Fantasy Football Roundtable: Week 5
Welcome to Week 5 of the Fighting Chance Roundtable, let’s get to our panel and this week’s burning questions. Follow Brian Drake (@drakefantasy), Gary Haddow (@garyhaddow1), Steve Rapin (@fantasygeek37) and Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance) for this week’s installment of the roundtable.
Who will have the better Week 5? David Montgomery, Joe Mixon or James Conner?
Drake Says - Joe Mixon. He’s looked awful because his line isn’t helping him one bit. With Conner banged up and Montgomery in a 3 way committee I’ll take Mixon because of his great matchup. Arizona’s defense puts up less resistance than wall of marshmallows. In a possible shootout Mixon should be involved enough to come through.
Gary Says – Joe Mixon. I am hoping that it is David Montgomery as they try to lean on him to ease some of the pressure off of Chase Daniel, but I’m not sure that is reliable. So my actual answer is Mixon to be a PPR high floor back this week against the sieve that is the Cardinals defense. I expect a lot of passing from both teams and each team to highly utilize their running backs in the passing game.
Steve Says - Joe Mixon. This is the week that Joe Mixon rewards fantasy owners for investing a high pick on him. Arizona’s defense is 23rd in the league, allowing 4.8 yards per carry and are 28th in the NFL surrendering 146.5 rushing yards per game. AJ Green is not back yet and now John Ross has been placed on the IR, so Mixon should see all the touches he can handle.
Ryan Says – David Montgomery. This is gonna be the kid’s breakout party. The lowly Raiders defense is going to allow 100+ yards and a score in the first game in the rest of Montgomery’s huge career. He got the majority of the carries last week, this week he turns it into a jackpot.
Which RB will have the best week in your flex? Sony Michel, Devonta Freeman or Ronald Jones
Drake Says - Devonta Freeman. Now I’ll admit I’m heavily invested in both Michel and Freeman. Atlanta’s offensive line is beat up and much like Cincy not giving the backs any holes to run through. Freeman at least is getting opportunities. I like him vs Houston to catch 4-5 balls and score.
Gary Says – Ronald Jones. I am going to surprise myself and say Ronald Jones. He has looked good and is probably gaining more trust from Arians after a few games with solid performances. If he can get more goal line work over Barber then he can easily become a quality weekly RB2. I think Arians will choose to run a lot this week and force Bridgewater to not make mistakes.
Steve Says - Devonta Freeman. Freeman has had the most touches (39) over the past two weeks of this trio, and his opponent, the Houston Texans, are giving up the most rushing yards per carry (4.8) of the three opposing defenses. He also has 13 targets in his last two games, so all signs point to a decent game for the struggling Freeman.
Ryan Says – Sony Michel. I like all three this week, but give me the best matchup and that’s Michel. He faces the awful Redskins and at worst he should have 50 yards and a score, maybe two. Jones would be my second guess, but I feel it in my bones for Michel this week.
More quarterbacks went down. are you streaming Gardner Minshew, Mason Rudolph Chase Daniel or Joe Flacco?
Drake Says - Chase Daniel. The swagger of Minshew is hard to resist. He’s just so damn cool. But I like Daniel vs Oakland too much. When streaming you have to go with the best weapons vs the worst defense and to me that’s the Bears taking on Oakland. Daniel is a competent signal caller who can throw for 250 and 2.
Gary Says – Gardner Minshew. I prefer to stream Minshew against Carolina as he has shown a solid floor. Out of these four I would probably flip a coin between Minshew and Flacco. I like both of their weapons and while I’m uncomfortable at the thought of starting Flacco, in this matchup I can see him having to throw a lot against the Chargers. But for my own comfort level I’ll stick with Minshew
Steve Says - Chase Daniel. If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, will that tree fall on the fantasy owner who is forced to play one of these options? Hopefully it does fall on them. If it doesn’t, go ahead and play Chase Daniel who has good weapons and is playing against the Raiders.
Ryan Says – Mason Rudolph. I love Minshew and I wanted to pick him when I created this question. However, Rudolph has been really solid filling in for Ben Roethlisberger and has thrown two touchdowns in all three games this season. He faces a Ravens secondary who has been beset by injuries and has allowed 300+ yards in a few games this season. This one isn’t going to be the usual 13-10 Ravens/Steelers games, there will be some points!
Sleeper of the week
Drake Says - Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos. The defense for the Chargers is a complete MASH unit. Missing huge chunks of their secondary I like Fant to go off. LA in Week 3 gave up 8/122/3 to TE’s. Fant is uber athletic and Flacco seems to be taking a liking to him. Add him before he breaks out.
Gary Says – Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers. Not sure if he counts as a sleeper this week, but Geronimo Allison as a waiver wire add and start has been my favorite move of the week. Without Davante Adams I think Allison gets a lot of targets. I expect Byron Jones to be on MVS leaving Allsion, Graham, and Aaron Jones to get the increase in targets. Last year Allison had a great first half of the season and I hope that will repeat without Adams in the lineup.
Steve Says - Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals have given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Tyler Eifert has five targets in three of four games, AJ Green is not yet set to return and now the Bengals will be without John Ross. The stars are aligning for a big game from Eifert in Week 5.
Ryan Says – Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are down to Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and me and you to play receiver for them today. The Cardinals defense has basically allowed everyone and their mother to move the ball on them this season. Tate has gotten a good number of targets in the past two weeks and should have a solid game today.
Bust of the week
Drake Says - Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers. Without Devante Adams playing many fantasy owners will plug Allison in expecting him to keep up his back-to-back scoring pace. The Dallas defense has been excellent vs slot WRs this year (assuming Allison plays inside). I’m avoiding the situation.
Gary Says – Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins. I’m very skeptical that Terry McLaurin will be able to produce at the same rate as the past few weeks against the stout New England Secondary. They have an unknown quarterback because Jay Gruden hasn’t named a starter yet. It sounds like Colt McCoy or Dwayne Haskins, and I am hoping it’s McCoy as he is at least a seasoned veteran. If McCoy starts this will be his first action since he broke his leg last year and I think he will be quite jittery as it was a major injury.
Also, I’m nervous that Wayne Gallman won’t be able to get much room to run, and won’t have the same pass catching upside against the Vikings defense.
Steve Says - Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys face the tough Packers defense and Amari Cooper should be paired up against Jaire Alexander a lot. Cooper could be a bigger bust than my waistline busting out of my pants.
Ryan Says – Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants. He has given this listless, awful Giants team a shot in the arm and brought them back to respectability somewhat. However, he hasn’t exactly faced an actual defense yet in the Bucs and Redskins. Well will see if he turns into Danny Disaster against the tough Vikings D.