Sunday morning has arrived and you spent all weekend on a drinking binge? Or worse (maybe better?), you’ve been up for 48 hours on six different types of drugs? Fear not, Razzball has all of your last-minute fantasy football needs covered. Over the past two days, Bobby has covered the best defensive matchups this week for both Wide Outs and Slot Receivers. Yesterday Skorish went through every fantasy-relevant injury to keep an eye on in his weekly Fantasy Football Injury Report. Down below I’ll give you some sneaky start options who might be available in your free agent pool if you’re in a bind, as well as my recently updated week 5 rankings for half PPR leagues. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments if you think the rankings don’t address your specific circumstances. And please, please, please consider purchasing our 2021 fantasy football tools subscription. As intelligent and handsome as we all agree I am, my rankings are still packed full of bias and human error. Rudy’s computer model minimizes the human inputs and leans heavily on raw, untainted data inputs to provide a very valuable, differing viewpoint. Plus you receive all kinds of other benefits with your subscription including next-day snap count and target rate data. Anyway, here’s a few sneaky starts for week 5 of the 2021 fantasy football season:
Trey Lance – It’s finally Lancelot’s time to sit at the roundtable and I wouldn’t expect him to give that seat up for a long time. Due to his rushing upside, Lance is immediately a backend QB1 for week 5 against the Cardinals, and unless you own one of the top 5 QBs he’s worth a roster spot.
Samaje Perine – As of this writing, Joe Mixon’s week 5 status is still up in the air with a low ankle sprain but I’m betting he won’t take the field. In which case Samaje Perine will stand to inherit a heavy workload. And if Mixon does play I’d expect him to be limited giving Perine some deep league appeal still. UPDATE: Mixon is expected to play but Perine is still a decent flex option in 12 team and deeper.
Chris Evans – If Mixon is out then Captain America will share the load with Perine. Is that good? Ehhhhh. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, Evans is just a desperation play for deep leaguers. UPDATE: Mixon is expected to play, so I’d avoid Evans.
Alexander Mattison – Dalvin Cook might play again this week, but regardless, Mattison should still have a role just as we saw in week 4. Plus there’s a chance the Vikings blow out a weak Lions team giving Mattison the chance to rack up some garbage fantasy numbers.
Kadarius Toney – Both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are out again this week. The rookie Toney led the team in targets (9) and receptions (6) last week, which could be the start of something big.
Olamide Zaccheaus – The Falcons head to London with all of their receivers staying on this side of the pond. Someone other than Kyle Pitts will need to catch passes, making Zaccheaus or even Tajae Sharpe reasonable dart throws this week.
Ross Dwelley – The surprise news on Saturday was that George Kittle will be placed on the IR and miss at least three weeks. Dwelley will slide into Kittle’s targets and he could be a nice safety blanket for the rookie QB in San Fran.