EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 31: Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder #80 of the Washington Redskins in action against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 31, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 18-10. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

5 Fantasy Football Matchups to Exploit in Week 5

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Week 5 of the NFL season is typically when things start to normalize as more teams have an ample amount of footage on each of their opponents. The same goes for us -- we've seen either three or four games from everyone now, and the numbers make things a bit easier to pinpoint areas we want to target. 


Let's get into the most advantageous matchup at each position. 

1. Quarterback: Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

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Have you seen Bortles' numbers when running back Leonard Fournette is out of the lineup? In five games of this scenario, Bortles has thrown nine touchdowns against one interception -- he has thrown for at least 325 yards in three of those games. Only one team (the Bucs) has allowed more passing yards per game than the Chiefs, and they're on a bye this week, making KC the premier option to pick on. 

2. Running Back: James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons

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If you're a frequent reader of this article, you know it's like clockwork using running backs against the Atlanta Falcons. For one, they've allowed at least 20 FanDuel fantasy points to each opposing starting running back in Weeks 1-4. Second, the Falcons are allowing 13.75 targets per game to the running back position - for comparison, the No. 2 ranked team allows 12 while the No. 3 team allows 10. Conner has struggled rushing the ball at times, but his strength thus far has been catching passes out of the backfield.

3. Wide Receiver: Jamison Crowder - Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints

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The Saints are allowing nine more FD fantasy points to the wide receiver position than any other team in football. Even more appealing for Crowder, is his matchup against P.J. Williams in the slot. Going into Week 4, Williams was allowing a perfect QB rating on passes thrown in his direction -- well, Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard took that info and caught all 10 of his targets in Week 4 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Crowder should be able to post similar numbers in this scenario on Monday night.

4. Tight End: Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers

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Hooper failed to cash in on an excellent matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, but he finds himself in an even better spot in Week 5 against a Steelers team that has allowed the most targets (10.5) per game to the tight end position. He's an extreme boom-or-bust option, yet the matchup lends itself to plenty of upside here. 

5. Defense/Special Teams: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills

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It's been common to target defenses against this hapless Bills offense. With exception of their Week 3 win in Minnesota, the Bills have been a disaster by allowing sacks and coughing up turnovers. The Titans defensive unit is excelling under new leadership, and they're not even fully gelling just yet. Look for the Titans front-seven to create havoc all day near the line of scrimmage and get to rookie quarterback Josh Allen multiple times. 

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