Week 5 and we get our first scheduled week of bye weeks. Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Denver are the teams on Bye, taking some fantasy regulars out of play. Also taking away players from the pool was the Thursday night game between New England and Tampa Bay. This will leave our options pretty thin in the 6 and 10 team leagues. There are no more 4-team games, so I will combine the 6-team and 10-team games into one section.
H2H or 3-Person Contests
Just like the past few weeks, I think running back is the place to start, and it's Le'Veon Bell for me. Bell had 140+ rushing yards and two scores a week ago and added four catches for 42 yards. Jacksonville is giving up over 24 points a game to fantasy running backs over their past 8 games, according to the Fantistics matchup chart. We also did see the Jets run all over Jacksonville last week. Want to know who's giving up the 4th highest yards per carry? The Seahawks. Todd Gurley gets this suddenly nice matchup, and has scored in every game this season.
My next three picks all come from the same game: Green Bay at Dallas. Zeke Elliott didn't score in either game against Green Bay last year but did have 100+ yards rushing in each game. Green Bay has given up 24 fantasy points to running backs. After this, I would look at Jordy Nelson. Dallas is giving up 30 points to receivers and never a bad idea to get Aaron Rodgers favorite target in a high scoring game. Speaking of Rodgers, he's worth taking in this 3rd round range. Dallas is giving up over 250 yards a game to QBs and Rodgers threw for 355 in the playoff game last year.
From here, it's the usual suspects. The Steelers are at home, so Antonio Brown is always a good play, even against Jalen Ramsey. Stefon Diggs has the #1 WR/CB matchup on Pro Football Focus, going up against Kyle Fuller. Kareem Hunt has been great, but Houston gives up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. Dak Prescott is the opposite quarterback in the expected shootout in Dallas and did score over 20 points in each game against GB last year. Dez Bryant went 9/132/2 against GB in the playoffs last year. SF vs IND may not be pretty, but Carlos Hyde and T.Y. Hilton can be considered here as well. The other QBs to consider here would be an improving Russell Wilson or Carson Palmer. I won't fault you for taking a chance on Ben Roethlisberger at home either.
6 and 10 Person Games
Quarterbacks: It's a little thin this week with the other options. Philip Rivers travels cross country to face the Giants, who do allow over 20 fantasy points a game to QBs. If you are feeling a bit bold, Jay Cutler gets a Titans team that just gave up another TD to the Texans as you read this. As much as we like Carson Palmer, Philadelphia is favored, so Carson Wentz isn't the worst selection.
Running Backs: I don't mind going with Bilal Powell again, as long as Matt Forte is out. Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy are good running backs that make a good RB2 this week. Everyone keeps waiting for Isaiah Crowell to break out in Cleveland, but I think the play is Duke Johnson. Duke has 15 receptions the past two games and two rushing touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey is also in play against a Detroit defense that is league average against RBs, but I'm not convinced that they are a defense to worry about.
Wide Receivers: One thing I think people may forget is how bad Houston's secondary has been. Also, Tyreek Hill has been a bit quiet after a big opening night. He has the 3rd best WR/CB matchup of the week according to Pro Football Focus. Odell Beckham draws Casey Heyward in what is a great WR/CB matchup. A.J. Green has scored the past two weeks. Randall Cobb could be busy in that shootout in Dallas. Keenan Allen had over 100 yards last week and should avoid Janoris Jenkins. Larry Fitzgerald gets the Eagles' third worst ranked pass defense. DeAndre Hopkins continues to see a large amount of targets. Finally, DeVante Parker has been productive the past two weeks, despite the Dolphins' struggles. A home game vs Tennessee could be the cure.
I don't mind the idea of taking Rodgers early in H2H or 3-team contests. If you don't get him, wait until the last round and take whoever you like from there. Don't be afraid to do a stack involving Green Bay, Dallas, or Pittsburgh this week, as they all have high projected team totals. Don't forget that Fantistics has listener league contests going on all the way up until Sunday. To see these contest, follow FantisticsRadio and you will see the $10, 10-man games appear in the lobby. I will jump in a couple of them throughout the week skeeter1114). Good luck with all of your week four NFL contests.