Top Five Fantasy Football Matchups for Week Five: Is Kenyan Drake ready to pop off?

Need help improving your fantasy football team this season? We got you covered! Check out the fantasy football section to see statistics, rankings, projections, and in-depth articles to help you get all the information necessary to win your fantasy league. Don’t forget to check out the weekly NFL matchups page to check in on your favorite teams and how they match up each week. There are many notable offenses to look out for, in terms of fantasy football, for next week. Below, I will be reviewing the most opportunistic offenses for week five of fantasy football.

Minnesota Vikings’ Passing Game

Minnesota Vikings
Look, Minnesota has been nothing short of awful this season. But, they have had a tough schedule thus far in the season. In terms of fantasy football, I think the Vikings receivers will be continuing to be a huge part of the offense next week. Adam Thielen has averaged a whopping 18.9 fantasy points this season which ranks him sixth among receivers this season. Justin Jefferson had a very rocky start to the season with only 12 fantasy points in two weeks. But, in the last two weeks, he has averaged 22.4 fantasy points. Next week, the Vikings face the Seattle Seahawks, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Thielen should make his way into the top five of fantasy scoring for receivers next week, while Justin Jefferson may also put up WR1/WR2 numbers. Jefferson is ranked fourth in the last two weeks of fantasy football and can certainly improve upon that next week.

Indianapolis Colts’ Passing Game

Indianpolis Colts
The Colts are usually a run-first offense, especially behind their spectacular offensive line. However, next week they face the Cleveland Browns who have been good at stopping the run. T.Y Hilton and Zach Pascal have been seriously depressing this season, but if there is one game where they could see some life, it is this one. Not to mention, Jack Doyle and Mo-Allie Cox have been solid at the tight end position for fantasy this season and could see solid weeks against the Browns. The Browns have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers and are near the top ten in the least points allowed to running backs. T.Y Hilton and Zach Pascal are possible flex pieces while Mo-Allie Cox and Jack Doyle both have TE1 potential for next week.

Pittsburgh Steelers Pass Game

Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been an incredible help for them to succeed this season, and I believe it will help them tremendously next week against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have one of the worst-rated offenses in the NFL. For the Steelers’ passing game, Juju Smith-Schuster has been a phenomenal WR1 figure by averaging 17.7 fantasy points. Meanwhile, Diontae Johnson has surprised his owners by averaging 11.3 points. He got hurt against Houston but will return for a highly anticipated week of fantasy for him. Not to mention, the Eagles have given up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season giving Eric Ebron a high fantasy ceiling next week too. Juju Smith-Schuster is a solid WR1 next week along with Diontae Johnson as a solid WR3 with WR2 potential. Nonetheless, Eric Ebron will have TE1 potential against a poor Eagles’ defense.

Arizona Cardinals Run Game

Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have the only running back duo that is facing a terrible rushing defense next week. For owners of Kenyan Drake, this bodes well considering he has been unproductive with a large number of touches he sees from the Cardinals backfield. He has averaged only 9.6 fantasy points this season and came into fantasy football as a top ten ranked running back. He hopes to see the endzone for the first time since week one and hopefully help out his fantasy owners. As for Chase Edmonds, he does not see a ton of action in the backfield, but he has received a healthy amount in the passing game. Last week, he put up 15 fantasy points with 16 rushing yards, and 5 catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. He has the same potential for this week against a treacherous Jets defense. Kenyan Drake has RB2 status for week five and Chase Edmonds should be considered for a boom-upside flex option for fantasy teams looking for a waiver wire streamer for week five.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons
Both of these offenses have been productive while trying to make up for their lackadaisical defenses. This game should be a high-scoring fantasy football game for all weapons on each team. For the Falcons, their wide receiver core should take advantage of the Panthers even though they have let up the third least fantasy points to receivers. If the Falcons have Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, both of them and Russell Gage should see solid weeks in fantasy. The Panther defense has struggled mostly against the run, allowing the second-most fantasy points in the NFL to running backs. This should pose as a large opportunity for Todd Gurley to produce another high scoring fantasy football week after going off for two touchdowns and 19.3 fantasy points last week.

Carolina Panthers
As for the Panthers, Mike Davis has been a superstar fantasy football streamer, averaging 20.2 points in the last three weeks without Christian McCaffrey in the backfield. This will most likely be his last game leading the backfield, so take advantage of him against a Falcon defense that has allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. As for the passing game, Robby Anderson and D.J Moore have been leading the charge. Anderson has surprisingly cracked the top-ten for fantasy points this season with 71.7 fantasy points over four weeks. D.J Moore, while he has been upsetting to have for his owners, is due to get into the endzone. The Falcons have allowed the most points to quarterbacks this season and near the top ten for most points allowed for receivers. Both Moore and Anderson should have solid weeks of fantasy as well. Anderson could see WR1 type numbers next week, while most likely putting up WR2 figures. D.J Moore will look to put up solid WR2 numbers next week too.

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