2018 Play or Stay Away – Week 5

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Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs A recurring theme (or in Kansas City’s case, a recurring nightmare) has been me advising you to target players against them for Fantasy purposes. That will not change this week. Without Fournette this year, the Jags have really opened up their passing attack, and I do not see that changing as they face one of the most explosive offenses in the league and a porous pass defense in Kansas City. The Chiefs rank in the bottom 7 in points allowed per game.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks If I know one thing after the start of this Fantasy Football season it is that I know nothing! Last week I told you, The Whisper Nation, to “Stay Away” from Jared Goff. If you listened to me you missed a 465 yard and 5 touchdown monster effort. But let’s be real, the 3 of you that read this probably don’t even have Goff on your roster, so I got that goin’ for me! The Rams are loaded and hitting on all cylinders right now. I have the utmost faith that due to the offense’s efficiency and injuries in the LA secondary Goff will be set up to feast on a Seattle defense that just lost their best player and defensive leader in Earl Thomas.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins The one they call the Red Rifle has been Red Hot! Dalton comes back home after torching the Falcons for 337 yards on 3 touchdowns. He gets the Miami Dolphins who just got donkey punched by the New England Patriots in Foxborough. I have a feeling these two squads are polar opposites of each other and do not want to bet against Andy Dalton here considering the Dolphins just gave up 3 scores to Tom Brady.

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David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Your last chance to buy David Johnson low off of your league mates may have already passed. I have a feeling it will for sure be long gone after the Cards play the 49ers in northern California this Sunday. San Fran has given up 4 TDs to opposing running backs over the last two weeks, including two receiving scores to Ekeler and Gordon last week. DJ is a good bet to score yet again this week.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions If you can’t see that Aaron Jones is the best running back in the Packers stable of backs, then you need to get your eyes checked, and I am really curious as to how you are reading this right now. No, really, how are you reading this? Aaron Jones has been explosive since his return in week 3. He has increased his workload each week and now has 17 carries for 109 yards on the year. That’s an incredible 6.9 ypc. He faces a Detroit Lions team this week that just gave up the 3rd best single game fantasy performance to Zeke Elliott last week. Jones will still have Williams and Montgomery to steal a few carries in the coming week, but with the injuries in the Green Bay receiving corps, Jones is poised for a big week.

Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals Last week I was partially right in saying you should play Chris Carson with confidence. Unfortunately for those with Carson on their roster, he was a late game day inactive. This paved the way for Mike Davis to beat the breaks off the Cardinals rush defense for 21 carries, 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. This week the Cards will face Matt Breida who will not only benefit from facing Arizona but has looked really good in his own right. Breida has been the lone bright spot in the San Francisco offense, and I expect them to target the Cards via the run game.

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Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills After the later half of last year and the first three weeks of this season, Corey Davis owners can finally rejoice as he showed up last week and in a big way! Davis caught 9 of 15 targets against the Eagles for 161 yards and a touchdown. Davis has now left his faithful in the fantasy community wondering, ‘What is up next?’ The answer is the lowly Buffalo Bills who have surrendered scores to opposing WR1 in 3 of 4 games this year. Davis should be counted on for high production, especially as Mariota regains his health and the offense continues to gain continuity.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers What is dead may never die! Larry Fitzgerald and his legend will live on especially this week against a massively underperforming San Fran secondary. Rosen looked to Larry 7 times last week but Fitz only caught 3 and uncharacteristically had a few drops including a would-be touchdown. He should be right as rain in this plus matchup.

John Brown, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns If you have John Brown, you are sitting happy as he has scored or had 85 or more yards in every game this season. Brown appears to be the perfect fit for Joe Flacco this season. It is time to consider Brown a locked in starter each week and especially this week against a Cleveland squad that just gave up scores to both Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper last week, and if not for a drop, they would have given up a deep score to Martavis Bryant as well. The Browns can be attacked by the deep ball, and Flacco and Brown are the duo to test them.

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George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals With as thin as the TE position is, you will not catch me advising to shy away from the likes of Kittle who last week showed that he was a go-to target for CJ Beathard against the Chargers. Kittle throttled the Bolts for 125 yards and a score on 6 catches. He will continue to be a source of offense for the 9ers as they deal with poor quarterback play and an injured receiving corps. Trust Kittle going forward, starting this week.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers RSJ was a popular offseason hype player coming into 2018, and up until the last couple weeks, he has vastly disappointed. Given the lack of trustworthy depth at the position and the fact that he is facing a 49ers team that just allowed an old and overweight Antonio Gates to find the end zone and Travis Kelce to amass 114 yards the week before, RSJ should be a go to option for Rosen and the Cards. The 9ers defense has been bad enough to target for fantasy purposes.

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers A good measure for a Tight End and their role in the offense aside from their targets and receptions is their involvement in the offense or their offensive snaps. Jared Cook looks locked in as a fixture in this Raiders offense. He is coming off of his highest snap count this season against the Browns with 76. Additionally he saw his highest target count as well with 13 and caught 8 of them for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers just got annihilated by George Kittle last week to the tune of 125 yards and a TD, so I see Cook set up for a nice showing against the divisional rival Bolts.

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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams It seems as if the Los Angeles Rams are not necessarily the suffocating force they were to start this year. Perhaps that is because Aqib Talib has been injured and will be forced to miss extended time. I also think the talent that the Rams have faced on offense over the last two weeks has been elevated as they have faced the Chargers and Vikings top tier offenses. This week the Rams travel to Seattle to take on an anemic, to put it lightly, Seahawk offense led by Russell Wilson and a hobbled Doug Baldwin. The lack of weapons, offensive line deficiencies, running back injuries, and the fact that Russ has only finished within the top 10 once this year (week 1) and is currently QB20 in most formats makes him a fade for me in this matchup.

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Normally in a 52.5 point over/under per Vegas, I would advise getting a piece of that action for Fantasy purposes. In the case of Alex Smith, I think you can turn your back on him this week. The Skins are 6.5 point underdogs in this matchup, and outside of safety valve/dump off option Chris Thompson and often injured Jordan Reed, The Redskins have been very underwhelming on offense. When facing Drew Brees and the Saints, it requires firepower which Washington is lacking. None of their top 3 wide receivers: Doctson, Richardson, or Crowder have topped 100 yards, let alone 65. With as deep as quarterback has been this year, you can find a better option than Smith even though the matchup looks enticing at face value.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Wentz steadily increased his workflow over the last two weeks. Not only did he go from a performance of 25 of 37 for 255 against the Colts to 33 of 50 for 348 and 2 TDs against the Titans, but he got Alshon Jeffery back. Those patient or savy owners who stashed or picked up Wentz just in time are itching to plug him in their lineups and reap the benefits. I would temper expectations, however, this week as the Vikings come to town on 10 days rest after being embarassed defensively on back to back weeks. I am weary to trust the Vikes D to dominate here given that they have lost Everson Griffen for the foreseeable future, but I trust that Zimmer will have his squad fired up against an injured Eagles offense. I expect a dog fight and streaming another option for one more week may be the best strategy for those with Wentz on their roster.

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Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals In my humble opinion, Kenyan Drake has become the most frustrating storyline in Fantasy Football this year. He is clearly a good running back, but Adam Gase is determined to not feed him as such in favor of pounding the rock with a plodding Frank Gore every week. This line has issues as well as they just lost center Daniel Kilgore for the year. On paper, the Bengals present a great matchup, making one would be tempted to throw Drake in the lineup, but his carries and touches per game have gone exponentially in the wrong direction each week as he’s rushed 14, then 11, then 5, then 3 times consecutively. At this rate he may not see the field at all this week. You have to bench Kenyan Drake in hopes that Gase will get this right…..one day…..please.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams Typically a running back that is seeing the usage that the Seattle starting running back has seen over the last two weeks would warrant consideration for Fantasy purposes; however, this is not the case this week for Chris Carson. Not only in Carson battling injury but, if he suits up this week, he will be battling Mike Davis who just hung 100+ yards and found pay dirt twice against the Cardinals. Head coach Pete Carroll has stated this week that Davis will work into the rotation regardless of who is healthy and playing. An already ugly situation, this backfield shapes up to be in as big of a mess as it has been all year. Trust Carson and the Seattle “Carroll”sel at your own peril.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles After what the team called a “snap count” cost Dalvin Cook most of the second half against the Rams last week, he told reporters this week that he would need more time in order for his injured hamstring to get to 100 percent. We seem to have a situation shaping up here similar to the Leonard Fournette situation in Jacksonville. I am hesitant to trust Cook especially in a tough matchup against the Eagles.Philly just held the Titan backs to a total of 24 yards after they stymied the Colts’ Jordan Wilkins to 19 yards the week before.

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Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos at New York Jets When I watch Demaryius Thomas play this season, I can’t help but hear the classic Semisonic song: “Closing Time” playing in my head. We seem to be watching the closing time for the metaphorical bar that is DT’s fantasy value in real time. He looks slow, and Case Keenum hasn’t thrown a touchdown in the past 3 games. Thomas’ catch counts have gone down each week and it looks to me as if the rookie Sutton is overtaking him as the Broncos deep threat option. If you can get value for Demaryius, do it now. I am not saying he has to go home, but he can’t stay here.

Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs Last week Donte Moncrief exploded on the the Jets for 5 catches on as many targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. In the endless search for points, fantasy managers will see this and his matchup against a generous Chiefs secondary and lick their chops. Please think twice as Moncrief and the weapons in this receiving corps have been unpredictable at best this year. This 5 catch effort was his highest reception game this season, and with the surrounding talent of Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, and even ASJ to compete with for targets and catches, I do not see Moncrief emerging as a trustworthy fantasy option even this week in a perceived good matchup.

Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals Goodwin is one of the more disappointing stories in fantasy this year. After  spending the offseason as one of the most hyped players, Goodwin has spent 2018 injured and witnessing his franchise quarterback going down to a torn ACL. He has yet to top 4 targets this season and his game high yardage is 30 yards against the Chiefs. If he can suit up, he will draw Patrick Peterson most of this contest, and as sad as it is, I just don’t know if Goodwin is rosterable at this point.

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Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Although it may be tempting to chase the points and stream Gates due to the lack of talent at the TE position in Fantasy this year, I advise staying away from Gates who has yet to top 3 targets this year. He just isn’t the force he once was for the Chargers, and Mike Williams seems to be filling this team’s TE role as a big bodied receiver.

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins If you lost Tyler Eifert, Will Dissly or you have Burton on your roster (who is on BYE this week), you may be thinking of Tyler Kroft. You may wanna think and look elsewhere because Kroft is not only competing with the likes of Tyler Boyd and AJ Green for looks in this suddenly productive offense, he will also have to fend off CJ Uzomah.

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