdown the entire day. Better days are ahead for Tannehill, but pump the brakes before starting him again.
Week 4: Good Call
WR Geronimo Allison- Allison is becoming a focal point in the Green Bay offense. Last week, he saw 11 targets and turned that into six receptions for 80 yards. He would have gone for an even bigger day, if not for suffering a concussion. He has seen double-digit PPR points in every game this season. If Allison is healthy, continue to roll him out.
Key Players on Bye in Week 5
QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Jameis Winston, RB Peyton Barber, RB Ronald Jones II, RB Jordan Howard, RB Tarik Cohen, WR Mike Evans, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Chris Godwin, WR Allen Robinson II, WR Taylor Gabriel, TE Trey Burton, TE Cameron Brate, DEF Chicago Defense, DEF Tampa Bay
*All players under 50% owned according to Yahoo Fantasy Football
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Kansas City Chiefs, 39% owned)- RB Leonard Fournette will be out this Sunday. This will give the Jacksonville Jaguars plenty of opportunities to open up the passing game. Kansas City is second to last in passing defense and has been shredded all year aside from QB Case Keenum. QB Patrick Mahomes II could stay hot at home, even against the stout Jacksonville defense. This would force Bortles into a shootout situation. As a bonus, Bortles has a decent floor with the rushing attempts per game.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (@ Los Angeles Chargers, 41% owned)- Carr is coming off a game in which he threw for 437 yards and four touchdowns. The Oakland defense is anything, but daunting, and I expect a big outing from QB Philip Rivers at home. Carr will be forced to air it out more often than not against the Chargers’ passing defense that ranks toward the bottom of the league. One other side note, the Chargers will be without premier pass rusher DE Joey Bosa once again.
Corey Grant, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Kansas City Chiefs 3% owned)- Back in week two, without RB Leonard Fournette, Grant saw seven targets. The Jacksonville passing game will be opened up without Fournette and will give Grant a chance for solid production. Kansas City ranks last in the league against receiving yards given up to running backs. Dumping the ball to the running back could be a point of emphasis in the Jaguars’ game plan.
Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (vs Los Angeles Rams 18% owned)- Davis shined last week in relief of RB Chris Carson. He rumbled his way to 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks will want to keep it out of QB Jared Goff’s hands as much as possible. Getting the run game going early at home would help them accomplish that. As of Wednesday, Carson has yet to practice. If he sits again, Davis will be ready to roll as the Seahawks’ starter. There is a good chance that even with Carson healthy, Davis could see a ton of work.
Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Kansas City Chiefs 36% owned)- If you have not realized by now, I am quite high on the Jaguars’ offense this week. It can be hard to predict the Jaguars’ receivers, but Westbrook saw a whopping 13 targets in his last outing. He has gone over 80 yards in two of his last three games and seems to be emerging as the favorite target in the passing game.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (vs Dallas Cowboys 34% owned)- Coutee made history last week, becoming the first player in a debut to reach 11 catches. In all, he saw 15 targets in a Houston passing game that seems to be coming alive after a slow start. WR Will Fuller left last week’s contest with a hamstring issue and could miss this week. If Fuller is ruled out, Coutee will be a surefire WR3/flex.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (@ San Francisco 49ers 26% owned)- Tight end has become somewhat of a dart throw. If you do not have one of the top three guys, you are kind of just putting a warm body in and hoping for the best. As QB Josh Rosen gets adjusted to NFL life, he will be looking for targets he can trust. RSJ can be a safety blanket for Rosen. He has seen at least three targets in every game and could become a weapon in the red zone. San Francisco ranks in the bottom third of the league in covering TEs. With WR Larry Fitzgerald nursing a hamstring injury, RSJ could see an uptick in usage.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (@ Pittsburgh Steelers 49% owned)- I am doubling down on Hooper after last week’s suggestion did not pan out. Pittsburgh is allowing the most points to TEs in the league and this game should have plenty of offense. Both teams have horrendous defenses, leaving QB Matt Ryan and QB Ben Roethlisberger to duke it out. Hooper is someone Ryan looks for in the red zone and should see a few of those targets this Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers (vs Arizona Cardinals 13% owned)- Josh Rosen will be making his first road start against the 49ers. The Cardinals’ offense has been perhaps the worst in the league all season. Look for San Francisco to rattle the rookie and capitalize on the Cardinals’ offensive mistakes.
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Chester Rogers WR Indianapolis Colts (@ New England Patriots 2% owned)- WR T.Y. Hilton has already been ruled out this week. Last week, with Hilton leaving the game, Rogers had eight catches on 11 targets for 85 yards. QB Andrew Luck has already amassed 186 passing attempts on the season and should be forced to air it out against the New England Patriots’ potent offense.