Last week was a very strong one for my fantasy surprises. Philip Rivers put up huge numbers, Coby Fleener and Ryan Succop had effective days and the Cardinals defense was able to produce. This week there are four teams on bye which makes it tougher for owners. This week, three top fantasy backs are on bye as Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris will all be resting in week five. For that reason, it is going to be tough to find players on waivers. Scenarios like this are why the second half of the draft are so important. If you are able to get nice depth, there is no need for panic when your top pick is on their bye.
QB: Sam Bradford vs Jaguars: There have been a lot of “What’s going on with Sam Bradford?” questions raised of late, but this would be a perfect time to answer them. Yes, Bradford has struggled but despite having multiple weapons that can create in space, Brian Schottenheimer continues to run an extremely vanilla offense. In a game like this against a younger Jaguars secondary, the Rams can afford to take some chances and build Bradford’s confidence. If your quarterback is on bye this week, you could do much worse. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: David Wilson vs Eagles: Wilson got a ton of hype this preseason but has failed to live up to it the first four weeks of the season. For those who held onto him, their patience could be rewarded in a big way this Sunday. In a must win game for the Giants, Wilson has a very favorable matchup against an Eagles defense that is on the field for almost two thirds of the game. Don’t be surprised if there is at least one big play where Wilson shows off his top notch speed. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Kenbrell Thompkins vs Bengals: After a forgettable first two weeks, Thompkins an undrafted free agent rookie who earned a nice amount of hype in the preseason has turned the page. He seems to be gaining Tom Brady’s trust more with each game and now he faces a Bengals secondary that is banged up. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Greg Olsen vs Cardinals: With Steve Smith going to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson and no other Panthers receiver emerging as a true second option, Olsen could be in for a lot of targets. The Cardinals have struggled against the tight end so far, but that should change as their best linebacker Daryl Washington returns from suspension this week. Regardless, the volume of targets alone should lead to a nice day for Olsen. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Mason Crosby vs Lions: Just a few years ago, Crosby was one of if not the kicker to own in fantasy football. Now, he is a free agent in a good amount of leagues and is worth a serious look this week. The Packers/Lions matchup has all the makings of a shootout and all you can ask for is opportunities for your kicker. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Rams vs Jaguars: When looking for a fantasy defense, matchups are everything and none at the moment is more favorable than the Jaguars. With the Jaguars trading their left tackle Eugene Monroe this week, their offensive line which was already struggling to begin with is even weaker. Now is when I note that the Rams have two pass rushers in Chris Long and Robert Quinn that have the ability to be in Blaine Gabbert’s face all game long. If that happens, the turnovers (and the fantasy points) will follow. Expect around five sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.