Week 4 in the NFL provided some surprising players stepping up with huge performances. Every week there seems to be another player coming out of nowhere with a tantalizing showing on the field.
However, no fantasy GM wants to be the one that goes out of his/her way to pick up a player like Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens after a three TD performance and start him the next week, only to get one yard of output.
At the same time, everyone is looking to get their hands on the next Eric Decker. Someone who is clearly stepping into a bigger role on their squad and putting up the points week after to week to prove it.
Here are three players you can trust in Week 5.
Preston Parker, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If you’re a Mike Williams (Tampa Bay, not Seattle) owner like myself, you’re probably getting irritated with Williams’ production. He is struggling to get open deep down the field, and only has one touchdown this season.
It’s been Preston Parker stealing some of the spotlight from Williams, with almost 70 yards more than Parker this season. The Bucs are matched up with San Francisco 49ers this week, who have been torched in the passing game this season.
Fantasy owners should consider starting Parker, maybe even alongside Williams in leagues with one or two flex positions.
Donovan McNabb, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
It’s no secret that McNabb has been very disappointing this season. In fact, the Minnesota Vikings are one of four teams in the league without a win.
The Vikings are in arguably the toughest division in football, but they can’t blame their losses on their division because they’ve only played Detroit so far. McNabb has played some good halves, but is yet to come out with a good full game.
Expect McNabb to impress against the Arizona Cardinals this week. He may be past his prime, but he still has some sparkling performances left in this pass-happy league.
Jared Cook, Tight End, Tennessee Titans
Bye, bye, Kenny Britt. Hello, Jared Cook.
With the injury of Kenny Britt, someone on the Tennessee Titans had to step up, and in Week 4, it was Jared Cook. The tight end recorded a 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown during a win over the Cleveland Browns.
If you pick up Cook and expect him to go for almost 100 yards and a touchdown again, you may be disappointed. However, if you give him average tight end expectations, you’ll walk away highly pleased.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is likely going to target this guy again in Week 5.