Jared Goff – DET
Week 4 stats: 378 YDS, 4 TDs, 1 INT – 33.22 PPR points
Week 5 matchup: @NE
Last week I listed Jared Goff as a start, and I see no reason to bench him this week. The Lions offense has been electric, and they did not slow down in week four despite top offensive weapons in D’Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown sitting with injuries. The Lions defense has been Swiss cheese this year, but it has allowed their offense to throw the ball a lot in garbage time. Goff has averaged 37 pass attempts per game, and as long as he keeps playing at a high level, fantasy managers can feel comfortable starting him.
Jameis Winston – NO
Week 4 stats: DNP (injury)
Week 5 matchup: vs SEA
Jameis Winston has been inconsistent this year, as the turnover prone quarterback has thrown five interceptions on the year. However, the Saints have plenty of nice weapons to work with, and a favorable matchup upcoming against the Seahawks. The Bucs and Panthers were able to force turnovers with elite defensive pressure against Winston, but he should fare better against a Seahawks team that has struggled defensively this year. If options are scarce, Winston is not a bad streaming option.
Derek Carr- LV
Week 4 stats: 188 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT, 7 CAR, 40 YDS – 11.52 PPR points
Week 5 matchup: @ KC
Derek Carr struggled last week against the Broncos, despite leading the Raiders to their first win of the season. However, the usually consistent Carr should rebound against the Chiefs this week. In the last two seasons, Derek Carr is averaging 286.5 passing yards, and 2.25 TD passes, averaging about 20 PPR points per game against them. He will also get Hunter Renfrow back from injury, and is starting to get Davante Adams more involved in the offense. At 1-3, the Raiders need to be at their best to compete with the Chiefs. They may have their shortcomings, but do not expect Carr and the Raiders to go down swinging.
Week 4 stats: 320 YDS, 2 TDs, 7 CAR, 49 YDS, 1 TD – 31.7 PPR points
Week 5 matchup: @NO
Geno Smith’s surprise breakout continued in week four, and he leads the NFL in completion percentage at 77.3%. Smith was efficient against Detroit, and it certainly helped that he did well as a runner against the Lions last week. However, the Saints defense is far superior to the Lions and Falcons, who Smith picked apart in the previous two weeks. Fantasy managers should temper their expectations for him this week.
Marcus Mariota – ATL
Week 4 stats: 139 YDS 1 INT, 5 CAR, 3 YDS – 3.86 PPR points
Week 5 matchup: @ TB
Mariota struggled against the Browns defense, despite picking up the win in week four. Now he will face a Bucs defense that just got pummeled by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, and will be out for blood. Mariota might end up playing from behind this week, but do not trust him to do much against this elite defensive unit—even in garbage time.
Matthew Stafford – LAR
Week 4 stats: 254 YDS, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 1 FUMB – 6.76 PPR points
Week 5 matchup: vs DAL
The Cowboys pass rush has been dominant this year with superstar Micah Parsons leading the way. Stafford has succumbed to pressure in the past two weeks, and his elbow injury may be more serious than people realize. I listed him as a sit last week, and he is an easy sit yet again this week. He has thrown six interceptions on the year, and has struggled to throw a consistent deep ball. Ballhawking corner Trevon Diggs will be preying on a mistake, and I find it difficult to trust Stafford this week.