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2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Quarterback Streaming

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Quarterback Streaming article!

A quarter of the way through the regular season and the impact of COVID-19 is starting to be felt by the league. There are three potential games impacted by it this week, but I have steered clear of those as there are plenty of other good streaming options this week.

In last week’s article, I recommended picking up and starting Baker Mayfield, Kirk Cousins, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Baker and Kirk disappointed with QB finishes of 20 and 22, but Fitzmagic game through big-time with a QB12 performance.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Quarterback Streaming will highlight QBs owned in under 50% of NFL.com’s leagues.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Quarterback Streaming

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Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars (42.7% Owned)

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After a one week hiatus, Gardner Minshew finds his way back into my streaming recommendations. He had a great game in Week 4, with 351 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception on 27/40 attempts. This put him as the QB13 on the week and QB12 on the season.

This was a somewhat surprisingly good performance as the Bengals pass defense had been very solid up to this point. Minshew has been very steady on the year, only dipping under 275 yards once, against an elite Colts defense in Week 1.

The Matchup

The Jaguars go on the road to face the Houston Texans this week. The Texans have just moved on from Head Coach, GM, and play-caller in Bill O’Brien. It is hard to know what to expect out of interim coach Romeo Crennel, but organizational change is rarely a good thing in the short term.

Houston is beatable in the air but their real weakness is their run defense, which means it is possible Gardner doesn’t get as much volume as usual.

However, the Jaguars are one of the most pass-happy teams, averaging a passing attempt on almost two-thirds of their plays. This combined with Hoston being favored by almost a full touchdown leads me to believe we will be looking at another passing game script for the Jaguars, and hopefully, a great a fantasy day for Minshew.

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (31.5% Owned)

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Teddy Bridgewater is my favorite streamer this week. He is just coming off a QB4 performance where he completed 26 passes on 37 attempts, for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also added 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Most importantly, he looked fantastic doing it. He led the Panthers to a 10 point victory over the Cardinals to improve to 2-0 without Christian McCaffrey.

He is only the QB18 on the season, but he has played some very tough defense to start the year, and even in those games managed to put up good yardage (287 yards per game).

The Matchup

The Panthers get the privilege of taking on the 0-4 Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons haven’t been able to stop anybody on defense this year, giving up more than 30 points in every game.

They’ve especially been beaten at the QB position where they give up the most points per game at 32.5, six more points than the second-place team.

They are third in passing attempts allowed, fourth in yards per attempt allowed, and first in passing touchdowns allowed. I’m expecting Teddy Bridgewater to be firing on all cylinders this week against a Falcons team on shorter rest.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (25.9% Owned)

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Tyrod Taylor, who? It is looking like Justin Herbert has the starting job locked up after another solid performance. He had an efficient game, completing 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.

With three games as a starter, Herbert has now finished as the QB13, QB20, and QB9, despite two of those matchups being against strong defenses.

He is averaging over 310 yards and doesn’t look one bit like a rookie out there, connecting on some beautiful deep throws in this game.

The Matchup

The Chargers head to the Superdome this week to challenge the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense is the fifth-worst against fantasy quarterbacks this year, as they have allowed the third-most passing touchdowns.

On top of that, this game has a 50 point over/under, with the Saints favored by seven and a half points. That means Vegas expects this to be a high scoring affair where the Chargers will be playing catch up.

Sounds like a recipe for fantasy success to me.

The only concern is that Austin Ekeler suffered an injury and is expected to miss some time. The absence of his receiving skillset could hurt Herbert’s efficiency but a corresponding increase in volume should make up for it.

Bargain Bin Option

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings  (13.1% Owned)

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Kirk Cousins is an excellent bargain bin option and should be considered in the same tier as Minshew and Herbert. He is coming off of a pedestrian performance against the Texans where he threw only 22 times, completing 16 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown.

This amounted to a QB22 finish on the week, putting his overall season effort at QB25. Another uninspiring game might have you cooling on Kirk, but he was able to throw so little because they were running all over Houston. That should be different this week.

The Matchup

The Vikings are set to play in primetime at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.

Despite allowing only six passing TDs, Seattle has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the QB this year. This is because they are allowing eight yards per attempt on 50 attempts per game, resulting in 400+ passing yards per game.

In contrast, they allow the third-fewest rushing yards and yards per carry in the league. The formula for scoring on Seattle is clear: pass the ball.

Kirk has yet to throw more than 27 times in a game this season, but I expect that to change this weekend.

With the emergence of Justin Jefferson in the Diggs role and the sustained excellence of Adam Thielen, Cousins has amazing weapons to attack this Seattle secondary who is going to be missing star safety, Jamal Adams.

Seattle is favored by just under a touchdown. This game also has the highest over/under of the week at 57.5 and should be an absolute shootout.



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About Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is a Canadian business school student with a passion for all things football. He specializes in NFL fantasy re-draft and dynasty league formats. He loves offering draft and trade advice to anyone who will listen, so tweet @NickBSpencer with any fantasy questions.

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