Week 4 of the NFL season had everyone on the edge of their seats. The early window alone had seven one-possession finishes. The most entertaining game was the thriller in Detroit. 93 points of total offense and 11 offensive touchdowns led to a 48-45 victory for the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams combined for over one thousand total yards of offense in the highest-scoring game so far this season.
Week 5 will bring another intriguing set of games headlined by what should be a dogfight between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens. In this article, I will try to pinpoint some of the best performances and pickups for the week to help you set your lineup.
Start of the Week: Tom Brady TB
Tom Brady has not had an amazing start to the season. Week after week has been similar mediocre performances for the Tampa Bay quarterback. However, he gets the Atlanta Falcons this week, who seem to cure all slumps. Brady and the Buccaneers will pour on the points en route to a massive game from the five-time Super Bowl MVP winner and finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback in the process.
HM: Kirk Cousins MIN, Trevor Lawrence JAC
Waiver Priority: Zach Wilson NYJ
Zach Wilson did not have the greatest first week back, but he showed he could win and, most importantly, put up fantasy points in a thrilling victory. Teams who are streaming quarterbacks will benefit from what could be a high-scoring game against the Miami Dolphins next week. Zach Wilson will not regularly have a completion percentage of 50% and oozes with potential. A mid to late season explosion is not out of the cards for Wilson and you need to get in early on him.
HM: Geno Smith SEA, Davis Mills HOU
Start of the Week: Leonard Fournette TB
I have the entire Tampa Bay backfield as the start of the week, as the divisional matchup against Atlanta is too hard to pass up. Atlanta is coming off a game where they allowed 177 rushing yards in a win against Cleveland. If Atlanta allows that many rushing yards to a team they beat, the sky is the limit for a team like Tampa Bay, who will have the game script on their side the entire game. If there is any week where Fournette will prove his ADP, it will be this one.
HM: Miles Sanders PHI, Damien Harris/Rhamondre Stevenson NE
Waiver Priority: Tyler Allgeier ATL
There were no major running back injuries this week, so the waiver wire will be a bit light at this position. However, Tyler Allgeier shined against the Cleveland Browns today, as he gained 104 yards on 11 opportunities. Cordarrelle Patterson is 31 years old and likely will not last for a full season. Tyler Allgeier would shine if Patterson went down and can be a great trade asset for your team.
HM: Dontrell Hilliard TEN, Samaje Perine CIN
Start of the Week: Courtland Sutton DEN
Courtland Sutton has been the only consistent contributor to a relatively mediocre Denver Broncos offense. He scored his first touchdown last Sunday and has over 15 fantasy points in each of his last 3 games. Thursday night, Sutton and the Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts. A very weak secondary will be matching up with Sutton and he will reward his fantasy managers by going off on Thursday.
HM: Jaylen Waddle MIA, AJ Brown PHI
Waiver Priority: George Pickens PIT
George Pickens is, by far, the best wide receiver option on the waiver wire this week. He was clearly Kenny Pickett’s favorite target in the second half against the Jets on Sunday. It is safe to assume that Pickett will be starting for the rest of the season, and fantasy managers should expect more performances like he had on Sunday. For now, Pickens is a flex play, but he could climb all the way into WR2 territory by the end of the season.
HM: Zay Jones JAC, Corey Davis NYJ
Start of the Week: Dallas Goedert PHI
Dallas Goedert has been a solid tight end throughout the entire season. He has been a consistent, mid range player who has produced similar stat lines in every game. This week, owners should expect more than his average as he plays against the Arizona Cardinals, who are currently leading in the NFL in points allowed to tight ends. Goedert should feast this week on the way to his first elite performance of the season.
HM: TJ Hockenson DET, Tyler Conklin NYJ
Waiver Priority: Hayden Hurst CIN
There are not many tight ends on most waiver wires who are worthy of a pickup. However, Hayden Hurst is a guy who you can add who is a great stash, especially with bye weeks coming up. TJ Hockenson and Darren Waller have byes in week 6, and it is imperative that you get a player that shares some upside. Hurst is a great bye week replacement, and fantasy managers should jump on the opportunity to pick him up early.
HM Waiver Priorities: David Njoku CLE, Will Dissly SEA