Former gadget player Cordarrelle Patterson is stepping up as a leading man for the Falcons. Coming off a three-touchdown performance, there's more to come against the Jets in Week 5. Plus the breakout will continue for Marquise Brown and finally come for slumping Robert Woods.
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ATL Atlanta • #84
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
I'll put Patterson in the wide receiver section, but he can also be started as a running back where allowed. He's not going to keep up this torrid pace, but he's scored at least 16 PPR points in three games in a row, which has been fun to watch. In the passing game, the Jets have only allowed two touchdowns to receivers this year, although five receivers have scored at least 11 PPR points. On the ground, the Jets have given up five rushing touchdowns, and we'll see if Patterson can score there while playing in tandem with Mike Davis. Whatever position you can use Patterson this week, get him active because he's playing well and producing for the Falcons this year.
Tyler Boyd WR
CIN Cincinnati • #83
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Tee Higgins (shoulder) is expected to return for the Bengals this week, and he's worth using as a borderline starter in all leagues. You know Ja'Marr Chase is a must-start Fantasy receiver, and Boyd is a quality starting option as well. He's scored at least 13 PPR points in three games in a row, and he has 26 targets over that span. The Bengals will likely be throwing in this game against the Packers, especially if Joe Mixon (ankle) is out, and Boyd should have the chance at quality production once again. The Packers have allowed a receiver to score in every game this season, and standout cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) is expected to be out this week.
ARI Arizona • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Brown has played in four Monday night games in his career, and he has four touchdowns in those outings. He opened this season on Monday night against the Raiders and had six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on six targets. He's only failed to score in one game this year, which was Week 3 at Detroit, and he dropped three potential touchdowns in that contest. He's having a third-year breakout campaign, and it should continue this week against the Colts, who are tied for the NFL lead in touchdowns allowed to receivers with eight.
Corey Davis WR
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
I thought Davis had the chance for a quality outing in Week 4 against the Titans in a revenge game, and he delivered with four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He now has three games this season with at least seven targets, and he's scored at least 21 PPR points in two of those outings. This is another favorable matchup for him against the Falcons, who have allowed seven touchdowns to receivers on the year. Jamison Crowder is also a sleeper this week, and hopefully Zach Wilson continues to lean on Davis and Crowder in London.
Robert Woods WR
HOU Houston • #2
Age: 31 • Experience: 11 year
Earlier this week, Rams coach Sean McVay said of Woods, "we just need to get him some more opportunities and that starts with me." The last time McVay said that was in regards to DeSean Jackson after a slow first two games. Prior to Week 3 against Tampa Bay, McVay said of Jackson, "I have to figure out a better way to get him involved. He's too good of a player." Jackson then had three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown on five targets. The squeaky wheel game is coming for Woods, who does have two touchdowns on the season but has yet to top five catches for 64 yards in a game. It helps that he's facing a Seattle defense that is No. 10 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. Give Woods one more chance as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver this week.
CAR Carolina • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
D.J. Chark (ankle) went down early in Week 4 at Cincinnati, and Shenault responded with six catches for 99 yards on seven targets. He now has three games this season with at least seven targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in two of them. Marvin Jones should be considered a sleeper as well in this matchup, and the Titans are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers this year.
MIA Miami • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Will Fuller (finger) is out, which should allow Waddle and DeVante Parker to see plenty of targets. I like Waddle slightly more than Parker this week with Jacoby Brissett likely getting the ball out of his hands quickly to avoid the pass rush, and Waddle operates close to the line of scrimmage with a lot of his routes. Tampa Bay allows the most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Waddle already has two road games this year with at least 16 PPR points.
Cole Beasley WR
NYG N.Y. Giants • #11
Age: 34 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders are both sleepers this week in what should be a high-scoring affair. Beasley had 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets in two games against the Chiefs last year, including the playoffs, and Josh Allen should lean on him again in this crucial road game. And Sanders has at least 12 PPR points in consecutive games against Washington and Houston, and it appears like his rapport with Allen is getting stronger each week. Both of these guys are high-end No. 3 Fantasy receivers, with their value slightly higher in PPR.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Renfrow is becoming a reliable No. 3 PPR receiver after the way he's played to start the season. He has three games with at least 13 PPR points, and he's scored a touchdown in two games in a row heading into Week 5 against Chicago. He's also had at least seven targets in three games this year. Renfrow should have another solid outing this week against the Bears, who have already allowed nine receivers to score at least 12 PPR points this year.
KC Kansas City • #19
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
We'll see what happens with Toney when Sterling Shepard (hamstring) is healthy, but Shepard already missed practice Wednesday, which isn't a good sign. Toney played well in Week 4 at New Orleans with six catches for 78 yards on nine targets. The Giants should have success throwing the ball against the Cowboys this week since Dallas is No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. There have already been five receivers to score at least 14 PPR points against the Cowboys this year, and Toney should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Sutton had a great game in Week 2 at Jacksonville with nine catches for 159 yards on 12 targets, but things have fizzled out since then. In his past two games against the Jets and Ravens, Sutton has combined for eight catches for 84 yards and no touchdowns on 13 targets. He's still looking for his first touchdown this year, and he might not have Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) for this week. Pittsburgh might also bring back bad memories for Sutton since this is where he suffered a torn ACL last year. I would only start Sutton as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best this week.
NE New England • #7
Age: 26 • Experience: 7 yrs.
It's been a rough start to the season for Smith-Schuster, and it's hard to trust him as a Fantasy receiver heading into Week 5 against Denver. Smith-Schuster has fewer than 53 receiving yards in every game this season, has three games with four catches or less and has yet to catch a touchdown. He was limited to two catches for 8 yards in Week 4 at Green Bay despite eight targets, and that was with Chase Claypool (hamstring) out. Claypool is expected to return this week, which means the only Steelers receiver you should trust is Diontae Johnson. At best, consider Smith-Schuster a low-end No. 3 receiver in PPR this week.
PIT Pittsburgh • #11
Age: 30 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Now that we know Justin Fields is expected to start for the Bears for the rest of this year, we'll see if Robinson and Fields can get on the same page. It hasn't worked out so far between the two, but you should remain hopeful. That said, I would try to bench Robinson this week in the majority of leagues. In the past two games with Fields under center at Cleveland in Week 3 and against Detroit in Week 4, Robinson has combined for five catches, 90 yards and no touchdowns on nine targets. His best game this season was 10 PPR points in Week 2 against the Bengals, and he has one touchdown this year. The Raiders have also allowed just one touchdown to an opposing receiver this year, which was Marquise Brown in Week 1.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Pittman is clearly the No. 1 receiver for the Colts right now, and he comes into Week 5 at Baltimore with at least eight targets in three games in a row and 32 targets over that span. He had a tremendous game in Week 3 against the Rams with 20 PPR points, but he combined for just 23 PPR points in his past two outings against the Titans and Dolphins. The Ravens should be able to make things tough on Pittman, and No. 1 receivers against Baltimore this season have struggled. Henry Ruggs III (six PPR points), Tyreek Hill (four PPR points) and Sutton (seven PPR points) were all held in check by the Ravens, and Pittman could easily be next. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best this week, with his value higher in PPR.
BAL Baltimore • #3
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
I had relatively high expectations for Beckham in Week 4 at Minnesota, and he disappointed with two catches for 27 yards on seven targets. The nice thing is he has 16 targets in two games this year, and he did score 13 PPR points in Week 3 against Chicago. The Chargers come into this game No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and they have only given up two touchdowns to the position in four games. Beckham should continue to be the No. 1 target for Baker Mayfield this week with Jarvis Landry (knee) still out, but I would only use Beckham as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.
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