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Week Five – Dream to Stream

Bye weeks are beginning in earnest at the Week 5 mark, and with many key players kicking back and enjoying their time off this week the need for reinforcements is clear. These four players could be the heroes you need to complete your latest fantasy mission.

QUARTERBACK

Carson Wentz (owned in 21.2% of NFL.com leagues)

An early bye week brought a temporary halt to the Wentz Wagon, the greatest three game span of any quarterback to start his NFL career of all time (HYPERBOLE ALERT), but the Messiah is back in action this week as the Eagles travel to the Motor City to take on the Lions of Detroit. In all seriousness, Wentz has enjoyed a fine start to his time as the Eagles quarterback, completing almost 65% of his passes so far for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Lions have shown remarkable generosity towards fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, allowing them to complete 70.7% of their passes (second highest rate allowed) and surrendering 12 passing scores so far (also the second most). Only the New York Giants have registered fewer interceptions than the Lions solitary pick. Wentz may not be the chosen one, but he’s one you should choose this week.

RUNNING BACK

Terrance West (37%)

As Hannibal Smith once said, I love it when a plan comes together. TWest may be voicing similar sentiments in Baltimore this week. After starting the season behind Justin Forsett on the Ravens depth chart, he watched helplessly as Forsett plundered just 98 yards on 31 carries through the first three weeks of 2016. Forsett was benched for Sunday, and ultimately released, and given the chance to stake his claim for the spot West delivered 113 yards and a touchdown on his 21 carries. West should continue his fine form this week against the Washington Redskins, a team notorious for its generous nature towards opposing fantasy running backs. Joe Berry’s defense is allowing 4.9 yards per carry this season (2nd most in the league), with 532 yards already surrendered (3rd most) and seven rushing scores to tailbacks. The Ravens are one of the most pass happy teams in the league, ranking 3rd in pass attempts and just 18th in rushes, but West’s form should go some way towards equalising that figure this week.

WIDE RECEIVER

Quincy Enunwa (18.3%)

The New York Jets like to pass the ball. They are tied for 10th in passing attempts this season, and with Eric Decker’s health a concern, not to mention a question mark, the need for a second wide receiver to emerge across from Brandon Marshall is clear. Step forward, Quincy Enunwa. The second most important Quincy of my lifetime (Weekday afternoons during University were bloody dull until Quincy M.D. came on the screen), Enunwa has already become a big part of this offense even before Decker began to experience problems. He has seen at least seven targets in every game this season, and posted at least four catches in every outing. The Jets lock horns with the Steelers this week, a team who has allowed the 8th fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers in 2016, but has given up the 11th most receiving yards to them with 722.

TIGHT END

Hunter Henry (3.7%)

In years past, the tight end spot in San Diego was one of the surest fantasy stars of any position thanks to Antonio Gates. Now, Gates is rarely fully fit, and is likely to miss this week’s game. But worry ye not, Hunter Henry is here to help ease your fantasy woes. Henry has 12 targets in his last two games, reeling in nine of them for 133 yards and a score. With the Chargers offense never more than three plays away from losing a key part of the offense to injury, a rookie who has already earned the trust of Phil Rivers should see plenty more opportunities. The Raiders have struggled against tight ends since Mike Ditka’s great grandfather was a lad (this may not be true), and have allowed the seventh most receiving yards to them so far this season. With the expected tight end fantasy explosion still showing no sign of arriving, Henry may be one to grab and stash as the season progresses.

Article written by:

Neil has been writing about the NFL, and fantasy football specifically, since 2013. He is the fantasy football writer for NFLGirlUK.com and has written for UK Endzone, Fantasy Pros, Gridiron Experts and RotoViz. He has appeared on the Gridiron Show and the Woot and Wye podcast, and is co-host of the Waxing Lyrical with Mainz and Dutts podcast. You can follow him on Twitter (@ndutton13), and Instagram.

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