Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout Going into Week 6
There were a slew of highs and just as many brutal lows for fantasy teams this week as players boomed and, often physically, busted with abandon in Week 5. Hopefully your squad came out unscathed, but we have the pickups you need to survive just in case. Here’s the fallout going into Week 6…
49ers vs Colts
- If Carlos Hyde‘s tough upcoming schedule wasn’t enough to motivate you to move him, maybe being out snapped by Matt Breida 35 to 33 is. Coach Kyle Shanahan claims it had nothing to do with Hyde’s hip and everything to do with the hot hand, but I don’t buy it. One thing’s for certain, and it’s that Breida needs to be owned.
- Marquise Goodwin had a nice game against the weak Colts secondary in some part due to an uneffective run game. That run game may still be questionable next week against the Redskins who will be minus Josh Norman. He may be worth a look in that game, as the ‘Skins are likely to put up some points. The same can be said for George Kittle if you’re looking to stream a TE.
- Not quite the game we expected from Jacoby Brissett. He was solid, but he failed to capitalize on the easy matchup. He’s a last resort against Tennessee this week.
- Marlon Mack is Indy’s best looking back and needs more carries. With his 91 yard effort in a win against the 49ers, he should earn them. He needs to be owned in most formats.
Bills vs Bengals
- The Bills were afraid of Charles Clay‘s knee, and now we know why. Clay may miss significant time, which couldn’t come at a worse time with him being the Bills’ primary pass catcher. Nick O’Leary becomes in immediate pickup as a potential target hog in an offense that is also without Jordan Matthews.
- Ugh, Zay Jones got 6 targets in this one but only came away with 1 catch. Even without Clay and Matthews, he’s not a high waiver priority.
- Joe Mixon isn’t tearing up the field, but at least he’s getting the bulk of carries for the Bengals. Hill can be dropped, but I have to admit that Mixon is having a bit of trouble adjusting to the NFL’s speed.
Cardinals vs Eagles
- And like that, the Chris Johnson experiment is over. The Cards acquired Adrian Peterson to presumably take the reigns. I wouldn’t go dropping Ellington though. I think he’ll still be used on passing downs.
- John Brown looked no worse for the wear on Sunday. He’ll be a decent flex this week against the Bucs, but then so will Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, and maybe even J.J. Nelson thanks to the Cardinals’ running game.
- Hope you heeded the Garbage Grab and started Nelson Agholor on Sunday. He’s not consistent, but he’s potent in matchups that do not favor Alshon Jeffery.
Chargers vs Giants
- It was a long day for Chargers WRs other than Keenan Allen. Philip Rivers avoided them like the plague and threw almost exclusively to his RBs and TE. With rookie Mike Williams possibly returning this week, it’s going to be hard to predict usage for any WRs other than Allen.
- The Chargers keep putting this pass catching back Austin Ekeler on the field. Keep an eye on him going forward.
- Well, there goes the floor on Evan Engram‘s fantasy production. A zero catch game didn’t help anyone, but he’ll undoubtedly bounce back now that virtually every Giants WR is injured.
- Odell Beckham Jr. likely has a broken ankle, and his 2017 season is in doubt. Hope you got some wins out of him while you could. Brandon Marshall has a sprained ankle and will be week to week. Sterling Shepard also has an ankle injury, but it doesn’t seem nearly as bad as the other two. Roger Lewis becomes a must add for week 6, but even more so may be Shane Vereen, who will see certainly see an uptick in targets.
- To add insult to injury, Orleans Darkwa suffered a calf injury after starting the game and playing quite well. He’ll be questionable for week 6. I’d still hold onto Gallman, but Darkwa is worth an add if you need RB help.
Jaguars vs Steelers
- The Jaguars didn’t even bother with doing anything other than handing Leonard Fournette the ball against the Steelers. They’ll probably throw a little more this week, but it’s good to know that against formidable secondaries, in Fournette we can trust. Chris Ivory becomes a high value handcuff.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster is playing well enough to be added in 12 team and larger leagues. I feel better about him in PPRs than Martavis Bryant right now. I’m concerned about Bryant’s output. You can’t drop him, but he’s going to be on my bench in bad matchups until further notice.
Jets vs Browns
- Bilal Powell doesn’t seem to be too badly hurt, but if he can’t go this week, Elijah McGuire becomes a reasonable flex, even as a lackluster in between the tackles runner.
- As can be expected against the Browns, Austin Seferian-Jenkins led the teams in targets(8). Teams know they can pick on the Browns with their TEs so expect big things from Ryan Griffin this week.
- Isaiah Crowell actually had a fair game against the Jets, but don’t expect much against the Texans this week. Trade him if you can. I don’t know that things are going to get better for him this season.
- Congratulations, Ricardo Louis is the closest thing the Browns have to a No.1 WR. He’s worth an add in deeper leagues.
- David Njoku doesn’t get a ton of targets, but they’re high yield targets for the most part, as he’s used primarily in the end-zone. If you’re lost at TE, he’s worth a spot start in hopes that he scores – he probably will.
Panthers vs Lions
- Cam Newton has his mojo back, which makes me question whether he was really that hurt in the first place. I’m not going to complain though. Even Ed Dickson is worth a speculative add now, though I’m not convinced he’s the new Greg Olsen.
- Jonathan Stewart isn’t doing much with his touches, but he’s still out touching Christian McCaffrey on a regular basis. I was encouraged by McCaffrey’s use in the red-zone though. He should be the more effective back against Philly this week.
- Devin Funchess leads the Panthers in red-zone targets and is running neck and neck with Kelvin Benjamin for team targets. He’s a must start while Greg Olsen is out.
- Daniel Fells has outplayed Eric Ebron the past 2 weeks. I don’t know that I love Fells going forward as much as I have lost faith in Ebron.
- This dink and dunk Lions offense is making it hard to use any of their skill players on a regular basis outside of Ameer Abdullah.
Ravens vs Raiders
- The Garbage Grab was fire this week. Mike Wallace went bananas against a vulnerable Raiders secondary. Flacco has actually found something that works offensively, and Wallace needs to be owned.
- Jeremy Maclin actually led the Ravens in targets with 8. He didn’t do much with them, but it’s a positive step. Hold onto him.
- Terrance West can be dropped. Buck Allen and Alex Collins have the backfield shored up. They’re both still available in a ton of leagues and should be rostered.
- I’m officially worried about Marshawn Lynch. He salvaged his game with a TD, but he only got 12 carries, and that seems about his upper limit these days. You would think they would lean heavier on him with no Derek Carr. Selling high here is not out of the question.
- Amari Cooper‘s floor has collapsed, and I’m not sure if or when it will return to something usable. If there’s a time to buy low on him, it’s now. Just beware that he may not return to form anytime soon.
Titans vs Dolphins
- The Titans offense was garbage, and not the good kind, without Mariota against a middling Dolphins defense. Good thing they face the Colts this week. It’s a Monday night game and Mariota is a game time decision though, so have other options available for him. I think you’ll still be able to get something out of your skill players if he sits though.
- The ankle injury that Devante Parker suffered is supposedly minor, though it still ruined many a fantasy day. If he can’t go for some reason, Kenny Stills makes for an upside play against the Falcons. He might anyway, if Parker gets the shutdown treatment from Desmond Trufant.
- Cutler needs to be benched. I can’t imagine that he gives the dolphins a better chance to win than Matt Moore. Cutler hasn’t topped 230 yards this season.
Seahawks vs Rams
- Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy were in an even timeshare, and neither one could get anything going behind Seattle’s useless O-line. J. D. McKissic had 5 targets, but his outlook will be murky when C.J. Prosise returns, which very well could be after their bye this week. This is a situation to avoid all around.
- The game script dictated that the Rams go over the middle against the Seahawks deadly secondary. So don’t go nuts picking up Tyler Higbee just yet.
- Sammy Watkins stunk on Sunday, and things won’t get easier for him against the Jaguars this week. He’s better left on benches in this one. Cooper Kupp, who got 8 targets against the Seahawks makes for a better option.
Packers vs Cowboys
- Aaron Jones has created a dilemma in Green Bay with his dominant play against the Cowboys on Sunday. When Ty Montgomery returns, which could be this week, it will be to a timeshare. A situation that was one of the most stable in football is now in flux.
- Look for Randall Cobb to pick things up this week, as Jordy Nelson will get the Xavier Rhodes treatment when they face Minnesota.
- Brice Butler is still better left on benches. He’s scored in 2 of the last 3 games, but he’s only had 2 targets a game.
Chiefs vs Texans
- Charcandrick West isn’t getting many touches or targets, but he’s been effective in what action he’s gotten recently. He actually makes for a deep league flex against a Steelers team that is difficult to throw.
- How good can DeShaun Watson get? He’s feasted on two of the best teams in the AFC over the last two weeks, and he gets the Browns this week. I’m seriously starting him over anyone not named Rodgers.
- Will Fuller is surviving on endzone looks almost entirely, but Watson is keying in on him there. He’s a must start against Cleveland this week, as he should add some yards to that TD value.
Vikings vs Bears
- Sam Bradford aggravated a knee injury Monday night that brought Case Keenum back under center. It’s safe to say we won’t see Bradford this week against the Packers. Keenum has been up and down in his starts this season, so he’s no lock to do well against the Packers, even though it’s a plus matchup. Division games are often hard to predict and can be low scoring affairs.
- As I said in the Garbage Grab, Jerrick McKinnon is Minnesota’s best back, and they’ll realize it eventually. I guess they came around sooner than I thought. He’s a must add in all formats. If you need to drop Murray for a bag of peanuts, don’t think twice about it.