Week 5 WR Rankings & Projections (PPR): Adam Thielen To Stay Hot Vs Seattle

Green Bay and Detroit are both on bye this week, which means no Davante Adams or Kenny Golladay. However, it does give the chance for Adams to get another healthy week after missing the last two games. Each week has brought big fantasy scores and looking at the matchups this week, there will be more to come. Carolina travels to Atlanta in what looks to be a high-scoring affair. There are currently five other games with over a 50 over/under and could be more once others get released. We dodged some wide receiver injuries this past week as Mike Evans returned to the game and Michael Thomas is due back this week as well.

Week 5 WR Rankings & Projections

Week 5 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 5 Projection
1Julio JonesCAR18.5
2DeAndre Hopkins@NYJ18.3
3Calvin RidleyCAR17.7
4Tyreek HillLV17.4
5Michael ThomasLAC16.9
6Amari CooperNYG16.7
7DK MetcalfMIN16.5
8Keenan Allen@NO16.3
9Adam Thielen@SEA15.9
10Tyler LockettMIN15.8

Week 5 Studs

I am going to get this game out of the way first. Minnesota travels to Seattle on SNF and the over/under is set at 58 right now. Both of these secondaries have been bottom five to start the year and they are also in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. This week features three top-ten ranked wideouts from this game, and Justin Jefferson got a massive bump this week after getting big targets last week. DK Metcalf is coming off a great game and fantasy managers will be frustrated with Tyler Lockett, but both are top ten in fantasy scoring so far this season. The other shootout game I really like this week is Atlanta-Carolina. As I currently watch the Falcons defense give up points to Green Bay who is missing two of their starting wide receivers, this Carolina team can light them up. Robby Anderson has been a huge asset for Teddy Bridgewater in this offense and this could be a week DJ Moore breaks out as well. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley both have been banged up with injuries but this is a secondary to target.

The Raiders secondary continues to be one to target and they have to face the Chiefs this week. Tyreek Hill had a strong game against the Patriots but hasn’t had that big monster outcome just yet. This is a matchup where that could happen. Hill has a few 100+ yard games and a score against the Raiders over the last few seasons. Michael Thomas is due back this week and the Chargers defense is lacking now that Chris Harris is also injured. I expect him to bounce back to his usual ways. On the opposite side of this game, Keenan Allen has seen over 40% of the Chargers targets since Justin Herbert has taken over.

Week 5 Duds

There are really not a lot of bad matchups for wide receivers this week. Terry McLaurin proved that he is a top-end option and beat a Ravens secondary that I tend to shy away from. He gets Jalen Ramsey and the Rams this week, and while it is not a great matchup, McLaurin is still worth starting. Speaking of the Ravens secondary, they face the Bengals this week and that means Tyler Boyd, AJ Green, and Tee Higgins get some downgrades. With Green struggling Jerry Jeudy has a very tough matchup this week against the Patriots secondary. Add that to the fact he is playing with some struggling inexperienced quarterbacks, I would look elsewhere this week.

Philadelphia is down a couple of wide receivers and if you were planning on plugging them in as a streaming option this week, they face the Steelers. I worry about this Eagles offense and a lot of it has to do with the offensive line facing one of the top pass-rushing teams in the league. This is also a good secondary that has limited fantasy production dating back to last season. Kansas City’s secondary has really stepped up and limited opposing wideouts this season and last. The Raiders wideouts are not attractive options in this spot. Generally, I have looked at matchups against the Bills as one to stay away from. I don’t shy away from them as much this season as they have been beatable with some key wideouts and a healthy AJ Brown can cause some damage.

Week 5 Injury Corner

This is actually an area that will see some good news this week. Michael Thomas is getting closer to return and was going to play against the Lions but ended up sitting out. He should be back this week and will get an extra day of rest as well with this game on Monday. Mike Evans, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley have all carried the questionable tag at times this season but escaped Week 4 without any further issues. AJ Brown is expected to return this week as the Titans got a week off which means Brown won’t miss as much time. Diontae Johnson is also in the same boat with the extra week off and is due back this week. We should also get Davante Adams back after the bye week which is why Green Bay held him out against Atlanta.

Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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