The Cincinnati Bengals will look to take advantage of Seattle's poor offensive line play in Week 5.
Seattle has allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked 18 times in four games, which presents a great opportunity for the Cincinnati defense this week. The Bengals are tied for sixth among NFL teams in sacks, recording 11 through the first four weeks of the season. With Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ruled out and the potential for a large sack total, the Bengals D/ST will be a top-tier Week 5 fantasy option.
Raiders CB T.J. Carrie (chest) has been upgraded to questionable for Week 5.
Carrie was listed as out after not practicing this week, but is now tentatively on track to play. It's a downgrade to the matchups of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Carrie is Oakland's top defensive back.
The struggling run defense of the San Diego Chargers will face a stiff test in Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell on Monday night.
San Diego is 29th among NFL teams in run defense, allowing 126.8 yards per game this season and have given up a beefy 4.9 yards per carry to opposing rushers. In Week 5, the Chargers D/ST faces Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell, who has averaged 141 total yards per game since returning from suspension. The Chargers D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy play this week.
The Denver Broncos D/ST will look to stay hot this week as they travel to Oakland to face the upstart Raiders offense.
Oakland's offense has risen from dead-last in the NFL in total yardage in 2014 to the middle of the pack in 2015, but won't pose much of a threat to Denver's top ranked defense this week. The Denver D/ST is not only first in total yards and passing yards allowed, but is also first in sacks and second in forced turnovers in what has been a dominant start to the season. Fantasy owners will receive another fine performance from the Broncos D/ST on Sunday.
The San Francisco 49ers are tied for 32nd among NFL teams with just two forced turnovers through four weeks.
The 49ers D/ST has intercepted two passes on the season but has yet to recover a fumble on defense. While the San Francisco defense is allowing opposing offenses to rack up yardage in chunks, the lack of turnover production has cemented this group in the bottom-tier of fantasy defenses. Week 5 will be no different, as the 49ers D/ST is not a start-worthy fantasy option as they travel to New York to face the Giants.
The run defense of the Green Bay Packers has improved in recent weeks, with the last two Packers opponents averaging just 76 yards rushing.
The first two weeks of the 2015 season were rough on the Green Bay defense and continued a trend from 2014 with the Packers unable to stop the rushing attack of opposing teams. The last two weeks have been far better for the Packers, holding Jamaal Charles to 49 rushing yards and Carlos Hyde to 20 yards on eight carries. The Green Bay D/ST will need a solid front-line performance this week with St. Louis rookie Todd Gurley emerging in the Rams backfield. Playing at Lambeau Field this week, the Packers D/ST will be a top-12 fantasy option against St. Louis.
The Tamp Bay Buccaneers will look to slow Jacksonville rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, who is coming off a 109 total yard effort in Week 4.
The Bucs are well aware of the challenge of containing Yeldon, as DC Leslie Frazier said, "He carried the ball and did a good job of making people miss. But he showed some power, too, being able to run through some tackles." The Bucs D/ST has been surprisingly effective against the pass this season, but is 30th among NFL teams in stopping the run, allowing 136.8 rushing yards per game. The Jacksonville offense hasn't been the sack and turnover machine it has been in the past, leaving the Bucs outside the top-12 fantasy defenses this week.
Seahawks placed CB Tharold Simon (toe) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Simon missed the last two games and wasn't close to returning. He was active in Week 2, but didn't play any snaps in a lost season. The Seahawks needed Simon's roster spot to promote RB Rod Smith with Marshawn Lynch out. 24-year-old Simon is signed through 2016.