Week 5 of the fantasy soccer season featured loads of notable performances around the NFL on Sunday and one crushing damage that modifications the fantasy soccer panorama. What ought to we make of all of it? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft supply their evaluation.
Chase Claypool flashes star potential
Speak about capitalizing on a chance. After Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson exited the sport vs. the Eagles early due to damage — this time to his again, after he had been listed on the damage report with a toe problem — Claypool stepped in and had the most effective video games by any rookie large receiver in latest reminiscence. His 42.6 PPR fantasy factors are already essentially the most that any large receiver has scored in a sport in 2020, and they’re the seventh most by any rookie large receiver since at the least 1950, with the newest larger rating courting again 24 years (Eddie Kennison, 43.6 in Week 16 of 1996).
Maybe extra importantly, Claypool paced the Steelers with a 32% goal share (11-of-34), whereas normal WR1 JuJu Smith-Schuster managed solely 5 targets. That signaled Ben Roethlisberger‘s reference to the teenager, one thing that’s completely fantasy-relevant and worthy of creating Claypool one of many week’s high provides — he is nonetheless obtainable in 91.1% of ESPN leagues — particularly if Johnson continues to battle with accidents. Keep in mind, the Steelers’ bye week is now within the rearview mirror, they usually do get the Browns and Titans the following two weeks, which on their very own may make Claypool a viable fantasy WR3/flex play for Weeks 6-7 even when he begins these video games third on the depth chart. — Cockcroft
I am with Tristan right here on Claypool, and it begins with the sport plan we noticed on Sunday for the rookie. The Steelers schemed each targets and touches for Claypool, using his athletic traits on jet sweeps and throwing in-breakers to focus on his motion/dimension off the ball. Plus, the Steelers additionally dialed up a fast display on the doorstep of the purpose line to fabricate one more contact/scoring alternative for the rook. Keep in mind, these are designed ideas to get the ball in Claypool’s fingers, and we additionally know he has the vertical capacity to stretch the sector. He will probably be a WR3 in my ranks subsequent week. — Bowen
Adjustments coming to Cowboys’ offense after Dak Prescott damage
It is an absolute disgrace that we cannot get to see the pure conclusion of what was a probably record-setting season for Prescott. Together with his 13.Four fantasy factors on the time of his ankle damage late within the third quarter towards the Giants, he totaled 135.6 factors in 5 video games, fifth most by any quarterback by his crew’s first 5 video games since at the least 1950 (although Russell Wilson and Josh Allen can nonetheless move him). Prescott was on tempo, if we credit score him for his time misplaced this week along with a attainable 11 extra video games, for 458.5 fantasy factors — and keep in mind that the single-season report is Patrick Mahomes‘ 417.1, set in 2018. That is how nice of a season Prescott was having earlier than the damage. — Cockcroft
With Prescott now out, what ought to we anticipate from this Dallas offense with Andy Dalton at quarterback? I anticipate a bump in run sport quantity for Ezekiel Elliott right here, which might enable Dallas to make use of extra under-center boot schemes and play-action ideas for Dalton. That is the way you play to his mobility, together with the scripted deep-ball pictures. Add that to the quick-game throws out of three-wide receiver personnel. In brief, the Cowboys might shift to a extra run-heavy method whereas placing Dalton ready to be a ball distributor. Sure, that might influence each the entire quantity and vertical targets for receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. Nonetheless, this offense will probably be designed across the throwing traits of Dalton shifting ahead. — Bowen
Lamar Jackson struggles for second week in a row
With solely 13.5 fantasy factors towards the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Jackson ranked solely 12th among the many 16 beginning quarterbacks with accomplished video games by the 1 p.m. ET block. He was the third-most-started quarterback in ESPN leagues (89.9%) throughout Week 5, however now has two of his three worst single-game fantasy level totals as an NFL starter in his previous three video games, and this was simply essentially the most disappointing should you weigh it towards the matchup. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback tried solely two carries and had Three speeding yards, each of these his worst totals as an NFL starter, to not point out third worst and second worst in any sport during which he has performed. He has additionally seen his completion share (63.7%, down from 66.1%) and yards-per-attempt common (7.0, down from 7.8) decline, that are considerations regardless of some anticipated regression from him as a passer in 2020. Perhaps what may greatest assist Jackson is the bye in two weeks, however he additionally would not have the simplest schedule exiting it — PIT, @IND, @NE, TEN, @PIT — and whereas it is clear you need to keep the course and hope he straightens issues out, perhaps he is now not as critical a candidate for weekly No. 1 quarterback rankings. — Cockcroft
What occurred to the rhythm of this Baltimore move sport? After throwing for simply 180 yards on 19-of-37 passing within the Week 5 win over the Bengals, Jackson has now didn’t high the 200-yard mark passing in every of his previous three video games. In a system that leans on timing, play-action and schemed targets, the Baltimore offense appears disjointed, which has created a drop in effectivity for Jackson. Sure, the Ravens can nonetheless create explosive performs within the air — like we noticed on Sunday with Marquise Brown — however this offense must get again on script for Jackson to supply higher-end numbers as a thrower. — Bowen
Of their first sport beneath interim head coach Romeo Crennel, the Houston Texans picked up their first victory of 2020. Whereas it wasn’t solely the prettiest of efforts — see Watson’s mid-third-quarter interception on a throw to Will Fuller V in double protection — one main level of encouragement was Watson’s chemistry with Cooks, acquired in the course of the offseason from the Rams following the commerce of DeAndre Hopkins. Watson accomplished Eight of 12 targets to Cooks, with the large receiver totaling 30.1 PPR fantasy factors on the day, his greatest single-game output since Week Three of the 2017 season (32.1), when he was a member of the Patriots. For Watson, his 24.9 fantasy factors represented his most since Week 14 of final season (28.1), although he did handle it towards an injury-ravaged Jaguars protection. It is however step ahead, and a wanted one for the quarterback to retain his QB1 standing as he heads into the most effective parts of his 2020 schedule over the following six weeks (@TEN, GB, bye, @JAX, CLE, NE, @DET). Cooks, in the meantime, must be a stable WR3/flex for all of these video games aside from maybe the Week 11 project towards the Patriots. — Cockcroft
Is now the time to commerce Todd Gurley II?
Should you’re Gurley’s supervisor in your fantasy league, certainly you have been happy along with his 25.Zero PPR fantasy factors, his largest single-game complete since Week Four of final season (26.0). Contemplating his damage historical past and his extra modest manufacturing in the course of the previous calendar yr, may this be essentially the most opportune time to commerce the Atlanta Falcons operating again? I am not fairly so certain: Take into account that, in the course of the subsequent three weeks, Gurley has three of his most favorable matchups of the season (@MIN, DET, @CAR). With that super-attractive Panthers matchup observing him in Week 8, that has me pondering it is value rolling the cube, hoping he stays wholesome and drops one other 25-pointer on that D, once more boosting your asking worth (maybe nearer to the RB1/2 borderline)? Gurley does have 5 speeding touchdowns this season in addition to 10 of the crew’s 13 speeding makes an attempt in goal-to-go conditions, so he has the benefit of alternative. I might peddle him if there’s nice curiosity proper now, however I feel the optimum time is perhaps instantly after his Oct. 29 sport on “Thursday Evening Soccer.” — Cockcroft
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: Carr was decisive as a thrower on Sunday, and we bought to see him lastly reduce it unfastened within the vertical passing sport. The Raiders quarterback accomplished 22-of-31 passing for 347 yards — with three landing passes — within the upset win over the Chiefs. And it was fairly clear that he outplayed Patrick Mahomes. Now, the Raiders head right into a bye this week after which come again with a tricky matchup versus the Tampa Bay protection in Week 7. If Carr can proceed to throw the ball aggressively in a Vegas offensive system that may scheme up deep-ball throws, then the veteran has some worth right here as a matchup-dependent QB2. — Bowen
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, and Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers: Make that three straight video games with at the least 22.1 PPR fantasy factors for Davis, all of these as a fill-in starter for the injured Christian McCaffrey (ankle), however maybe extra importantly, it is now back-to-back weeks throughout which Bridgewater has scored 20-plus factors. Bridgewater continues to make good use of his receivers and operating again, and whereas he does usually unfold the ball round, it is value noting that in the course of the previous three weeks, Davis has a 26% (25-of-98) goal share. The Panthers now face a a lot more durable Week 6 matchup towards the Bears, one which’ll maintain Bridgewater within the low-QB2 rankings tier, however Davis’ hefty utilization within the passing sport makes him a locked-in RB2 for so long as he subs for McCaffrey. That may, nonetheless, be solely one other one to a few weeks. — Cockcroft
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Till the Falcons get a wholesome Julio Jones again into the combination, Ryan wants to remain within the QB2 vary. The Falcons quarterback threw for 226 yards with one interception within the Week 5 loss to the Panthers, and he has registered just one landing move over his previous three video games. Plus, with Ryan’s diminished arm expertise and mobility, he’s struggling to create extra second-reaction performs or drive the ball into open protection voids. — Bowen
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Ruggs reminded us right this moment that he can shift gears and separate immediately excessive on vertical throws. The rookie totaled 118 yards receiving — and a rating — on simply two receptions within the win over the Chiefs. However with that low goal quantity, Ruggs stays a high-ceiling, low-floor play as a WR3 in deeper, non-PPR leagues. — Bowen
Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: He went from catching the game-winning landing in Week Four to posting the second-best PPR fantasy level complete general from the Sunday 1 p.m. ET video games (31.2), and his 13 targets have been additionally tops amongst all gamers from that sport block. That is not unhealthy for a participant rostered in solely 0.2% of ESPN leagues and began in fewer than one-tenth of a p.c throughout Week 5. — Cockcroft
Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers: In his previous two video games, Anderson has caught 16 of 24 targets for 211 yards. Sure, we all know Anderson has the vertical juice to stretch the sector, however have a look at how Carolina is scheming for him on in-breakers or crossers. That creates room to rise up the sector after the catch (on high-percentage throws for Teddy Bridgewater). And with Anderson seeing extra goal quantity than DJ Moore in Carolina, he must be considered as a WR2. — Bowen
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins: He has been some of the productive fantasy quarterbacks of the previous yr, and also you in all probability do not even notice it. Prior to now 17 regular-season NFL weeks, Fitzpatrick has 308.2 fantasy factors, sixth most at his place, and 10 video games of 20-plus factors, second solely to Lamar Jackson’s 11. Fitzpatrick can be one among solely three quarterbacks to attain 20-plus factors in every of the previous 4 weeks (Mahomes, Jackson). And but … would you begin him, if granted a league-average matchup? The reply in all probability now must be sure, although I might argue that each the Jets (Week 6) and Rams (Week 7) price below-average matchups, so he is unlikely to earn an area in my high 10 for them. Nonetheless, make him a clear-cut member of your lineup in these video games towards weak secondaries or towards groups prone to blow the Dolphins out — I am taking a look at you, Cardinals, in Week 9. — Cockcroft
49ers D/ST: With a very tough stretch of video games developing — Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Saints — how will we really feel about this San Francisco protection? This unit was lit up by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins on Sunday, and you might be seeing the fallout from the accidents up entrance. With out a constant move rush, this 49ers’ secondary is now being uncovered. To be completely sincere, I began the 49ers’ protection in one among my house leagues right this moment. However with the accidents, the dearth of defensive manufacturing and the upcoming matchups, I’m going to drop the 49ers’ protection and discover some streaming choices shifting ahead. — Bowen