Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout going into Week 6
It’s almost Week 6 of the NFL season and scoring is up almost 5 points on average compared to last season so enjoy it. Here’s the fallout going into Week 6…
Colts – 24 @ Patriots – 38
- Nyheim Hines(90 yards) has taken over the Colts’ backfield. He out-touched Jordan Wilkins 22 to 8 and should retain an important role even when Marlon Mack returns.
- T.Y. Hilton is no lock to play in Week 6, so it makes sense to roster Chester Rogers(8 rec, 66 yards) and/or Ryan Grant(6 rec, 58 yards) this week. They were both serviceable PPR plays in Week 5.
- Eric Ebron is TE 1 on the season with 255 yards and 5 TDs. Erik Swoope was the 2nd TE for Indy and he was pretty active, he even scored, so days like Ebron’s 9 rec, 109 yard, 2 TD day can happen even when Jack Doyle returns.
- Julian Edelman played 50 of 71 snaps so he wasn’t eased back in. He’ll be an every week WR 2 going forward. Josh Gordon only played 20 of 71 snaps yet managed to come down with 50 yards and a TD. He’ll be a high upside play in Week 6 against the Chiefs.
- Chris Hogan played the most snaps of any Pats receiver, but only managed 3 rec for 34 yards. If you’re still holding onto him, then you need not do it anymore, unless you feel like taking a chance with him against the Chiefs, which would be his last gasp IMO.
Broncos – 16 @ Jets – 34
- Demaryius Thomas(5 rec, 105 yards, 1 TD) Finally had the game we’ve been waiting for. I just hope you actually played him. Much of it came in garbage time, as the Broncos were getting blown out, but I’ll take it. The Broncos face the Rams in Week 6, so there’s a good chance they’ll have to air it out there too.
- Royce Freeman(8 tou, 47 yards) is going to have to rely on TDs to make his day in fantasy. He’s extremely TD dependent and has only 2 double digit touch games on the season. The Broncos need Phillip Lindsay in the game to generate offense in a hurry, as they are often playing from behind.
- Up was down, and down was up for the Jets on Sunday as Isaiah Crowell ran for 219 yards and a TD, Robby Anderson had 123 yards and 2 TDs on 3 receptions, and Quincy Enunwa put up a goose egg. Enunwa was seen with a brace on his hand, so don’t go blindly putting him into lineups for Week 6. Anderson could be in for another big week.
- Bilal Powell(99 yards) still out-touched Crowell 20 to 16 and will remain a viable option in Week 6.
Dolphins – 17 @ Bengals – 27
- Frank Gore(12 tou, 63 yards) was out-touched by Kenyan Drake(13 tou, 115 yards), but most of Drake’s numbers came late in the game. The Dolphins seem committed to giving Gore the start.
- Joe Mixon played most of the game on Sunday, amassing 115 yards and 1 TD. So much for Mark Walton‘s share. Mixon will get his regular workload in Week 6 against the Steelers.
- Tyler Kroft injured his foot on Sunday, forcing him to leave the game. C.J. Uzomah should see even more action than usual in Week 6 in Kroft can’t go.
Falcons – 17 @ Steelers – 41
- Devonta Freeman(10 tou, 41 yards) only out-snapped Tevin Coleman 28 to 27. It was likely just a precautionary measure, as Freeman looked healthy. Matt Ryan couldn’t get anybody going other than constant dump-off Austin Hooper on Sunday.
- Mohamed Sanu has now had either a TD or 100 yards in each of his last 3 games. There are worse flex options in standard leagues.
- It might be time for a last gasp effort to trade James Conner (25 tou, 185 yards, 2 TD). He gets one last game in Week 6 before the bye and the Le’Veon Bell‘s return.
- Vance McDonald is definitely an asset for the Steelers, but with so many options in the passing game, his low number of targets(less than 5 per game) is going to make him inconsistent.
Giants – 31 @ Panthers – 33
- It’s an unwise move to reward childish behavior, but that’s what happened with ODB on Sunday(8 rec, 131 yards, 1 TD). It does say something about your offense and your Qb though, when your WR throws the team’s longest TD pass of the season(57 yards).
- Sterling Shepard(4 rec, 75 yards) did his best imitation of ODB, throwing a tantrum and a trash can on Sunday. TE Evan Engram is week to week, and may return in Week 6. I think Shepard will continue to produce, but his stock might be the highest it’s going to be all season.
- D.J. Moore is starting to get some looks in the passing game(4 tar, 49 yards). A good test of his potential usage will come when Greg Olsen rejoins the team, possibly this week. If you have the roster space, now isn’t a bad time to scoop him up.
Jaguars – 14 @ Chiefs – 30
- Donte Moncrief(15 tar, 6 rec, 76 yards) is no less than the 1B in Jacksonville. He needs to be owned in more than 13% of leagues.
- Corey Grant suffered a Lisfranc injury Sunday, ending his season. Hold onto T.J. Yeldon, regardless if Leonard Fournette returns this week. Fournette is proving to be injury prone and there’s currently no RB behind Yeldon.
- I was a little worried about Kareem Hunt‘s( 94 yards, 1 TD) role after the first few games, but the Chiefs seem to have balanced out their offense over the last couple of weeks.
- Patrick Mahomes(313 yards, 2 INT) played better than his stat line suggests. He’s only thrown less than 300 yards in 1 game, his first, this season and this should go down as his hardest test of the season.
Packers – 23 @ Lions – 31
- As I suspected, the Packers’ backfield is a committee. Aaron Jones, is still probably the best option of the bunch, but temper your expectations of monster games for him.
- Marquez Valdez-Scantling(10 tar, 7 rec, 68 yards, 1 TD) and Equanimeous St. Brown(5 tar, 3 rec, 89 yards) both stepped up admirably in the absence of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, despite the losing effort. Most of Brown’s work came on one play, so I’m not rushing to pick him up this week. MVS should retain more value going into Week 6.
- Aside from Week 4, Detroit’s defense has been solid, averaging over 9 FPG. They’re not a bad streamer for Week 7 at Miami.
- Kerryon Johnson tweaked his ankle on Sunday, forcing him to leave the game, but he gets an extra week to heal up, as the Lions are on bye. He should be good to go Week 7.
- Marvin Johnson(1 rec, 8 Yards) saved his day with TD, and he was playing with a hurt ankle, but over 5 games it’s obvious that he’s third in the pecking order in the Lions passing game.
Ravens – 9 @ Browns – 12
- Not much to be said for the Ravens offense in this one, other than that Buck Allen out-snapped Alex Collins 50 to 27. Collins is a better back, but Allen is more versatile and the Ravens are a passing offense.
- So much for getting Nick Chubb( 3 tou, 2 yards) more involved in the Browns offense. Carlos Hyde owners will be happy to know it’s still his backfield.
- Rashard Higgins(3 rec, 66 yards, 1 TD) injured himself on Sunday, but should he be able to go in Week 6, he’ll be a solid start in PPR formats. Antonio Callaway(3 rec, 22 yards) is showing that he still has much to learn.
- After a slow start to the season, TE David Njoku is starting to heat up with over 5 rec and 50+ yards over the last two weeks. Baker Mayfield has brought him to life.
Titans – 12 @ Bills – 13
- The Bills defense held the Titans in check all afternoon Sunday, limiting them to under 230 yards on the day. Marcus Mariota was erratic coming off a supercharged Week 4 performance, and I don’t have too much faith in him going into Baltimore this week.
- Josh Allen is still struggling(101 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), but his team is finding ways to win – mostly through their defense. Hands are still of all Bills not named Shady.
- Speaking of, LeSean McCoy had a reasonably productive day(26 tou, 108 yards). It’s good to know he can be used when healthy, even with the Bills passing game in stasis.
Raiders – 10 @ Chargers – 26
- Amari Cooper(1 rec, 10 yards) is the definition of boom or bust, literally alternating between 100+ yards or sub 20 yard games. It’s time to move him in all formats. Make him someone else’s headache.
- Don’t be surprised if Martavis Bryant( 3 rec, 91 yards) soon eclipses Cooper in the pecking order. We know he has the talent to be a no.1, and Cooper’s frustrating play can’t just be wearing on fantasy owners. Bryant needs to be added were you can.
- Austin Ekeler is on pace for a 1,000+ all-purpose yard , 9 TD season, and he’s owned in less than 70% of leagues.
- Ty Williams(3 rec, 66 yards) isn’t a bad PPR play as long as Travis Benjamin is out, which could be through their Week 8 bye.
Cardinals – 28 @ 49ers – 18
- Christian Kirk(3 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD) is emerging with Josh Rosen under center into what will likely become a beautiful friendship. I think Kirk will end up being the Cardinals leading receiver this season, and he’s owned in less than 10% of leagues.
- Matt Breida suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss and could miss a game or two. Alfred Morris(91 yards, 42% owned) needs to be rostered in all formats, and Kyle Juszcyzk(6 rec, 87 yards) should be added in PPR formats.
Rams – 33 @ Seahawks 31
- The Rams offense operated at it’s usual startling pace, aside from Brandin Cooks who took a helmet to helmet before recording a catch. If he can’t go this week, one of my 2017 Senior Bowl favs, Josh Reynolds makes for an intriguing DFS and deep league play in Week 6.
- Chris Carson had a big game(19 car, 116 yards), but Mike Davis(12 car, 68 yards, 1 TD) stayed heavily involved in a close loss to the Rams. Both are flex worthy this week against a Denver team that just got eaten up by the Jets'(you heard me right) running game.
- Doug Baldwin(1 rec, 1 yard) didn’t re-injure himself on Sunday, he just wasn’t a big part of the game plan, as the Seahawks tried to beat the Rams on the ground – it almost worked. His owners are probably even more wary of him now, so it is a good time to sniff around for him.
- WR David Moore( 3 rec, 38 yards, 2 TD) has moved ahead of Brandon Marshall on the depth chart. I don’t know that he’s a high priority add at this point, but he’s definitely worth considering in deeper formats.
Vikings – 23 @ Eagles – 21
- Just when you thought using Latavius Murray(13 tou, 56 yards) couldn’t get any more precarious, Roc Thomas comes in and starts stealing goal line carries. Dalvin Cook could sit out Week 6, so this looks like even more of a situation to avoid than usual.
- Corey Clement was active but didn’t play a down. Wendell Smallwood ended up having a decent game in his stead(6 tou, 71 yards, 1 TD). They have a Thursday night game this week, so Smallwood could be worth flexing again. I’m holding off on Clement till we see something from him again.
Cowboys – 16 @ Texans – 19
- Don’t let Allen Hurn’s fantasy score deceive you. His 1 TD was his lone reception on the day.
- TE Geoff Swaim(3 rec, 55 yards) has been the Cowboys’ best receiver not named Elliott over the past 3 games. He’s not an exciting add, but he might be the 2nd best receiving option again this week as the ‘Boys face the Jaguars who only give receiving yards to TEs and RBs.
- Alfred Blue(28 tou, 119 yards) had a productive game Sunday, and actually looks a little better than Lamar Miller to me. Miller should be back in Week 6, but Blue could retain some PPR value.
- Keke Coutee(6 rec, 51 yards, 1 TD) had his 2nd straight respectable line in Week 5, and he needs to be rostered in all formats, as far as I’m concerned. He’s an extension of a running game that isn’t getting far due to their shoddy O-line.