Fantasy Overview, Week 5

Get yourself caught up on what's going on in the league as we enter Week 5 of the NFL season. Here's my take on the fantasy landscape around the league and how you can benefit. 

Can you believe we are a quarter of the way through the season already? In fantasy terms we're even further, considering most league's playoffs start in Week 14. For those of you with a 4-0 record, Congratulations! All the power to you.

This week's edition is more for those that are 0-4, 1-3 or 2-2. I'll take a look at some struggling players from each position and let you know what you how you should proceed with those players. These do not include any players who have missed multiple games with an injury.

QUARTERBACK

Kyler Murray, Ari

Current rank:13th
Drafted as: QB1-2.
Opponents played: DET, at BAL, CAR, SEA
Record: 0-3-1
Upcoming schedule: at CIN, ATL, at NYG, at NO

2019 fantasy points through Week 4 (76.1)
2018 fantasy points through Week 4 (NA)
2018 fantasy points total (NA)

Kyler Muray has just as many touchdown passes as Baker Mayfield, who is ranked #23, however, Murray also has 113 yards rushing with 1 rushing touchdown. A ranking of #13 isn't bad, especially because he hasn't shown his full potential - but some had him as a preseason Top 10. The fact is, he could be doing much better and yet he still has a top 15 ranking. Arizona ranks high when it comes to several offensive categories. #1 in pass plays per game (47.2 average), #3 in pass attempts (42.2 per game), #4 in red zone attempts (5.8 per game), 8th in deep ball attempts (5.2 per game). Murray himself is 4th in carries for a quarterback, 3rd in rushing yards, and 4th in red zone carries. As long as the Arizona offense continues to operate at a high pace, Murray can put up top 10 numbers any given week.

Result: The results so far have been mediocre, but even a slight increase will make him a weekly starter

AARON RODGERS, GB

Current rank:18th
Drafted as: QB1.
Opponents played: at CHI (win), MIN (win), DEN (win), PHI (loss)
Record: 3-1
Upcoming schedule: at DAL, DET, OAK, at KC

2019 fantasy points through Week 4 (76.9)
2018 fantasy points through Week 4 (67.0)
2018 fantasy points total (314.5) 7th

In four games so far this year, Rodgers has one 300+ yard game and two games with 2+ touchdowns. If it weren't for the Eagles game in Week 4 where he topped 400 yards with 2 touchdown passes and 46 yards rushing, he would be outside of the Top 20. He started slowly last year also, but that was mostly due to a Week 1 injury. The schedule opens up for Rodgers and the Packers offense in the coming weeks, but keep in mind, he'll be without Davante Adams (toe) for at least Week 5 at Dallas and possibly longer. We may see a less than stellar outcome for another week or two, but to concern yourself with Rodgers' lack of production seems like a knee-jerk response at this time.

Result: Expect a bounceback, but perhaps not until Davante Adams returns.

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