Fantasy Football Week 5 Pickup 

Boh Suh, Staff Writer

We are almost one third of the way through the fantasy football season! Some of you might be sitting pretty at 5-0 or 4-1 while some might have to start the Jets and Giants players while having Christian McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley sitting on IR. Here is a list of players that can hopefully guide you to the right direction. 


  1. Kirk Cousins (MIN) – Cousins hasn’t been that consistent throughout the season so far, but the matchup against the Falcons will be the best matchup that Cousins can ask for. The Falcons gave up the most points againstquarterbacks so far, and this will be a high scoring shoot out. Stream Cousins, for this week, at least. 
  2. Ryan “FitzMagic” Fitzpatrick (MIA) –FitzMagic’s(fantasy) football career has been always interesting. He is amazing for the first half of the season, and then he goes back to FitzTragic and then he gets cut over a rookie prospect or someone else. But then, somebody gets hurt, and he becomes FitzMagic to wow every doubter. I know the Dolphins are waiting for Tua time soon, but as long as FitzMagic lasts, he will play. The Jets? Yep, the Magic should continue for at least one more week. 

Running Backs 

  1. Chase Edmund (ARI) – I remember talking about Edmund since week 1, and he has outperformedKenyan Drake again in week five. He is efficient in rushing and is involved with catching as well (10 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in the past two weeks). I don’t know how long Drake will be starting, and this week may be the last week that he is owned less than 50% of the ESPN leagues. 
  2. Jamaal Williams (GB) – With abyeweek, Williams is more available in many leagues. He is a must-add handcuff for Aaron Jones and may enter as a possible FLEX option if your team needs someone to fill in the position.  

Wide Receivers 

  1. Chase Claypool (PIT) – Okay,seven receptions 110 yards with three touchdowns along with three carries six yards with another touchdown. If you started him this week for some reason, I hope that you beat your opponent. I honestly don’t think that this kind of performance happens again in week six, but 50 yards and a touchdown? That’s possible especially against the Browns defense. 
  2. Alshon Jeffrey (PHI) – Jeffrey has been showing up to the practice in the past couple weeks, which indicates his return is imminent. The Eagles just had Travis Fulgham for 10 receptions and 152 yards for a touchdown in weekfive. Jeffrey is talented and showed the fantasy world that he is more than capable of handling No.1wide receiver role. He should be coming back sooner than later, and he can definitely be in the top 20 wide receivers if he is in full strength. 

Tight End 

  1. Austin Hooper (CLE) – Hooper has been consistent with targets lately (seven receptions in weekfour and eight receptions in week five). It looks like his chemistry with Baker Mayfield is getting better, and he should be a solid option against the Steelers. 
  2. Mo Alie-Cox (IND) – Philip Rivers has been showing a good chemistry with tight ends historically (like one with Antonio Gates), and Alie-Cox has caught two touchdowns in weekthreeand four. He may not be as explosive as Antonio Gates once was, but he can deliver 50 yards and a touchdown in weekly basis. 


  1. Miami Dolphins D/ST – Yeah, I know, but the matchup against the worst offense in NFL is worth a look,especially at home. 
  2. Tennessee Titans D/ST – The matchup against the Texans at home is not a bad matchup for the Titans defense.


Hope for the best….