The bye weeks officially started in Week 4 and Week 5 only has two teams on a bye as well (Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins). Aside from an easy survival football pick, fantasy owners are likely only affected by the Lions players. This may be a good week to start looking ahead a little bit, as Week 6 has four teams on a bye: Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts. Thankfully, there were no major injuries to top starters in Week 4, so the waiver wire is just players that could help your team through the bye weeks.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (35 percent owned)
For those either looking to stream a quarterback or in need of one, Brissett is likely your best option. He’s thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game so far this season. He didn’t have T.Y. Hilton in Week 4 and still had 265 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts face the Chiefs in Week 5, and that game has the potential to be a shootout. Brissett will be throwing it, and that usually turns into fantasy points.
Chase Daniel, QB, Chicago Bears (0 percent owned)
For desperate quarterback owners, Daniel is widely available. He’s not going to lead your team to victory, but he’s not going to harm it either. The Bears offense is struggling no matter who is at quarterback, so you’re not picking up a Bears QB in order to get 40 points from the position. However, Daniel threw for 195 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in essentially a full game in Week 4. While the Vikings defense is decent, this is the kind of day you can expect from Daniel.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (44 percent owned)
In three out of the four weeks, Jones has had at least 70 rushing yards. Week 2 was a rough one, but since then, Jones has looked better than Peyton Barber and had more touches than him. Fantasy owners are likely not rushing out to grab Jones, but he could fill in for those needing a bye week fill in. Jones is a flex option, but fantasy owners should know that some weeks could be the Peyton Barber show.
Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (33 percent owned) and Jeff Wilson, RB, San Francisco 49ers (5 percent owned)
The 49ers had a bye in Week 4, so time will tell how Tevin Coleman is doing. However, even if Coleman is back, it seems that Mostert and Wilson will have a role in the offense. Wilson has been the goal-line back with Coleman out. However, Wilson may not have much of a role with Coleman back. If Coleman is out again in Week 5, Wilson is a RB4 option. If Coleman is out, Mostert is a RB3.
Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (49 percent owned)
If Tate is still available in your league, this is the time to grab him. He’s officially been reinstated and is eligible to play in Week 5. Daniel Jones needs some help with Saquon Barkley still out, and Tate and Sterling Shepard should be the wideouts on the field. Both have played in the slot as well, so both will likely get plenty of targets.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (12 percent owned)
Beasley isn’t a must-add off the waiver wire, but it is someone that (at least before Allen was injured) was putting up fantasy numbers. He saw double-digit targets in the past two weeks. In those two weeks he’s had 15 receptions for 123 yards. He’s been the leading receiver for the Bills, and he may continue to do so, regardless of the quarterback situation.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (10 percent owned)
Starting Brown is going to be a gamble each week. Fantasy owners that started in him Weeks 1 and 4 got a 100-yard game one week and two touchdowns with nearly 100 yards the other week. However, fantasy owners that started him Weeks 2 and 3 got a total of four receptions for 29 yards. His season is going to be like that. If he can get a long pass, he can succeed. However, with not a lot of targets or receptions, he’s boom or bust.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (1 percent owned)
Like Golden Tate, Callaway was serving a four-game suspension. He started to make a name for himself on the fantasy radar last year, and he has the opportunity to become a fantasy factor in deep leagues this year. Jarvis Landry suffered a concussion in Week 4, so if he does miss Week 5, this would be a good opportunity for Callaway. In deeper leagues, Callaway is worth adding to see how much he’s used in Cleveland.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (14 percent owned)
With Josh Allen out, Knox might have a bigger role. It’s hard to tell with a tight end that hasn’t seen more than four targets this season and has a game with one reception for one yard. He did find the end zone in Week 3, but Knox is simply a desperation add for those looking for a tight end to start.
Tennessee Titans (24 percent owned)
With 13 sacks on the year, the Titans take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 5. While it’s not clear who will be at quarterback, it seems like a good bet that Matt Barkley will be throwing the ball. The Titans haven’t allowed more than 20 points to be scored on them, and it seems unlikely that the Bills will top that in Week 5. They have a defensive touchdown as well as four interceptions and two fumble recoveries, and they should add to those totals against the Bills.