Busts are at all times part of fantasy soccer, and 2021 has been no totally different. Whether it is as a result of a participant loses alternatives, will get injured, faces robust matchups, or is simply due for a chilly spell, there are a selection of causes they will fall flat in your lineups. Identifying attainable busts is paramount and will help stop you from having disastrous weeks — or at very least put together you for them when you’ve got no selection. We’ve picked out potential Week 5 fantasy busts at each place, similar to Miles Sanders and Samaje Perine, so you already know who to be leery of when making begin ’em, sit ’em selections.
As at all times, even perennial stars can bust — like CeeDee Lamb in Week 4 — however we all know gamers like him are “must-starts.” We’ll follow naming guys on the start-or-sit bubble. As talked about above, you may’t at all times keep away from gamers on this record. Sometimes you do not have the depth to moderately bench these guys (otherwise you may simply completely disagree with our assessments).
WEEK 5 FANTASY: Sleepers | (*5*)
Week 4 was simply one of the best week for our sleeper and bust picks. For busts, we recognized Damien Harris, Myles Gaskin, Chuba Hubbard, Cole Beasley, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Robert Tonyan. We hit on the Panthers, Washington Football Team, and Broncos defenses, as nicely. We additionally famous Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill might bust. They did not essentially utterly flop, however they performed nicely under expectations. Mike Gesicki, Dalton Schultz, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney proved us incorrect, although. Overall, it was a stable week, so here is to stacking one other good week on prime of it.
Overall, our busts have been extra on level than our sleeper picks, and we’re again once more to determine who may battle in Week 5.
Week 5 Fantasy Busts: Running backs
Miles Sanders, Eagles @ Panthers (Jackson Sparks). Some may say that is too straightforward of a selection, however Sanders nonetheless does have some type of upside and remains to be the beginning RB in an offensive that may be explosive in spurts. However, the Panthers are the No. 3 protection in opposition to working backs in fantasy. They have been No. 1 earlier than Ezekiel Elliott ran wild on them final week. Kenny Gainwell simply seems like the higher again in each side and has stolen many alternatives from Sanders, particularly within the passing sport. It’s protected the assume the Eagles will not be capable to run the ball on this sport, so it should seemingly be Gainwell’s time to shine once more. Sanders did not look like a man you may ever bench previous to this season, however now you may.
Samaje Perine, Bengals vs. Packers (Vinnie Iyer). He gained’t all of a sudden be featured, a la fellow former Sooner Joe Mixon, with rookie Chris Evans within the combine. The sport script additionally requires Cincinnati to throw much more with Joe Burrow.
James Conner, Cardinals vs. 49ers (Matt Lutovsky). Conner has scored in every of the previous two video games, however he’s averaging simply 3.2 yards/carry. Because he’s getting a great quantity of carries, he doesn’t appear as “TD-or-bust” as he’s, however relaxation assured, if he doesn’t rating, he gained’t have a lot worth. San Francisco is pretty center of the highway in opposition to the run, so that is actually extra about not trusting Conner. Kyler Murray is at all times a candidate to steal goal-line TDs, and Conner can’t afford to lose any probabilities.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks
Taylor Heinicke, Washington vs. Saints (Sparks). Heinicke has continued to impress ever since he confronted the Bucs within the playoffs final 12 months. However, the Saints protection is prime six in factors allowed to quarterbacks. Daniel Jones had success in opposition to them, however we predict that was simply an uncharacteristic day for the Saints’ D. With Logan Thomas (hamstring) seemingly out, New Orleans can focus all of their defensive consideration on Terry McLaurin. This spells dangerous information for Heinicke.
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars vs. Titans (Iyer). The matchup may say “yes,” however the Titans can flip this right into a grinding sport targeted on the working backs.
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Bears (Lutovsky). Carr noticed his torrid begin to the season decelerate final Monday, however he nonetheless managed a pair of TDs. The Bears are barely above common in opposition to QBs, so this isn’t precisely a positive matchup. Carr gained’t utterly flop, however chances are high, you are able to do higher.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receivers
Brandin Cooks, Texans vs. Patriots (Sparks). Cooks seemed quarterback-proof and matchup-proof prior previous to getting shut down in Week 4 in opposition to the Bills, and he is most likely going to be a dud in Week 5, as nicely. New England has been the fourth-best protection in opposition to WRs, and we simply noticed them shut down Chris Godwin and restrict Antonio Brown. Put merely, all they should do is deal with stopping Cooks and the Houston offense will not be capable to transfer the ball in any respect.
Courtland Sutton, Broncos at Steelers (Iyer). Drew Lock isn’t the important thing to opening up his manufacturing, and Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) has helped it in just one sport. We nonetheless view Pittsburgh as one of many prime secondaries within the league.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns @ Chargers (Lutovsky). OBJ is averaging eight targets/sport, however he’s been decidedly common in his first two outings this 12 months. The Chargers are limiting WRs to the second-fewest fantasy factors per sport (FPPG). Put it collectively, and there’s no actual cause to belief Beckham this week.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight ends
Kyle Pitts, Falcons vs. Jets (Sparks). We do not blame you in the event you determine to play Pitts at such a weak place, however know there’s bust potential. Your first response once you see a matchup with the Jets could be to leap for pleasure, however once you really dive deeper into what the Jets’ have executed on protection, this isn’t a positive matchup. They possess one of many prime defensive traces in soccer, which is dangerous information for an terrible Falcons’ offensive line. The finest tight finish the Jets have confronted is Noah Fant. They restricted Fant to only two catches on three targets and 15 yards. Additionally, a big time-zone hole from Atlanta to London might spell a sluggish offensive sport for each side.
Tyler Higbee, Rams @ Seahawks (Iyer). Higbee needs to be in idea extra concerned — simply not when all the Rams extensive receivers are getting the job executed everywhere in the subject.
Jared Cook, Chargers vs. Browns (Lutovsky). Outside of Travis Kelce in Week 1, the Browns have utterly shut down tight ends this 12 months. We gained’t maintain Kelce’s 76 yards and two TDs in opposition to them since he doesn’t actually matter as a standard TE. Cook does, although, and he’ll seemingly be a part of the remainder as ineffective fantasy performs.
Week 5 Fantasy Busts: Defenses
Los Angeles Rams @ Seahawks (Sparks). The Rams have been uncovered by Kyler Murray and co. in Week 4, and the Seahawks’ offense has the firepower to do the identical. Jalen Ramsey will seemingly restrict DK Metcalf, however this looks like an excellent spot for Tyler Lockett to have an explosive week. Freddie Swain has emerged as one other explosive deep menace, and Russell Wilson bounced again properly in opposition to the 49ers’ after a tricky Week 3 efficiency. The Seahawks are using excessive off the win heading into a fast turnaround on Thursday Night Football. This might find yourself being a traditional NFC West shootout.
New Orleans Saints @ Washington (Iyer). The Saints initially seemed good again at residence in opposition to the Giants earlier than issues acquired out of hand. It’s exhausting to really feel impressed they may rebound on the highway in opposition to a potent WFT offense.
Buffalo Bills @ Chiefs (Lutovsky). There’s no different place in fantasy the place you’d take into account benching the top-ranked participant, however D/ST is a distinct animal. Buffalo has been implausible this 12 months in opposition to the likes of Miami, Washington, and Houston, however Kansas City, regardless of some uncharacteristic turnovers, provides up the fifth-fewest FPPG. You can’t rely on Buffalo producing greater than 5 factors, however there are undoubtedly D/STs on the waiver wire that may. Do you actually wish to take an opportunity on the Bills and hope for a defensive landing in opposition to the NFL’s scariest offense? You know they’re not going to get many sacks or maintain the rating low.