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Monday, October 12, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 5 WRAPUP

Julio Jones:  It was almost a no-show day for Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones who labored through the game versus the Washington Redskins with a sore hamstring.  On a shortened play count, Jones caught only 5 balls for 67 yards.  Luckily for Jones and his owners, he was able to recover a fumble in the end zone for a cheap touchdown late in the game.  While we admire Jones for sticking it out, he maybe was better off sitting the game out as he was clearly not himself.  Either way the lucky score saved his day. 

Jamaal Charles:  What a disaster for all Jamaal Charles owner as the presumptive number 1 pick in drafts this summer is likely lost for the season with a torn ACL in his knee.  While the injury has not been confirmed, team officials already were saying privately this was the case.  That means Charcandrick West will likely inherit the starting job over Knile Davis as he took most of the carries while Charles was out Sunday.  Just a tremendous gut shot for all Charles owners who are left reeling.

Devonta Freeman:  Three weeks and three monster games for Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.  After scoring six touchdowns in Week 3 and 4, Freeman rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, while also catching 7 balls for another 44 yards.  Right now the last three weeks Freeman is performing like a top overall stud who is excelling both in the run and receiving game.  There is nothing Freeman is not dominating at right now and he is already looking like the nuclear lottery ticket made good in terms of a pickup or late draft pick. 

DeMarco Murray:  Finally.  After four weeks of next-to-nothing production from 2014's offensive player of the year, RB DeMarco Murray finally had a nice day in Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints.  Murray rushed for 83 yards and a touchdowns on 20 carries, while also catching 7 balls for another 37 yards.  This is what Murray's owners and the player himself had in mind when it came to picking him so high in the draft.  Of course Ryan Matthews got a goal-line carry that he converted and Darren Sproles will play on third down which will continue to hurt Murray.  At least it is something. 

Todd Gurley:  We already are seeing the awesome ability of St. Louis Rams rookie back Todd Gurley who went wild again Sunday in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.  Gurley rushed for 159 yards on 30 carries as he backed up his breakout performance from Week 4.  It was shocking to see the Rams give Gurley so many carries after just getting back into action but he and Devonta Freeman look like instant first round guys for 2016 and major impact players the rest of the way at the highest level. 

Doug Martin:  The comeback season for Tampa Bay Buc's running back Doug Martin continued on Sunday as he rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns on the ground, while adding a third score on three catches for another 35 yards.  Martin looks like a different player from the bust who we witnessed in both 2013 and 2014 and at the very least he is looking like a continued low-end RB 1 option as the rare bellcow back in the Tampa offense. 

Justin Forsett:  With Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the game with injury, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett seemed set for a big game in getting the full allotment of work.  Forsett answered the bell in rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while also adding 4 receptions for another 49 yards.  Unfortunately Forsett injured an ankle late which didn't allow him to appear during overtime.  Forsett is right near the top of the list for injuries that needs to be watched for Week 6. 

Gary Barnridge:  It looks like Gary Barnridge is getting the last laugh when we told you three weeks ago to not bother picking up the journeyman veteran tight end.  Well ever since Josh McCown got back under center, Barnridge has performed like a tight end 1, with the latest coming Sunday when he caught 8 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.  While Barnridge was a nobody prior to this season, he clearly is on the same page with McCown who is severely short on receiving targets.  We are convinced and with tight end so far performing poorly across fantasy football, by all means and make the add.

Tomas Rawls:  Maybe Marshawn Lynch should continue sitting.  That is the hope for anyone who owns Seattle Seahawks rookie back Rawls who rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  With Lynch still battling calf issues, keep Rawls close by in case he needs to go again in Week 6. 

Josh McCown:  If you had 20 guesses about who would be the star passer of Week 5, you still wouldn't select Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown.  McCown however was every bit the star as he completed 36-of-51 passes for a ridiculous 457 yards and two touchdowns, while also running in a third score.  McCown has thrown a crazy amount of passes the last two weeks which is ironic since the Browns vowed to run it more than anyone this season.  While I wouldn't go and say McCown should be added immediately, in two QB formats he can be useful in two passer setups. 

Peyton Manning:  It was another disturbingly bad day at the office for Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning who failed to throw a touchdown pass, completing just 22-of-35 passes for 266 yards and 2 interceptions.  Manning's arm strength is simply not there even on intermediate throws and he is now looking like a liability under center.  As a result, guys like Demaryuis Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are being held back in terms of not scoring touchdowns.  While no QB change will ever be considered here, Manning looks like he is totally on fumes.

Branden Weeden:  Speaking of struggling QB's, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has suggested that maybe a change is in order to save his sinking ship team after another ugly loss at home to the New England Patriots.  Garrett is down to only washed up veteran Matt Cassel as an alternative to Weeden but he simply needs to try and hold the fort until Tony Romo gets back in Week 1. 

Eli Manning:  Adding more value to our preseason claim that Eli Manning was the best QB value in fantasy football, the New York Giants' QB threw three more touchdowns passes in the team's Sunday night victory over the San Francisco 49ers.  Manning completed 41-of-54 passes for an insane 441 yards and the three scores and now has 10 passing scores and only two picks on the season.  He has been among the most consistently good passers in the game this season but keep an eye on his outlook for Week 6 with the Giants' receiving corps hurting. 



 

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