With Week 5 of the NFL season here, it's starting to get easier to project who the top players really are in fantasy football. Who are the top signal-callers and pass-catchers you need to be playing or sitting this week in fantasy football.
Here's the biggest QBs and TEs you need to start this week.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers
There's a good chance Rivers ends up being the highest-scoring QB in fantasy football this week. That's because he's averaging 26.9 fantasy points per game, and is going against second-worst defense in terms of allowed points to QBs, according to FFToday.
That's right: Rex Ryan's mighty Jets are not so mighty when it comes to stopping the pass. Rivers is going to dice up this depleted New york secondary. It also helps that the Chargers can't run the ball since Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead were lost, and they're going against the second-best run defense in terms of points allowed to RBs.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben has quietly been one of the best fantasy QBs this year, as evidenced by his 6 TDs and 1,092 passing yards through four games. The Jaguars are among the NFL's worst defenses, especially when it comes to stopping opposing QBs.
According to FFToday, the Jags are surrendering 30.8 QB fantasy points per game, the worst in the NFL. They've given up nine passing TDs, but have allowed just three rushing scores to RBs. They're giving up most of their scores through the air, and expect Big Ben to have a big day against the lowly Jags.
Giants TE Larry Donnell
A candidate for waiver wire add of the year, Donnell has helped revived a fallen Giants offense while making eli Manning look like an elite QB again.
Donnell was dynamite in Week 4 at Washington with seven catches for 54 yards and three touchdowns. He's had at least eight targets in three of four games and five catches in every outing. Until he cools down, start Donnell every week, especially when he's playing a Falcons D that can't seem to stop anyone.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
The Jets can't cover anyone, and any pass-catcher in a Chargers uniform has the potential to have a big day against their defense. Gates has caught 17 of 23 targets this year, and he's going against a Jets D allowing the seventh-most points to opposing TEs.
San Diego will be forced to throw early and often vs. a Jets D that ranks third in rush defense while giving up the second-fewest points to opposing RBs. Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen figure to have big days at WR, but Gates will have one of the better games of any TE this week.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford vs. Bills
Broncos QB Peyton Manning vs. Cardinals
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson vs. Redskins
Bears QB Jay Cutler vs. Panthers
Giants QB Eli Manning vs. Falcons
Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Ravens
Now, here are the biggest names you need to sit this week.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
Kelce is rising at a very fast pace, and he'll be among the top NFL Tes by season's end at this pace. . He had four catches for 81 yards on six targets at Denver in Week 2, three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on four targets at Miami in Week 3 and then he was unleashed against New England in Week 4 with eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.
This week, Kelce faces a San Francisco defense that has been hit or miss against tight ends this season. The 49ers held Jason Witten, Martellus and Zach Ertz to a combined 13 catches for 94 yards and one touchdown.
Their linebackers and safeties have done a superb job of stopping TEs, and they'll do so again this week against Kelce.
Patriots QB Tom Brady
As if his week 4 performance vs. Kansas city wasn't bad enough, Brady could be in for another dud against Cincinnati. The Chiefs allow the 12th-fewest points to QBs, but the Bengals surrender the third-fewest.
Brady is no longer a viable fantasy QB option, at least until he develops some chemistry with his hollow receiving unit, not to mention Rob Gronkowski looking like a shell of his All-Pro self.
Oh, and the Pats have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, while the Bengals front seven is among the league's best.
Jets QB Geno Smith vs. Chargers
Bucs QB Mike Glennon vs. Saints
Bengals QB andy Dalton vs. Patriots
Panthers QB cam Newton vs. Bears
Chiefs QB Alex Smith vs. 49ers
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Chiefs
Eagles QB Nick Foles vs. Rams
Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. Giants
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins vs. Seahawks