Fantasy Football Week 5: WRs Facing Favorable Matchups
Some of the league's top wide receivers are bound to keep right on rolling through Week 5, while others who haven't been quite up to snuff are facing the types of Week 5 matchups that will leave fantasy owners salivating.
Here are some of the wideouts who should be no-brainers to start in Week 5.
Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington Redskins
Obviously, starting White is already a no-brainer. He is part of a Falcons offense that has been one of the most consistently stellar in 2012. Atlanta is undefeated, it has put up at least 27 points per game in each of its first four matchups and it averages 267.5 passing yards per game.
White has been a big part of that. He currently leads the Falcons with 413 passing yards and three touchdowns, and last time out against the Panthers, he finished with 169 yards and two TDs.
Facing the Redskins in Week 5 should bring about another Panthers-esque performance from him. Washington ranks second-to-last in the league in pass defense, allowing 326 yards per game. Sounds like a recipe for success for White, Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons.
A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Miami Dolphins
Whether or not Green is a flash in the pan remains to be seen, but whatever the case, he's going to continue to be whatever he's been for much of 2012 in Week 5 against the Dolphins. Miami has the league's 30th-ranked pass defense, allowing 326 yards per game.
That is likely to result in another big week for Green, who has come out of nowhere as one of the top wideouts in the league in 2012, as well as one of the biggest fantasy surprises out there. The 6'4" Bengals standout has finished with 100-plus yards in each of his last two games, and he's reeled in a touchdown in each of his last three.
Plus, he's averaging 14 fantasy points per week, which is better than a certain Calvin Johnson. The second-best receiver in the NFL in yards coming up against the third-worst pass defense is likely to lead to a very pleasant week for his fantasy owners.
Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Tennessee Titans
Whatever magic the Vikings have going on at the moment is likely to continue through Week 5, when they meet the maligned Titans and their No. 27 pass defense.
Tennessee's struggles this season certainly haven't been restricted to the offense; the defense has been awful, too, but that will be Minnesota's gain this week. The Vikings haven't been blowing anyone out of the water offensively over the first four weeks of the season, but they've done enough—and Harvin has been a big part of it.
The wide receiver ranks third in the league in receptions with 30 thus far, and even though he had a dud of a game last week against the Lions (three receptions, 22 yards, 0 TDs), he's been good for at least 84 yards per game otherwise. Plus, facing the Titans' D, this could be the perfect opportunity for Harvin to get that first touchdown of the season.
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