The fifth week of the 2016 NFL Season has arrived as the pay outs continue to roll out on FanDuel. This weeks lineup of NFL contests are sure to deliver some prime time performances after witnessing some historical performances last week from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Who will be the big time performers in week 5 of the 2016 NFL Season for FanDuel owners? Could one of those performances come from quarterback Paxton Lynch of the Denver Broncos? Lynch who will make his first start due to an injury to Trevor Siemian will get a shot against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The same Falcons team that has allowed the second most passing yards (1,293) and most touchdown passes in the NFL (13). A big game from Siemian would also mean big games for one of his weapons like Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and even a sleeper tight end pick like Jeff Heuerman.
Here is our list of top FanDuel Fantasy Options for week 5 of the NFL Season.
Starting Quarterback FanDuel
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles: While we strongly like Siemian we are just worried about how his shoulder will hold up for a quarter nonetheless an entire game. Wentz will look to continue his rookie success this weekend against a Detroit Lions team that has allowed 12 passing touchdowns versus just one interception.
Other Quarterback Options to consider: Ben Roethlisberger and Paxton Lynch (Fantasy Sleeper if Siemian is ruled out)
Starting Running Back FanDuel
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens: While we leaned away from Siemian because of his injury we aren’t doing the same for Dixon as we expect him to get some chances to make some plays in his first NFL game. Now we strongly recommend watching the inactive list as the morning goes on but if he suits up I like him as a fantasy sleeper while Terrance West would be a more comfortable pick in 50/50 leagues.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: An injured quarterback or a rookie quarterback will only increase Andersons production this weekend. Look for the Broncos to use the ground game to take the pressure off of either quarterback this week. Add that with the fact the Falcons have had trouble stopping the run this year makes him a great play.
Other Running Backs to consider: DeAndre Washington, Jordon Howard, James White and Todd Gurley.
Starting Wide Receiver FanDuel
Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens: Entering the season I wasn’t sure what to expect from an aging veteran coming off a bad knee injury. Fast forward to now and Smith has shown he is slowly emerging as Joe Flacco’s key number one receiver. Look for that to continue this week against a shaky Washington Redskins defense outside of cornerback Josh Norman.
Chris Hogan, New England Patriots: Though this point Hogan hasn’t been much of a threat but that will change this week as Tom Brady will return from his four game suspension Look for Brady to throw it often as he looks to blow out the Cleveland Browns in his return.
Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers: The one game this week we expect to be a shootout features the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. This bods well for Phillip Rivers as well as his go to receivers. Add that to the fact the Raiders have giving up the most receiving yards to opposing receivers in the NFL makes him a great start.
Other Wide Receivers to consider include: Demaryius Thomas, Amari Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham (Fantasy Sleeper) and T.Y. Hilton.
Starting Tight End FanDuel
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: We expect Ertz to appear in his second game of the season this weekend. It is a perfect time for the Eagles tight end to come back as he will get a shot against a Detroit Lions defense that has been scorched by the tight end position to start the season. Through the teams first four games the Lions have allowed a league high six touchdown receptions to opposing tight ends.
Other Tight Ends to consider include: Jeff Heuerman (Fantasy Sleeper), Jesse James and Dennis Pitta.
Starting Kicker FanDuel
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens: We suggest sticking with the Ravens kicker as he continues to play a key part of the teams scoring chances. Tucker has made at least two field goals in all four of the Ravens games this season. Add that to the fact the Ravens will take on a Washington Redskins team that ranks 7th in points allowed in the NFL should give Tucker some additional opportunities.
Other Kickers to consider include: Mason Crosby, Stephen Gostkowski and Caleb Sturgis.
Starting Defense FanDuel
New England Patriots: The Patriots defense enters week 5 ranked fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game despite allowing 365 yards of offense per game. This week they will have a shot at a Cleveland Browns offense that ranks 26th in points per scored per game.
Other Defenses to consider include: Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles.