Week 5 NFL Preview: Fantasy Football & DFS Analysis

By Alex Kurpeski


Week 5 of the NFL Season is here, and we’ve got some great games on tap. 


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Patrick Mahomes MORE than 300.5 passing yards

Matt Ryan MORE than 295.5 passing yards

Teddy Bridgewater LESS than 294.5 passing yards

Deshaun Watson MORE than 290.5 passing yards

Ben Roethlisberger LESS than 278.5 passing yards

Gardner Minshew MORE than 277.5 passing yards

Jared Goff LESS than 270.5 passing yards

Joe Burrow LESS than 270.5 passing yards

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Washington Football Team

Aaron Donald will be licking his chops ahead of this game. Kyle Allen stands no chance. 

What To Expect From Los Angeles

Cam Akers may be active for this game, which could hurt Darrell Henderson’s upside. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods should get their points, as should Jared Goff. 

What To Expect From Washington

It’s hard to say what the game plan will be with Allen under center. Terry McLaurin will be shadowed by Jalen Ramsay, so consider Antonio Gibson to be the only viable starting option on this team. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Robert Woods

Woods should be in store for a solid game against a meh secondary.


Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

This feels like a game that could be close until the end, although the Steelers have the offensive firepower to overwhelm the Eagles secondary. 

What To Expect From Philadelphia

Pittsburgh’s run defense could neutralize Miles Sanders. They’re also pretty good at blanketing tight ends (sorry Zach Ertz). I would avoid starting any Eagles this week. 

What To Expect From Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s offensive playmakers are all in play as “starts” against this suspect defense. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: JuJu Smith-Schuster

I’m liking JuJu’s matchup in this game. 


Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets

There’s a chance that this game isn’t played, which could be a relief for Jets fans.

What To Expect From Arizona

Kyler Murray has no excuses not to trash this defense. 

What To Expect From New York

Joe Flacco starting somehow lowers the already low bar set by the Jets this season. Unless you have Jamison Crowder it may be wise to avoid starting any Jets. However, this could be a good week for Chris Herndon, facing a defense that was the worst in the league against tight ends last season while catching passes from Flacco, who has always had an affinity for tight ends. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Kyler Murray

Kyler is a lock for 300+ total yards and a couple of touchdowns, with potential for even more points. 


Las Vegas vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Raiders will look to add a 1 to their division rivals’ loss column this week. 

What To Expect From Las Vegas

If the Raiders want to win they’ll need big performances from Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, and Darren Waller. The Chiefs defense is talented but this game could become a shootout, so start your Raiders. 

What To Expect From Kansas City

Yeah, you know what to expect. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Tyreek Hill

Hill could be in for a big game against the Raiders secondary, which is undermanned and rather inexperienced. 


Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

Who would have thought that the Jags would have more wins than the Texans at this stage in the season?

What To Expect From Jacksonville

The Minshew/Robinson/Chark/Shenault show seems to work well for the Jags, so expect them to roll with the same gameplan. 

What To Expect From Houston

Deshaun Watson revenge game against a shabby defense. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Deshaun Watson

Watson will be the QB1 in fantasy this week. 


Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

This will be Joe Burrow’s biggest task to date, while Lamar Jackson faces a defense that could be easily exploited.

What To Expect From Cincinnati

Baltimore will look to make Burrow uncomfortable from the jump. Unless the Bengals can get Joe Mixon rolling, this could turn into a blowout quick. 

What To Expect From Baltimore

The Ravens will look to control the clock and keep Cincinnati down while keeping Joe Burrow on the sidelines as long as possible. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Mark Ingram

Ingram is a strong candidate for 100+ yards. 


Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons (3CoSports Game of the Week)

This is a great game for fantasy football enthusiasts. Not so great if you like IDP though. 

What To Expect From Carolina

Atlanta’s defense should be rather exploitable by the Panthers offense. Start as many of your Carolina players as you can. 

What To Expect From Atlanta

This is a good week to have Todd Gurley. It’s always a good week to have Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Robby Anderson

Robby should continue to roll. 


Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are starting to get healthy, which is bad news for Miami. 

What To Expect From Miami

The Dolphins passing attack should have an alright day. Myles Gaskin could finish with double digits as well. 

What To Expect From San Francisco

Bully Ball. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: George Kittle

Kittle caught 15 passes last week. He may catch 15 more in this game. 


New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Daniel Jones redemption arc. 

What To Expect From New York

If the Giants offense can’t move the ball in this game then they’re mega canceled. 

What To Expect From Dallas

There should be no need for Dak Prescott to throw the ball for 400+ yards. It’s Zeke season. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Ezekiel Elliott

(loud chewing noises). 


Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns

The Browns have a golden opportunity to find themselves 4-1. 

What To Expect From Indianapolis

The Colts need to put Jonathan Taylor to work in this game. 

What To Expect From Cleveland

Start your Browns players. This game is filled with favorable matchups. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Kareem Hunt

Hunt is a borderline top-five start this week. 


Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks

Another soft defense, another chance for Russell Wilson to solidify his MVP case. 

What To Expect From Minnesota

Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson are all great starts in this matchup. 

What To Expect From Seattle

Start all your Seahawks. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Russell Wilson

Wilson should slice up this Minnesota defense. 


Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots


What To Expect From Denver

This game will be much more exciting if Drew Lock plays. 

What To Expect From New England

Would you believe me if I told you that the Patriots will run the ball early and often?

Fantasy Player of the Game: Damien Harris

Harris ran for 100 yards last week and he’s gonna have a solid chance to do so again this time around. 


Los Angeles Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints

The Saints offense will face a tough Chargers D in this MNF matchup. 

What To Expect From Los Angeles

This could be a tough matchup for the Chargers playmakers.

What To Expect From New Orleans

Start your Saints studs but maybe sit Drew Brees. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Alvin Kamara

Kamara is playing the best football of his life right now. 


Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans

If this game is played it should be a very defensive battle. 

What To Expect From Buffalo

Josh Allen has been rolling this season, though the Titans will be his biggest challenge yet. 

What To Expect From Tennessee

Keeping the ball away from Allen will be the key for the Titans. Expect a lot of Derrick Henry. 

Fantasy Player of the Game: Josh Allen

Riding the hot hand. 


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