Get your Week 5 Game Previews! Get ’em while they’re hot!
It’s hard to believe that I’m doing game previews for Week 5 already, but here we are!
Has the season turned out like you had envisioned so far? I don’t think anyone would have guessed these would be the Top Six quarterbacks in Fantasy Football after Week 4:
There’s going to be some tough match-ups in Week 5, and we’ll get to see how good the Cincinnati Bengals really are against the Seattle Seahawks.
Let’s jump right into the game previews for Week 5.
Week 5 NFL Game Previews
Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs
#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited today. Same with QB Jay Cutler.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) October 7, 2015
The Bears are optimistic Alshon Jeffery will play in Week 5, but don’t hold your breath. Cutler will continue to rely heavily on Martellus Bennett if Jeffery is out. Matt Forte is a start as always.
Jeremy Maclin has been the ace up your sleeve if you’re in a PPR league. He’s averaged 9.5 receptions and 144.50 yards per game. Alex Smith still has only thrown one touchdown pass to a receiver this season, however, so don’t get too excited for Maclin.
Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton has his toughest match-up of the year in Week 5. I have a feeling his average of 2.25 touchdown passes per game is going to take a hit here.
Some Fantasy players thought Russell Wilson would see a dramatic decrease in rushing yards (yours truly), but he’s currently on track for 708 for the season. I hate to say “he’s due,” but he has yet to score on the ground this season.
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is on pace to have 181 catches for 2,347 ?
— Sensei Smallwood (@morning_wood_96) September 28, 2015
Alfred Morris saw more carries than Matt Jones last week, but that isn’t a guarantee he will lead the backfield in carries for Week 5.
All eyes will be on Devonta Freeman after back-to-back performances with three rushing touchdowns.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Will the real Blake Bortles please stand up? Can he also throw the ball to Allen Robinson more instead of Allen Hurns? Robinson should bounce back this week after being followed around by Vontae Davis for most of the game in Week 4.
Jameis Winston threw four picks last week, but he might want to test his arm against a Jaguars’ defense that has allowed an average of 278.50 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks.
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford’s favorite target is Jordan Matthews, but good luck trying to figure the rest of this team out.
Brandin Cooks has been wildly disappointing if you drafted him in Round 3 or earlier. It does look like you can start C.J. Spiller again after he hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
#Ravens have great intel on Josh McCown from OC Marc Trestman, who coached McCown in Chicago in ’13 when McCown went 3-2 w/ 13 TDs and 1 INT
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 7, 2015
You just can’t start stream whatever defense is playing the Browns anymore. Josh McCown finished as a Top Five quarterback in a lot of formats last week. Keep an eye on Gary Barnidge if he isn’t already on your radar. Steve Smith Sr. will most likely be out, so keep an eye on Kamar Aiken. The Ravens also signed speedster Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams last week.
St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers
The Rams are even more difficult to figure out than the Eagles. Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Jared Cook will either be studs or duds from week to week. Brian Quick owners have a reason to celebrate as he was on the field for six snaps in Week 4.
Aaron Rodgers will be forced to throw the ball more this game, so shake off his last game against the San Francisco 49ers and get ready for a big Week 5.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
The Titans’ defense is normally pretty inviting to opposing quarterbacks, so Tyrod Taylor could put up some big numbers. The biggest concern for the Bills right now is the rushing attack, however, as LeSean McCoy will probably still be out and Karlos Williams is in concussion protocol.
This is going to be Marcus Mariota’s toughest matchup to date. He’ll try to remain cool and collected, so he’ll most likely turn into a game manager for most of the day.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
Even though the Cardinals lost last week, this team seems to be firing on all cylinders. A team that looked pretty beat up to start the season now has a strong rushing attack and one of the best duos currently in the game; Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.
The Lions are just a mess. Matthew Stafford only has five touchdown passes on the year matched with five interceptions. Lock in the Cardinals for your daily lineups.
New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys
My response to Greg Hardy’s comments https://t.co/VcpqcRjKoS
— Tom Brady’s Ego (@TomBradysEgo) October 7, 2015
The only question Fantasy players should have about this offense is at the running back position. You should have been prepared for the unreliable running back rotation Bill Belichick seems to love.
With Lance Dunbar done for the season, Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden are the go-to guys for this offense. Christine Michael may see more than one carry this week.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
C.J. Anderson at least offered his owners a little more production in Week 4, and he should have a lot of room to run against a Raiders’ defense allowing an average of 27 points per game. Derek Carr will see a lot of pressure this week.
The Broncos’ defense was able to sack fellow sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater seven times in Week 4.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
The 49ers are struggling, to put it nicely. The 49ers’ defense has allowed 17 receptions of 20 or more yards so far this season, so Odell Beckham Jr. could have a field day.
Best of luck in Week 5 from the SCFE Staff! Make sure to check out our Week 5 Staff Rankings before you set your lineup.
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