Not everybody can watch every game, so I want to give you some instant fantasy analysis and weekly impressions from every game. This is hard-hitting, quick analysis to help you make waiver decisions, find trade targets, and digest each week’s action. Let’s dive into my Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap. If you prefer this in video form, be sure to subscribe to The Fantasy Authority YouTube channel for all future content!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears
In a world where only two TEs are consistent, Jimmy Graham has been pretty good. He’s actually TE4 on the year, and the Bears are using him in a way that’s usable for fantasy purposes. He’s on the field a lot (76%) and their main goal-line target. He will put up duds because this offense isn’t good, but he’s not terrible for the TE position. My weekly impressions suggest that he’s startable.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
We were all waiting to see what firing Bill O’Brien did, and so far, it means a ton of down-the-field passing for Deshaun Watson. Losing O’Brien is a huge upgrade for all Texan passers and pass-catchers. Watson had 6 deep attempts (20+ yards) in Week 5, his most since Week 1 when he had 7, per PFF.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
I know you are frustrated with Joe Mixon, but the Ravens toyed with Joe Burrow this week, thereby stalling the entire Bengals offense. Mixon still got 8 targets and 24 carries. He’s being used in an elite manner – the weekly impressions know that better days are ahead.
Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
I am ready to declare Robby Anderson Carolina’s WR1. Bridgewater ALWAYS looks his way. It’s not like D.J. Moore isn’t open; he’s open a lot (I’m talking wide open), but Bridgewater just doesn’t look for Moore consistently. For now, D.J. Moore is a WR3 at best. Maybe you can sell him after the TD this week.
Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Henry Ruggs. Wooooo boy. His two catches were both highlight-reel plays – one a deep pass where he scorched the defense and the other was a contested-catch that turned into a touchdown. Yes, he only had three targets, but his presence really opens things up for the Raiders. He looks like Tyreek Hill “lite”.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets
There is a world in which Le’Veon Bell is fantasy relevant in 2020, but that world requires the firing of Adam Gase. At some point, fan pressure will overcome management stupidity. I am throwing out some super low ball offers on Bell, just in case the Jets do the right thing and fire Gase.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Travis Fulgham is the real deal. Yes, I know that Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson are coming back, but this guy just lit up the best defense in the NFL. He has earned playing time, and you should pick him up.
LA Rams vs. Washington Football Team
Malcolm Brown looked absolutely terrible, and yet, the Rams played him 38% of the snaps and gave him 8 carries. He’s droppable if you haven’t done it already. Meanwhile, Cam Akers is still 3rd in the pecking order, despite his efficiency. Admittedly, he did most of his damage while the game was out of reach. That said, this was his first game back from injury – it stands to reason that he eats into more of Brown’s playing time going forward.
Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers
A lot to unpack in this one: 1) Raheem Mostert handled by far the majority of the backfield touches, rendering McKinnon useless. 2) Preston Williams looked healthy for the first time this year; I think he’s a solid add, 3) Jordan Howard was a healthy scratch, allowing Myles Gaskin to have a goal-line attempt – if that continues Gaskins’ ceiling is far higher. Lastly, I’ll note that Deebo got 8 targets but had a terrible stat line. Go see if you can buy him on the cheap.
NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott’s injury certainly changes the Cowboys’ offense, but the question is: by how much? Dalton came in and immediately made bad mistakes (a fumbled snap, a bad throw that should have been picked, taking a sack), but he made some plays at the end of the game. Those “plays” were more the result of Dallas’s spectacular playmakers though. Given the atrocious Dallas defense, Dalton is going to have to throw, which shouldn’t hurt the value of Lamb, Gallup, and Cooper too much. Still clearly a downgrade though.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns
Phillip Rivers looks absolutely awful, and as a result, I don’t think there are any Colts pass catchers worth rostering. Not even T.Y. Hilton’s ten targets could result in a decent fantasy day. Bonus: D’Ernest Johnson had 8 carries, but you can ignore that. He only had 2 carries before Kareem Hunt got banged up. Hope you didn’t spend big FAAB on him.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks
It’s hard to believe, but Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf played the same number of snaps (96%). Despite equal playing time, Metcalf is Russell’s new safety blanket (he looked to him a ton on the game-winning drive). Lockett’s playing time should reflect bigger numbers, but he’s clearly been passed by Metcalf.
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