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The first week of more than two bye week teams is upon us and it is the make-or-break Week 5 matchups. With Seattle and Kansas City among the teams on bye this week, below are some options to replace those starters if needed. Try not to be that team with one or fewer wins heading into basically the mid-season point before the playoffs begin.
Carson Wentz (vs. Detroit): Wentz has provided the Eagles with a solid starting quarterback this season and the Lions’ defense is missing plenty of pieces. Expect a solid fantasy day from Wentz with the first of multi-game bye weeks.DeAndre Washington (vs. Oakland): The Chargers have allowed the third most fantasy points to running backs this season, so Washington should see ample opportunity on the ground. Expect at least one score from the Raider.
Julian Edelman (vs. Cleveland): With Tom Brady back under center, Edelman should see a heavy dose of targets. Maybe even a touchdown or two?
Jacob Tamme (vs. Detroit): The Falcons have shown they can score on the outside in recent weeks, but the Broncos’ weakness happens to be the interior defense in the middle of the field. Tamme should see enough targets in the middle of the field to get you some points.
Buffalo D/ST (vs. Los Angeles): Buffalo’s defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks and will get a dreadful Rams’ offense led by Case Keenum. A few turnovers and sacks are in the Bills’ future.
Matt Ryan (vs. Denver): This is the first real test for Ryan this season and the Broncos are at home to boot. Hopefully, you have better options on your bench or on the waiver wire.
Isaiah Crowell (vs. New England): The Patriots’ will likely stack the box and force Cody Kessler to throw the ball which means Crowell will have limited opportunity — especially if the Browns get down big early.
DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Minnesota): The Vikings’ secondary limited Kelvin Benjamin a few weeks ago to zero catches and has held No. 1 fantasy options in check for the most part. Plus, Hopkins hasn’t seen the ball thrown his way much this season. Maybe, start a sleeper on your bench instead.
Eric Ebron (vs. Philadelphia): Ebron is hurt and is playing a touch Eagles’ defense to matchup against. Avoid him if you can.
New York Jets D/ST (vs. Pittsburgh): The Jets will likely be without Darrelle Revis (who has looked pathetic anyway) and the Steelers just lit up a much better Chiefs defense last Sunday. Try to pickup another defense off waivers.