SRD Weekly Fantasy Football – Week 5 Advice

The first quarter of the season is through, and it has been an extremely strange yet exciting start to the fantasy season.

The busts of this year have been identified, but will they bounce back? Are they worth holding onto, or is a guy like Cooper, Crowder or Crowell better served on the waiver wire? The waiver wire/player claims after Week 4 are usually pretty crucial. We have a better sense of what teams have the favorable matchups, and what players are more involved than others.

Alex Smith, currently the No.2 QB behind Tom Brady, is the biggest surprise at the position. Cam Newton shook off a rough start against the Patriots, who look like one of the weakest defense of the years and ranks as such. Several different players have seen 20+ point games vs the Patriots, including Kareem Hunt’s coming out party, and a two-touchdown game from Devin Funchess this past weekend.

The leader of AFC East? The Bills. Their defense looks like a good one to stay away from overall. The Lions are also looking tough on that side of the ball, and have forced plenty of turnovers early on.

The Rams’ Todd Gurley continued his early-season rampage vs the Cowboys this past week, and Steelers running back LeVeon Bell gave you the kind of game you expect from a top-3 pick. It was a cold week for the position overall, but players like Alvin Kamara, Lamar Miller and Leonard Fournette were able to get it done.

Latavius Murray will take over lead-back duties in wake of the Viking’s Dalvin Cook’s torn ACL. The Seahawks running back situation is as clear as a magic 8-ball, and one that I am avoiding for now, as better options are available this week. Alex Collins is slowly taking over as the Ravens early-down runner, Andre Ellington is one of the most targeted RBs this year, and Giants’ Wayne Gallman, a sneaky pickup, may just become the G-Men’s starting back after this week.

Other notable pickups are Eli Manning, JaRon Brown, Danny Amendola. For those looking for some Tight-End solidarity, you could do a lot worse than Austin-Sefarian Jenkins. I think players such as Crowder, Terrance West and Paul Perkins are absolutely worth dropping at this point.

In Week 5, I really like Frank Gore vs the 49ers. He is a strong RB2 play and is due for a bigger, 15-point game. This matchup feels like a good time for the veteran to break out a little. I also think that Golden Tate vs the Panthers, Randall Cobb vs the Cowboys and Carson Wentz vs the Cardinals at home are good to as starters.