Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season is upon us after a high-stress Week 4 was chock full of injuries and postponements.
The bye weeks are here, which means you need to bench any Packers or Lions. And with COVID-19 spreading throughout the league, it could be another week of scrambling for fantasy players.
That said, there are a number of exploitable matchups — including the Vikings in Seattle — and some you should consider avoiding — such as the Bengals at the Ravens.
Don’t forget to set your lineups and be sure to check out some good plays at each position for Week 5 below, as well as some other players you should consider avoiding.
If you need a streaming option or bye week fill-in, check out Week 5 waiver wire pickups here.
Who to Start in Week 5
Teddy Bridgewater (QB), Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Bridgewater is a great Week 5 streaming option on the heels of his best fantasy performance this season. He finished as QB4 against the Cardinals in a Week 4 upset and completed 26 of 37 for 276 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and had six carries for 32 yards and a rushing touchdown. He faces one of the easiest matchups in the NFL this week opposite a bottom-of-the-barrel Falcons secondary that is allowing an average of 34.5 points per game.
Jerick McKinnon (RB), San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins
Don’t look now, but McKinnon has scored a touchdown and finished as an RB2 every week this season and is trending upward. He put together a solid stat line in Week 4 in spite of poor quarterback play and had 14 attempts for 54 yards and caught seven of eight passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He has separated himself from Jeff Wilson Jr., with whom many thought he would split carries while Raheem Mostert recovers. Mostert is set to return soon but head coach Kyle Shanahan likes to deploy multiple running backs when possible. He is a high-end RB2 this week with the Dolphins on deck.
Antonio Gibson (RB),Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Rams
After a slow Week 1, Gibson has now scored in three consecutive games. He is coming off of his best game to date where he rushed 13 times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught four of five targets for 82 yards. He finished as a top-five RB in Week 4, and his recent workload has dispelled concerns that Peyton Barber would be a legitimate fantasy threat. Gibson is a solid RB2 start this week against the Rams.
Justin Jefferson (WR), Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Jefferson was a popular Week 3 waiver add and delivered with his second straight 100-yard game in Houston. He looks like he’s the established No. 2 option in this offense behind Adam Thielen. The Vikings face an exploitable Seattle secondary this week and Jefferson should fall into the high-end flex range with upside in a game with the highest Vegas point total (57.5).
Will Fuller V (WR), Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The rollercoaster that is rostering Fuller has continued into the 2020 season. He has finished as WR17, WR140, WR28 and WR8 in scoring this season. He now faces Jacksonville, which just allowed Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and Drew Sample to have strong receiving games in Week 4. The Texans have undergone a lot of change in the past week with the firing of longtime head coach and de facto general manager Bill O’Brien, but Fuller should still fall in the high-end WR2 range this week.
Dalton Schultz (TE), Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Schultz continues to get looks from quarterback Dak Prescott and caught four of eight targets on Sunday for 72 yards and a touchdown. His volume alone keeps him in the mid- to low-end TE1 territory this week against the Giants, who have been above average in terms of pass defense this season, but will have their hands full trying to stave off Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott.
Who to Sit in Week 5
Joe Burrow (QB), Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Burrow has been an enticing, borderline fantasy starter over the last few weeks. He has posted QB20, QB10, QB13 and QB20 finishes so far, but the rookie could struggle on the road in the Bengals’ toughest challenge of 2020 against the Ravens. According to Fantasy Pros, Baltimore’s stingy defense has not allowed a top-12 performance to an opposing QB outside of Patrick Mahomes. Expect Burrow to be trailing and under pressure frequently. He falls outside of the QB1 consideration this week.
T.Y. Hilton (WR), Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns
Despite the many injuries to the Colts’ receiving corps, Hilton remains an afterthought in the new Philip Rivers-led offense. He caught three of five targets for 29 yards last week and has finished as WR50, WR92, WR52 and WR75 so far. He isn’t a trustworthy start, even with two teams on bye.
Jarvis Landry (WR), Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts
Landry salvaged another lukewarm receiving outing last week by way of a deep passing touchdown to Odell Beckham Jr. on a first-quarter trick play against the Dallas secondary. He finished as WR24, his best fantasy performance this year. While impressive, this isn’t the type of reliable week-to-week production fantasy managers were hoping to see from Landry, who has been a PPR machine in years past. He faces the Colts this week who have been one of the league’s top defensive units through four weeks. He is a WR3/flex play in Week 5.
David Montgomery (RB), Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Montgomery was poised to take over a more substantial workload in the Bears’ backfield with Tarik Cohen out for the season. He has just one top-24 finish this season in Week 2 against the Giants and has faltered in back-to-back weeks. He had 10 rushes for 27 yards and caught three of six passes for 30 yards in Week 4 against the tough Indianapolis defense and has another difficult matchup on deck against the Buccaneers, who completely shut down the Chargers’ run game last week. It may be difficult to sit Montgomery based on where he was drafted and copious injuries, but don’t expect much in this unfavorable matchup.
J.K. Dobbins (RB), Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati is a soft matchup against the run, but the Ravens’ backfield remains an enigma for fantasy managers. Dobbins hasn’t seen more than seven touches in a game this year and has not scored since his two-touchdown NFL debut in Week 1. Mark Ingram is the only Ravens running back you should consider starting, and even he is hit or miss in this crowded committee. Dobbins is a low-floor RB3/flex play this week.
Hayden Hurst (TE), Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Hurst reeled in four of six targets for 51 yards in another lukewarm outing on Monday night in Green Bay. Despite Atlanta’s pass-heavy offense, he has not established himself as the No. 3 option as anticipated and has posted just one top-12 finish this season. The Falcons now face the Panthers, who are weak as a whole on defense, but have given up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. Hurst falls to the bottom of the TE1 tier this week.