2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Bold Predictions: Four players rostered in less than half of Yahoo leagues set to shine
Every week our Yahoo Fantasy Football Crew will publish their boldest predictions for the action ahead. It's time to get brave for week 5!
Rookie WR Higgins is a top 20 option
Matt Harmon: Forget the "scary" matchup, Tee Higgins will be a top 20 WR this week. Higgins was born in the old A.J. Green role. Higgins has ridden the most distances on the team in the past two weeks (35.5) and sees high leverage. He not only has an average of 17.3 air meters per goal, but is also tied to three for team leadership for goals in the red zone. Given that the Bengals likely have a negative script against the Ravens and are the most passable team when the game is within three points (66 percent), there should be enough volume for Higgins to produce.
Eventually the ravens gave more production to recipients, despite being a strong stopping unit. Baltimore has recognized the recipients of the year as the third highest catch.
Ebron finds the end zone in the friendly
Andy Behrens: Yes, it's me, the fantasy super genius, who told you that the Kenyan would blow up Drake in week 4 * and that Carson Wentz would shine in week 3 **. I am back with another deadly accurate bold prediction!
This week I want Eric Ebron to deliver a top 5 position finish. He faces Philadelphia, a defense that allows the third most fantasy points to oppose tight ends. The Eagles allowed Tyler Higbee to make the end zone three times and they were only subdued by George Kittle (15-183-1). Ebron produced a useful fantasy line in week 3 before his unplanned departure and was taken to Pittsburgh to act as a key weapon for the red zone. He's a great bet to tip at least once in week 5.
(*He did not.)
(** He didn't either.)
Beckham's outbreak is short-lived
Scott Pianowski: It's great that Odell Beckham Jr. just had his WR1 performance with three touchdowns. But let's not forget that the WR77, WR19, WR47 start the new year. There's a Beckham wheel and sometimes you go bankrupt. Keep in mind that Baker Mayfield was only involved in one of Beckham's three touchdowns last week and the Browns are essentially hiding Mayfield on that offensive. Gadgety touchdowns are nice when they come (I love the hose, Jarvis Landry) but not a sustainable model. Beckham is well on its way to achieving 120 goals.
So I'm worried this week that Beckham could collapse against the evil Colts defense (first in DVOA and # 2 against the pass). And it's not just the Colts defense holding you down. The Indianapolis crime is playing out at a slow pace, a remnant from Philip Rivers. The time to look into Beckham is now. For the sake of bold predictions, I'm calling for an overall score outside of the top 40 on this week's receiver board. And I could do it again in week six when the Steelers call.
Cleveland Browns' broad recipient Odell Beckham Jr. reminded us all of how talented he is in Week 4, but tough matchups could limit his advantage. (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth)
Justin Jackson keeps Bolts backfield charged
Liz Loza: Some people learn from their mistakes. Others double. After an RB2 didn't get ROI last week, I will continue to believe that another backup can be made in week 5.
Justin Jackson is rarely sane, but when he gets on the field he's # good. In 2019, the Northwestern product was extremely efficient with an average transfer rate of 6.2 (6.9 YPC). He hasn't recorded a single fumble since joining the league. That's more than Joshua Kelley - who fumbled in successive efforts - can say. After Austin Ekeler leaves, Kelley and Jackson split the work between 60 and 40, with the majority leaning in favor of the novice. However, this offense has proven that it can aid two fantasy-related setbacks. I like Jackson's chances of producing against a Saints defense that put both Adrian Peterson and D'Andre Swift into the end zone a week ago.
Pascal becomes Colts' most trusted WR
Dalton Del Don: With Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell and T.Y. Hilton may have washed up (# 65 in yards per run). Zach Pascal has emerged as the Colts # 1 right now as his target percentage of 28.6% was in the top 10 last week. This year he played 58% of the time in the slot where the Browns were injured for the most fantasy points this season. Trey Burton is a deep sleeper to Indy too, but if you're looking for DFS help on a cheap ($ 14) salary, I'd assume Pascal ends up as a top 25 fantasy WR in week 5.
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