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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY WRAPUP:

It was an ugly end to fantasy football Week 5 as the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears in a game where points were precious.  Let's get to it.

-The big story for the Bears was rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky getting his first start and overall he looked like a rookie in completing just 12-of-25 throws for 128 yards with 1 TD and 1 bad late game INT.  Still Trubisky threw well on the move and he was a very accurate QB in college.  I am optimistic.  Meanwhile Sam Bradford only made it a half before taking a seat as he was not right physically.  Case Keenum once again came off the bench firing as he tossed a second-half TD to help lead the comeback.  Nothing of significance to discuss there from a fantasy football angle.

-Jordan Howard is now a complete zero in the passing game as he was held without a catch.  That means he needs to really contribute on the ground in terms of gathering scores.  With Trubisky at the help though, scores could be tough to come by as Howard rushed for just 76 yards on 19 carries.  He has been far below what a first round pick should be.  Also Tarik Cohen pretty much was a Week 1/2 wonder and nothing since.  He rushed for 13 yards and caught one lousy pass for -1.  Cut him loose.

On the other side, Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon split reps evenly which makes both RB 3/4's.  McKinnon did have 95 yards and a score on 16 carries but we have seen him before as a prime runner and it was not attractive.

-Anyone who needed a solid game out of Vikes wideout Stefon Diggs on Monday got hosed as he went out early with a groin injury after catching just one pass for 4 yards.  There is the rub with Diggs who was constantly injured last season as well.  Adam Thielen was not much better as he caught 5 for 34 and Kyle Rudolph contributed 6 for 45.  

As far as the Bears are concerned, there is never anything to discuss when it comes to their receivers and any fantasy football usage.  This won't likely change for the remainder of the season.  


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