Through 5 weeks of the NFL Season, we are left with 4 undefeated teams and 3 teams looking to get their first win. This week, we’re set for our fair share of evenly faced matchups with battles such as the Chiefs Vs. Bills, Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh and several others. With this being the case, we are in store for potential breakout performances from fantasy stars in big-time matchups this week. In this article, we’ll break down players who have potential to break out for a big game and notable players who would be better left on your bench. We intentionally exclude players such as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson who should be in your starting lineup every week if they are playing.
Quarterbacks to Start:
Kirk Cousins – The last 2 games, Kirk Cousins has finally been playing like the $66 million dollar man that he was paid to be. Cousins has been a disappointment for the Vikings these last 2 seasons even with the plethora of weapons he’s had in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook and now rookie Justin Jefferson as well. With Jefferson emerging as a breakout star in recent weeks alongside established star Adam Thielen and the Vikings having their fair share of favorable matchups, Cousins has been looking promising. This week is no different as the Vikings face a Falcons secondary who has been horrendous this season which can set up Cousins and Thielen for a huge matchup together. Cousins is a solid streaming option for week 6.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – The 37 year old journeyman has been playing some of his best football in his entire career this season. Fitzpatrick is still a force to be reckoned with and the Dolphins have not turned to the much anticipated rookie Tua as Fitzpatrick has continued to play well. The one weakness Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins offense has had this season is struggling to find the endzone. Last week against the 49ers, the Dolphins were able to turn that around and hopefully this is a sign for things to come. The Dolphins are facing former head coach Adam Gase who has managed an 0-5 start for the Jets this season and will most likely be 0-6 after this week. The Dolphins offense has young talent looking to show off and veteran Fitzpatrick will be a strong benefactor of this explosiveness against a struggling Jets defense. Fitzpatrick is a Quarterback worth streaming this week.
Matt Stafford – In the last 2 weeks, Stafford has had his favorite target in Kenny Golladay return from injury. This has set up Stafford for success and in a prime position to continue playing at the level he is playing at. Stafford has thrown 5 touchdowns and nearly 500 yards in 2 weeks. Stafford is going up against a weak Jaguars defense which allowed quarterbacks such as Ryan Fitzpatrick and Deshaun Watson to thrive. This game should be no different and Stafford is another quality stream if you have a quarterback on a bye or dealing with an injury or tougher opponent.
Quarterbacks to Sit:
Teddy Bridgewater – Bridgewater has been looking good this year and had a breakout performance last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Bridgewater is on track to put up career high numbers in several statistical categories with most impactful being his completion percentage at a whopping 73.4%. Bridgewater has filled in nicely in the hole left by Cam Newton and is playing at a career high level even with an injured Christian McCaffrey thanks to a surprising season by Mike Davis. Despite the strong performances this season from Bridgewater, he’s faced more quarterback friendly teams that have allowed him to put up the numbers he’s had this season. Chicago will be a true test to his performance which we expect to limit Bridgewater this week. We recommend Stashing Bridgewater on your bench and keeping him there this week.
Matt Ryan – The Atlanta Falcons are off to an 0-5 start largely due to their defense but you can’t help but look at what has the offense done this season to help offset their defensive woes. Matt Ryan still is putting up strong numbers from a yardage standpoint, However, he has thrown several interceptions, been sacked due to a weak O-Line and has more incompletions than usual for the 4-time Pro Bowler. Matt Ryan is on pace to have the 2nd lowest QBR of his career and currently has the lowest touchdown % of his career as the Atlanta Falcons have struggled to find the endzone this season. Matt Ryan is playing a weak Minnesota Vikings defense, but due to the numbers we’ve seen from Matt Ryan so far this season, we’d recommend keeping him out of lineups until we see new life from the Atlanta Falcons.
Carson Wentz – Carson Wentz has been making the most out of the current situation in Philadelphia Eagles where it seems like half the team is either out with an injury and the other half is playing with an injury. With Jeffery, Reagor, and Jackson all set to be out this week as well, we just don’t like the odds of Wentz playing at an elite level. Wentz is not Tom Brady and can’t adapt to a change in receivers and develop them to succeed. Wentz is best when dealt a good hand and with the current landscape in front of him, we just don’t see Wentz getting the opportunities anytime in the foreseeable future.