Quarterback – Matt Stafford
I’m not a huge fan of starting players from the Thursday night game as it is early and injuries often aren’t reported in a timely manner, but this should be a no-brainer. According to ESPN, the Seahawks are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing players. Stafford should be able to have some deep plays over the top and combines a high floor with a high ceiling for week 5.
Running Backs – Derrick Henry and Clyde Edwards-Helaire
We are riding King Henry all the way to payday this week. He faces one of the worst teams, let alone defenses in the league in Jacksonville in week 5. This should be a huge game for Henry as the Titans will likely hold the lead for the majority of the game and therefore be able to run the ball as they like. Edwards-Helaire has an interesting matchup against a Buffalo team that has struggled to control the line of scrimmage at times this season. The high scoring potential of this matchup makes him our RB2 this week.
Wide Receivers – Cole Beasley, Robert Woods, Leviska Shenault
Again, the high scoring potential for the Chiefs-Bills and Rams-Seahawks games make these guys must haves on your roster. Beasley comes at an easy price tag to give you flexibility in other areas of the lineup. Woods will be the beneficiary of the aforementioned “over the top” plays from Matt Stafford. Shenault faces the Titans defense, with one of the worst secondaries in all of football.
Tight End – Travis Kelce
I’m not really sure that this one needs explaining…but here I go. Again, the explosive offensive potential from the Chiefs-Bills matchup makes this intriguing by itself, but the almost guarantee of a close game will mean even more targets for the “closer” of the Chiefs offense.
Flex – Curtis Samuel
This pick, again, gives you flexibility in other areas of the lineup to be able to play key guys like Henry, Stafford, and Kelce. Not to mention the guy is basically a human joystick, the much more available option in lineups compared to Tyreek Hill. Going up against a New Orleans team who just lost in OT to the Giants, this one has endzone written all over it.
Defense – Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have the benefit of a solid run game, go-to receivers, and a semi-competent quarterback. This should make the job of the defense even easier as they play one of the worst teams in the league in Detroit. This is more of a matchup play than anything else.