Fantasy football is a game of matchups. There aren't a ton of players who are "must-start" options each and every week. Fantasy owners are often faced with tough decisions on who to start and, more often than not, a player's matchup is going to be one of the deciding factors.
Here's how every team's matchup stacks up for fantasy football purposes heading into Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.
Note: The Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions are on bye weeks and are unranked for Week 5.
30. Washington Redskins (vs NE)
We don't even know who will be starting at QB for the Washington Redskins against the New England Patriots, and frankly it doesn't really matter. Both Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins looked terrible in Week 4, and Colt McCoy has proven himself to be a journeyman at best. The Patriots have also played phenomenal defense in 2019, conceding only 27 points across four games.
29. New York Jets (at PHI)
28. Buffalo Bills (at TEN)
27. Oakland Raiders (vs CHI)
26. New York Giants (vs MIN)
The Daniel Jones show has been fun, but expect things to come crashing down to earth for the New York Giants in Week 5. The last two games were both favorable matchups for the G-Men, and the Vikings are the stark opposite of that. They sit top-10 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings and are one of only six teams holding their opponents to fewer than 5.0 yards per play in 2019.
25. Denver Broncos (at LAC)
24. Tennessee Titans (vs BUF)
23. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs BAL)
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (at CAR)
21. Atlanta Falcons (at HOU)
20. Cleveland Browns (at SF)
It's hard to nail down just how good the Cleveland Browns offense is in 2019. They clearly have no shortage of potential, roasting the Baltimore Ravens for 40 points in Week 4, but they also have a pair of 13-point games to their name. The San Francisco 49ers have only played three games this year, but they've quietly been terrific on defense, sitting second in defensive DVOA.
19. Green Bay Packers (at DAL)
18. Carolina Panthers (vs JAX)
17. Arizona Cardinals (at CIN)
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at NO)
15. San Francisco 49ers (vs CLE)
14. Chicago Bears (at OAK)
13. Indianapolis Colts (at KC)
12. Cincinnati Bengals (vs ARI)
Sure, it feels weird to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals as a top-12 offense after they were held to only three points in Week 4. But that's the kind of boost a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals can give you. Across the four offensive positions (QB, RB, WR and TE), only four teams have allowed over 100 fantasy points per game to opponents, with Arizona's 105.2 being the second most in the NFL (only the Miami Dolphins give up more). Their break-neck offensive pace and struggles on defense combine to make this one of the most fantasy-friendly matchups possible.
11. Seattle Seahawks (vs LAR)
10. Minnesota Vikings (at NYG)
9. New Orleans Saints (vs TB)
A Teddy Bridgewater-led offense is obviously not as exciting as when Drew Brees was at the helm, but a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers goes a long way to hide that. Tampa has allowed opponents to complete the most passes in the NFL (111) through four games, and they're one of only three teams allowing more than 300 yards per game through the air. Bridgewater may not be slinging it deep, but Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas should still feast against the Bucs.
8. Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
7. Los Angeles Rams (at SEA)
6. Dallas Cowboys (vs GB)
5. Houston Texans (vs ATL)
4. Los Angeles Chargers (vs DEN)
3. Philadelphia Eagles (vs NYJ)
2. New England Patriots (at WAS)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (vs IND)
Surprise. The Kansas City Chiefs probably won't have Tyreek Hill back, but they're still putting up gaudy numbers without him. This game has a huge 57-point over/under, and as 11-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, that gives KC an absurd 34-point implied total. The next highest in Week 5 is only 29 points (the Eagles).
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