Welcome to the weekly wide receiver/cornerback breakdown for fantasy football Week 5! We will review each of the outside matchups, as well as my 10 favorite matchups in the slot. Then, below the charts in this article, I break down my five absolute favorite matchups to use for DFS purposes. This is the last week without byes, but the injury bug has bitten plenty to make filling out our weekly starting spots tough, so it is important to look at each matchup. This article is also critical for fantasy football DFS players, as this will help you gain a competitive advantage when setting your lineups. Follow me on Twitter (@fightingchance) as well!

Left WR vs Right CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDK / FD $CornerbackOppMatchup
Marquise BrownARI$7200 / $7800Darius SlayPHISafe
It was another great week for Brown as he had six catches on 11 targets for 88 yards and his second touchdown. He is now averaging just over 11 targets per game, even though his average depth of target is down two yards from over 11 in his time with Baltimore to this year with the Cardinals just over nine yards per target. However, that really isn't an issue when he is easily the most used receiver on the team. The Cardinals offense hasn't been as good as we thought, but Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown have a connection that can't be ignored. The Eagles secondary is one of the best in the league and Slay as an elite option that will keep Brown off of the DFS radar for me as he is allowing only 4.4 yards per target and a ridiculously low 24.5 quarterback rating against. That being said, Brown is a must-start in season long leagues.
Drake LondonATL$5900 / $6200Carlton DavisTBSafe
It was a terrible day for the Falcons pass game as they decided to run the ball a ton against the Browns and Marcus Mariota only attempted 19 passes. London still got a huge target share with seven on the afternoon, but they turned into just two catches for 17 yards. He gets another tough matchup this week with Davis and the Bucs secondary, although they have been getting carved up pretty good this year. Granted, the Falcons pass game isn't nearly what the Chiefs threw at Tampa on Sunday night, but Mariota should find some success this week. Davis is averaging 12.9 as an average depth of target for a corner, which is high, and London is unquestionably the most used receiver on the team. With Cordarrelle Patterson now on IR, the Falcons should focus on the pass game some more and London is a fine option in both season long and DFS contests.
Rashod BatemanBAL Chidobe AwuzieCINModerate
That is now two straight weeks without a touchdown and just five catches total in those two games. Bateman missed much of the fourth quarter with a foot injury, but it doesn't seem like his status for this week is in any jeopardy. He is averaging about 5.5 targets per game, which you would definitely like to see higher considering where you drafted Bateman. Awuzie has allowed a lot of receiving yards this season, but it is mostly on big plays as he is allowing a 40 percent catch rate which is very low. Bateman is a big play guy, but Lamar Jackson has had under 220 passing yards in three of the four games, so to me he is just a fairly expensive dart throw on the Sunday night showdown slate and a WR3 in season long leagues.
Stefon DiggsBUF$8400 / $8600Levi WallacePITSafe
It was a rainy day last week and the Bills offense just wasn't up to its usual self. There won't be many games where Josh Allen throws for only 213 yards, but it sucks because the Ravens secondary has been so awful and this seemed like a smash spot for Diggs. He had just a 16% target share last week, but he should easily see ten targets again this week against a Steelers secondary that made Zach Wilson look like an NFL quarterback in the fourth quarter last week. Wallace's coverage rating on Pro Football Focus is just 47.8 for the season, and if you aren't familiar with their system I will just tell you that is bad. Diggs might have been off last week, but he is still an elite option and should be in lineups in all fantasy formats.
DJ MooreCAR$5200 / $5900Charvarious WardSFRisky
It is kind of sad when a six catch, 50 yard game is cause for celebration, but here we are with Moore. He did have an 11-yard run as well and he did have 11 targets which nearly doubled his previous totals. I caution that this came against Arizona who can't stop anyone, and I don't see the same kind of success this week against the 49ers. This was an encouraging sign for Moore, but I need to see more. You can put him in your flex spot, but temper expectations and don't be surprised if he is back under 10 fantasy points in PPR leagues.
Darnell MooneyCHI$5000 / $5800Patrick PetersonMINRisky
Speaking of signs of life, Mooney finally hit the fantasy radar again with his four catches and 94 yards against the Giants on Sunday. Again, not sure that this is time to declare him back when 56 of those yards came on one catch and Justin Fields still only threw the ball 22 times. The Vikings secondary is coming off a London week and let Andy Dalton have a pretty decent day, but I am still very skeptical about giving him a start in my lineups in Week 5.
Ja'Marr ChaseCIN Marcus PetersBALSafe
Since his opening week explosion, Chase has been kept under wraps for the most part and even has had single digit targets in two of the last three weeks and is averaging just five catches a game over the last three. He has just two touchdowns in four games, and has hit 100 yards once in 2022. On the flip side, it has been Tee Higgins who has been the fantasy darling. Peters is allowing just a 62 percent catch rate, but is allowing a really high 17 yards per catch. That is dangerous against a guy like Chase that is capable of a huge play. Joe Burrow seems to be back on track after the last two weeks, and I am expecting Chase to break out in a big way on this Sunday night game against a Ravens secondary that has allowed eight passing touchdowns already.
Amari CooperCLE$6000 / $7000J.C. JacksonLACSafe
The real Amari Cooper is somewhere between the four games he has played this season. He has two games over over 100 yards and two games where he has averaged two catches and 13 yards. Obvioulsy there is going to be wild inconsistencies with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, but this is maddening! The Chargers secondary has talent, but has been shockingly bad allowing nine passing touchdowns in four games. Jackson has allowed 91% of passes at him to be caught after just 51% last season for New England. That is what makes me nervous about being all in on Cooper. The Chargers have been bad but they should be better. Will they find their footing against a subpar Cleveland pass game? There's a good chance of it, but I probably still give Cooper the nod in season long formats.
CeeDee LambDAL$7000 / $7200Jalen RamseyLARSafe
I seriously thought the bottom was going to drop out of Lamb's season with Dak Prescott hurt, but the fact is the worst game he has had all season was the one that Dak was under center. Cooper Rush has peppered him with 31 targets over the last three games and Lamb has been over 75 receiving yards in all three. He also has a touchdown in each of the last two. Jalen Ramsey has been lining up some in the slot as well as outside, so Lamb isn't likely to be shadowed by him all day. That being said, Ramsey has already allowed three touchdowns on the young season. The Rams defense hasn't been the shutdown unit we thought they would coming into the year and I still give Lamb a start in season long and DFS consideration no matter who is under center for the Cowboys.
Courtland SuttonDEN$14100 / $13000Stephon GilmoreINDSafe
His catches were the fewest since Week 1 and his yardage total was the lowest of the young season, but Sutton also had his first touchdown of the season. He is averaging just under nine targets a game, and he certainly is Russell Wilson's favorite target. The problem is the Broncos pass game has been a shell of what we thought it would be. The Colts secondary has allowed seven passing touchdowns in four games and just 207.5 yards per game. Gilmore has been solid with just a 61 percent catch rate and hasn't allowed a touchdown yet this season. I still need to see more from the Broncos defense to trust any of them for DFS purposes against a team like the Colts, but Sutton is an every week starter in season long leagues.
DJ Chark Jr.DET$4800 / $5600Jalen MillsNEModerate
He missed Week 4, but was originally slated to play so you would imagine that he would be out there in Week 5. His value could improve if Amon-Ra St. Brown misses the game, but like Chark, I expect the Lions stud to play as well. Josh Reynolds had another strong game for the Lions, and I fear that Chark is falling behind him on the target priority list. He has seven catches in three games that he has played and although the Patriots have allowed eight touchdowns in four games and the Lions offense has been strong, I am only using Chark in a flex spot where I have injuries to some of my starting wide receivers.
Allen LazardGB Adoree JacksonNYGModerate
We have watched his targets, catches and yards increase in each of the three games he has played, and Lazard finally had that breakout game as he collected six catches for 116 yards despite not having a touchdown for the first time this season. After a strong start to the season, Jackson has started to fade against the Cowboys and Bears. He allowed 10 catches on 12 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown in those games. Aaron Rodgers hasn't been sharp at all this year, but Lazard is rounding into shape and he looks like a dynamite option in both season long and DFS lineups.
Brandin CooksHOU$6100 / $6800Shaquill GriffinJACSafe
Davis Mills was finally better than he has been and closer to the guy that we hoped he would be coming into the season. After back-to-back double digit target games, Cooks has gotten just seven in each of the last two weeks. Houston started the season against three pretty tough secondaries in the Colts, Broncos and Bears and things got a little easier last week but the Jags haven't been bad either. I am still goign to go ahead and start Cooks in your season long leagues, but it is hard to have DFS level confidence with Jacksonville allowing just five passing touchdowns in four weeks.
Michael Pittman Jr.IND$15900 / $14000Ronald DarbyDENSafe
What a colossal disappointment Pittman was last week with just three catches for 31 yards. Pittman has watched his targets drop in each of the first three weeks as well as his receptions and yardage. He might not be one hundred percent after his quad injury and that is what we have to hope is the case. I also think that Matt Ryan isn't going to be the big upgrade that everyone thought he might be. Ronald Darby has allowed just a 47% catch rate and no touchdowns this season. The Broncos are allowing just 170 passing yards per game and three total touchdowns this season. I am still starting Pittman in season long lineups but this is not a great week to use him in DFS games.
Marvin Jones Jr.JAC$4200 / $5200Stephen NelsonHOURisky
Even without Zay Jones, Marvin had no catches as Jamal Agnew slid in and had the two touchdown game. He had 18 targets in three weeks before that, but Jones looks like his role might be fading. The Texans secondary has been pretty strong and Jones is borderline droppable if he is even on a roster.
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC Rock Ya-SinLVRisky
It actually wasn't a terrible game for him as he had three catches for 63 yards on Sunday night against the Bucs. Of course, one catch was for 36 yards, so take that out and it is another dud of a game. He also dropped a touchdown pass as well. He is averaging nearly six targets a game which isn't terrible, but the 63 yards was a season high and he doesn't have a touchdown yet. If you want to give MVS a shot on the Monday night showdown slate against the Raiders he might not be the worst choice as the Raiders secondary has been very giving to opposing offenses through four games and has dealt with a lot of injury issues.
Allen Robinson IILAR$5300 / $5700Trevon DiggsDALRisky
Four games into the season and this guy still doesn't have 100 receiving yards. He had a season high six targets, but the only things that work for this Rams pass game is Cooper Kupp, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee. Oh and Cooper Kupp. Robinson is lost out there and until we see something change you can't start him.
Mike WilliamsLAC$7100 / $7400Denzel WardCLEModerate
He now has rotated two great games with two terrible ones as he had sven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. Houston has had a strong secondary to start the year, but they certainly didn't look like it on Sunday. The thought is that Keenan Allen will be back this week, and that should take some defensive pressure off of Williams. Ward has allowed just 58% of passes to be caught, but they have been good for 18.5 yards per grab. However, the Browns have played the Panthers, Jets, Steelers and Falcons. Not exactly Murderer's Row when it comes to pass offenses and hell Atlanta didn't even try to throw it 20 times last week. I expect Justin Herbert to have his way with Cleveland and I think Mike Williams is a great choice in both season long and DFS contests as we head into Week 5.
Davante AdamsLV Rashod FentonKCSafe
After two straight subpar games, Adams came back to life with nine catches for 101 yards even though he didn't find the endzone against the Broncos. That is a great game to see considering he had two duds against two awful defense and nice to see him get back on track against a quality opponent. The Chiefs secondary has allowed a league-high ten touchdown passes in 2022, but in their defense the team is always from ahead so the opponent is always throwing. That being said, Fenton has allowed 85% of passes his way to be caught, and Adams is the most used receiver on this team by a large margin. I would be very comfortable using Adams in both season long and DFS games for Week 5.
Jaylen WaddleMIA$6700 / $7700Sauce GardnerNYJSafe
He had a rough game last Thursday with just two catches for 39 yards and his second straight game without a touchdown. Now, the team will go forward with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Now, he didn't look terrible in substitution of Tua Tagovailoa and he did have ten days to get ready for this game, but I don't think the Dolphins pass game will function the same under Bridgewater. Sauce Gardner has allowed just 47.4% of passes to be caught for 11.2 yards per catch, but that was skewed by a 45 yard catch in Week 3. I am not going to sit Waddle at all in season long leagues, but the uncertainty and matchup has him off my DFS radar.
Justin JeffersonMIN$8900 / $8800Jaylon JonesCHISafe
It took a trip across the pond, but Jefferson got back on track in England with ten catches for 147 yards and a three yard rushing touchdown against the Saints last Sunday morning. He had been held to under 50 yards in the previous two games, so it was definitely good to see him explode again. His volume has been consistent outside of that Lions game, so you figure that that was the outlier. The Bears secondary has allowed just three passing touchdowns in four games, but they have also played in a monsoon, the Giants and Texans along with the Packers so not exactly teams lighting it up through the air. Jefferson is a great play each and every week and Week 5 is no different.
Jakobi MeyersNE$4800 / $6000Amani OruwariyeDETRisky
He hasn't played since Week 2, but Meyers got in some limited practices last week, so we are going to figure that he will be back out there on Sunday. The Patriots were down both Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer by the end of the game against the Packers and we very well could be looking at Bailey Zappe again in Week 5. While the kid didn't look that bad and almost "outdueled" Aaron Rodgers, I am far from excited about him leading the team in a way that would lead to fantasy production for the wide receivers. Keep Meyers on your bench for Week 5 until we see Mac Jones back and healthy for at least a game.
Michael ThomasNO$5800 / $7100Michael JacksonMINModerate
His toe injury cost him the entire week of practice and he was inactive for Sunday's game in England. We have watched Thomas spend a lot of the last two seasons injured, but he seemed good at the start of the season and was averaging 7.5 targets per game. The Seattle secondary is very leaky (to be nice) so assuming that Thomas is out there I would definitely get him in your lineups. If he is unable to go this week I would not start Jarvis Landry who would get more opportunity in that case.
Richie James Jr.NYG Jaire AlexanderGBRisky
The Giants offense is Saquon Barkley until we see Kadarius Toney and/or Wan'Dale Robinson come back. The fantasy players with those guys on their roster should be salivating at the opportunity that could await them as the Giants are completely unable to move the ball through the air right now. James had one catch for nine yards last week, and he shouldn't even be considered right now unless you are a 14+ team league and are also dealing with injuries.
Elijah MooreNYJ$5000 / $5300Xavien HowardMIARisky
He did have a season high in yardage in Week 4 with Zach Wilson back, but the sad news is that his season high in yardage is 53. He also had just three catches on four targets, as Wilson wasn't throwing it 50 times a game like Joe Flacco did. He is a tough sell as a guy to start right now as he could be fifth on the team for targets after Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Tyler Conklin, and even Breece Hall. Moore is talented, but this Jets passing game is limited in its capabilities. The Dolphins secondary can be strong and Moore has turned into a "plug-your-nose-and-put-him-at-your-flex-and-hope" kind of guy.
A.J. BrownPHI$7500 / $8000Marco WilsonARISafe
Even in rainy conditions, Brown still had five catches for 95 yards in Week 4 against the Jaguars. He has a very strong 16.2 yards per catch so far and 404 yards in four games. Guess he was worth what they gave up for him. Fantasy players are SALIVATING this week as the Eagles travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals secondary that has allowed eight passing touchdowns already. Wilson has been the best of the bunch allowing just a 55% catch rate and no touchdowns yet, but Brown is sure to change that with a big performance indoors. Fire him up in both season long and DFS contests.
Diontae JohnsonPIT$6100 / $6700Dane JacksonBUFModerate
It hasn't been a great season so far for Johnson, but it really crashed and burned on Sunday as he had season lows across the board with two catches on four targets for just 11 yards. The offense struggled mightily and we saw a quarterback change to Kenny Pickett. Will the offense be less of a dump off kind of scheme like it has been? Or was Pickett just more daring in his debut and focused on fellow rookie George Pickens? I still can't see the rookie shying away from his reliable, possession receiver so I think that last week was just one you have to turn the page on and forget how bad it was for Johnson. He is way off the DFS radar right now, but he is still going to be in any season long league's starting lineup where he is on my roster even in a tougher matchup against the Bills. The Steelers will certainly be playing from behind all game long.
DK MetcalfSEA$6800 / $7100Marshon LattimoreNOModerate
Don't look now, but Geno Smith and the Seahawks passing game has caught fire! Smith has back-to-back 300 yard games and Metcalf has had 12 catches on 22 targets for 213 yards and a touchdown over that span. That is the good news. The bad news is that he did that against two of the softest defenses so far in Atlanta and Detroit. The other bad news is that they face the Saints this week who have allowed just three passing touchdowns in four games. Marshon Lattimore got picked on by Justin Jefferson in London, but before that he had allowed just three receptions in the previous three games. I expect Geno Smith to struggle more in this one than he has in the previous two. I am not going so far as to say to sit Metcalf in season long leagues, but my expectations are definitely tempered this week and if I can get 10-12 fantasy points out of this guy, I am going to come away happy.
Deebo SamuelSF$7700 / $7300C.J. HendersonCARSafe
He only ran twice for two yards against the Rams, but Samuel did it all as a receiver on Monday night with six catches for 115 yards and a long touchdown. The 49ers did an awesome job of scheming plays where he had the ball in space and blockers in front of him and that is when Samuel is at his best. He now has two straight strong games and will make it three this week. The Panthers are allowing 212 passing yards per game, but have faced the Browns, Giants, Saints and Cardinals and none of them are great throwing the ball right now. Look for Jimmy Garoppolo to continue to target Samuel the most and for him to do a little damage on the group and come away with over 100 total yards and a score in Week 5.
Mike EvansTB$6900 / $7500Casey HaywardATLSafe
It has been another great start to the season for Evans (outside of the suspension of course) and he had his best game of the young year with eight catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday night against the Chiefs. Chris Godwin and Julio Jones were back, and Evans was still the focal point of the passing game and I expect that to continue. While the Falcons secondary finally showed up last week, it was against the Browns, and it at least looked like Tom Brady had his mojo back on Sunday. Look for Evans to be a stud again and will be an awesome option in both your season long and DFS contests.
Robert WoodsTEN$5200 / $5900Kendall FullerWASRisky
He now has four catches in three straight weeks, but the good news for Woods is that he had 85 yards in Week 3 and a touchdown in Week 4. While we hate to celebrate injuries, the loss of Treylon Burks should also help Woods grab some more attention in this anemic passing game. The Commanders are one of three teams to allow ten passing touchdowns in four games, and with him now being the lone reliable receiving option on the team, I like Woods prospects even more. He could be a dart throw in a DFS GPP, but he is easily a much better option and a clear WR3 with WR2 upside in your seasonal leagues.
Terry McLaurinWAS$6200 / $6500Kristian FultonTENModerate
UGH! After three pretty decent games to start the season (although a bunch of fourth quarter production), McLaurin laid a total egg with two catches for 15 yards against the Cowboys. Trevon Diggs was on his game as he broke up several passes to McLaurin that would have really padded his stat line. The task does get much easier this week against the Titans who are another one of the three teams to allow ten passing touchdowns so far this season. Fulton has been a big part of the problem as he has allowed 80% of passes to be caught for 16.8 yards per catch, 93 yards of YAC and two touchdowns and he missed a game with injury! This one might not be a popular choice, but I really like McLaurin this week and think he is a great DFS option against the Titans.
Right WR vs Left CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
Rondale MooreARI$4100 / $5200James BradberryPHISafe
The good news for those who are rostering Moore is that he made Greg Dortch basically invisible and he had five targets. The bad news is that he had only three catches and 11 yards in Week 4 against the lowly Panthers. Now, it was his first game back so I am not writing Moore off yet, but this passing game obviously flows through Marquise Brown, and the shadow of DeAndre Hopkins gets closer every week. This is not a good matchup against the Eagles tough secondary and I really can't suggest starting Moore if you are hoping to pull out a win in your leagues this week.
Olamide ZaccheausATL$4000 / $5300Jamel DeanTBRisky
He actually has had 49 yards or more in three of the four weeks this season, but he has also had just two catches and two targets in three of the four weeks. This passing offense is barely enough to sustain Drake London and Kyle Pitts has been a no-show most of the season. The loss of Cordarrelle Patterson opens up a few more targets, but I still don't see Zaccheaus being anything fantasy relevant barring another injury or two to this offense.
Devin DuvernayBAL Eli AppleCINModerate
He does have three touchdowns in four weeks, but Duvernay also has just 12 catches on the season and is averaging just three targets a game. It is great that he is scoring so often, but that is something that is very hard to count on if you want to rest your fantasy season on it. Apple is allowing 69% of passes at him to be caught, but hasn't allowed a touchdown yet this season and while he has an opportunity to be successful, I would have a hard time starting Duvernay this week.
Gabe DavisBUF$6400 / $6000Arthur MauletPITSafe
The ankle injury is clearly lingering and the Bills played in some less than ideal conditions last week against the Ravens and Davis finished the game with just one catch and 13 yards. Isaiah McKenzie has started to gain more of a role, but I am not freaking out about Davis just yet. However, his receptions and yardage have fallen each of the three weeks he has played. The Steelers secondary isn't awful, but it isn't great either. Davis might become touchdown dependent, but I do expect the Bills passing game to bounceback this week. Davis is off the DFS radar for me right now but with a watchful eye he is still a starter for my weekly leagues.
Robbie AndersonCAR$4300 / $5500Emmanuel MoseleySFRisky
How bad has the Panthers offense been (outside of McCaffrey)? I am hearing rumbles about trying to find out when Sam Darnold might be back! Anderson had three catches for 26 yards last week against the lowly Cardinals secondary, and if he didn't break that long 75-yard touchdown in Week 1 he would have 99 receiving yards through four games. Unless you are desperate, Anderson has to stay on your bench against a tough Niners secondary even if they are coming off a short week.
Equanimeous St. BrownCHI$3900 / $5200Cameron DantzlerMINRisky
Bears passing game = vomit, St. Brown not worth a thought, let's keep moving on
Tee HigginsCIN Marlon HumphreyBALSafe
After a disappointing Week 1, Higgins has been on fire and has 12 catches for 217 yards in the last two games. I still expect Ja'Marr Chase to get back on track and start to get more targets, but right now it is hard to ignore what Higgins is doing. The Ravens are allowing over 315 passing yards per game right now but statistically Humphrey has been the best of the bunch. I still expect him to have a solid game, but I am leaning Chase a little over Higgins this week in the showdown slate for this game.
Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE$4100 / $5400Asante SamuelLACRisky
He had his second decent game of the year with five catches for 71 yards on nine targets. That is now two weeks where he combined for 11 catches and 131 yards on 20 targets, and the other two weeks he combined for one catch for ten yards on four targets. Which Peoples-Jones is the real one? My guess is closer to the lower production guy, especially with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. With David Njoku looking like he is rounding into shape and Amari Cooper being the alpha, I don't see enough consistent production here to warrant having DPJ on your fantasy roster.
Michael GallupDAL$5000 / $6000Troy HillLARModerate
In his first game of the season, Gallup had two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown against Washington. It was encouraging to see him back out there and producing, although some might have hoped for more. The Dallas passing game, while better than I expected under Cooper Rush, is still going to be limited with their backup quarterback, and CeeDee Lamb is still going to get his. Gallup looks to be sharing with Noah Brown for the time being, and that is going to limit his fantasy ceiling. The Rams are coming off a short week and loss to San Francisco, but Gallup doesn't have the kind of skills like Deebo Samuel who crushed Los Angeles on Monday. I think Gallup is best served on your bench for Week 5, but if you have to use him as your flex, there are worse choices in the world.
KJ HamlerDEN$6600 / $7000Brandon FacysonINDRisky
He has just one catch for 55 yards in thre three games he played, and despite his head coach saying that they had to get him more involved in the passing game after Week 4, I am sure not buying anything Nathaniel Hackett is selling. This passing game is extremely limited considering the weapons they have, and Hamler deserves to stay on the waiver wires.
Josh ReynoldsDET$4900 / $6400Jonathan JonesNERisky
It was another very strong game for Reynolds with seven catches on eight targets for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. The Lions offense appears to be quite strong through the first month of the season, but I do think that the Reynolds improvement is due to the many injuries that the team has suffered at the skill positions. If St. Brown and Chark were forced to miss another game, I would definitely be willing to roll with Reynolds. If Chark misses, I would still be willing to roll with Reynolds. However, if Chark and St. Brown both come back, I would relegate him to my fantasy bench.
Romeo DoubsGB Aaron RobinsonNYGSafe
It was another pretty strong game for the rookie as he had eight targets for the second consecutive week and corraled five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown and should have had two scores. While it looks like Allen Lazard is starting to stake his claim to the number one receiver spot in Green Bay, Doubs is cementing himself as a sturdy second that looks like he could have consistent value from week to week. The Giants secondary has allowed under 200 passing yards per game but they have played a trash schedule to this point. Look for Doubs to have another great game and until his DFS salary gets higher he remains an affordable option.
Nico CollinsHOU$4100 / $5400Tyson CampbellJACModerate
There was finally a little sign of life out of the Houston passing game and Collins had three catches for 82 yards against the Chargers. However, 58 of the 82 yards came on one catch, and he still only had five targets on the day. The matchup against the Jaguars is another positive one for the Texans, but I would be hard pressed to suggest Collins as a starter in your Week 5 lineups.
Alec PierceIND$8100 / $7500Patrick SurtainDENModerate
He has been pretty good the last two weeks with three catches for 61 yards against the Chiefs and four catches for 80 yards last week against the Titans, but the Colts passing game has been so bad under Matt Ryan that the rookie's upside is being capped. He is a viable down the field threat with a quarterback who can't get the ball down the field. I still expect Michael Pittman's stats to go up and Pierce might see his numbers hurt a little because the offense is so ordinary. The Broncos secondary has been quite strong and Pierce is nothing more than a flex play in your season long lineups for Week 5.
Zay JonesJAC$4100 / $5700Derek StingleyHOUModerate
It was declared that he was going to play and then something changed at the last minute and he was inactive in Week 4. It is a shame too because Jamal Agnew had a big game in his absence. Jones is looking good in the first three weeks of the season, and although the Texans secondary is strong, we saw the Chargers take them apart last week. Not saying that Trevor Lawrence is Justin Herbert, but he is capable. I still love Christian Kirk almost regardless of matchup at this point and I would also be comfortable with Jones as my flex in 12-team leagues this week as well.
Mecole HardmanKC Amik RobertsonLVRisky
After a "big" three catch and 49 yard effort in Week 2, Hardman has COMBINED for two catches and six yards in the last two weeks. I hope you have all dropped him by now. I am sure he will have a big game or two at some point this season, but I am not banking a roster spot on it or a single DFS dollar.
Ben SkowronekLAR$4000 / $5300Anthony BrownDALRisky
He has been better than Allen Robinson so far this season, but Skowronek still isn't on the fantasy radar with 12 catches for 140 yards and no scores in four games. It is the Cooper Kupp show, co-starring Tyler Higbee and everyone else is trying to pick up the scraps. And the scraps don't amount to fantasy relevance. Leave him on the waiver wire unless you are in sheer desperation.
Joshua PalmerLAC$5100 / $5500Martin EmersonCLERisky
It is a colossal disappointment to see Palmer go from six catches and 99 yards down to one catch on one target for 25 yards in a game where the Chargers moved the ball well and Keenan Allen was out. The talent is there and he had 17 targets in the two weeks prior to the dud. We aren't sure if Allen will be back this week or not, but it remains to be seen how much that matters right now. The Browns have allowed five passing touchdowns in four games so far this season, but they haven't played strong offenses. Emerson has actually been quite good allowing just 60% of passes to be caught for under nine yards per catch. He could be a flex play but I don't have a ton of confidence here.
Mack HollinsLV Jaylen WatsonKCModerate
Well that was fun wasn't it? After being on the fantasy radar for two weeks, Hollins was back to his usual self with three catches for 33 yards against the Broncos. It was a tough matchup, but disappointing to see with Hunter Renfrow still out. We don't know Renfrow's status as of right now, but my good feelings about Hollins have largely faded away. Davante Adams was back to his old tricks and large target share and I do expect that to continue. The Hollins experiment was fun while it lasted, but he is nothing but a dart throw on a showdown slate this weekend for me.
Trent SherfieldMIA$3300 / $5000D.J. ReedNYJRisky
It was by far his best game of the season as he doubled his season output in catches and nearly tripled his yardage, but I am still not buying this from Sherfield. The Dolphins pass game takes a step down with Teddy Bridgewater under center and the offense won't be good enough to hold three guys up to being fantasy relevant even against the Jets.
Adam ThielenMIN$6300 / $6300Kindle VildorCHIModerate
He has had back to back pretty good games after going 6/61/1 in Week 3, Thielen enjoyed his time in England with eight catches for 72 yards. This is more of what we expected from him coming into the season. He has seven or more targets in each of the last three games, and I expect that to continue at home this week. The Bears secondary has been strong, but as noted above the schedule has been kind to them. I still don't love Thielen enough to consider him for DFS lineups but he has gotten himself back into season long fantasy player's good graces.
Nelson AgholorNE$4000 / $5500Jeff OkudahDETRisky
He still hasn't been bad, but the Patriots passing game has struggled in each of the last two weeks and Agholor didn't replicate his six-catch, 110 yard game in Week 2 with his production in Week 3 and Week 4 combined. They are either going to have an injured quarterback (Jones), a terrible quarterback (Hoyer) or an inexperienced quarterback (Zappe) this week. None of those are really good options, and although the Lions secondary has been pretty terrible, I have a hard time finding any confidence in Agholor. He can be a less than ideal flex play, but I hope you have better options on your roster.
Chris OlaveNO$5700 / $6900Tariq WoolenSEASafe
This is becoming a regular thing now as Olave had another big game with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. It was a tough touchdown as he caught it just short and powered his way in. Now they play Seattle who just had 40+ points dropped on them by the Lions and have are very beatable as a secondary. Detroit has allowed 280 passing yards per game this season, and no matter who the quarterback is for the Saints I think Olave is in for another great game. I am all aboard the Olave Express in all fantasy formats in Week 5!
David Sills VNYG Eric StokesGBRisky
Did I mention the Giants offense was a mess before? Until Saquon Barkley laces up at wide receiver or their injured guys come back there is nothing to speak of for fantasy purposes at wide receiver.
Corey DavisNYJ$5100 / $5900Kader KohouMIARisky
He has put together a good season to this point and was the Jets best receiver in Zach Wilson's return with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Will this be a case of Wilson throwing to who he knows, or will he get the ball more to Garrett Wilson more in the coming weeks. I still keep waiting for the bottom to drop out on Davis as I think he is the third best receiver on this roster, but until his production starts to slide you have to keep him in your Week 5. lineups and see how long this lasts.
DeVonta SmithPHI$6000 / $6600Trayvon MullenARISafe
After two straight really good games, Smith dropped a terrible game against the Jaguars with three catches and 17 yards in what looked like a smash spot. The weather did come into play some, but A.J. Brown still had a good game. The weather won't be a factor this week in Arizona and I expect a big bounce back from Smith. The Cardinals are one of the worst secondaries in the league, and Mullen is not a corner worth worrying about. Smith is still a must-start in season long leagues and with his affordable salary I'm willing to go back to the well with him in DFS contests in Week 5.
George PickensPIT$4300 / $5500Xavier RhodesBUFModerate
There was a changing of the guard in Pittsburgh last week as Mitch Trubisky hit the bench and Kenny Pickett is now the quarterback going forward in Steel City. That is good news for Pickens who had 31 yards while Trubisky was throwing and finished with 102 yards. That means he had 71 yards after Pickett came into the game. The team should push the ball down the field more than Trubisky did, which is all good news for Pickens. The Bills secondary has been banged up but is getting healthier, but the Steelers should be behind most of the game and Pickens is by far their favorite receiver of mine for this upcoming game.
Brandon AiyukSF$5400 / $5900Jaycee HornCARModerate
It was the Deebo Samuel show on Monday night and not a lot was left for Aiyuk but he finished with four catches for 37 yards against the Rams. He now has two games with eight targets and two games with fewer than five targets with just one touchdown on the season. If he doesn't have a great week this week against the Panthers, then I will be forced to re-evaluate my feelings on the 49ers receiver who was getting all of the praise this training camp. 14 catches for under 200 yards through four games isn't getting it done. I am starting him this week in the hopes for the best, but we could be singing a different tune in this article in Week 6.
Marquise GoodwinSEA$3300 / $4700Paulson AdeboNORisky
In a game where Geno Smith threw for over 300 yards, Goodwin didn't have a catch and D'Wayne Eskridge had one. Do I need to say more about their fantasy relevancy? The Seattle offense is never going to be better than it was against the Lions and the other receivers were both no shows.
Julio JonesTB$5500 / $5700A.J. TerrellATLRisky
The team was likely easing him back into the lineup with his knee injury and Jones finished the game with one catch on two targets for seven yards on Sunday night in a game where Tom Brady threw for over 300 ayrds. Jones was deemed "nicked up" during the game and in what a surprise to no one, he is struggling to stay healthy. If Jones isn't droppable, he surely should be planted firmly on your bench until we see him have some sort of role in the offense again.
Kyle PhilipsTEN$3900 / $5200William JacksonWASRisky
Opportunities have arisen with Treylon Burks set to miss a little time, but Philips also isn't fully healthy although he was able to get out on the field for Week 4. However, he was held without a catch and had just one target. Does he make an interesting play this week against the Commanders who are one of the worst pass defenses through four games. The Titans offense is going to revolve through Derrick Henry for sure, and we will see if there is enough meat on the bone to have anyone other than Robert Woods on the fantasy radar. As tasty as the matchup is, I don't think I can put my DFS dollars on the second receiver in an offense led by Ryan Tannehill.
Dyami BrownWAS$3000 / $4600Caleb FarleyTENRisky
The Commanders offense took a hit with the hamstring injury to Jahan Dotson in the game against the Cowboys, and while he is trying to say he might play, Ron Rivera dumped a ice bucket on that though, saying he could miss this week and next week's Thursday game. Brown has one catch all year and even against the crappy Titans isn't worth a thought in fantasy as he is likely behind McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, both running backs and Logan Thomas in the target priority list. Leave him on waivers.
Slot WR vs Slot CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
Cooper KuppLAR$9600 / $9500Jourdan LewisDALSafe
He is just the entire offense right now. If you watched that game on Monday night, the only thing the Rams had going for them was Kupp. He finished the game with 14 catches on 19 targets for 122 yards but did not score. He continually destroys the 49ers and most of the rest of the league for that matter. Jourdan Lewis is not a good slot corner and the Cowboys can put anyone they want on this guy and it isn't likely to make a difference. He is someone that always deserves DFS consideration and since Sean McVay just continues to funnel the ball to him, this week is no different.
Amon-Ra St. BrownDET$7600 / $8200Myles BryantNESafe
He wasn't able to practice at all last week, but I expect St. Brown to be back out there for the Lions in Week 5. Imagine what he could have done last week against that Seahawks secondary! The lift doesn't get too much tougher against the Patriots secondary that is supposed to be good but is giving up two passing touchdowns per week. While Hockenson and Josh Reynolds filled in admirably in his absence, St. Brown is the gas that makes the Lions offense run. He should go right back to a ten target day and is someone you should be starting in your weekly fantasy games, but maybe hold off another week in DFS to be sure he is going to play his full complement of snaps with the injury.
Tyreek HillMIA$8000 / $8400Michael CarterNYJSafe
It doesn't seem like it matters who the quarterback is as Hill racked up 160 yards on ten catches last Thursday against the Bengals. He continued to produce even when Tua Tagovailoa went out of the game. Don't let Teddy Bridgewater being under center scare you away from Hill as he has been a big producer in three of the four games this season. The Jets secondary isn't bad, but slot corner Michael Carter is certainly the weak link of the group. If the Jets don't scheme him some sort of help it could be a huge day for Hill in Week 5. Fire him up in both season long and DFS contests.
Christian KirkJAC$6600 / $7600Desmond KingHOUSafe
He finally had an off day but it was against one of the best defenses in football in Philadelphia, and he still had nine targets which is very strong. He should have had one more big catch but was unable to bring it in. While it wasn't his usual production, it still wasn't completely terrible and we turn the page with Kirk and move on. The Texans secondary has played pretty well but King has allowed eight of 12 targets at him to be caught for nearly 15 yards per catch out of the slot. I'm willing to keep going back to the Kirk well until we see it dry up for multiple weeks.
Curtis SamuelWAS#N/ARoger McCrearyTENModerate
The Commanders offense has tailed off this week since playing actual defenses, and Samuel's production has gone down with it. He is still leading the team in targets, but ended up with just four catches for 38 yards against the Cowboys in Week 4. He also didn't have a rushing attempt for the first time all season. All of this info has my eyebrows raised to see if his early season yardage and receptions were a fluke, but right now I think his value is going to be dependent on how good the defense they go against is. That is the good news for Week 5. The good news is that they play the Titans this week who are absolutely awful. McCreary has allowed an 82% catch rate through four games, and Samuel should definitely be in your season long leagues and could sneak into the DFS builds too with a very reasonable salary.
Chris GodwinTB$5900 / $7000Dee AlfordATLSafe
He was finally able to get through a game with only minor bumps and bruises and Godwin finished Sunday night with seven catches on ten targets for 59 yards. The good news is the target share and the health, the bad news is that the Bucs threw the ball more in that game than they would want to and he still didn't have a big game. The other good news is they play the Falcons who have been one of the worst secondaries and Alford has allowed more than two-thirds of passes to be caught for over 15 yards per catch. If Godwin is going to continue to get this type of volume, which I expect he will with Cameron Brate and Julio Jones being iffy, he should be in for another good game and belongs in your season long lineups.
Jerry JeudyDEN$11700 / $12000Kenny Moore IIINDModerate
He found the end zone for the second time this season, but Jeudy's four catches for 53 yards still aren't awe-inspiring. The problem is the passing game is just flat. They come into a short week playing against a fairly decent secondary, and while you can't sit Jeudy, I don't have high hopes for a huge day. If you want to use him on the Thursday night showdown slate I can see that because while Sutton will get more volume and be safer, Jeudy does have more of a ceiling to have a huge game even if he has more of a chance of being silenced.
Tyler LockettSEA$5600 / $6800Bradley RobyNOModerate
Stop the presses, is Tyler Lockett being.......consistent? One of the more up and down receivers in the league now has three straight games with six or more catches and 75+ yards in all three. Geno Smith is playing his behind off, and the two receivers on the Seahawks are paying fantasy dividends. I do worry that will come to a halt this week though. The Saints are allowing just 203 yards per game through the air and three total passing touchdowns in three weeks. Lockett has been his go-to guy though so I am still going to keep him in my season long lineups, I just don't have enough confidence in the offense to put him in any DFS roster builds
Garrett WilsonNYJ$5200 / $6000Nik NeedhamMIASafe
I'm not going to lie, I am a little worried here. Wilson's numbers fell off in every way in Zach Wilson's first start for the Jets and he finished with just two catches for 41 yards and even one of those came late. His six targets were a season-low and the Jets didn't throw nearly as much without Joe Flacco. I mean clearly Zach Wilson is a better quarterback, but we only care about fantasy numbers and I don't want to see Garrett go in the toilet. I am going to start him again versus the Dolphins but I want to see more production and more target share or my red flag is going to start flying on this one.
JuJu Smith-SchusterKC Nate HobbsLVModerate
He had five catches for the third time in four games, but he had just 46 yards and hasn't caught a touchdown yet. He is second on the team in targets, catches and yards behind Travis Kelce, but right now it is only giving him borderline fantasy value. he does get a great matchup against the Raiders who are allowing over 250 passing yards per game through the air and seven passing touchdowns. While Smith-Schuster is a nice floor play in the Monday night showdown slate, he isn't the kind of player that is going to set you apart from the competition and make you take down a showdown. He is a cash play in DFS and season long leagues, but not a DFS GPP play.


Tyreek Hill vs. Michael Carter

Sure, it is a step down at quarterback to Teddy Bridgewater, but you would have never known it by the way Hill was used after Tua went out. The Dolphins have had ten days to get ready for this game and to get Bridgewater fully acclimated to the playbook. He is the most targeted receiver on the team, and Michael Carter is allowing 85% of passes to be caught for 15.3 yards per catch which is ridiculously high out of the slot. Tyreek should smoke this team for a big day. 

Deebo Samuel vs. C.J. Henderson

We saw on Monday night what Deebo can do when the 49ers offense is running at its best. The quick passes and screens with blockers in front of him are the perfect recipe for success for this team. After the Week 3 debacle, it was good to see Jimmy Garoppolo bounce back with a strong game. Samuel is by far the most targeted receiver on the team and Henderson has allowed 11 of 15 targets at him to be caught. The Panthers are terrible, and the 49ers should win this one easily and Deebo can do damage on the ground and through the air. 


Terry McLaurin vs. Kristian Fulton

I know that you might have a hard time trusting a Carson Wentz-led offense with your DFS dollars right now, but I think my local high school could score a few times on this Titans secondary. And yes, that was an exaggeration before you tweet at me. I already stated the stats at how bad Fulton has been, and McLaurin is the big play threat who has had 75+ yards or a touchdown in three of the first four games. Curtis Samuel came back to Earth some last week and McLaurin should be the big producer in this game. 

Chris Olave vs. Tariq Woolen

I’m definitely going to pound the drum for this guy as long as his DFS salary is under $6,000 on DraftKings, and perhaps $6,500. His targets were cut in half last week, but London games are odd, and there was a different quarterback in Andy Dalton. However, Olave continued to produce with those 67 yards and that touchdown. He has 15+ fantasy points in the last two weeks and 13+ fantasy points in the last three. We saw how porous the Seahawks secondary was last week and Olave should have great success again.

Bargain Bin

Robert Woods vs. Kendall Fuller

He had his first touchdown of the season last week against a fairly decent Colts secondary and he gest one of the easier matchups of the season against Washington who is just giving up the booty through the air to everyone. Sure, the Titans offense isn’t prolific through the air, but with Treylon Burks now going out there aren’t a lot of options of who to throw to. Even if Ryan Tannehill only throws it 25 times I would expect Woods to get a 33% target share and come up with 75+ yards and a touchdown. 

*Information gathered from research done at Pro Football Focus.


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