2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters article! I hope everyone walked away with a victory and a new player on their team in Week 4.

I was fortunate in my matchup, but I was able to squeak out the win by 3.5 points. Thanks to the performances of Kyren Williams and my newly acquired Amon-Ra St. Brown, I'm happy to announce that James Cook is the newest member of my team!

Well, Week 5 is here, and the bye weeks have started, which always adds a degree of difficulty for vampires. Plus, Week 5 is usually when we see preseason-injured players return to their team. I state these facts because if you want to steal some players from teams, you must take risks in tough weeks. Trust me, Week 5 will be a tough week, so let's set a winning lineup.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Vampire League Starters

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Sam Howell, Washington Commanders

After a tough Week 3 performance, Howell returned with a decent performance in Week 4. He is putting up some decent stats so far this season, averaging 240.3 passing yards, 20.5 rushing yards, and one touchdown per game. Howell has the chance to have a massive breakout against the Bears.

The Bears allow 21.6 fantasy points, 252 yards, and 2.5 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks this season.

Running Backs

Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons

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The shift to Bijan Robinson is starting, but Allgeier still gets plenty of touches. He is averaging 11.3 attempts and 37.8 rushing yards. It's a limited workload, but I'll take that workload because his matchup against the Texans is so juicy.

The Texans allow 25.3 fantasy points, 88.8 rushing yards, and 1.2 touchdowns per game to running backs this season.

Allgeier will make the most out of those touches as well. He has an 86.1 percent yards-after-contact rate and a 77.8 percent positive run rate.

Jaleel McLaughlin, Denver Broncos

Javonte Williams won't miss too much time, but his status for Week 5 is up in the air. If Williams misses Week 5, Jaleel McLaughlin has a chance to be a fantasy star for vampires.

He is averaging 7.1 yards per game this season. The best news is that McLaughlin showed some pass-catching ability in Week 4, which will be helpful if Williams is out. The Broncos have a decent matchup against the Jets.

The Jets allow 23.2 fantasy points, 111 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns per game to running backs.

Wide Receivers 

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

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Rice is seeing the field quite a bit in the Chiefs' last two games. He is averaging six targets, four receptions, and 45.5 yards in those games. Now imagine what he'll do with those averages against the Vikings' defense.

The Vikings allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. They allow 49.3 fantasy points, 220.5 yards, and 1.2 touchdowns per game.

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

Doubs has been a gift for vampires this season. He is averaging 8.3 targets, five receptions, 56 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns this season. The stats don't end there; he averages 85.6 air yards per game and has a 27.5 percent targeted on-route rate. It also bodes well for Doubs with his matchup against the Raiders in Week 5.

The Raiders allow 35.7 fantasy points, 142.5 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game to wide receivers.

Tight End

Hayden Hurst, Carolina Panthers

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I won't lie to you; there are slim options at tight end in Week 5. So, this week's dart throw special is Hayden Hurst. I’m sorry for those real stats that would help Hurst’s case for starting him; he averages only 2.5 receptions and 19.1 yards this season. He has a really great matchup in Week 5 against the Lions who are struggling at stopping tight ends.

The Lions allow 16.4 fantasy points, 73.2 yards, and one touchdown per game to tight ends.

Hurst is very much a play-and-pray option, but he’ll likely be the lone bright spot in the Panthers’ offense in Week 5.


Josh Downs, Indianapolis Colts

Downs is one of the risks I was talking about at the beginning, but he is a small risk.

He has an excellent 6.8 targets per game average but still needs to assemble the yardage. Week 5 could be the week where Downs breaks the cycle with his matchup against the Titans.

The Titans allow 43.9 fantasy points, 206.2 yards, and one touchdown per game to wide receivers. 

Defense/ Special Teams 

Detroit Lions 

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The Panthers' offense is struggling to put up points. It doesn't matter who the quarterback is because they get in the end zone. So, start the Lions' defense knowing they won't allow many points. Plus, they'll get plenty of sacks and turnovers as well.

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