It’s almost time for fantasy football owners to set their lineups for Week 5 of the NFL season.
Some of you still are unsure of who to play in certain positions, and that’s OK. We’re here to help with our fantasy mailbag.
As always, thanks for sending questions for our mailbag using the NESN Twitter and Facebook pages. We answered some of the best ones below. [tweet https://twitter.com/JohnDuong24/status/652501942346760192 align=”center”]
Lewis is the safer play. Not only is he receiving the bulk of the carries in the New England Patriots’ backfield, he has been a factor in the passing game with 15 receptions for 179 yards through three games. Lewis also has a favorable matchup against a Dallas Cowboys defense that allowed 158 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Week 3 and 103 rushing yards and one TD in Week 4.
Jeremy Hill was fantastic last week with three touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he’s not trustworthy because Gio Bernard still is splitting carries with him. Hill has tallied more than 40 rushing yards in a single game only once this season, and he had just nine carries last week. The best decision is to start Lewis until Hill shows some more consistency in terms of workload and production.
This is a tough one, and both players should be productive in Week 5, but I’d give a slight edge to Wright. He has a better matchup against a Buffalo Bills defense that’s been horrendous against the pass, giving up an average of 298 yards. Wright also has scored a touchdown in two of the Titans’ three games, with two performances of at least 95 receiving yards over that span as well.
Yes, most of the pass-catchers in the Patriots’ offense are worth owning and starting each week. Tom Brady is on pace to have a season statistically similar to his record-setting 2007 campaign, and the Pats should score a ton of points each week.
LaFell proved to be a valuable part of the passing attack in the regular season and playoffs in 2014 (74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns despite a slow start to the season). He’s absolutely worth owning, especially in PPR leagues. [tweet https://twitter.com/LuLuCornbread/status/652501711085531136 align=”center”]
Brees is the best bet here. He hass averaged 323 passing yards per game with four total touchdowns this season. That’s top-tier fantasy production from the quarterback position. Brees also has a good matchup against a Philadelphia Eagles defense giving up 277 passing yards per game and allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 66.3 percent of their attempts.
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Thumbnail photo via Aug 28, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) tries to elude Carolina Panthers cornerback Melvin White (23) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. New England wins 17-16 over the Panthers. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports Images
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