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Fantasy Football Boom / Bust: Week 5

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Once again we continue this wonderful journey of predicting players’ potential while possessing none of the actual knowledge of what will happen. Fantasy football is a mysterious game. By now you may be pulling your hair out as you look at post-draft predictions declaring you the undisputed champion. Then you click over to the next web tab and see the harsh reality. Your fantasy football league is 1-3 with the point total barely keeping you in 9th out of 12 teams. Do not panic. Even if your team is 0-4. It will be tough, but as the masterpiece Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy proclaims, again, do not panic. Let’s take this one week at a time. With all of that said, I hope what I have to provide helps you on this annual journey for domination.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Boom: Quarterback

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Jalen Hurts @ CAR

Jalen Hurts is outperforming all but 3 QBs this year (Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Matthew Stafford). Carolina’s defense benefitted from facing off against 3 QBs before a legit one in Dak Prescott (Zach Wilson, Jameis Winston, and Davis Mills). Even when performing less than preferred in the passing department, Hurts is able to do more than makeup for it with his feet. Averaging 56.5 yds a game, Jalen Hurts is in the midst of unlocking the Konami code for his fantasy owners. Philadelphia knows it too. He will be a top 10 QB this week.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Bust: Quarterback

New York Giants QB, Daniel Jones @ DAL

Keeping the focus here on the NFC East, I come to the ever-over-performing Daniel Jones. I’ll give him this. Away from Metlife Stadium, he has vastly outperformed his homebody self. This week, however, will not be in such luxurious conditions. With the limited WRs there to support his away hot streak, Daniel Jones may be coming across a Cowboys team that is coming into its’ own. Not seeing the NYG QB breaching the top 14 this week.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Boom: Running Back

Carolina Panthers RB, Chuba Hubbard vs PHI

Chuba Hubbard is going to feast in this matchup. With no one really behind him threatening to poach and playing a Philadelphia defense forfeiting 25.6 ppg to RBs. Chuba should pull in a top 16 performance this week.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Bust: Running Back

Miami Dolphins Running Back, Myles Gaskin @ TB

I am listing Gaskins here just in case there are people still holding on to dear life for him to start coming through for them. I know there were many people out there getting cute in drafts making him their #2 RB. For those people, at least give it a rest this week! The entire backfield is a bit of a mess anyways. Gaskin is only getting 49% of the snap play. Ignoring last week’s near ghosting, when he is getting the targets he has yet to register a top 24 RB performance. Tampa Bay’s run D would be #1 if it wasn’t for the all-time great Cordarelle Patterson. Not seeing Myles Gaskin breaking the top 36 RB performers this week.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Boom: Wide Receiver

San Francisco Wide Receiver, Deebo Samuel @ ARI

The 2019 2nd round pick is having his third-year breakout. Deebo Samuel, after 4 weeks, is the #4 fantasy WR. Kyle Shanahan knows what he has too. The rise of Brandon Aiyuk is still on hold. This week there won’t be a rocketing ascent either. Arizona is rated 25th in the league when it comes to giving up points to wide receivers. Deebo is always at risk of the running game being priority #1 all game. Or, could see Kittle end up taking 70% of the targets. I have Deebo primed for another boom because I do not see either of those cases coming into play against ARI. A top 12 performance is in the cards today.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Bust: Wide Reciever

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver, Allen Robinson @ LV

I honestly don’t have a whole lot more to say outside of what I have already said in my week 5 Sit/Start article. Currently sitting as WR62, Robinson is in a situation that could warrant a college thesis amount of analysis. This is purely a “we won’t be fooled again” moment. Allen has the ability to be a top 10 WR. I don’t see anything changing this week with Fields as the set starter. Another week for Allen outside of the top 28.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Boom: Tight End

Dallas Cowboys Tight End, Dalton Schultz vs NYG

Finding your starting fantasy football tight end is one of the moves that can propel a team into the playoffs. If you snagged Dalton Schultz he could be your playoff propellant. The Dallas Cowboys offense is doing what it was designed to do. There is still more room for Dak to cook. Even so, the Cowboys’ offense is currently rated #1 in tight in performance. The G-men are also kinda terrible at defending the TE position (29th in the league). Schultz is a top 10 fantasy play at TE this week and possibly moving forward.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Bust: Tight End

Green Bay Packers Tight End, Robert Tonyan @ CIN

I don’t feel like his performance this season gives me the right to put him in the bust category. At this point, it is almost expected. With having such high draft capital coming in, however, I find myself seeing it fit to place him on this list. If you read everything I said about Myles Gaskin, apply it here. If Tonyan is still the guy you are holding out hope for in your TE slot, please, stop. As always, the TE disclaimer of, if he finds the ball in his hands while in the end zone then he is a fine play that week. This is more about removing the stress from your team and bringing joy back to fantasy football. He is one of those players that adds stress with hardly any chance of reward. Just torture. Obviously, I do not see Tonyan as a top 12 TE this week or even worth rostering. Hopefully, you have already snagged Schultz or Knox off the waiver wire.

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