Week 5 marks the return of suspended players Martavius Bryant (Pittsburgh) and Antonio Gates (San Diego), whose teams happen to square off on Monday Night Football. The return of Gates couldn’t come at a better time with Malcom Floyd (concussion) and Stevie Johnson (hamstring) both injured. Gates is a high-end start. Bryant, however, reportedly has a slight knee issue and might not take the field this week, so you may need to be careful here.
Some other Week 5 tips:
▪ Sam Bradford (Philadelphia) has been up and down this season, but he comes off a three-touchdown game. The Eagles-Saints game is tied for the highest over/under this week, and New Orleans gives up the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Darren Sproles is also a good sleeper as he squares off against his former team for the first time since joining the Eagles.
▪ Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City) enters Week 5 off back-to-back eight-catch games, the first time he’s done that in his career. At home against the Bears, Maclin is a Top-10 fantasy receiver option.
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▪ Dion Lewis (New England) remains a must-start. The Patriots just signed Lewis to a two-year extension, a very good sign for his continued heavy involvement in the gameplan, and Dallas has allowed 333 receiving yards to opposing running backs (second-most in the NFL).
▪ It may be tempting for frustrated owners to bench Mike Evans (Tampa). Don’t do it. Evans is overdue for a big game and at home against Jacksonville’s 25th-ranked pass defense should provide opportunities.
▪ My FanDuel lineup finished in the top 15 percent again last week, for the second week in a row. Let’s go for three: QB Eli Manning ($7,700), RB Le’Veon Bell ($9,000), RB Todd Gurley ($6,700), WR Julio Jones ($9,200), WR Jeremy Maclin ($6,900), WR Terrance Williams ($5,900), TE Charles Clay ($5, 700), K Cairo Santos ($4,600), DT N.Y. Giants ($4,300).
▪ Todd Gurley instantly looked special for the St. Louis Rams last week. Gurley ripped off four 20-plus-yard runs, and his impact on the offense and attention he will command should open things up for Tavon Austin, who in four games has a rushing TD, a punt return TD and two receiving TDs.
▪ Kamar Aiken (Baltimore) will operate as the Ravens’ No. 1 wideout and is worth a start, and Chris Givens is also worth a stash on your roster (the Ravens traded a conditional draft pick to the Rams for him this week). Givens’ speed would seem to be a good fit for Joe Flacco’s deep-ball targets.
▪ Leonard Hankerson (Atlanta) has been playing great and has supplanted Roddy White as Atlanta’s No. 2 receiver (averaging five receptions and 75 yards over his last three games, with two TDs). He and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could both have added motivation taking on Washington, their former team.
▪ Tyler Lockett (Seattle) is a fair gamble this week as your No. 3 receiver. Lockett is a threat to score every time he touches the ball (two return TDs this year, plus two in preseason) and now he is getting more involved on offense. The way to beat Cincinnati is through the air (26th against the pass).
▪ Owen Daniels (Denver) has scored in two straight games, and no team has allowed more points to opposing tight ends than Oakland (by a wide margin).
Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.