Another week of resting NFL teams is here, as two more teams are taking a break from the rigors of an NFL schedule. That means you need to check your fantasy football lineup for week five and make sure you don’t have anyone on bye sitting in your starting lineup. Then you need to make sure you have a competent replacement.
That’s the bad news. The good news is I just saved 15% on my car insurance…
But really, the good news: it’s just the sad sack Dolphins and Raiders. Oh no, you have to make due without Ryan Tannehill and Darren McFadden. How will you ever survive. Laugh all you want, but losing those guys, along with the likes of Lamar Miller and James Jones might actually hurt a bit in deeper leagues. If you need the help, we got you covered with a few options that are near-locks to help you through the week. Hey, I nailed the Eli Manning call last week, so roll with me here:
Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Available in 94% of leagues)
Oh, Napoleon Dynamite, I mean Mike Glennon. He may not look like an NFL quarterback or even talk like one, but he kind of, sort of is one. Hey, he somehow got the job done last week and now he gets a really bad Saints defense. He was respectable against them last year (200+ yards and 2 TD) and that’s when he was a rookie. I’d much rather use Glennon than sorry sacks like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jake Locker this week.
Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints (51%)
Robinson has a pretty good role. Had the Saints not got destroyed by the Cowboys inexplicably last week, he probably would have had a pretty good game. In fact, he kind of did anyways with 105 total yards. He’s catching balls and stuff now, and in week five he gets the damn Buccaneers at home. He’s a more reliable option than, say, Jerick McKinnon or Darrin Reaves.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (55%)
While I like Robinson a scorch more than McKins, that doesn’t mean I hate him. The Packers may be at home, but they have the worst run defense I’ve seen in a while. They truly haven’t stopped a running game yet, and I don’t see how the magically will on Thursday Night Football. Workload is my one worry with McKinnon, who has the athleticism to make the Packers look like a bunch of damn fools. And I’m a Packers fan.
Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams (51%)
Quick faces a dreadful Eagles defense this week and he’s either caught seven balls or scored in each game so far this year. He’s a solid WR3 if you need him.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns (60%)
Like Quick, nothing about Hawkins makes you say “I feel comfortable about this!”, but the numbers aren’t lying. He’s Cleveland’s best and most reliable target in the passing game and has recorded 8, 6 and 7 grabs in his three games this year. Rinse and repeat, fellas.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts (56%)
Allen is the appropriate mix of safe and upside, as he has a solid matchup at home against the Ravens and has now scored a touchdown in three of four games. He’s probably the best option to lean on if you’re without a tight end due to a bye or injury, although Seattle’s Luke Willson is also a very interesting (albeit risky) option with Zach Miller hurt.
Cody Parker, K, Philadelphia Eagles (41%)
You might not see Parker on your waiver wire, but if he’s there he’s the kicker to use. He faces the lowly Rams at home. If he’s not there, Josh Brown is barely owned at all and is also at home but against the sad sack Falcons’ defense.
Philadelphia Eagles DEF/ST (45%)
Philly might not be available, either, since everyone else in your league probably scrambled to go get them once they realized they’re hosting Austin freaking Davis and the Rams. That’s what having the Saints and Patriots as your starting defense will make you do. The Iggles are obviously worth a shot, but if you need a high upside unit that is definitely out there, take a shot on the Giants. They’re owned in just 10% of leagues and host the Falcons, who have played terribly on the road this year.