Scott Engel is in his 12th year as the official Fantasy Football writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time nominee. You can find more of his fantasy football analysis at The Game Day and lineup rankings on RotoBaller.com.
The Seahawks have their bye in Week 5, which gives the 12s a longer period to savor the stirring Week 4 win on Monday Night Football. Fantasy football players who started the team's defense also saw the unit boost them to a victory. The 11 sacks, three forced turnovers, and Devon Witherspoon interception return for a touchdown led to 30 fantasy points, which led all defensive units for the week.
The week off for the team, however, presents significant challenges for fantasy players, as Kenneth Walker III, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett must be replaced in starting lineups. Geno Smith is also unavailable as a streaming QB option. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Los Angeles Chargers also have byes in Week 5, so we provide good lineup replacement recommendations in the Week 5 rundown of start 'em players.
START Breece Hall
The Jets' RB faces a Denver defense that has allowed the most Fantasy Points Per Game Allowed to running backs. Published reports have indicated that Hall may be headed for an expanded workload in Week 5. Zach Wilson showed true signs of progress in Week 4 and can make the Denver defense honor the passing game, opening up more running room for Hall.
Hall rushed for 127 yards on 10 carries against the Buffalo Bills in the season opener. He had a long run of 63 yards. We should see Hall's upside again in Week 5, and he must be locked into lineups as a fantasy RB2.
START Gus Edwards
The Baltimore running back is a viable streamer for those who need a bye week fill-in at RB. In addition to Walker, Austin Ekeler, Jerome Ford, and Rachaad White are off in Week 5. Edwards is the apparent lead back for the Ravens right now, and he has a good fantasy football draw against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Edwards led the Ravens' RBs with 15 carries last week, while no other RB had more than three rushing attempts. Pittsburgh ranks 31st in rushing yards allowed to RBs. You should expect a decent fantasy return from Edwards this week, which is often needed at minimum when dealing with bye weeks and injuries.
START Jahmyr Gibbs
If you don't have an RB option who has a safe floor, you can still take a Week 5 chance on the potential of Gibbs. David Montgomery has soared above any expectations as the main fantasy producer from the Detroit RB mix. But Gibbs is capable of delivering a dazzling play any time he touches the ball.
It is possible that both main Lions RBs shine against the Panthers. Also, if Detroit moves out to a comfortable lead, Gibbs may be used more to protect the cushion later in the game. The Panthers have allowed six rushing TDs, second-most in the NFL.
START Tyler Allgeier
In many situations, we will have to dig deeper for an RB plugger or flex filler in fantasy football Week 5. The Falcons frequently employ a run-heavy attack and the matchup points to possible TD opportunities for Allgeier. The Texans have allowed five rushing TDs, which is second-most among AFC teams.
Allgeier rushed for two TDs in the season opener. The Falcons may look to use Bijan Robinson and Allgeier to control the clock against an improving and evolving Houston offense.
START Garrett Wilson
Zach Wilson passed for two TDs and no interceptions last week against the Chiefs. The matchup is better against the Broncos in Week 5. Denver's pass defense ranks 31st in the NFL, and the New York QB is a decent bet to come through with another quality outing.
The obvious key to Zach Wilson moving the ball consistently is to get the ball to Garrett Wilson. Expect the New York WR to supply a satisfying fantasy performance. Now is also a good time to trade for Garrett Wilson, before his production levels rise in the weeks ahead.
START Zay Flowers
The rookie has certainly flashed some promise at points early in the season. He already notched receptions of 40-plus yards in two games, and Flowers has also been targeted 10 times in two games. He is quickly settled in as a new No. 1 WR for Baltimore. Flowers' best fantasy weeks are likely ahead, and the 23-year-old can start to gain even more fantasy notice this week.
The Steelers rank 29th in FFPG allowed to WRs. Flowers should at least post a solid stat line this week, and he definitely also has the upside to help you register a fantasy win in Week 5.
START Romeo Doubs
We are seeing the early work of a Green Bay trio that should be the axis of the team's offense for a long time to come. Jordan Love, Doubs, and Christian Watson will likely be linked together in real life and fantasy football for several seasons ahead.
Love already has two games of three-plus TD passes this season. Doubs has three TD catches this season, and the Raiders have surrendered six TD receptions to WRs, tied for the most in the league. Both Doubs and Watson might find the end zone this week, while Love is a quality QB streamer.
START Josh Downs
In instances where you are searching for a WR or flex starter, consider taking a chance on Downs. This can be the week when we see the first impressive fantasy performance of his career. The matchup is certainly a good one against Tennessee.
The Titans rank 27th in FFPG allowed to WRs. Downs was targeted seven times in Week 4, and he was targeted 12 times in Week 2. Michael Pittman Jr. will command a lot of defensive attention, so there should be more playmaking opportunities for the first-year Colts WR this week.
Quarterbacks And Tight End
START Jared Goff
Experienced fantasy players know that Goff is a great streaming option in home games. Over the past two seasons, he has thrown 27 of his 35 TD passes at Ford Field. Last year, Goff passed for 355 yards and three TDs vs. Carolina.
START Matthew Stafford
The Los Angeles offense has surprised all observers so far this season. The Rams rank fourth in the league in total offense so far. Stafford has been the engine of the unit, as he leads the NFC and is second in the NFL with 1,229 passing yards. The Eagles rank 27th in FFPG allowed to QBs.
START Dalton Kincaid
I naturally finish with another rookie recommendation, as we should see bust-out performances from many of them as the season progresses. The matchup is a good one for the Buffalo tight end. Jacksonville has let up the second-most FFPG to the position.
Week 5 Defenses To Stream And Start: New Orleans Saints (vs. New England), Detroit Lions (vs. Carolina), Indianapolis Colts (vs. Tennessee).
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