Week 5 is already off to a rough start for fantasy football players. Those who were NFL game betting on Thursday saw their Seattle Seahawks bets get derailed as Russell Wilson injured his finger. Let’s hope for smoother fantasy football sailing on Sunday. Here’s a look at 11 players we’re eyeing to have a good week.
We saw Mac Jones put together a relatively strong performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and there’s a good chance he carries that momentum over. He was 31-of-40 last week for 275 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. This week, he gets the Houston Texans. You’re not going to be starting him many weeks this season but this could be one.
Kyler Murray is still the leading candidate for the MVP award, according to the odds if you betonline. As it stands right now, Kyler has posted the second-highest fantasy point numbers for a quarterback throughout the first four games of the season. Regardless of his upcoming matchup, you shouldn’t be taking Murray out of your starting lineup.
Henry has been the only consistent part of the Tennessee Titans offense the entire year. He averages around 20 carries per contest. This week, the Titans get to line up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the league at the moment. Assuming the Titans can get back on track, this could end up being a blowout win, which would allow for more opportunities for Henry at the goal line and to churn the clock.
The Los Angeles Chargers runner is one of the best weapons on an elite offense. He tweaked his leg a little bit in his last game against the Las Vegas Raiders but came back to finish the game off, scoring two touchdowns. There doesn’t appear to be concerns as he was heavily involved both in the run and pass game near the end. Ekeler and the Chargers get the Cleveland Browns this weekend and you should expect points here. With Justin Herbert drastically improving this offense’s consistency, Ekeler should be starting in every league.
Najee Harris is in a tough spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back hasn’t had many opportunities at all to crack the end zone this season but he did get in during their last game. Their offense has come to a complete standstill with a horrible offensive line and an aging quarterback holding them back. Nevertheless, Harris is still one of the best fantasy options of the week. Two weeks ago, he saw 19 targets and last week he picked up seven. Even if Harris and the Steelers fall behind early, he is going to rack up receptions and carries as the game progresses. Volume makes him a must-start.
Touchdowns haven’t been rolling in like we saw last year for Davante Adams but there is no need for worry. Adams leads the entire team with 45 targets on the season and is actually the NFL’s leader in receptions heading into a tough Week 5 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s hard to doubt Tyreek Hill. He hasn’t been at the forefront of everybody’s minds lately but he reminded the NFL world that he is still one of the best fantasy options around. Hill had 186 receiving yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Patrick Mahomes has an immense amount of trust in Hill to be heaving deep ball after deep ball. He has a rough matchup in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills but he’s a must-start anyway in a game that figures to be high-scoring.
Travis Kelce had his first bad game of the year last week. He only hauled in four passes for 23 total yards as the Eagles bracketed him off. However, almost all of the Chiefs’ passing offense was through Tyreek Hill, who had 186 yards receiving. Kelce still had the second-most targets and yards on the team. Just like Hill, they get a tough Bills secondary to work around in Week 5 but there shouldn’t be any worry about it despite one poor outing.
Darren Waller and Kelce have remained the top two tight ends in fantasy all season long and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. Waller was second on the team in targets last week against the Chargers with seven and brought in four of them for 50 yards and a touchdown. It doesn’t seem to matter what type of game script falls into the Raiders laps, Derek Carr continues to push the ball down the field to his favorite target in Waller. His size and quickness as a tight end give him the potential to have a big game at any time.
The Titans’ kicker, Randy Bullock, has put up at least 10 fantasy points in two of the last three games. The Titans now face off against a Jaguars team that has allowed two out of four opposing kickers to knock in at least three field goals. The potential is definitely there. Tennessee just needs to get some of their offensive weapons back in order to get them in consistent scoring position.
The Denver Broncos are coming off a rough game offensively, which was their first loss of the season. However, they get an injury-riddled and inconsistent Steelers offense in Week 5. Ben Roethlisberger is playing injured and the team hasn’t been able to put up more than 17 points in three straight games. To make matters worse, Pittsburgh has allowed at least two sacks in every game in 2021 and Roethlisberger has four picks in three games. Denver has already had a great year defensively and should be able to feast on this struggling unit for a big fantasy performance. For NFL predictions, expect an under here.