Week 5 is a significant week on the NFL calendar, because we typically see a handful of players making their first appearance of the season. This is because the standard suspension for a first offense of the NFL's substance policy is four games.
In 2019 we have three fantasy football-relevant players on that list: New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate, New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson and Cleveland Browns wideout Antonio Callaway.
Tate is positioned to have, by far, the biggest impact of the three. The Giants gave him a big contract in free agency this offseason, and he's seen triple-digit targets in each of the last five seasons.
He will provide yet another weapon in the passing game for rookie Daniel Jones, and Tate should quickly make an impact in fantasy football. If he's still available in your league, he's one of the top waiver wire adds for Week 5.
Watson and Callaway are long-shots to make a serious impact, but both do offer some intriguing upside if you're playing in a deeper league, and can be on the radar as streaming options.
The Patriots have barely used their tight ends in the passing game this year, but that likely has something to do with their top options at the position being Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse, who came into the season with a combined 27 NFL receptions to their names. Watson is well past his prime, but he still has 170 receptions in the last three seasons, and playing in one of the NFL's best offenses gives him some solid touchdown upside.
Callaway turned 79 targets into 43 receptions, 586 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2018, and he has a good chance to quickly establish himself as the Browns No. 3 wideout ahead of Damion Ratley, who has 13 targets through four games this year. Callaway's floor will be low, likely sitting behind Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb in the pecking order for targets, but he showed some big-play upside as a rookie, and he doesn't need a ton of targets to threaten a big game.
Tate is the only one worth targeting immediately in fantasy football, but both Watson and Callaway are players that fantasy owners should be keeping a close eye on moving forward.
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