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The Primer: Week 5 Edition (2023 Fantasy Football)

The Primer: Week 5 Edition (2023 Fantasy Football)

Week 5 is here, and it brought a pal.

Bye weeks. The scourge of fantasy football happiness.

Injuries and bye weeks can create Grand Canyon-sized holes in fantasy football lineups. With only four teams on bye this week (CLE, LAC, SEA, TB), it’s not a Byemageddon-level threat, but there are still plenty of fantasy options that we will be without.

Every week, I dig as deep as possible into matchups and usage to churn out plays that could lead to fantasy goodness. Some of those deep pulls might still be on waivers, so open the FantasyPros My Playbook app and get ready to add and drop some players. Let’s get to it.

CHI vs. WAS | JAC vs. BUF | HOU vs. ATL | CAR vs. DET | TEN vs. IND | NYG vs. MIA | NO vs. NE | BAL vs. PIT | PHI vs. LAR | CIN vs. ARI | NYJ vs. DEN | KC vs. MIN | DAL vs. SF | GB vs. LV

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

Pace and playcalling notes

  • The Jaguars are struggling with their offensive identity. They are moving toward a slower-paced offense with more rushing volume. Over the last two weeks, they have the ninth-slowest neutral pace while featuring the fifth-highest neutral rushing rate.
  • Buffalo is a card-carrying member of the slow-and-throw club. They have the sixth-slowest neutral pace while rocking the third-highest neutral passing rate.

Quarterbacks

Trevor Lawrence: Lawrence has been a disappointment thus far. He is the QB23 in fantasy with the sixth-lowest aDOT and the 13th-lowest yards per attempt. He has had his moments with the fifth-best big-time throw rate, but they have been too few. Among 36 qualifying quarterbacks, he is 22nd in fantasy points per dropback, immediately ahead of Sam Howell. Buffalo is a nightmare matchup for quarterbacks. The Bills have held quarterbacks to the second-lowest passer rating, the third-fewest touchdown passes, and the fewest fantasy points per game. Week 5 Positional Value: Benchable Borderline QB1 (look for a streaming option)

Josh Allen: If we wipe Week 1 from our minds, Allen is playing at an MVP level. Since Week 2, he is first in passing grade, fourth in yards per attempt, and third in big-time throw rate. Over the last three games, Allen is second to only Anthony Richardson in fantasy points per dropback. Jacksonville’s pass-defense stats are slightly inflated after facing Desmond Ridder last week. In Weeks 1-3, they allowed the ninth-highest yards per attempt, the 11th-highest passer rating, and the seventh-most passing touchdowns (tied). Jacksonville is 12th in blitz rate this season. If they attempt to blitz Allen this week, he will shred them. Allen ranks sixth in passing grade, first in yards per attempt, and first in adjusted completion rate against the blitz. Week 5 Positional Value: QB1 overall this week

Running Backs

Travis Etienne: Etienne is the RB20 in fantasy points per game, averaging 20.8 touches and 89 total yards while playing at least 71% of the snaps weekly. Etienne hasn’t been breaking tackles as well as he did last season. Among 58 qualifying running backs, he ranks 39th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 29th in yards after contact per attempt. This is a great matchup for Jacksonville to feed Etienne as the engine of the offense. Buffalo has fielded one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. They have allowed the second-highest explosive run rate and the highest yards after contact per attempt. The Bills have also managed the 12th-lowest stuff rate and given up the second-highest yards per carry to zone runs (5.93). 52.2% of Etienne’s runs have come on zone concepts. Week 5 Positional Value: RB1 with top 3-5 upside this week

Tank Bigsby: Bigsby is a stash only. He has played only 12% of the snaps in each of the last two games, averaging 2.5 touches and ten total yards. Week 5 Positional Value: Stash only

Week 4

Player Snap % Rushing attempts Targets Routes RZ opportunities
James Cook 40 12 1 9 3
Latavius Murray 33 4 2 13 0
Damien Harris 28 6 0 1 2

James Cook: Cook is the RB17 in fantasy, averaging 16.8 touches and 102.8 total yards. Last week, he played a season-low 40% of the snaps while losing routes to Latavius Murray. I’m chalking this up as a one-week variance. This feels very matchup and game-plan-specific as the Bills ran the ball 26 times (counting Allen’s rushing attempts) while throwing on 25 times. Cook is not a 230 lb bruiser. If you’re looking to drop the early down hammer on a team, you’re going to work in Latavius Murray and Damien Harris to help shoulder the load, which the Bills did while lessening the route running on Cook’s plate. Entering Week 4, Cook ranked 15th in route run rate and tenth in routes run among running backs. I highly doubt his receiving role will be cut into by Murray moving forward. Among 58 qualifying running backs, Cook ranks 21st in explosive run rate and 20th in yards after contact per attempt. Cook faces an uphill climb this week against a tough run defense, but there is a silver lining. Jacksonville has given up the tenth-lowest explosive run rate, the fourth-lowest missed tackle per attempt rate, and the fifth-best stuff rate. All of that sounds hideous, but Jacksonville has also given up the third-highest yards per carry to gap runs (5.49). A whopping 69% of Cook’s runs have been on gap plays. Jacksonville has also clamped down on backs in the passing game. While they have allowed the eighth-most receptions, they have held backs to the tenth-lowest yards per reception. Week 5 Positional Value: low-end RB1/high-end RB2

Latavius Murray: Murray has averaged 5.8 touches and 31.3 total yards per game while playing 23-33% of the snaps weekly. Murray has seen 44% of the team’s carries inside the five-yard line. Week 5 Positional Value: Deep league touchdown or bust flex

Wide Receivers

Calvin Ridley: Ridley’s Week 1 performance feels like ages ago. In that game, he had a 34.4% target, a 48.6% air yard share, and a 36.0% first-read share. Since Week 2, Ridley has faded into the background. He ranks fourth on the team with a 14.0% target share, third with a 30.5% air yard share, and third with a 17.4% first-read share. Why the massive shift in usage? I have no clue. Ridley looked like a wide receiver still in his prime in Week 1. It’s not just that Ridley hasn’t been producing, but the team has drastically altered first-read shares. Ridley has become a shaky weekly start quickly. He will run about 83% of his routes against Dane Jackson (2022: 58.2% catch rate and 81.9 passer rating) and Christian Benford (58.3% catch rate and 94.4 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: dicey WR2/3

Christian Kirk: With Ridley fading over the last three games, Kirk has stepped up in a big way. Over that span, he has a 28.1% target share, a 30.9% air yard share, and a 31.4% first-read share. To put some of those numbers in context, in the last three games, Kirk ranks sixth in target share and 17th in first-read share among 115 qualifying wide receivers. Kirk should spearhead the Jaguars passing attack again this week with the easiest corner matchup on the board with Buffalo. Kirk will run about 66% of his routes against Taron Johnson (100% catch rate and 107.5 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: WR2

Zay Jones: Jones has been listed as questionable this week. He practiced on a limited basis all week (knee). In Weeks 1-2, he saw a 17.6% target share and a 34.5% air yard share. Lawrence has looked to Jones near paydirt in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he was 12th in red zone targets among wideouts. This season, he leads the team with four end zone targets, and he ranks 12th among wide receivers in red zone targets. Jones will run about 57% of his routes against Dane Jackson (2022: 58.2% catch rate and 81.9 passer rating) and Christian Benford (58.3% catch rate and 94.4 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: WR3/4

Stefon Diggs: Diggs is a top-ten receiver in almost every receiving category. Among 126 qualifying wide receivers, he ranks seventh in target share, eighth in percentage of team receiving yards, 12th in yards per route run (YPRR), and fifth in first-read share. If the Jaguars attempt to blitz Allen, look for him to hyper-target Diggs. Diggs’ numbers when Allen has been blitzed are bananas. His target share jumps to 34.6%, and his first-read share hops up to 43.8%. Diggs will run about 66% of his routes against Tyson Campbell (65% catch rate and 77.9 passer rating) and Darious Williams (61.1% catch rate and 62.5 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: Elite WR1

Gabriel Davis: This doesn’t set up like a Davis spike week. Davis is the Bills deep threat. He ranks seventh among wide receivers in deep targets and sixth in aDOT. Jacksonville has held passing attacks to the 13th-lowest deep passer rating and deep-adjusted completion rate. Davis has a 13.3% target share, a 31.9% air yard share, and a 1.86 YPRR. He is tied for third on the team with only two red zone targets, so even if you’re hoping for a touchdown to save his day, it doesn’t look good. Davis will run about 83% of his routes against Campbell and Williams. Week 5 Positional Value: WR3/4

Tight Ends

Evan Engram: With Ridley taking a backseat after Week 1, Engram has enjoyed a 21.1% target share, 1.87 YPRR, and a 23.3% first-read share. Since Week 2, Engram ranks fifth, 11th, and second in those statistical categories among 47 qualifying tight ends. This is a terrible matchup for Engram. Buffalo has been a shutdown unit against tight ends for a few seasons, and 2023 is no exception. They have allowed the seventh-lowest receiving yards, zero touchdowns, and the second-fewest fantasy points to the position. Week 5 Positional Value: low-end TE1

Weeks 1-2

Player Target % Route Run % Slot % Inline %
Dalton Kincaid 12.8 60.7 53.7 18.5
Dawson Knox 11.5 60.7 53.7 24.1

Weeks 3-4

Player Target % Route Run % Slot % Inline %
Dalton Kincaid 10.5 65.6 57.1 16.7
Dawson Knox 5.3 54.7 42.9 45.7

Dalton Kincaid: The tight end usage has begun to tilt in Kincaid’s favor. Over the last two weeks, he has bested Dawson Knox in target share, route run rate, and slot rate. His aDOT has remained at an abysmal 2.5, but that can change at the drop of a hat. Kincaid has become the Bills’ preferred slot option. The only thing capping his ceiling is his aDOT and still lagging snap rate (51-52% in Weeks 3-4). Kincaid is in a great spot to have a breakout game this week. Jacksonville’s worst corner remains slot corner Tre Herndon (78.9% catch rate and 145.0 passer rating). Over the last two weeks, Kincaid has led the team in slot routes. Tight ends have also ripped apart the Jaguars. They have allowed the third-most receiving yards, the sixth-highest yards per reception, and the fifth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. Jacksonville has given up the most fantasy points in the NFL to slot tight ends. Week 5 Positional Value: TE2 with TE1 upside this week

CHI vs. WAS | JAC vs. BUF | HOU vs. ATL | CAR vs. DET | TEN vs. IND | NYG vs. MIA | NO vs. NE | BAL vs. PIT | PHI vs. LAR | CIN vs. ARI | NYJ vs. DEN | KC vs. MIN | DAL vs. SF | GB vs. LV

Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons

Pace and playcalling notes

  • The Texans have switched gears. In the first two weeks of the season, Houston ranked third in neutral pace with the fifth-highest neutral passing rate. Those days are gone (at least for now). Since Week 3, they have the eighth-slowest neutral pace and highest neutral rushing rate.
  • There are no surprises with the Falcons. They have the eighth-slowest neutral pace and second-highest neutral rushing rate.

Quarterbacks

C.J. Stroud: Stroud has been balling out, especially when you zoom in and look at his last two games. In that sample, he ranks ninth in passing grade and third in yards per attempt. He also has the third-lowest turnover-worthy throw rate and fourth-highest fantasy points per dropback. Over the last three weeks, he has finished as the QB13, QB12, and QB10 in fantasy. The Falcons are not a pass defense to fear if you stay away from A.J. Terrell. The Falcons have allowed the ninth-most passing touchdowns while also surrendering the 14th-highest passer rating and the 12th-most fantasy points when targeted 20 or more yards downfield. Week 5 Positional Value: Borderline QB1

Desmond Ridder: I will not start Ridder even in Superflex formats. Among 34 qualifying quarterbacks, he has the ninth-lowest yards per attempt, seventh-lowest passer rating, the lowest highly accurate throw rate, the seventh-lowest adjusted completion rate, and the ninth-fewest fantasy points per dropback. There is a better quarterback streaming option or positional player (Superflex) that you can plug into your lineups. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit

Running Backs

Dameon Pierce: Pierce’s snap share has trended up in each of the last three weeks, but this could sadly only be related to positive game script. In Week 2, he played 45% of the snaps, but in Weeks 3-4, he played 54 and 59% of the snaps. His route run rates have not seen the same jump. Sadly, they have been trending in the wrong direction. His route run rate in Week 2 was 31.5%, and last week he declined to 24.2%. Playing Pierce and his value at the moment is directly tied to how you project the game script for Houston. With a tight spread this week, he should be hovering around the 50% snap mark while owning the early downs. Among 58 qualifying backs, Pierce ranks 18th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 38th in yards after contact per attempt. He faces a tough and improving Falcons’ run defense. Atlanta has allowed the 14th-lowest explosive run rate and yards after contact per attempt while having the 12th-best stuff rate. Week 5 Positional Value: RB2/3

Bijan Robinson: Robinson is the RB10 in fantasy despite only scoring once this season. Let that sink in for a second. Where would he be if he had one, two, or three more touchdowns on his resume? While the touchdowns have been lacking, the usage has been amazing. He has played at least 72% of the snaps in each of the last three weeks. He is averaging 18.1 touches and 113 total yards. His pass-game role makes him matchup-proof. Among 41 qualifying running backs, he ranks third in routes, second in targets, third in receiving yards, and 11th in YPRR. Robinson also ranks eighth in explosive run rate and tenth in missed tackles forced per attempt. Robinson should smash the Texans’ run defense. Houston has allowed the seventh-highest explosive run rate and the 11th-highest yards after contact per attempt while also logging the fourth-lowest stuff rate. Week 5 Positional Value: Matchup proof RB1

Tyler Allgeier: Allgeier has seen his role dwindle, but this is a good matchup on the ground where he has some flex viability. Over the last two weeks, Allgeier has averaged 28% of the snaps with 8.5 touches and 20.5 total yards. While I don’t think he gets back to the 15.5 rushing attempts he averaged in Weeks 1-2, I do think he could see 10-12 opportunities in this game against a Swiss cheese run defense. Among 58 qualifying backs, he ranks 15th in yards after contact per attempt and 34th in missed tackles forced per attempt. Week 5 Positional Value: RB3/ viable flex play

Wide Receivers

Nico Collins: Collins has had a monster season so far. He’s the WR7 in fantasy with a 21.1% target share, a 34.3% air-yard share (21st), and the third-highest YPRR (among 100 qualifying wide receivers). If Stroud looks to challenge this secondary deep, Collins will be a part of it. He is tied with Dell for the team lead in deep targets (four). Collins will face some tough competition on the perimeter this week as the Falcons changed up their cornerbacks last week with Jeff Okudah returning to the lineup. Collins will run about 81% of his routes against Okudah (2022: 61.5% catch rate and 97.0 passer rating) and A.J. Terrell (61.1% catch rate and 94.7 passer rating). Terrell may shadow Collins this week. Last week, Terrell followed Calvin Ridly on 90% of his routes, holding him to two receptions, 38 receiving yards, and a score. Week 5 Positional Value: WR2/3

Tank Dell: Since Dell has become a full-time starter in this offense, he has an 18.5% target share, a 27.9% air-yard share, and a 20.8% first-read share. Among the three starting Texan wide receivers over this span, he ranks third, first, and third in these categories. Since Week 2, among 82 qualifying wide receivers, he ranks 27th in receiving grade and 17th in YPRR. He ranks fourth on the team in red zone targets with only one look inside the 20. Dell will run about 71% of his routes against Terrell and Okudah. Week 5 Positional Value: WR3/4

Robert Woods: Over the last three games, Woods leads the team with a 19.4% target share (25% air yard share) while churning out 1.52 YPRR. Woods is tied for the team lead in red zone targets. He draws the best corner matchup on the board this week against Atlanta. He will run about 54% of his routes against Dee Alford (77.3% catch rate and 125.8 passer rating). Woods could lead the team in targets this week if Stroud zeroes in on picking on Alford. Week 5 Positional Value: WR4 with WR2 upside this week

Drake London: London has been buried this season by subpar quarterback play. He has an 18.5% target share and a 27.9% air yard share. His target share has amounted to only 5.5 targets per game. He has limped along with only 1.05 YPRR. London is the WR55 in fantasy points per game. Wow, that hurt to type. It’s quickly looking like a lost season for London. London will run about 85% of his routes against Steven Nelson (58.3% catch rate and 39.2 passer rating) and Shaquill Griffin (65% catch rate and 103.2 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: WR4

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz: Schultz isn’t startable. While he finished with three receptions, 42 receiving yards, and a score last week, it’s all smoke and mirrors. He only had a 9.7% target share and ran a route on 33.3% of dropbacks. The tight-end routes are being split three ways. Schultz’s box score last week looks sexy, but his usage says he’s fool’s gold. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit

Kyle Pitts: Pitts suffers from the same bottom-of-the-barrel quarterback play that London has. Now, he’s also being outproduced by Jonnu Smith. If you notice, Smith’s name isn’t in the Primer. Well, Smith only ran a route on 58% of dropbacks last week. He had an unsustainable 29% TPRR. Smith could easily get 1-2 targets this week with the same route volume and leave fantasy GMs punching a table. Pitts had an 83% route per dropback rate last week, and it didn’t do him any good. This season, Pitts has a 17.6% target share (5.2 targets per game) with a 31% air-yard share and 1.00 YPRR. Every pass game weapon in Atlanta is a weekly dice roll that is probably not worth taking at this point. Houston has allowed the 12th-lowest yards per reception and only one receiving touchdown to tight ends. Week 5 Positional Value: TE2

CHI vs. WAS | JAC vs. BUF | HOU vs. ATL | CAR vs. DET | TEN vs. IND | NYG vs. MIA | NO vs. NE | BAL vs. PIT | PHI vs. LAR | CIN vs. ARI | NYJ vs. DEN | KC vs. MIN | DAL vs. SF | GB vs. LV

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions

Pace and playcalling notes

  • Carolina has the third-slowest neutral pace while ranking 15th in neutral passing rate.
  • Detroit has dissolved into a plodding run-heavy offense. They are 22nd in neutral pace with the fourth-highest neutral rushing rate.
  • The Lions have the highest red zone rushing rate in the NFL.

Quarterbacks

Bryce Young: Young is a must-sit until he shows some signs of fantasy life. Among 32 qualifying quarterbacks, Young has the second-lowest yards per attempt, the fifth-lowest passer rating, and the third-lowest fantasy points per dropback. Better days are likely ahead for the rookie, but it’s been a tough scene so far. Detroit also has been a good pass defense this season. They are holding opposing passers to the 11th-lowest yards per attempt, the 13th-lowest passer rating, and the tenth-lowest adjusted completion rate. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit

Jared Goff: Goff continues to play exceptional football. He’s the QB17 in fantasy points per game only because of Detroit’s insistence on running the ball inside the 20. I’m not saying that goes away. If Detroit evened out to a 50/50 pass/run split inside the 20, Goff would be a top-12 fantasy quarterback. He is fourth in yards per attempt and adjusted completion rate while ranking 12th in highly accurate throw rate and 13th in fantasy points per dropback. Goff faces a stingy Carolina secondary this week. They have given up the ninth-lowest adjusted completion rate and sixth-lowest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Goff does have an avenue to challenge them deep this week, which could lead to a ceiling outcome. Carolina has allowed the 13th-highest yards per attempt and adjusted completion rate to deep balls. Goff has been an ELITE deep ball passer this season. Yes, I know. I am as surprised as you are, but it’s true. He is fifth in deep passing grade, seventh in deep passing yards, and second in deep adjusted completion rate. Week 5 Positional Value: QB2 with QB1 upside

Running Backs

Week 4

Player Rushing attempts Targets Routes RZ opportunities
Miles Sanders 13 3 11 2
Chuba Hubbard 14 2 12 5

Miles Sanders: In Weeks 1-3, Sanders played 57-65% of snaps, averaging 17.7 touches and 79 total yards. In Week 4, likely due to health, he played 43% of the snaps with 16 touches and 32 total yards. Sanders does not carry an injury designation into this game (groin). He managed limited sessions all week with an upgrade to full on Friday. I was already disinterested in playing Sanders in fantasy this week against the Lions, but a less-than-fully healthy Sanders can be benched. He has been dreadful this season at breaking tackles. Among 58 qualifying backs, Sanders ranks 40th in explosive run rate with the fourth-highest stuff rate and the fifth-lowest missed tackles forced per attempt rate. I won’t be surprised if Hubbard gets more work than Sanders again this week. The matchup with Detroit is nightmare fuel. The Lions have held backs to the fifth-lowest explosive run rate. The Lions have the sixth-highest stuff rate and the second-best yards after contact per attempt. I know not every fantasy GM will be afforded this luxury, but if possible, sit Sanders this week. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit / RB3

Chuba Hubbard: In Weeks 1-3, Hubbard played 34-37% of snaps, averaging seven touches and 41 total yards. That changed dramatically in Week 4 because of Sanders’ health. Hubbard played 54% of the snaps with 16 touches and 53 total yards. Hubbard could easily slide back into the workload he saw in the first three games this week. In any case, this is a wretched matchup for any running back. Sit Hubbard. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit

Week 4

Player Rushing attempts Targets Routes RZ opportunities
David Montgomery 32 2 16 12
Jahmyr Gibbs 8 5 14 2

David Montgomery: Montgomery has been Jamaal Williams plus this season. He has played 70% or higher snaps in two of his three games played. He is averaging 24 touches and 96.3 total yards as the RB7 in fantasy. Among 58 qualifying running backs, Montgomery ranks 11th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 28th in yards after contact per attempt. Carolina has been a pushover run defense. They have allowed the tenth-highest explosive run rate, the sixth-highest touchdown rate, and the fifth-highest yards after contact per attempt. Montgomery should feast in Week 5. Week 5 Positional Value: RB1

Jahmyr Gibbs: Gibbs has been ruled out. 

Wide Receivers

Adam Thielen: Thielen has been reborn in his new slot role (70% slot). He has at least eight targets and 54 receiving yards in each of his last three games. He has commanded a 20.5% target share, a 26.0% air-yard share, and a 29.7% first-read share (21st out of 137 qualifying wide receivers). Thielen is tied for the team lead in red zone targets. He will tangle with Kerby Joseph (2022: 41.6% catch rate and 98.3 passer rating) for most of Sunday. Week 5 Positional Value: WR3

D.J. Chark: Chark was second in the team in route run rate (69.2%) last week. Chark has a 12.2% target share and a 31.8% air-yard share as the team’s deep threat. Chark leads the team in deep targets (35.7% of his target volume). This doesn’t look like a Chark week against a Detroit secondary that is 15th in passer rating and 17th in adjusted completion rate against the deep ball. Chark will run about 77% of his routes against Cameron Sutton (57.9% catch rate and 82.8 passer rating) and Jerry Jacobs (64.5% catch rate and 87.6 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: WR4/5

Jonathan Mingo: The Carolina coaches have stated Mingo will play this week. It’s of little consequence, though. Mingo is the third or fourth option on a Bryce Young-led passing offense. Young has had trouble supporting one viable fantasy pass catcher, much less multiple options. Sit Mingo. Week 5 Positional Value: Must-sit

Amon-Ra St. Brown: St. Brown has been ruled out.

Joshua Reynolds: Reynolds is third on the team with a 13.7% target share and second with a 23.3% air yard share. He is tied for second on the team in deep targets and red zone targets. Reynolds will run about 62% of his routes against C.J. Henderson (83.3% catch rate and 117.7 passer rating) and D’Shawn Jamison (66.7% catch rate and 142.4 passer rating). Week 5 Positional Value: WR4/5

Jameson Williams: Williams is a pick-up and stash. His snap share is murky for Week 5 if he’s active. Detroit could ease him in this week. Week 5 Positional Value: Stash and Must-sit

Tight Ends

Hayden Hurst: Hurst enters the tight-end streaming conversation this week. Hurst’s numbers are woeful. This is all about the matchup. He has a 58.8% route run rate, a 9.3% target share, and only 0.76 YPRR. Detroit has been a gawd send matchup for tight ends. The Lions have allowed the most receiving yards and second-most fantasy points to tight ends. Week 5 Positional Value: Matchup-based streaming option

Sam LaPorta: Sammy Ballgame is the truth. LaPorta is shaping up as THE late round-tight end of the year. He is the TE5 in fantasy that’s crushing rookie tight end narrative with each passing week. Among 37 qualifying tight ends, he is fourth in target share, second in YPRR, 12th in YAC per reception and 14th in first-read share. LaPorta ranks third in fantasy points per route run behind only Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce. Carolina is another advantageous matchup. They have faced the ninth-fewest tight end targets but are allowing the 11th-highest yards per reception to the position.Expect Ballgame to soak up extra looks this week, with St. Brown likely out. Week 5 Positional Value: Top-five TE

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