Check out Marc Caviglia’s fantasy football rankings and hot takes on the Week 5 wide receiver matchups:
- Talk about a tale of two stories for Justin Jefferson. The rookie had just 5 receptions for 70 yards in the Vikings first two games but has been unstoppable since. He has 11 receptions for 278 yards and a TD over his last two games and is averaging 25 yards per catch during that span. It’s obvious that Kirk Cousins and Jefferson have found their grove and the downfield threat is prime for another top-20 wide receiver performance against a Seattle Seahawks secondary that allows an NFL high 336 passing yards per game and 23.5 receptions to the wide receiver position. If you own Jefferson, you start him over the majority of your bigger name options.
- Edelman’s value is strictly contingent on QB Cam Newton. It is uncertain if Newton (COVID-19) will be active for the Patriots Monday night tilt with the Denver Broncos and if he isn’t, Edelman is a borderline WR3 or Flex play in 12-team leagues and not worth a start in smaller leagues. Take away the veterans 8 receptions for 179 receiving yards game in Week 2, and Edelman has only 10 receptions for 115 yards and hasn’t found the end zone this season. On top of the lack of production from Edelman, he is nursing a knee injury and Questionable for Monday. There are just too many red flag to count on him producing for you in Week 5.
- It’s been a rough year for A.J. Brown owners. He was held to 39 receiving yards on 5 receptions in Week 1 and missed multiple weeks because of a knee injury. Brown has been cleared for the Titans Week 5 matchup with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, however fantasy owners should proceed with caution, especially if Tre’Davious White is active in Week 5. White is arguably the best shutdown defensive back in football and will most certainly look to lockdown the physical Brown. Plus, with this game on Tuesday, it will be hard to see if White is active for the Bills, making this a no play of Brown in my opinion.
- Robby Anderson has been red hot to start the season for the Panthers. He has at least 5 receptions in every game and has two 100 receiving yard game, as well as a 99 yarder. The downfield threat also has seen an impressive 34 targets from Teddy Bridgewater, making him the top wideout in Carolina so far. I fully expect Anderson to stay hot against an Atlanta Falcons defense that is one of the worst in the NFL in all facets. The Falcons give up 205 yards per game to opposing wideouts and Anderson is a sure fire WR2 option in all scoring formats for his owners this week. You have to love it when a Week 1 waiver wire add becomes a true fantasy asset for those wise owners who snagged him.
Rankings are based on the following scoring:
6 points per touchdown
1 point per 10 rushing & receiving yards
-2 points per turnover
.5 point & 1 point per reception (toggle to find scoring format)