Fantasy Matchups to Exploit: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Mike Evans Poised for Big Week 5 Games

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass before running it in for a touchdown as cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Los Angeles Rams pursues during the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football is often little more than a game of matchups. The savviest fantasy owners are always looking for an edge against their league mates, and shaky play in the secondary often leads to big-time performances from wide receivers.

Through four weeks, Marshon Lattimore, DeAndre Baker and Janoris Jenkins have allowed more yards than any other cornerbacks, which could lead to some monster Week 5 games from some of the NFL's best.

Lattimore's 380 yards allowed might be a bit misleading, as he blanketed Amari Cooper and held him to 48 yards in Week 4. Still, he'll have another tough test in Week 5 against Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

Godwin has played 47.4 percent of his snaps, so it's likely that Lattimore will be covering Evans more frequently. If Lattimore plays like he did over the first three weeks of the season, Evans has a chance to explode in Week 5.

And few WRs in football are more capable of posting a massive day than Evans.

Since 2018, Evans has had a total of four games with at least 130 yards and a TD. No other WR has had more than three such games, with Odell Beckham Jr. and Tyreek Hill being the only ones to do it three times during that span.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings' WRs, Thielen and Stefon Diggs, also have a pretty good shot at dominating in Week 5, despite Kirk Cousins' struggles.

The duo has been ineffective thus far, as both WRs have been held under 210 yards receiving on the season. However, facing two of the NFL's three worst cornerbacks in terms of yards allowed is likely as good of a bounce-back spot as Thielen and Diggs will get all season, especially since Evans torched the Giants to the tune of 190 yards and three TDs back in Week 4.

If you have any of these four WRs on your team, make sure to get them in your lineups this weekend.

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