There will be more than a few wide receivers to choose from in Week 5 as the NFL officially passes the quarter mark of the 2020 regular season. However, because of the volume that can be found at this particular position, fantasy football owners need to tread lightly as there are some traps to avoid come Week 5. On the other hand, though, there are some wide receivers that are in perfect position to really string together stellar performances this time around.
Be sure to choose carefully and wisely as a Week 5 loss for fantasy football owners could prove quite costly in the end.
Wide Receivers to Start in Week 5
DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
Although Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is arguably the best player at his position in the entire NFL, the NFC West franchise is more importantly suiting up against the lowly New York Jets in Week 5. While Hopkins is a must-start every week if he is healthy for your fantasy football team, the prolific pass-catcher needs an especially bright light to be shined on him this time around as this game shouldn’t even be close.
With the Jets slated to be without starting quarterback Sam Darnold, who is battling a lingering shoulder injury, the Cardinals should come out absolutely swinging against a New York team that is barely competitive at this point. Not only that, but the Cardinals are coming off of back-to-back losses, which should novitiate this team in a big way in Week 5.
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
The New York Giants might be even worse than the pundits and experts initially imaged as “Big Blue” will be without starting running back Saquon Barkley for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. With Barkley going down with a significant knee injury a few weeks back, it just seems as though the Giants have been completely lifeless and deflated ever since receiving such news.
Adding fuel to the fire, the Dallas Cowboys are in much need of a win against an inferior opponent as the team’s offense has not been the issue in any of its three losses this season. In fact, Dallas has been one of the best offenses in the league despite being just 1-3 on the season. Because the Cowboys will be out for blood against a bitter rival in the Giants, expect Dallas wideout Amari Cooper to have yet another productive outing in Week 5.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers were unable to play last week as the team’s Week 4 opponent in the Tennessee Titans have created the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak. While the Steelers were unable to play last week, Pittsburgh was able to practice as the heralded AFC North franchise did not have any positive coronavirus tests of its own. Adding to the intrigue surrounding Pittsburgh’s looming return to action in Week 5, the Steelers will matchup against an unimpressive opponent in the Philadelphia Eagles as well.
With the Steelers sporting fresh legs and the Eagles still struggling pretty mightily despite coming off of the team’s first win of the year in Week 4, one can expect Pittsburgh to put on a stellar fantasy performance on both offense and defense. The Steelers offense seems raring to go as top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster should see a ton of targets from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was none to pleased about not playing against the Titans in Week 4, bolstering the productivity in fantasy football.
Wide Receivers to Sit in Week 5
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
Things are not going well down in Nashville as the Titans have become the center of the NFL’s first coronavirus outbreak, something that caused the team to miss its Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only that, but it remains uncertain as to whether Tennessee can even play against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5. Even if the Titans can muster up a roster formidable enough to take on Buffalo, it isn’t going to be pretty.
With fellow wide receivers Adam Humphries and Corey Davis currently battling COVID-19 and won’t suit up against the Bills regardless of the game’s status, Titans wideout A.J. Brown will more than likely be the main focus of the team’s passing attack this time around. However, Brown has not played since Week 1 against the Denver Broncos due to injury as keeping him on your bench for this week’s matchup is probably for the best for a variety of reasons.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Simply put: Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton just hasn’t been able to produce with quarterback Philip Rivers under center. With the Colts taking on a game Cleveland Browns team in Week 5, this may not be the game that finally end’s Hilton’s stretch of mediocre play. Because the Browns have turned out to be a pretty tough team, at least as of late, the Colts will surely lean on both the team’s tight ends and rushing attack on offense as the Indianapolis defense will need to keep them in the game as well.
With all of that in mind, it is hard to imagine Hilton making a huge impact on this game whether the Colts are ultimately victorious or not. His only saving grace would be that the Browns and Colts somehow find their way into a shootout of sorts, but the chances of that don’t seem too high so save your fantasy breath on Hilton.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are 1-3 and are fresh off of the team’s first win of the 2020 regular season after taking down the lowly Houston Texans in Week 4. With a much better opponent in the Seattle Seahawks on the schedule in Week 5, the Vikings could very well return to the team’s losing ways quite quickly.
With the undefeated Seahawks currently sporting a pretty good shot at running away with this one, it would be hard to expect a ton out of Vikings rookie wideout Justin Jefferson, who has come alive over the course of the last two weeks. Following a massive performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, Jefferson once again surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark against the aforementioned Texans. However, the Seahawks are too intelligent of a group to allow this to happen for a third consecutive week as Jefferson and Vikings top wide receiver Adam Thielen could both struggle this time around.