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

Deshaun Watson

Current rank:13th
Drafted as: QB1
Opponents played: at KC, BAL, at PIT, MIN
Record: 0-4
Upcoming schedule: JAC, at TEN, GB, Bye, at JAC

2020 fantasy points through Week 4 76.4 QB13
2019 fantasy points through Week 4 82.2 QB6
2018 fantasy points through Week 4 93.9 QB7

Result: The results so far have been mediocre, but even a slight increase will put him back into the top 10. The Texans' first three games were as difficult as they come. Watson's strength of schedule moving forward is much more favorable.

Lamar Jackson, BAL

Current rank:8th
Drafted as: QB1 - top 2
Opponents played: CLE, at HOU, KC, at WAS
Record: 3-1
Upcoming schedule: CIN, at PHI, PIT, Bye, at IND

2020 fantasy points through Week 4 85.2 QB8
2019 fantasy points through Week 4 112.2 QB1
2018 fantasy points through Week 4 (NA)

There is nothing wrong with being in the top 8, but Jackson was drafted as a QB1 or QB2. He has few big-game wins on his resume and his latest attempt at beating Kansas City resulted in a rather tough loss. Jackson has 235 yards rushing this year with 1 rushing touchdown. He had 238 yards rushing and 1 rushing touchdown at the same time last year. The biggest difference between 2019 and 2020 is his lack of passing yards. He currently has 769 yards passing with 7 touchdowns. Last year at this time he had 1,110 yards with 10 touchdown passes.

Result: Expect a bounceback to the top 5, but perhaps not to the level of success we saw last year.

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