Tunnel Vision of Week 5

Tunnel Vision of Week 5

General Fantasy Analysis

Tunnel Vision of Week 5

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Deshaun Watson 426 – 47 5
Matt Ryan 330 – 7 4
Russell Wilson 268 – 32 4
Teddy Bridgewater 314 – 7 4
Dak Prescott 463 – 27 2
Running Backs Yards TD
Aaron Jones 182 4
Christian McCaffrey 237 3
Josh Jacobs 143 2
Dalvin Cook 218 0
Phillip Lindsay 147 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Will Fuller 217 3
Michael Thomas 182 2
Amari Cooper 226 1
D.J. Chark 164 2
Adam Thielen 130 2
Tight Ends Yards TD
Darren Fells 20 2
Gerald Everett 136 0
Zach Ertz 57 1
Jared Cook 41 1
Ryan Izzo 39 1
Placekickers XP FG
Justin Tucker 2 4
Dan Bailey 2 4
Zane Gonzalez 2 4
Ka’imi Fairbairn 5 2
Greg Zuerlein 2 3
Defense Sck-TO TD
Eagles 10-3 2
Panthers 2-3 1
Chargers 3-2 1
Steelers 5-3 0
Patriots 6-2 0

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

Marquise Brown – Ankle
Wayne Gallman – Concussion
Mason Rudolph – Concussion
Alex Erickson – Concussion
Phillip Dorsett – Hamstring
James Washington – Shoulder
Darren Sproles – Quad
Sammy Watkins – Hamstring

Chasing Ambulances

Not that much to think about this week. Marquise Brown re-entered the game and there are no other Ravens wideouts anyway. Early speculation is that Saquon Barkley may return next week, so the Gallman concussion may be a non-event. Unless you are Gallman.

Mason Rudolph – Scary helmet-to-chin hit knocked Rudolph out though he was eventually able to walk to the sideline shakily. Devlin Hodges is next in line but the undrafted free agent is only 6-1, 210 pounds and was on the practice squad until after Ben Roethlisberger landed on injured reserve. The third-stringer would only be on any interest if he was the starter in Week 8 when they host the Dolphins. Otherwise, he just drops the offense down yet another notch.

Brandin Cooks – Received a concussion in the loss to the Seahawks back on Thursday. If he remains out, Josh Reynolds would see more work.  At home versus the 49ers will force the need to use all receivers. But Reynolds would never be more than a distant No. 3 or No. 4 option at best.

Sammy Watkins – Tyreek Hill may return next week, which casts a shadow on all other wide receivers. But after Watkins left the Colts matchup, Byron Pringle took his place and ended with a team-high six catches for 103 yards and one score. He is only worth considering if Watkins was to miss a lot of time. Even then, almost every receiver for the Chiefs eventually has one big performance. And only one.

Bye Weeks are here

Week 6 doesn’t hit fantasy rosters very hard, but there are four teams out – the Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders. Make sure you have options for Frank Gore, Devin Singletary, David Montgomery, Allen Robinson, Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton, Tyrell Williams, and Josh Jacobs.

Free Agent Fodder

With each week, there are fewer surprise players and most worthwhile free agents are either due to injury or someone in your league dropping a guy because he has to cover a bye week. Always cruise the league transactions to see which players were dumped back onto the waiver wire.

QB Gardner Minshew – There are a few leagues that still have him available. If he can pass for 374 yards and two scores in Carolina, he deserves to be more than just a back-up. Nick Foles should be very worried.

QB Teddy Bridgewater – Sure, he just threw for 314 yards and four scores on the visiting Buccaneers, but leave him alone unless you are desperate. He plays @JAC and @CHI for his next two games.

RB Chase Edmonds – He is the No. 2 in Arizona and doesn’t come into play unless the game goes really well. He just ran for 68 yards and a score at the Bengals and added 18 yards on three catches. That wouldn’t really matter but the Cardinals play the Falcons and Giants next. If you have the roster space, he’s worth a stash as a talented guy one injury away from offering solid fantasy points.

RB Reggie Bonnafon – Christian McCaffrey’s back-up ended with five carries for 80 yards and one score thanks to a 59-yard run. He only spelled him for a series but is notable to the McCaffrey owner who is rolling in the fantasy points. He’s become such a focal point of the offense that it is reasonable to worry about his long-term durability.

WR Darius Slayton – He led all Giants with four catches for 62 yards and one score in the loss to the Vikings. And Golden Tate returned to only three receptions for 13 yards. But that was versus the Vikings who forced Daniel Jones to throw to his No. 3 wideout. Next week at the Patriots is not any more attractive for any of the Giants.

Notable Performances

WR D.J. Chark – For a guy that had a career-high 19 catches in his second season, the Jaguars star receiver has exceeded all expectations. He faced one of the top secondaries in the NFL in their stadium and left with eight catches for 164 yards and two scores. It is official – matchups do not matter for Chark.

RB Joe Mixon – He rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries and caught a 16-yard pass for his first notable game of the year. Of course, he plays @BAL, JAC and @LAR next, but at least he briefly flashed his 2018 form.

WR Will Fuller – His problem in the past was health, not production. But he was mired in mediocrity for 2019 with never more than 69 yards and no scores this year. He faced above-average defenses for the first month and finally blew up with 14 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Falcons.  This week will be in Kansas City so there is a chance of another better performance.

WR Chris Godwin – He is currently the top fantasy wideout in most leagues. He is still, theoretically, the No. 2 wideout for the Buccaneers but while the Jaguars were busy holding Mike Evans to no catches, Godwin ended with 125 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches playing “where Jaylen Ramsey used to be.” He leads the NFL with six receiving scores.

WR Michael Thomas – His production plummeted when Drew Brees left but he managed nine catches for 95 yards versus the Cowboys in Week 4. He then posted 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns on the Buccaneers this week so Teddy Bridgewater is finally figuring out to just throw it. Now if he can do that in Jacksonville and Chicago for the next two weeks…

QB Kirk Cousins – After the dissension from the receivers, the Vikings made a point of throwing the ball this week. Cousins passed for 306 yards and two scores which both went to Adam Thielen (7-130, 2 TD). Next week, the Eagles show up in Minnesota and they feature one of the leakiest secondaries. This could last for one more week. Maybe even involve Stefon Diggs this time.

The 2019 NFL Running Back – He still exists, he still matters. A lot in some games. Just when you get comfortable with the whole “passing league” thing, Week 5 features plenty of great performances from guys taking handoffs. Aaron Jones (182 yards, 4 TD) blew up in Dallas. Christian McCaffrey (237 yards, 3 TD) rolled over the Jaguars. Josh Jacobs (143 yards, 2 TD) didn’t much fear the Bears. The position is reasserting itself and not just as a receiver. Eight different backs rushed for more than 100 yards this week.

RB Melvin Gordon – The wayward son returned to only 31 yards on 12 carries. He added four catches for just seven yards. Against the same defense that coughed up 225 yards to Leonard Fournette last week. With the schedule next playing PIT, @TEN, and @CHI, it is not going to get any easier for him to regain his 2018 form.

RB Austin Ekeler – With Melvin Gordon back, he was limited to only three catches for seven yards but turned in 15 receptions for 86 yards. That tied him with three other running backs for second-most catches in a game for all-time.

Huddle player of the week

Aaron Jones  –  This was a week with several monster performances – Christian McCaffrey, Deshaun Watson, and Will Fuller to name a few. But Aaron Jones was on the road and faced a solid defense. And he rushed for 107 yards, caught seven passes for 75 yards and scored FOUR touchdowns.  Aaron Jones left Dallas with whatever is left of the Cowboys manhood in his backpack.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Teddy Bridgewater 321 4 QB Carson Wentz 194 1
RB Chase Edmonds 86 1 RB Miles Sanders 64 0
RB Reggie Bonnafon 80 1 RB Ronald Jones 56 0
WR Michael Gallup 113 1 WR Mike Evans 0 0
WR Steven Sims 66 1 WR Philip Dorsett 0 0
WR Byron Pringle 103 1 WR Keenan Allen 18 0
TE Darren Fells 20 2 TE Delanie Walker 10 0
PK Dan Bailey 2 XP 4 FG PK Joey Slye 5 XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 136 Huddle Fantasy Points = 31

Now get back to work…

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