Welcome back for your Studs and Duds Week 5 edition! So how many of you had that Matt Ryan / Julio Jones stack? What an amazing performance, both breaking team records and single-handedly revealing just how awful that Panthers secondary truly is. Fellow contributor Ryan Williams goes off on Panthers Coach Ron Rivera’s approach to covering Julio Jones in this week’s TFA Podcast Episode 64: First Quarter Rewind. You’ll definitely want to take a listen.
I got a lot of help from my QB call-outs last week, with Kirk Cousins and Brian Hoyer both enjoying successful weeks. Meanwhile, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Marcus Mariota all laid giant eggs (as expected). I actually like Brian Hoyer to continue his success again this week against the Colts. Their defense is struggling and just got ripped to shreds by Blake Bortles over in Wimbley.
I absolutely give up trying to guess what Jeremy Hill is going to do. The guy rips the Broncos defense one week, and duds out against the Dolphins the next. Don’t expect to see him on here for awhile, I need a break from this dysfunctional relationship.
However, I am truly sorry for underestimating Jerrick McKinnon. I was not very high on him at all, even expressing as much on last weeks podcast. He came out ready to go against that Giants vaunted front-7 though, making those shiny off-season investments look like a pretty big waste of money. At least for one week.
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Without further ado, let’s get into my studs and duds week 5 edition!
Bye Week: Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints, Seahawks
Paxton Lynch/Trevor Siemian vs. Atlanta Falcons
Whichever QB plays in this game gets themselves a great match-up and should be heavily considered as a streaming option this week. The Falcons have let up the most points to opposing fantasy QB’s and both have looked great, despite the limited playing time on Lynch’s part.
Carson Wentz vs. Detroit Lions
He was probably the hottest QB name on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason. The Lions have allowed 280+ yards and 3 touchdowns a game to opposing QB’s, second only to the aforementioned Falcons. Through 3 games, Wentz has seemingly silenced any doubts that he can play, recording a 300 yard game and two multi-touchdown performances.
Derek Carr vs. San Diego Chargers
We talked about him on the latest episode of The Fantasy Authority Podcast. He’s a top 10 fantasy QB right now and, in my leagues at least, he hasn’t even been put in a starting lineup. This game against the Chargers has all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned shootout. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to start him, it’s always, but it’s especially now.
Kirk Cousins vs. Baltimore Ravens
He’s been consistently good the past three weeks. Yes the Ravens just gave up 4 touchdowns to Derek Carr in week 4, but they only allowed 199 yards passing. In fact, the Ravens have only allowed an average of 191 passing yards a game and have 5 interceptions on the year. Cousins has thrown an interception in 3 out of 4 games, including one last week vs. the Browns.
Sam Bradford vs. Houston Texans
There’s been a lot of talk about how great he’s been playing, but let’s pump the brakes a little. He’s playing ok for sure, but at best he’s a game manager. This week he gets a Texans defense that’s allowing 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing QB’s, and has allowed just 1 passing touchdown all season. Odds are, he will have to step up his game to win this one, I’m not so sure he can do that.
Matthew Stafford vs. Philadelphia Eagles
There’s something not right about this Lions offense, so I guess it’s safe to say it’s a terrible time for them to be facing off with the leagues best defense. The Eagles have allowed less than 10 fantasy points/game to opposing QB’s, including a dominant performance against the red hot Steelers before the bye. Stafford managed just 213 yards and 2 interceptions last week against a Bears defense that really doesn’t have much going for it.
Running Back Studs
Jordan Howard vs. Indianapolis Colts
He had 23 carries last week vs. Detroit and made the best of every single one. I’d be shocked if Langford got his job back when he’s healthy. As for this week, he gets a Colts team that just allowed TJ Yeldon to pummel them for 100+ yards, so I like his chances.
DeAndre Washington vs. San Diego Chargers
The fantasy world is abuzz with news that this kid will likely see the bulk of the carries vs. San Diego this week, as Latavius Murray continues to fall out of favor with the coaching staff. What a prime first match-up for him too. The Chargers are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to RB’s and have allowed 6 rushing touchdowns already this season.
Fozzy Whittaker vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Fozz! While severely out-touched in the running game by Cameron Artis-Payne, he’s absolutely killing it in the receiving department. Last week he caught 9 of 9 targets, as Cam continues to get beat down behind a lackluster offensive line. With 18 receptions on the year and his targets increasing each week, I love his chances for double digit fantasy production this week. Fozzy is up against a Bucs defense that’s been shredded on the ground, and has allowed nearly 60 yards a game through the air to the RB.
Running Back Duds
Tevin Coleman vs. Denver Broncos
It makes me sad to put him here, but his playing time will likely be limited due to the effect of high altitudes on people with the sickle cell trait. Could he play and be fine? Sure, but he could also feel horrific and not be able to see a down. Not a risk I’m willing to take, so I’m benching him this week.
Orleans Darkwa vs. Green Bay Packers
Nice performance by my boy Darkwa last week eh!? Well, it was nice for one week at least. The Packers run defense has been so good this year, it’s practically an instant sit for anyone who faces them. Opposing RB’s average just 42 yards on 21 carries, a disgusting 2 YPC. Ouch!
Lamar Miller vs. Minnesota Vikings
We talked about Lamar Miller on this week’s podcast as a guy who’s under-performed so far this season. While his work-load has not disappointed, his production certainly has, as he’s managed just one 100 yard game and has yet to find the endzone. The Vikings defense has been middle of the pack vs. the run, so the match-up is ok, but I’m expecting them to focus on shutting down Miller and forcing Osweiler to try and beat their vaunted secondary through the air.
Wide Receiver Studs
Robert Woods vs. Los Angeles Rams
With Sammy Watkins on IR, Woods is finally becoming a fantasy relevant WR… hopefully. He pulled in 7 of 10 targets last week for 89 yards, now get’s a Rams defense that was just shredded by the Cardinals WR’s, allowing John Brown to go 10 for 144 yards on 16 targets.
Brice Buter vs. Cincinnat Bengals
With Terrance Williams being an average WR at best and Dez Bryant nursing another injury, the time is now for Brice Butler to emerge as a viable threat for the Cowboys and Dak Prescott. He caught 5 of 9 targets last week for 41 yards and a score, now gets a nice match-up vs a Bengals secondary that’s allowing 167 yards a game and 1.5 touchdowns.
Steve Smith Sr. vs. Washington Redskins
Step aside Mike Wallace, Steve Smith Sr. is back in action! Having pulled in 8 of 11 targets two weeks in a row, it’s clear the Flacco to Smith connection is back and it’s looking to be a lethal duo. The Redskins defense is allowing the 6th most fantasy points to opposing WR’s, making this revitalized connection even more attractive in week 5.
Wide Receiver Duds
Terrelle Pryor vs. New England Patriots
Pryor has been lightning in a bottle for the Browns, emerging this season as a one-trick-pony for the otherwise talent-less team. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy owners, the Patriots defense has been pretty solid sans that match-up vs. Buffalo, and excels in shutting down the opponents prime target.
Will Fuller vs. Minnesota Vikings
There’s no question Will Fuller has come on strong so far in his rookie year, even out-performing superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins! All good things must come to an end though, and I’m fully expecting a down week for a guy who’s been strong in all but 1 game this season. The Vikings have allowed one passing touchdown to a WR all season long (Jordy Nelson) and are 2nd best vs. the position.
Phillip Dorsett vs. Chicago Bears
Outside of a long 63 yard bomb from Luck last week, Dorsett has been a colossal disappointment filling in for the injured Donte Moncrief. Over the past two games, he’s hauled in 4 of 8 targets for just 91 yards and a score, 63 of those yards coming in the aforementioned play. TFA Contributor Ryan Williams thinks the Bears defense could have a great week, facing off with the most under-performing offense in the league in the Colts. They’ve certainly been pretty good vs. opposing WR’s, allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to the position.
Tight End Studs
Zach Ertz vs. Detroit Lions
The Lions have allowed a touchdown to the TE position in every game this year. In his one game this year, Ertz was targeted 8 times, pulling in 7 of them, and there’s no doubt Wentz will be happy to have him back in the fold.
Cameron Brate vs. Carolina Panthers
Once ASJ got dropped, Brate’s production rose significantly, recording 18 targets over the last two weeks, and pulling in 10 of them. This week he faces a Panthers defense that has been susceptible to opposing TE’s, allowing a touchdown every week but week 1.
Martellus Bennett vs. Cleveland Browns
While Gronk may be in the lineup, recent reports shed some light on his lack of snaps and lack of production through two weeks. He’s clearly not 100% yet, which opens the door for Bennett to continue his solid production (15/20, 247 yards, 1 td). Even if Gronk does look to return to form, both TE’s could see solid production against a Browns defense that’s allowing 8 receptions and 80 yards per game to TE’s.
Tight End Duds
Kyle Rudolph vs. Houston Texans
He’s a top 3 fantasy TE so far, which is amazing in and of itself. Perhaps he’s finally breaking the under-performer status and finally become the TE we expect! That’s fantastic, but this week you need to bench him. The Texans have held Travis Kelce, Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker to a combined 9 receptions for 78 yards and no scores over the past three weeks.
Dennis Pitta vs. Washington Redskins
After putting up a shocking 9/12 102 yard stat line back in week 2, he’s seemingly come back down to earth. It seems as Steve Smith’s production continues to rise, the TE production continues to falter. With just 5 targets last week, and a tough match-up vs. the Redskins 11th best defense vs. the TE, I’m officially off the Dennis Pitta wagon.
Eric Ebron vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Things could get really ugly for the Lions in this game. As mentioned previously with Matt Stafford, the Eagles defense is top notch and the Lions offense is sputtering. He’s averaging 4.5 catches and a little over 50 yards a game, hardly game-changing numbers. The Eagles have held Gary Barnidge, Zach Miller and Jesse James to a total of 6 catches for 43 yards.
That’s all for your Studs and Duds Week 5 edition! Hopefully you enjoyed the read. If you disagree or agree, reach out to me on Twitter @the1andonlypz and let’s discuss! As always, enjoy another week of great football action, and best of luck to you in your fantasy match-ups!