Week 5 of the NFL season was yet another relatively uneventful week. The Chiefs vs Bills game was not as high-scoring as some thought it would be, but the Bengals and Giants both completed 10 point comebacks. The week has been highlighted by the stack of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase who combined for over 60 fantasy points in a thrilling game against the Saints.
Week 7 will hopefully bring a more entertaining set of games headlined by a divisional matchup between the Browns and 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: Derek Carr LV
Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders offense had been firing on all cylinders before the bye. However, he has never eclipsed the 20 fantasy point mark. This week Carr gets a porous Houston Texans defense in a game that should feature many points on both sides. This is a recipe for Derek Carr’s best game of the season, and he should definitely finish as a top 6 quarterback.
HM: Dak Prescott DAL, Justin Herbert LAC
Waiver Priority: Marcus Mariota ATL
Despite passing for under 200 yards in 4 of the 6 games he has played this year, Marcus Mariota has remained a solid fantasy option. Mariota’s rushing upside is impossible to ignore, as he has been getting almost as many fantasy points on the ground as he is through the air. With Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen on bye this week, Mariota is a solid streamer against a below-average Cincinnati Bengals defense.
HM: Jimmy Garoppolo SF, Taylor Heinicke WAs
Start of the Week: Josh Jacobs LV
Josh Jacobs was steamrolling through opponents in the two weeks leading up to the bye as he combined for over 350 total yards and 3 touchdowns. If the Raiders decide to stick with the ground-and-pound game plan, Jacobs could put up another insane stat line against a weak Houston Texans defense. An RB1 finish is not out of the cards for Jacobs, who should get a large workload with a positive game script.
HM: Nick Chubb CLE, Leonard Fournette TB
Waiver Priority: Brian Robinson WAS
Brian Robinson is owned in less than 50% of leagues, and if you are in one of these, you need to get him immediately. Robinson proved that he will be the RB1 in Washington for the rest of the season as he dominated the touches in the Commanders backfield. Brian Robinson will provide flex value for the rest of the season and be of great help on bye weeks, making it imperative that he is owned in every league.
HM: D’Onta Foreman CAR, Joshua Kelley LAC
Start of the Week: DeAndre Hopkins ARI
Fantasy owners can rejoice now that DeAndre Hopkins is back from his suspension. Not only is he back, but it sounds highly likely that Marquise Brown is out for the season. As the definitive number-one option, DeAndre Hopkins should dominate in his first week back, especially against a team who allowed over 32 fantasy points to Ja’Marr Chase last week.
HM: DaVante Adams LV, CeeDee Lamb DAL
Waiver Priority: Wan’Dale Robinson NYG
Wan’Dale Robinson impressed many in his first game back as he caught 3 of 4 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. The former Kentucky Wildcat has sky-high potential on a Giants team looking for pass catchers. Robinson should be added everywhere, as he could have an Amon-Ra St. Brown-like late-season breakout.
HM: Tyquan Thornton NE, Ben Skowronek LAR
Start of the Week: Dalton Schultz DAL
Dalton Schultz has been out the last couple of weeks with multiple injuries, but he should be good to go this week. He is not the only Cowboy that is supposed to return, as Dak Prescott is also projected to play. Both players are choosing great times to come back against a putrid Lions defense and should go off along with the rest of Dallas’ offense.
HM: Zach Ertz ARI, Gerald Everett LAC
Waiver Priority: Taysom Hill NO
Taysom Hill is one of the most intriguing players in the entire NFL, as he is the only player who regularly records passing, rushing, and receiving stats from the tight end position. His situation can get very fantasy-friendly next week as both Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton are dealing with injuries. Taysom Hill could be the starting quarterback with tight end eligibility for a week, which makes him a must-add in every league.
HM Waiver Priorities: Hayden Hurst CIN, Noah Fant SEA