PewterReport.com’s Andrew Scavelli will be joining News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas every Tuesday night on the 11 p.m. newscast to keep you up to date on the latest fantasy football news and discuss potential players to target for that week’s matchups.
What are the fantasy implications of Tampa Bay’s quarterback switch? With a rash of injuries and lack of production at the tight end position across the league, which two players should you keep your eye on if you’re looking for tight end help? Who are some hidden gems that can be found in the AFC South? What defense should you pick up and start this week? Watch week 5’s Fantasy Football Forecast to find out!
Each week Scavelli will also be answering your fantasy football questions submitted to the comments section of our Fantasy Mailbox, which will be posted on Pewter Report’s official Instagram account @pewterreport every Monday afternoon. Below are the questions that were asked in our mailbox for this week’s edition of the FANTASY MAILBAG.
Question: How much of a risk would it be starting Jameis Winston in week 6?
Answer: I don’t think there is any risk in starting Winston against the Falcons, and he might actually be a top 10 fantasy quarterback play for me that week. Atlanta’s banged up secondary is vulnerable to big plays and that defense has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs this season. Winston, like Ryan Fitzpatrick, had a big preseason in this offensive system and completed 30 of 41 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the reps he received. Just as Fitzpatrick’s play from August carried over, I’m expecting the same from Winston and he will have two weeks to prepare for starting action this time around. We know that this Bucs offense will have to throw the football a lot to keep up with the high-scoring Falcons attack, so on paper this looks like a great 2018 fantasy debut for Tampa Bay’s signal caller.
Question: Vikings defense or Browns defense to start in week 5?
Answer: To be honest I don’t like either of those defenses this week and would recommend keeping both on your bench. Outside of week one against the 49ers, Minnesota’s defense hasn’t played well and has allowed more than 27 points in each of their last three games. I’m expecting a similar result for them this week in a potential shootout against Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense. As for Cleveland, I actually trust them more to score points as they’ve had a penchant for creating turnovers and getting to the quarterback so far this season but they’ll be going up against a high-powered Ravens offense that has given up the ninth-fewest points to fantasy defenses. If you had to pick between the these two options this week I’m going with the Browns just based upon their turnover potential but if you have the option to pickup another available defense like the Titans, that would be your safer play for this week.