Week 5 Fantasy Football Position Preview

BOSTON – Week 5 is here and it’s time to start building your fantasy football roster. We happen to have the perfect little cheat sheet to help you create a winners list.

For all your fantasy football needs we turn to CBS Sports’ Heath Cummings, who is back with his Week 5 position previews. Here are all of his top plays at the most important spots on your team.


It’s been an odd fantasy season for quarterbacks, as Cummings notes in his intro.

“For the first four weeks of the season, Jared Goff, Geno Smith Tua Tagovailoa, Carson Wentz and Trevor Lawrence all rank in the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks. They’re all ahead of Russell Wilson. Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford,” Cummings writes. “With such a small sample size, you probably shouldn’t make too much of it, especially for the elite quarterbacks that were struggling.”

As for his best QB plays in Week 5, Cummings has Buffalos Josh Allen and his tantalizing matchup against the Pittsburgh defense at the top.

“Allen is the top player this week on both FanDuel and DraftKings. He’s the #2 quarterback in Fantasy for four weeks, and this week his Bills have the highest implied total of the week at 30.5,” he notes. “The Bills should be the most popular stack in the DFS in week 5.”

Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (vs. Cincinnati), Philadelphia’s Jalen hurts (@Arizona), Kansas City Patrick Mahomes (vs. Las Vegas on Monday Night Football) and LA’s JustinHerbert (@ Cleveland) round out his top 5. Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady checks in at number 6 thanks to his career passer rating of 113.9 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Click here to read Cummings’ entire Week 5 QB preview.

Running backs

New England fans – there are a few patriots worth drawing into the imagination this week! Rhamondre Stevenson doesn’t crack Cummings’ top 15, but the fantasy expert is high on what both Stevenson and Damien Harris could do on Sunday against the Lions and the NFL’s bottom defense.

“Whether it’s Brian Hoyer or Bailey Zappe under center for the Patriots, their Week 5 matchup against the Lions profiled as one in which Stevenson and Damien Harris combined for 40 touches, 300 yards and four points. Stevenson is even cheaper on both sides despite playing more snaps each week for the past two weeks,” Cummings writes.

Read Austin Ekeler (@ Cleveland), Carolinas Christian McCaffrey (vs San Francisco), New Yorks Saquan Barkley (@ Green Bay), Tennessee Derrick Henry (@Washington) and Cleveland’s Nick Chub (vs. LA Chargers) are the top plays by running back for Week 5.

Cummings is also pushing the Atlanta rookie Tyler Allgeier as a solid pickup given Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury.

“It will be a timeshare, but Allgeier looks likely to lead the Falcons running backs while Cordarrelle Patterson is out. He had great success in Week 4, rushing for 104 yards on just 11 touches and playing more third downs than Caleb Huntley,” Cummings writes. “Both Huntley and Damien Williams are also deep stash options.”

Click here to read Cummings’ full RB preview for Week 5.

wide receiver

Read Cooper Kupp (vs Dallas), Buffalos Stefan Diggs (vs. Pittsburgh), Minnesota Justin Jefferson (vs Chicago), Miami’s Tyreek Hill (@ New York Jets) and Las Vegas’ Davante Adams (@ Kansas City on Monday Night Football) are Cummings’ top receiver plays this weekend.

He also likes Pittsburgh’s George Pickens against Buffalo after the Steelers rookie had six catches for 102 yards against the Jets last week.

“Pickens’ roster rating is a bit higher than I normally aim for in this area, but I just wanted to say that he should be on the roster generally by Thursday morning,” Cummings wrote. “His talent, combined with the way Pickett looked down in his first game, could result in a very sudden change of guard in Pittsburgh.”

Click here to watch Cummings’ full WR preview for Week 5.

tight ends

Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (vs. Las Vegas on Monday Night Football), Baltimore’s Mark Andrews (vs. Cincinnati), Detroits TJ Hockenson (@NewEngland), LA Gerald Everett (@ Cleveland) and Las Vegas’ Darren Waller (@ Kanas City on Monday Night Football) round out this week’s top 5 games.

Cummings is also a big fan of LA Tyler Higbee against Dallas, although the Rams’ tight end hasn’t scored a touchdown this season.

“He’s TE5 on the season and still hasn’t scored a touchdown. That volume (26 receptions on 38 targets) gives him TE1 up every week,” writes Cummings.

Click here for Cummings’ full TE preview for Week 5.

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