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Chris Sweet – Senior Fantasy Analyst: The Wagner Wire

Week 5 is in the books so here are 70-1 things I took away from it.

  1. Ben Roethlisberger is playing like he did retire after last year.
  2. The only Steelers players you can start right now are Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell.
  3. Joe Mixon is getting the carries now but his 2.8 ypc needs to improve if he is going to break out.
  4. The Bengals offense is starting to look better.
  5. AJ Green is the Elite WR nobody talks about. He is on pace for over 1600 yards receiving.
  6. Joe Flacco shouldn’t be owned in many fantasy leagues.
  7. It’s hard to trust any Ravens WR on any given week.
  8. Buck Allen is quietly putting together an RB2 season.
  9. Duke Johnson has gone for more than 20 points in a ppr each of the last 3 weeks.
  10. He isn’t getting a lot of yards but David Njoku has 3 TDs in 5 games this season.
  11. Davante Adams is the clear 2nd option in Green Bay. He’s on pace to repeat his 12 TDs from last year.
  12. Aaron Jones getting more carries could be a good thing for Ty Montgomery owners.
  13. Mitch Trubisky didn’t ignite the Bears passing attack. To be fair, he might have had better receivers at Chapel Hill.
  14. Jordan Howard has regained his hold on the RB snaps in Chicago.
  15. Ameer Abdullah is still not an every week starter. He probably never will be.
  16. Marvin Jones saw as many targets as Golden Tate in Week 5.
  17. Jerick McKinnon proved that he deserves the Gray Duck’s share of the carries in Minnesota on Monday Night.
  18. Shady McCoy has been getting the volume but the results just haven’t been there.
  19. With Charles Clay going down there really isn’t a Buffalo pass catcher that should be owned right now. Zay Jones might be eventually but he’ll have to do better than 1 for 9 on 6 targets.
  20. Miami’s offense is a wasteland for Fantasy right now outside of Jarvis Landry.
  21. Chris Hogan might be the most consistent WR in Fantasy right now.
  22. Dion Lewis is carving out a bigger role for himself in the Patriots backfield.
  23. If Bilal Powell sits out this week, I would fire up Elijah McGuire. The Patriots are allowing 124.5 yards per game to opposing RBs.
  24. Josh McCown could be a solid cheap option in DFS this week.
  25. I can see Austin Sefarian Jenkins finishing the year as a Top 8 TE.
  26. Dak Prescott is putting together quite the stat line.
  27. Cole Beasley has that 2 TD game just about every year.
  28. The Giants were loaded at WR to start the year and are now relying on a guy named Roger Lewis as their WR1.
  29. Evan Engram should see his targets go up despite the 0 he put up in week 5.
  30. The Eagles pass game has Carson Wentz sitting as a Top 5 QB.
  31. Alshon Jeffery isn’t making the splash I would have expected in Philly.
  32. Zach Ertz is the most consistent Tight End this year and it isn’t close.
  33. Kirk Cousins will look to beat his former, and maybe future Coach, this week.
  34. I sure hope Jamison Crowder used the bye to remember he’s good at football.
  35. Will Fuller has 4 TDs on 6 catches in his young season.
  36. Coaches might figure out how to stop Deshaun Watson in 2018 but he is going to rack up some points in 2017.
  37. The Mack Daddy will make you Jump Jump to your waiver wire to get Marlon Mack this week.
  38. TY Hilton is a monster waiting to happen. The guy goes off every few weeks.
  39. The Jaguars are your classic old school Running and Defense team. That should be the only 2 Jags starting in Fantasy each week too…the RB and the Defense.
  40. Leonard Fournette is still the best RB in this class in my opinion.
  41. Tennessee is not a good place for Fantasy right now.
  42. Julio Jones had a week to rest. That should be bad news for the Dolphins.
  43. I’m almost ready to admit that Devin Funchess can play a little. Almost.
  44. Ed Dickson is going to be less of a one-game wonder than people think. We’ve seen what he’s capable of now.
  45. Turns out Cam Newton didn’t lose his skill overnight.
  46. New Orleans was never a good fit for Adrian Peterson.
  47. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara should have clearly defined roles now. Kamara will be the more consistent guy from week to week with his floor of 4 or 5 receptions.
  48. Willie Snead is reportedly 100% coming out of the bye. He was a preseason sleeper and may be unowned in your leagues.
  49. CJ Anderson should get plenty of carries against the Giants.
  50. Kareem Hunt has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in every game of his career.
  51. No one expected a 13th-year breakout from Alex Smith. A little competition goes a long way.
  52. Hunter Henry has 2 games of 0 targets and has either a TD or 80 yards receiving in his other 3 games. If you like gambling, he’s your guy.
  53. Melvin Gordon should build on his strong performance this week at Oakland.
  54. Keenan Allen averages a little over 10 targets per week which gives him a very safe floor.
  55. Seth Roberts has 122 yards receiving and is owned in 0% of Yahoo Leagues. Amari Cooper was drafted in the 2nd round of most drafts and has 118 receiving yards.
  56. Marshawn Lynch isn’t having the storybook season that Raiders fans were hoping for.
  57. Derek Carr healed really fast and should get into a shootout with Philip Rivers this Sunday.
  58. The trade to Arizona should give Adrian Peterson the chance to see if he can still be a lead back. I’m not expecting much but he should be better than what they’ve had.
  59. While Carson Palmer looks like he’s at the end of his career, he is not going down without a lot of passing yards.
  60. The Cardinals have 3 WRs not named Larry that can get you serious points on any given week.
  61. Sammy Watkins is frustrating to own. He has another tough matchup this week.
  62. Todd Gurley should bounce back big against the Jaguars run D.
  63. Jared Goff will be a sit this week in his matchup with Jacksonville.
  64. Carlos Hyde’s apparent benching for several quarters is concerning.
  65. Pierre Garcon is as steady as ever.
  66. Keep an eye on George Kittle at Tight End.
  67. Jimmy Graham has put together 3 games in a row of 10 points or more in a ppr.
  68. Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls did not give us any clarity on the RB situation in Seattle.
  69. There is so much parity in Fantasy Football right now. The team with Hunt or Gurley is 5-0 in your league and everyone else is just kind of there.

That will do it for Week 5. As always I’m your Sweet Fantasy.

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