Swimming Upstream: Week 5

Swimming Upstream: Week 5

Fantasy Football Lineup Management

Swimming Upstream: Week 5


A popular tactic in fantasy football is known as “streaming,” where owners cycle through the best available matchups among waiver wire options from week to week. This strategy is most commonly used with defensive teams, place kickers, tight ends and sometimes even quarterbacks.

Week 5 bye teams: Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints, Seahawks

Quarterbacks to consider

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

A bye week to prepare, with a singular focus at hand, Wentz is in prime condition to expand on his strong start. The Lions have permitted quarterbacks to average 27.4 fantasy points through four games, including 22.8 to Brian Hoyer last week. Detroit is likely to be without its two best defenders yet again, so putting pressure on the quarterback will be a tall task. Even if they could, Wentz has rated among the best in the NFL when feeling the heat. The rookie is owned in most leagues, so take this reassurance if you needed a replacement Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton or Blake Bortles.

Tight ends to trust

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams

The Bills are without Sammy Watkins, and traveling across the country after an emotional win could lead to a huge letdown. Clay has been battling a knee injury but is inching closer to 100 percent. Last week, playing through the pain, he mustered a shade under 10 fantasy points in PPR scoring — an acceptable showing if you’re trying to fill a bye week. LA has given up only 15 catches in four games against tight ends, but one of every five found the end zone.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

The rookie tight end has been targeted more than five times per game with Tyler Eifert out of action. That theme should continue in Dallas this weekend, as the Cowboys are strong on the outside and will focus on keeping A.J. Green from getting loose. Uzomah is a worthwhile PPR play because of his underneath work as an Andy Dalton safety net, and Dallas offers the third softest matchup in this scoring format. Through four games, the position has amassed 28 catches, 325 yards and three scores. Only Atlanta has given up more yardage.

Cozy up with a kicker

Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins

Opportunities — the three-point variety– drive fantasy kicker value. Can’t score if you don’t kick … Miami has allowed six extra points on seven tries, but no team has given up as many field goal attempts (15 in four games). The Dolphins present the fifth friendliest matchup for kickers, and that could be much higher if opponents actually made more than a sad 73.3 percent of their chances. Succop, powered by a stumbling Titans offense, should have ample tries. He’s available in more than 90 percent of leagues polled.

Get daring with this defense

The obvious choice this week is the Pittsburgh defense to dominate New York’s turnover machine of a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick. With an ownership rate north of 80 percent in most leagues, obviously this advice would be late to the party. Instead, here are a few options with a lower level of confidence can be utilized if you missed out on the Steelers.

Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants

Statistically, the Giants are not a great matchup at all — 11th hardest. The intangibles working in Green Bay’s favor: It is at Lambeau Field, the Giants’ offense has been unproductive dating back to the preseason, and the Pack’s D had an extra week to prepare. For the record, the Giants have allowed an interception and two sacks per game.This is a risky recommendation given Green Bay’s lack of defensive fantasy production to date. The matchup isn’t quite as strong for owners who are heavily penalized by points against, but if the Giants have to throw their way back into the game, Green Bay can tee off on Eli Manning.


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