Week 5 Fantasy Football Wrap Up

Timbaland said it best in Aalyiah’s “Try Again” back in 2000 when he said, “It’s been a long time, we shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to.” In that same vein, I’d like to re-introduce myself and say, “I’M BACK BABY!!!!”. For those of you that have long been a fan of Dynasty Football Warehouse, you may remember me for my previous weekly articles. If you’re new to the site, my name is Luke and I’m here to recap Sunday of football! Let’s get right into it.

#POINTPOUNDERS
For those who have heard my podcast Never Ending Glory, we like to talk about our weekly #POINTPOUNDERS. Simply put, these are the guy who led their respective position in scoring and probably helped you win your fantasy match up

Quarterback
Deshaun Watson- 261 yards passing, 5 TDs, 31 rushing yards, 1 2 PT conversion
The leader in the clubhouse for offensive rookie of the year continues to dominate and did it against one of the best defenses and teams in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. It wasn’t enough to get a W , but the Texans came pretty damn close.
Honorable Mention
Dak Prescott-
251 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 INT, 37 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Good to see Dak to his old self and putting up QB1 numbers. The Cowboys need it with Zeke failing to return to his 2017 form
Carson Wentz-
304 passing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 11 rushing yards
Wentz is turning into a superstar in front of our eyes. Ertz is his #1 target, but Alshon is due for a breakout game soon
Alex Smith-
324 passing yards, 3 TDs, 19 rushing yards
My MVP 5 weeks into the season, the Chiefs are going to have a VERY hard time replacing him with first round pick Patrick Mahomes next season if this continues
Running Back
Melvin Gordon-
105 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs
Guess the knee injury isn’t that much of a concern? After some down weeks Gordon reminded us why he is a 1st round pick in dynasty start ups and re-draft leagues. Gordon hopes to continue his dominance against AFC West rival the Oakland Raiders next week.
Honorable Mention
Leonard Fournette-
181 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 3 receiving yards
I have Fournette in a couple leagues and jumped up to do an old school WWF (It’ll forever be WWF in my eyes) DX SUCK IT hand gesture so hard that XPac woulda blushed. Anyways, Fournette has been better than advertised and is a weekly RB1
Aaron Jones-
125 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 reception 9 receiving yards
Welp, I guess we know who the RB to own with Ty Montgomery out with broken ribs. Even though Jamaal Williams was drafted ahead of Jones and played ahead of him when Montgomery went down, Jones is clearly the handcuff (and a talented one) in Green Bay
Le’Veon Bell-
47 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 46 receiving yards
The numbers weren’t pretty, but the volume was there. Bell was the dump off king as Big Ben got absolutely nothing accomplished through the air
Wide Receiver
AJ Green-
7 receptions, 189 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 fumble lost
AJG started the game off with a long TD and continued to abuse on the Bills secondary for the rest of the afternoon. Green’s season started off slow, but he has come around and restored faith fantasy owners had in him heading into draft season.
Honorable Mention
Deandre Hopkins-
4 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 1 2 PT conversion
Hopkins owners were a wee bit nervous considering he didn’t so much in the first half of the game, but then if they went to bed around 11PM (I did), they woke up to a gift from the fantasy gods
Antonio Brown- 10 receptions, 157 receiving yards
AB doing AB things. It’s amazing how good Antonio and Bell can be even when Big Ben looks like crap
Davante Adams- 7 receptions, 66 receiving yards, 2 TDs
I picked Jordy Nelson to be my go to receiver in DFS this week, but I apparently picked the wrong Green Bay receiver (though Jordy had a TD). Good to see Davante play well after a scary injury last week
Tight End
Ed Dickson-
5 receptions, 175 receiving yards
If you picked up and started Ed Dickson, I owe you a free high five. Part of Cam Newton’s resurgence, Dixon was the leading point scorer at TE this week Honorable Mention
George Kittle-
7 receptions, 83 receiving yards, 1 TD
This is the breakout game we have been waiting for since Vance McDonald was traded. Take it with a grain of salt though. The 49ers were playing the Colts Zach Ertz- 6 receptions, 61 receiving yards, 1 TD
Ertz continues to be the most reliable fantasy football tight end and could finish in the top 3 at the position when it is all said and done
Travis Kelce-
8 receptions, 98 yards
It should be noted that this was done in the 1st half. Kelce missed the 2nd half and is in the concussion protocol

#THISGUYSUCKS
So with the good, come the bad and here they are. These are the players that severely underachieved taking into consideration their match up/projections Ben Roethlisberger-312 passing yards, 5 INTs
What else can you say other than this game was pathetic by Big Ben. A slow start to the season may have Roethlisberger mulling retirement again, though a few of the INTs weren’t necessarily his fault. Either way, if you started him over a guy like say Cam Newton (author raises his hand), you’re disappointed this morning
Ameer Abdullah- 31 rushing yards, 1 reception, 3 receiving yards
After a solid Week 4 performance where Abdullah found the end zone and almost hit 100 yards rushing, it seemed like he was a good candidate for week in , week out RB2 numbers. Guess not.
Amari Cooper- 1 reception, 8 yards
Not yet a cuttable player due to talent and potential, but Amari is now a liability in your starting lineup. If you can buy him cheap (and I mean CHEAP), go for it, but don’t mortgage the house for him
Eric Ebron- 1 reception, 6 yards
Woof. I said Amari isn’t cuttable yet, but Ebron is, and probably was a few weeks ago. Go find a better player on the waiver wire

Injuries
Odell Beckham Jr.- You’ll see a trend here, but this is the biggest one. OBJ is likely done for the season with a broken leg that may require surgery. Your lineup now has a glaring hole in it. Eli Manning should be tarred and feathered for throwing such a bad ball that led to this injury
Sterling Shepard- Another Giants receiver who may miss time, though it doesn’t look like his ankle injury should be a long term issue. He is considered day to day
Brandon Marshall-See, I said there would be a trend here. The Giants top 3 receivers (actually top 4, but nobody cares about Dwayne Harris) left the game with an injury. Brandon Marshall has a potentially serious sprained ankle and it’ll be tough for him to make it back for the Week 6 tilt vs the Broncos (though not sure you’d want to start him against DEN even if healthy).
You have to figure that the Giants will bring in some receiving help, but in the meantime, they are going to turn to their rookie TE Evan Engram who finished with a scintillating stat line of 0 catches for 0 yards on 4 targets this past week or possibly scat back Shane Vereen. If you haven’t cut Eli Manning already, now would be a good time to let do that.
Devante Parker- A favorite to breakout this season, and we saw some of his potential before Jay Cutler decided to stop trying, Parker went down with an ankle injury after reeling in only one catch and left the stadium on crutches. Tough blow for the Dolphins here as they will lean on Jarvis Landry even more. Kenny Stills has a chance to see some more targets too.
Charles Clay-  Enjoying a breakout season because, well, the Bills are severely lacking in players that can catch footballs, Clay left Sunday’s game unable to put weight on his left knee after taking a hit. Nick O’Leary is the back up in Buffalo and had 5 receptions for 54 yards in relief. If you are in need of a TE, O’Leary could be a solid pick up as Buffalo is devoid of pass catcher.
Bilal Powell- The pass catching receiver got gimpy with a calf injury and did not return to the game. With Matt Forte probably out next week vs. New England, Elijah McGuire could step in to a featured back role if Powell misses any significant time. McGuire didn’t do much with his touches against the Browns (20 rushing yards, 2 catches for 10 yards), but he has shown wiggle in the past with a long TD vs Jax in Week 4

Rookie of the Week
Not only is he my #POINTPOUNDER of the week, but Deshaun Watson is also the rookie of the week. Teams like the Browns and Jets have to be PISSED they passed on the rookie QB out of Clemson. He had some questions marks headed into the draft, but he seems to have checked all the boxes and looks like the QB1 that Texans HC Bill O’Brien has desperately needed. Deshaun is a fantasy QB1 for the rest of the season.

Luke’s Top Storylines of the Week
1. While the offense looks great, the Texans defense just took a HUGE hit with the loss of Whitney Mercillus (Pec) and All-World DE JJ Watt (Broken leg). Both players are out for the season and now the Texans are going to have to rely on Deshaun Watson to put up 30+ points on a weekly basis. It’ll be interesting to see if the rookie QB can keep this pace up and lead the Texans to the playoffs
2.
What does life look like after Big Ben? The Steelers neglected to spend an early draft pick on a QB (they took Josh Dobbs in the 4thround), so I think they were hoping that Roethlisberger has a few years left in the tank. This offseason will be very telling if they go out and spend a draft pick and/or money on a QB of the future.
3. Cam Newton is back and I had no faith in him. I said on the podcast that I was benching Cam in 5 leagues against the Patriots last week and that bit me. I also said that I would continue to bench him because I think the Patriots defense is garbage and Detroit is legit. Welp, egg on my face. Cam continued to produce (355 passing yards and 3 TDs while going 26/33 passing) and has earned his way back into my starting lineup. I’m sure he is thrilled to hear that.
4. What’s wrong with the Patriots? As the resident Patriots homer at DFW, I can say that I’m a bit perplexed at the teams struggles so far. While they are totally different on both sides of the ball, you’d figure that a Bill Belichick coached team would be able to overcome the total overhaul. The Julian Edelman injury (and now Rob Gronkowski) has given fantasy footballers stress induced acid reflux, but I think the team will figure it out. Tom Brady is still the GOAT and Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola have both stepped up to be legit fantasy options. As long as the defense tightens up a bit, the Patriots should be contending for their 6th Lombardi in February.
Oh and PS, I never thought I’d say this, but I miss LeGarrette Blount
5. The Miami Dolphins have hit an all time low with the video surfacing of their OL Coach Chris Foerster allegedly blowing a few rails of coke.
The video was sent to and released by what appears to be his lover of some sorts that also has a questionable background of a dancer of sorts (read between the lines, pun intended). Just when you thought the issues were on the field with Jay Cutler and Jay Ajayi struggling would be the main storylines coming out of Miami, a distraction like this comes out after a win. Good news is the Dolphins may be picking early in the draft next year if these shenanigans continue!
6. Apparently Matt Breida is a thing and the Shanahan family continues to hate fantasy football players. Playing a similar amount of snaps to Carlos Hyde, Breida may be the running back to own moving forward in San Francisco. Hyde has looked solid so far this season, but this unexpected benching puts a wrench in his value for the rest of the season.
7. Changing of the guard coming in Indy? The backfield has been Frank Gore’s for the past 2 seasons, but it seems like father time has finally caught up to the running back. Gore has looked sluggish this season and it was evident when rookie Marlon Mack stepped in and averaged 9 yards a carry on 10 carries and added a TD. Mack may be the hottest waiver wire add this week.

Alright, that is it for this week. It feels good to be back and I am looking forward to breaking down all of the NFL game and their fantasy implications for the rest of the season! Follow me on Twitter (@glorypodcast) and be sure to give us a listen on Soundcloud or iTunes!