2019 FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK FIVE
Five Alive! I was trying to think of a catchy intro and remembered a childhood beverage from the 80’s that was very popular in my house. I thought it was fitting as a lead, is your fantasy team alive in Week Five?
Lots of silly scores have been shared on Twitter over the past few days as owners had rosters filled with duds instead of studs in Week Four. Unfortunately, that will happen in Fantasy Football as this is educated guessing at it’s best. I try to compile as much information daily to better my squad and to help other GMs in time of need, hopefully you are doing the same. If not, never fear, Lunchmade is here! Yikes…
Our first ’19 London Game is here as the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders travel across the pond to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where they play a different style of football. Khalil Mack gets his former team in a juicy match-up, those highlights are gonna be fun. Think ahead as next week four teams have BYES (BUF, CHI, IND & OAK). If you have a guy eating up some space on your roster, try to execute a sneaky future waiver pick-up. Look at the schedule ahead and see what available guys might have a pancake Week Six and add them early to jump on next weeks waivers. This is a trick I do quite a bit as we move into the deeper parts of the season. Always try to stay one up on your competition. Be aggressive!
Here are four ‘sneaks‘ for your Week Five. Why not throw them in a DFS lineup?
RB – Ronald Jones II (TB)
Ownership: 54% ESPN, 63% Yahoo
Weekly Snap Percentage:
Week 1 – 31%
Week 2 – 12%
Week 3 – 30%
Week 4 – 49% (23% more than Barber)
Averaging 4.7 yards per run attempt.
Has only seen three targets in ’19 but has caught all for 71 yards (12, 18 & 41 yards). Dare Ogunbowale hasn’t done much, I expect more opportunities in space for RoJo.
The Saints Defense gives up an average of 4.54 yards a carry.
NO has allowed six rushing touchdowns – four on QB runs and two to RBs (Gurley & Elliott)… add another in Week 5!
New Orleans Defense – 112.3 yards per game on the ground. 26th in Total Defense – 391.3 yards per game average.
In games where Jones gets 13+ carries:
Week 1 – 13 rushes for 75 yards
Week 2 – 4 runs for nine yards -> Barber stole show and hot hand (Barber was 23/82 TD)
Week 3 – 14 rushes for 80 yards
Week 4 – 19 rushes for 70 yards and a TD
WR – Cole Beasley (BUF)
Ownership: 21% ESPN, 12% Yahoo
Week 4 Snap Percentage: 86% (highest of season)
I picked him up in two leagues this week as his ownership is entirely too low for the amount of volume he receives.
I’m gonna keep pushing CB hard as the volume plays. I really like him again this week visiting to Tennessee. Titans are 5th in Sacks and 12th best defending against the pass (opposing QBs 87.4 pass rating). Titans D is giving up 10.6 yards per reception (on average) and I figure Josh Allen will need to get the ball out quick, keep it short and to his “poor man’s” Julian Edelman safety valve.
On the season, his numbers are as follows:
36 Targets, 24 receptions and 246 yards receiving
He has two drops on the year and has seen only one Red Zone Target.
36 Targets puts him in a tie for 6th place. He has seen more volume than Julian Edelman, Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry and both Mike Evans/Chris Godwin
Week 4 had 30% of teams targets
In PPR Formats, he is the 37th overall WR. If he would have scored one touchdown, he would be WR26.
and in the same game I also like…
TE – Dawson Knox (BUF)
Ownership: 4% ESPN, 14% Yahoo
Week 4 Snap Percentage: 65% (most of season – 10 more snaps played than in Week 3)
8th Best Tight End over last two weeks.
Week 3 – 16.6 points (PPR)
Week 4 – 8.8 points (PPR)
Titans allow 5th most fantasy points to tight ends.
They have given up two touchdowns to tight ends: Week 1 – David Njoku(CLE), Week 3 – James O’Shaughnessy(JAX).
Last Week Austin Hooper (ATL) dropped 130 yards and nine catches on Tennessee
One more guy I like due to the John Ross injury…
WR Auden Tate (CIN)
Ownership: 3% ESPN, 10% Yahoo
Week 4 Snap Percentage: 91%
Fellow wide receiver John Ross was recently placed on IR.
Cincinnati comes home after being on the road for the last two weeks and get the Cardinals who are Fantasy Gold.
Ross was averaging eight targets a game (32 on season) and those will get divvied up between Tyler Boyd, Tyler Eifert [another great dart throw (DraftKings $3,300) – AZ ranks worst against tight ends] and Auden Tate.
Quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Andy Dalton love to throw the rock!
Murray averages 42.2 pass attempts per game and Dalton averages 41.5 pass attempts per game
My take: Auden Tate with another 10 target game good for 6+ catches, 70 yards and a shot at the end zone.
Potential shoot out between two bad defenses, give me action!
Good luck to everybody in Week Five! Hopefully my columns bring you some insight in making your roster decisions. If you are on the fence about a lineup spot, or need some insight on a trade… find me in Twitterland and hit me up, love to help. Let the Domination Tour continue!
My Week Five rankings are below (so are Alan’s – he was #18 overall last week out of 142 Experts @ www.fantasypros.com)
Todd D Clark – Fantasy Bro
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