> > > Week 5 is in the books! Now it's time to get into some of the players that may or may mot be available in your fantasy football leagues. There was quite a bit of injuries that we will jump into. Did you suffer a major injury?
Brian Hoyer: Currently QB23
Hoyer predictably had a solid fantasy outing last week against Indy, throwing for over 350 yards and 2 TDs. Hoyer remains a decent streaming option next week against Washington. It sounds like the Skins will be without their star corner Josh Norman, who is out with a fractured rib. Washington has allowed Carson Wentz to go for 307 yards and Alex Smith to go for 293 yards, while limiting Jared Goff and Derek Carr. If you own Dak or Russell Wilson, then Hoyer should be okay.
Rob Kelley: Currently RB77
With Rob leaving the game in week 4 with an ankle injury and then going on bye, some people may have dropped him in a league near you. Still available in nearly half of Yahoo! Leagues, he plays San Francisco this week and has an excellent chance to be a solid flex option for fantasy teams. He is averaging a healthy 4.5 yards per carry and is Washington’s best option at running the ball at this point.
This backfield will continue to be a headache all year. All 3 of these backs have issues staying on the field and it looks like it will remain a committee from Hell, barring any injuries. With that being said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the last man standing is valuable but at this point these guys are all roster cloggers.
Alex Collins: Currently RB60
This dude is averaging 7 yards a carry (37 carries 261 yards), the problem? Even with Terrance West going down again with a calf injury, Alex Collins was still out touched by Buck Allen 25-12. Furthermore, it was Buck Allen involved in the passing game and goal line situations. With that being said, Alex has been ripping off nice carries, so it would be hard to just make him go away but Buck Allen has a strangle hold on the lead back duties.
Giants’ Backfield: Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa, & Shane Vereen
This backfield is still something you should avoid. If I had to choose a guy, I guess it would be Darkwa. Darkwa has always impressed me more than Paul Perkins and he was looking good before leaving the game with a calf injury. This could still end up being a committee from Hell.
Jerick Mckinnon: Currently RB36
The Monday night game hasn’t started at the time of me writing this. I hope he does well. Latavius Murray has the most immediate upside right now out of this backfield, but once the Vikings realize that he isn’t good and that they wasted a bunch of money on him, that is when Mckinnon will get his chance. He is clearly more talented than Latavius Murray. *22 touches for 146 yards and 1 TD in MNF against the Bears.
Marlon Mack: Currently RB47
This is the second time Marlon Mack has made The Nugget Report. Ripped off 92 yards on 9 carries against the Niners, it appears like Mack could earn more touches going forward. He just looks like the back with more energy at this point.
Matt Breida: Currently RB56
When I was watching parts of the 49ers game this past week, I kept looking to see if Hyde was in and every time it was Matt Breida instead. So, when I looked at his snap count, I was surprised that it was only 2 more than Carlos Hyde. While we still see Carlos Hyde as the unquestioned lead back, it is interesting that Kyle Shanahan said, "It was just about trying to go with the hot hand".
Sterling Shepard: Currently WR20
We have been saying yes pick up Sterling Shepard, but now it looks like he will be the top option in the Giants passing attack with Odell out with a season ending injury and Brandon Marshall looks like he will miss some time with a badly sprained ankle. Shepard isn’t 100% himself but he is closest to it and it will be him and Evan Engram.
Mike Wallace: Currently WR53
It’s nice to see that Mike Wallace is still alive. Coming off a 100-yard game, he is at best a bye week fill-in, but there are probably better, more consistent options out there. You should keep in mind that he was playing against the Raiders, so I wouldn’t put too much stock into this.
Adam Humphries: Currently WR60
Just another bye week fill-in. Adam Humphries just seems to have built up a rapport with Jameis Winston. This slot WR has 22 targets in the past 3 weeks and has caught 15 of them. He hasn’t scored yet and doesn’t offer a lot of upside, but could be used as a patch piece in deeper leagues.
Robert Woods: Currently WR46
Robert Woods has had more targets and yards (30, 252) than both Sammy Watkins (20, 211) and Cooper Kupp (29, 230). While that’s awesome and everything, he still hasn’t scored a TD and his production has been inconsistent at best. His upside will also be limited on a run first offense.
JuJu Smith-Schuster: Currently WR52
JuJu keeps producing in a limited role, but that role seems to be getting bigger. If Martavis Bryant continues to struggle from week to week, JuJu could end up being the #2 option in Pittsburgh. This past week he played in 65 snaps, his yardage has gone up in 4 straight weeks (16, 39, 47, 58) while sprinkling in a couple of TDs along the way. He has established himself a 7-9 point floor to this point with room to grow in this offense. Consider him a high upside stash in 12 team leagues.
Coby Fleener: Currently TE21
He’s been near invisible before his bye, but this week he plays the Lions and they just allowed Ed Dickson to go off for 175 yards. Before last week Detroit really hasn’t been bad at defending the TE. Gresham (3-15), Engram (4-49-1), Hooper (1-9), Rudolph (2-34). So streaming Fleener could seem kind of risky, but If Ed can do that, anyone can.
Austin Hooper: Currently TE22
Austin had 7 targets for 5 receptions before his bye. Although that was without Julio and Sanu, Sanu is still likely out a couple more weeks with a hammy. This can lead to a small uptick in his targets. Atlanta takes on Miami this week and Miami has been inconsistent against the tight end position this year but have yet to give up a TD. Austin Hooper is still more of a TE2 but should be used a little more with Sanu out.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Currently TE23
It should surprise no one that ASJ lead the team in targets this week. That could very well be a recurrent thing all year. There just aren’t any receiving threats on that team and ASJ is just a big target. 18 targets in 3 games and he got in the end zone this past weekend. ASJ will be a streaming option all year barring the match up. He is very usable this week against New England.
Ed Dickson: Currently TE18
He’s had 3 good match ups in a row and after failing miserably against the Saints, he came out okay against New England (3-63) and exploded against the Lions (5-175). Carolina plays the Eagles this week and they have given up 5 or more receptions to the TE position in every game this year except against Arizona. While there may be better options out there, you may pick your match ups with Ed.
If you held on to them thus far you are probably playing them against the Jets. Good luck, Pats have only generated 3 picks this season and haven’t recorded more than 2 sacks in a game since the season opener. The saving grace is that they play the Jets, the funny part is that the winner of that game will be in 1st. Atlanta:
A lot of people have dropped Atlanta because of their bye. Now is the time to pounce on this defense! They play a struggling Miami team that had their offensive lineman coach resign due to strippers leaking videos of him snorting coke. Pretty crazy, right? Atlanta has recorded 12 sacks in their first 4 games of the season.