Hunter Skoczylas (@HunterSkoczylas)
This has not been an ideal season thus far through four games for many fantasy managers around due to the sheer amount of injuries sustained. After Week 4, names were added to the injury report including Austin Ekeler and Nick Chubb, leaving some fantasy teams in shambles only four games into the season.
In order to survive this injury wave, fantasy managers will have to stay active on the waivers and stream positions for a chance to improve their records.
Here are my top quarterback and tight end streamers for Week 5 that you can fill into your lineups for some extra points. Streamers are chosen based on their matchups for the given week and overall season performance thus far.
After a rough four game stretch of Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Francisco, and the LA Rams, Danny Dimes finally has some good matchups his fantasy managers have been waiting for. In Week 5, he plays Dallas who’s pass defense has been horrid thus far. They are the league worst in points allowed per game at 36.5 and are third worst for passing touchdowns allowed with 12 so far. Every game the Cowboys have been in this season has been a shoot-out so I like Jones’ chances of having his best game of the year here in Week 5. He’s rostered in just under 30 percent of ESPN leagues, and his next few matchups after Dallas should yield great results as well.
After much uncertainty surrounding Bridegwater’s play, it seems like he’s back with the flow of the game and has improved each game thus far, including taking down the Cardinals in Week 4 with 276 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 32 yards and a touchdown resulting in a 26.24 fantasy point performance. He plays Atlanta in Week 5 who have allowed the second most total yards per game and are fourth worst in completion percentage per game at 72 percent. Atlanta has struggled to stop nearly every offense this season and that should continue with Bridgewater in Week 5. I expect the game to be high-scoring since both defenses aren’t the greatest, so he’s a good start this week given the matchup.
Alie-Cox is shaping out to be one of Philip Rivers’ favorite targets so far this season at the tight end position. Despite only having one catch last week against the Bears, he ran it in for a touchdown. He’s been targeted 11 times through three games and has caught nine of them for 174 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 5, he plays the Browns who have been pretty stingy on the defense all around this year, but have struggled defending the tight end position. They rank fourth worst allowing an average of 12.2 points to tight ends this season, leaving the door wide open for Alie-Cox to have another solid fantasy outing. This will be a battle of the defenses for the most part, but Alie-Cox is the primary red-zone target and sees consistent targets.
Ebron had a slow start to the season through the first two games only catching four balls for 61 yards, but in Week 3, had a great game against Houston with five catches on seven targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. His Week 5 matchup is as good as it gets as he’s playing the Eagles who rank third worst for points allowed to tight ends thus far. The Steelers have a ton of talent in their offense, but Ebron will likely stay the primary red-zone target because of his size and hands. He’s only rostered in 33 percent of ESPN leagues so he’s worth the look to stream for his Week 5 matchup or even hold onto as he has some more good matchups later into the season.