Week 5 of the NFL season is upon us. This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks all take the week off. There are some popular fantasy options on those teams, which means many people will be searching for replacements. Also, Cam Newton is dealing with a concussion, which means that he could potentially miss week 5. Same thing for Carson Palmer. This means that the waiver wire in your league may be an active one this week. Who do I like as streaming options this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Derek Anderson, QB, Carolina Panthers. Let me preface this by saying that I am not expecting a huge game from Derek Anderson if he plays. However, if you're in a deep league with no other quarterback options he could serve as a viable one week plug-and-play replacement for Cam Newton. Don't make him your first option, but if you need him as Cam insurance, pick him up.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford has a rough matchup this week against the Texans, but has looked like a passable fantasy option so far in Minnesota. He might not be a guy you want to start this week but he is a guy that you can plug and play as a spot start who certainly won't hurt your chances to win.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton is likely owned in most leagues. However, if he's available in your league currently, go grab him. He should have a big game this week against the Cowboys, especially with Eifert back. His touchdown production has been down so far this season, so that might have led some people to cut him.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears. Hoyer might have taken over the starting spot at quarterback in the Bears offense, even when Cutler returns. He's not a guy that will win you a league on his own, but at least he will put up relatively consistent points for now.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is almost a must start this week; the Lions have allowed loads of passing yards to opposing offenses so far this week. Wentz is still available in far too many leagues; he might still be available in yours. If he is, start him this week with confidence.
Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis Colts. Looking for a roster stash with some potential upside in PPR leagues? Ferguson could be your guy. He doesn't do much on the ground and hasn't done much this season other than this past Sunday, but in his last game he had 6 catches. If he becomes a bigger part of the Colts offense, he could be a nice piece to add to your team.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears. Howard looked good in his first game as the lead back in Chicago. If he continues to produce, he could take control of that role even when Langford returns. Could emerge as a weekly starting option.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. With Matt Forte coming off of a week 4 injury, Powell is a nice speculative spot add. He's also a guy that is already a pretty nice part of the Jets offense. If he's on waivers and you need a one week filler (or more), give him a look.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson has been pretty reliable in PPR formats so far this year. He stands out as a very real flex option, and if you're struggling to work around bye weeks this week, he could make for a nice plug and play for your team. He's a guy that could get you 5 to 7 points in a PPR format.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens. West looks like he is finally emerging as a viable fantasy asset. He had a really nice game in week 4 and should continue to do well against Washington. In a game where he should be the lead back, West will fill in nicely for your fantasy team.
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson finally broke through in the Minnesota offense. Zimmer worked him into the offensive gameplan on Monday night, and he broke through with a consistent, solid game. Expect more looks for him moving forward. He might be more valuable in PPR format than in traditional scoring formats, and will also be reliant on big plays to put up big numbers, but he could emerge as a nice weapon for your team.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns. Somehow even after two dominant weeks, Pryor is still available in many fantasy leagues. The novelty on him has worn off a bit, but the production is still there. He is a guy that will continue to get it done until Corey Coleman returns from injury.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys. Dez is still dinged up and Dak Prescott has established a nice rapport with Williams. This makes him a viable fantasy asset even with a tough matchup against the Bengals ahead.
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills. The Rams give up a lot of passing yards, and with Sammy Watkins injured, Woods might be the player to step in and benefit the most from that fact. Goodwin will be part of the equation as well, but Woods is the guy to watch here.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Eifert should return from injury this week. If he is available in your league for any reason right now, go pick him up immediately. When he's healthy, Eifert is a top 5 option at his position.
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers. Hunter Henry is finally beginning to emerge with Antonio Gates injured. This week, he gets to face the Raiders, a team that is notably bad against tight ends. If Gates remains out this week, Henry becomes almost a must start.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. This week Rodgers has the benefit of facing the New York Giants as well as the benefit of not competing with the injured Jared Cook for targets. He's not a guy that you want to start most weeks, but if you need a quick streamer and there aren't many options there, Rodgers could be your guy.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. Kyle Rudolph has looked pretty good with Sam Bradford under center in Minnesota. He's a guy that you could get away with starting every week. Grab him while Bradford is still the guy and start him as needed.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. This week, the Bills get to face the Rams. That means a likely good day for a solid defensive unit. Go get them and start them with confidence.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. This defense looks like the real deal with Vontaze Burfict back. They could do well against the Cowboys this week.
San Francisco 49ers D/ST. If Drew Stanton pulls the start for Arizona in this game, start the 49ers defense this week. You won't regret it. If Palmer starts, stay away.
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