Week 5 Fantasy Football Streamers: Mooney To Shine Again

We are four weeks into the NFL season and, thus, four weeks into the fantasy football season. There have been significant injuries at all positions and some huge busts that could have ruined seasons; however, you cannot quit! There are always options, and that is the purpose of the fantasy football streamers. If you have a player who may not play this week or has a less-than-favorable matchup, you may need a streamer. We have you covered!

Quarterback

Daniel Jones against Dallas Cowboys

This year, Daniel Jones has a 98.3 passer rating, which is the best of his career. Much like Sam Darnold, who is also on this list, Jones can use his legs to run for first downs and sometimes even touchdowns. Jones has averaged 45 rushing yards through four games, which can be useful when considering a streaming option. This divisional matchup will mean a lot to both teams, so expect a competitive game.

Sam Darnold against Philadelphia Eagles

This season, Darnold has been playing like a low-tier QB1, and he deserves a roster spot in most leagues. If he is still available, grab him. His value is his consistency in the air as well as his legs. He has thrown for three straight 300+ yard games and can even be a threat in the red zone with his legs. Those extra couple of points from a quarterback who can run can sometimes make all the difference. The Eagles have given up over 40 points in two straight games, and even if the Panthers don’t get there, plenty of scoring opportunities will be available.

Running Back

Brandon Bolden against Houston Texans

Bolden should be used similarly to James White in the New England offense. While White is out, Bolden should get plenty of touches. He will not get many rushing attempts; however, when used as a pass-catching back, he has playmaking ability and showed that in Week 4. If your backs are thin, consider Bolden.

Kenneth Gainwell against Carolina Panthers

Gainwell has looked more explosive than Miles Sanders so far this year. He was used substantially in Week 4 against Kansas City when he was targeted eight times in the passing game. Gainwell could be an RB3 or flex play against a tough Carolina defense if he gets that kind of volume again. Hurts will need to rely on playmakers like Gainwell.

Wide Receiver

A.J. Green against San Francisco 49ers

Green has been turning back the clock this year as one of the top targets for MVP candidate Kyler Murray. Green has gotten six targets in every single game and has two touchdowns through four games. Since Week 2, he has had three straight games over ten points in PPR leagues. He could be a valuable flex play in deeper leagues against San Francisco in Week 5. Green has already eclipsed 100 yards once; he may do it again this week.

Darnell Mooney against Las Vegas Raiders

Mooney is one of my favorite players on this list. We saw last week what can happen when Fields is under center, and Mooney can lean on his vertical threat ability. Dalton doesn’t have a deep ball arm like Fields, so Mooney will benefit significantly with him being named the starter for the rest of the season. Mooney has also had seven or more targets in three of his four games, which is positive for a team that tends to be run-first.

Tight End

Evan Engram against Dallas Cowboys

Evan Engram is a pure upside play if there are no other viable tight-ends in free agency or on your bench. Engram has had some terrific seasons in the past, and he is still capable, but he just returned two weeks ago. He has gotten six targets each game, so if he finds the end zone, he will fill into your lineup nicely.

Dalton Schultz against New York Giants

If Schultz is a free agent in your league still, you just need to pick him up. He is still a free agent in over 40% of leagues on ESPN, despite being the fourth highest-scoring tight-end in PPR leagues through four weeks. Schultz has been an animal, scoring three touchdowns in the past two games. He has only had one game under ten points (PPR) this year and remains a constant red zone threat. Dak loves him, and so should we.

Kicker

Mason Crosby against Cincinnati Bengals

It is hard to stop thinking about Crosby’s incredible last-second field goal against the San Francisco 49ers. Crosby had a big game against the Niners with three field goals, including the game-winner as well as three extra points. He followed that performance up with two field goals and three extra points against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The way that the Packers have played the past few games indicates that there will be plenty of movement into opponent territory with several field goals and extra points against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defense

Atlanta Falcons Defense against New York Jets

Despite the Jets’ huge win against the Tennessee Titans, it is essential to remember that the Titans are not that good either. This week, I don’t see the Jets getting Zach Wilson the type of time in the pocket that he had against the Titans. This should be a week of regression for the Jets, and the Falcons should cause a couple of turnovers against a struggling offense.

Andrew has played fantasy sports for the better part of 17 years. When Andrew was 9 years old, he joined his dad's fantasy football team and was most well-known as "The Kid". Andrew's favorite shirt in elementary school had an appropriate adage for the time: "Girls come and go. Fantasy Football is forever."

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