Week 5 of the fantasy soccer season featured loads of notable performances around the NFL on Sunday. What ought to we make of them? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft supply evaluation on the largest performers — and duds — of the week.
Discuss 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 subject — Claypool stepped in and had top-of-the-line video games by any rookie large receiver in current reminiscence. His 42.6 PPR fantasy factors are already probably the most that any large receiver has scored in a recreation in 2020, and they’re the seventh most by any rookie large receiver since no less than 1950, with the newest better 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 typical WR1 JuJu Smith-Schuster managed solely 5 targets. That signaled Ben Roethlisberger‘s reference to the teen, 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. Bear in mind, the Steelers’ bye week is now within the rearview mirror, and so they do get the Browns and Titans the subsequent 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 spotlight his motion/measurement off the ball. Plus, the Steelers additionally dialed up a fast display on the doorstep of the objective line to fabricate yet one more contact/scoring alternative for the rook. Bear in mind, these are designed ideas to get the ball in Claypool’s fingers, and we additionally know he has the vertical means to stretch the sphere. He will likely be a WR3 in my ranks subsequent week. — Bowen
Lamar Jackson struggles for second week in a row
With solely 13.5 fantasy factors in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Jackson ranked solely twelfth among the many 16 beginning quarterbacks with accomplished video games via 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 probably the most disappointing in case you weigh it in opposition to the matchup. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback tried solely two carries and had 3 speeding yards, each of these his worst totals as an NFL starter, to not point out third worst and second worst in any recreation through which he has performed. He has additionally seen his completion proportion (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 finest assist Jackson is the bye in two weeks, however he additionally does 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 cross recreation? 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 recreation 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 8 of 12 targets to Cooks, with the large receiver totaling 30.1 PPR fantasy factors on the day, his finest single-game output since Week 3 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 in opposition to an injury-ravaged Jaguars protection. It is nonetheless step ahead, and a wanted one for the quarterback to retain his QB1 standing as he heads into top-of-the-line parts of his 2020 schedule over the subsequent 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 apart from maybe the Week 11 task in opposition to the Patriots. — Cockcroft
Is now the time to commerce Todd Gurley II?
When you’re Gurley’s supervisor in your fantasy league, certainly you have been happy along with his 25.0 PPR fantasy factors, his largest single-game whole since Week 4 of final season (26.0). Contemplating his damage historical past and his extra modest manufacturing in the course of the previous calendar 12 months, may this be probably the most opportune time to commerce the Atlanta Falcons operating again? I am not fairly so certain: Contemplate 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 gazing him in Week 8, that has me considering it is value rolling the cube, hoping he stays wholesome and drops one other 25-pointer on that D, once more boosting your asking value (maybe nearer to the RB1/2 borderline)? Gurley does have 5 speeding touchdowns this season in addition to 10 of the staff’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 believe the optimum time may be instantly after his Oct. 29 recreation 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 minimize it unfastened within the vertical passing recreation. 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 can 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 no less than 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 in opposition to the Bears, one which’ll hold Bridgewater within the low-QB2 rankings tier, however Davis’ hefty utilization within the passing recreation makes him a locked-in RB2 for so long as he subs for McCaffrey. Which 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 cross 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 4 to posting the second-best PPR fantasy level whole 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 recreation 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 % 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 sphere, however have a look at how Carolina is scheming for him on in-breakers or crossers. That creates room to stand up the sphere 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