Fantasy Football Tips: Gettin’ It In for Week 5 NFL (2017)


We have reached the point in the NFL season where we can fairly judge Fantasy Football trends. This week, four teams Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington have a bye week. Around the league, there are injuries to key fantasy football stars. GMs must dig deep into the waiver wire to find players to help them stay competitive. If you’re still struggling to finalize a winning roster, here’s our Fantasy Football tips for Week 5 of the season.

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This week’s Gettin’ It In predicts some players who have struggled, will score big. We will compare our picks to CBS Sports’ Jamey Eisenberg to figure out who really knows what they are talking about.

Fantasy Football Tips for Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott (Home) vs. The Packers

CBS Sports noted Prescott’s fantasy numbers have increased three weeks in a row. Plus, the second-year QB has had success against the Pack. We are not buying it. The Packers offense is on track and the combination of Rodgers to Jordy Nelson is clicking. The Packers have the sixth-ranked defense in the league and are 10th against the pass. So far, the Cowboys offense isn’t as consistent as last season and Dez Bryant is not the dominant wideout he once was. Go somewhere else for your start.

Our Pick:

Alex Smith at Houston Texans

Smith is coming off one of his highest-scoring fantasy weeks over the last few years and the Chiefs continue to be undefeated. Smith and head coach Andy Reid are showing a commitment to going down the field and the veteran QB has a plethora of targets to chose from. TE Travis Kelce, RB Kareem Hunt, and WR Tyreek Hill are forming a potent scoring trio that reminds F&TS of the Dallas triplets of the 90s.

Fantasy Football Tips for Running Backs

Jay Ajayi (Home) vs. Titans

We feel bad for GMs who bet high on Ajayi during their drafts. Both the running back and the Dolphins offense with Jay Cutler under center have underperformed. Eisenberg noted “that with Matt Cassel under center, the Titans offense should struggle, which should allow the Dolphins to control the time of possession and lean on their ground game. And Tennessee has allowed a running back to score or gain at least 90 total yards in every game this season. Ajayi should follow suit. He added, this matchup in Week 5 last year was the game when Ajayi got going in his breakout campaign.” We will believe when we see it.

He added, this matchup in Week 5 last year was the game when Ajayi got going in his breakout campaign.” We will believe when we see it.

Our Pick:

Wayne Gallman Jr. (Home) vs. the Chargers

We are going way out on a limb on this pick. Gallman Jr. should be considered a deep sleeper, definitely not your RB 1. We did tweet a waiver wire alert right after he scored his first N.F.L. touchdown against the Bucs in week 4. This week, the Giants must find a way to balance their offensive attack and the LA Chargers 29th ranked defense against the run may do the trick.

Fantasy Football Tips for Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton (Home) vs. The 49ers

Our Pick:

A.J. Green (Home) vs. Buffalo Bills