You have worked hard for a commendable five weeks and are now becoming a bit weary of the daily duties to keep up with your fantasy team. The ‘Grind’ is taking it’s toll on your life and your fantasy squad, are you keeping up? We are now in the heart of the byes with fatigued eyes, no time to capsize as your franchise needs supplies to make sure to bring home the prize… see what I mean, Cabin Fever. Time to take a good long look in the mirror and see what you really expect out of this fantasy season.

Most NFL teams have now played five games (Jets, 49ers, Lions and Dolphins have played four) and we have proper clarity of the true reality each team possesses. We now know which offenses thrive and also which defenses cannot keep up. One thing is certain, Christian McCaffrey is exceptional at football. If you spent a top three Draft Day pick on Run CMC, you are most likely in first place… especially if you play in a points per reception (PPR) league. Through five weeks, Run McCaffrey has scored 159.6 points in PPR Format (30.3 more points than Austin Ekeler) and averages 31.9 points per game (Ekeler averages 25.9 PPG). CMC also averages 27.2 touches per game which is best in football (Le’Veon Bell 2nd with 24.5 TPG) and is #1 in Red Zone Touches with 20 (Aaron Jones second with 18). CMC on pace for 435 touches…  that has to cool down at some point right? Owners sure hope not.

Weekly Scoring for RUN CMC (PPR)
Week 1 – 42.9
Week 2  – 7.3
Week 3 – 27.8
Week 4 – 33.9
Week 5 – 47.7
Not everyone can have a piece of Christian McCaffrey and his historic start. I thankfully have a stock, so am intrigued to learn more. According to NFL research, Run CMC’s 886 yards from scrimmage are the second most to start a season since Jim Brown started with 988 in 1963…. that is 56 years folks. McCaffrey is now on pace for 2,700+ yards, that would eclipse Chris Johnson’s record of 2,509 yards from scrimmage. Smoke ’em if you got ’em! If not, check out our consensus rankings below. Every Week Alan and I rack our brains and try to get a one up on the competition. We constantly update our ranks throughout the week after posting on Thursday. As player news comes in, rankings are adjusted. When injury reports come out, the rankings are adjusted. When injury reports come out Sunday am, yes, you get the point…  So, make sure you check back frequently to see updates.
Here are four ‘sneaks’ for Week Six.
RB – Adrian Peterson (WAS)
Ownership: 49% ESPN, 47% Yahoo
Week 5 Snap Percentage: 27%
Week 5: Seven rushes for 18 yards.
New interim head coach Bill Callahan thought that AP wasn’t getting enough chances and now he goes up against the lowly Dolphins in a great spot. Dolphins are giving up an average of 176.3 yards per game, a whopping 4.75 yards per carry and have allowed seven rushing touchdowns. Dolphins secondary will have to worry about receiver Terry McLaurin burning them with Case Keenum potentially back under center. Miami has allowed opposing QBs to complete 74.4% of their passes and have given up 12 TDs through the air. The Dolphins have only scored 26 points in four games, never more than 10 points and average 6.5 points through four, dismal. Game script has kept Peterson’s usage next to nothing, but tides should be turned. Why not try to ride AP to win #1 as your first game as Head Coach Bill? I know someone will come out with a win in this game (0-9 combined). #26 is gonna score a TD in this match-up and if he scores two… well worth the price of admission. Dolphins give up 38.2 fantasy points per game in PPR formats, which is the most.
DraftKings $4,500
RB – Ito Smith (ATL)
Ownership: 10% ESPN, 15% Yahoo
Week 5 Snap Percentage: 47%
Week 5: Five rushes for 19 yards on the ground and caught all six targets for 45 yards.
Ito (8) has one more Red Zone touch than Freeman (7) so far in five games. Smith seen six RZ touches in the past two weeks vs. Freeman’s three. Ito saw 11 touches total vs. Freeman’s 16 this past week.
Ito averages 5.2 yards per carry versus Freeman’s 3.2 YPC. Falcons need a win and must score to keep up with AZ, Dirty Birds defense is that bad which leaves lots of fantasy points on the plate for offensive guys. 10+ touches? I got a hunch that Ito gets a good look and Atlanta gets a road win.
DraftKings $4,300

WR – KeeSean Johnson (AZ)

Ownership: 3% ESPN, 2% Yahoo
Week 5 Snap Percentage: 95%

Week 5: Hauled in three of seven targets for 22 yards and has one rush for three yards.

Second in targets (7) behind Larry Fitzgerald (8) in Week Five. Vegas has the over/under at 51.5 so they figure points will get laid down. ATL has only 5 sacks on the year so Kyler should have time to throw downfield. Atlanta’s secondary has given up 10 touchdowns through the air in the last three weeks alone. Will Fuller is now a superstar! Christian Kirk has been nursing an ankle and sat Week Five, he might just be kept out again. David Johnson is having back issues and also might need a rest. Quick looks to KSJ as he did have a 23% Target Share Week Five. Damiere Byrd might be out too. Cards are aligning… get it?
DraftKings  $3,900
TE – Matt LaCosse (NE)
Ownership: 1% ESPN, 1% Yahoo
Week 5 Snap Percentage: 94%
Week 5: Four targets good for one reception and 22 yards.
Ben Watson was released on Monday. Many think that Ryan Izzo would be the tight end who would benefit the most on New England’s roster since he hit pay dirt this past Sunday, but that simply isn’t the case. Matt LaCosse led all position players Sunday with 73 snaps, Ryan Izzo just had 20. Izzo ran just seven routes while LaCosse ran a season high 42. Sure one catch for 22 yards isn’t anything to brag about, but a short week at home against the Giants porous defense? To make things worse, the G-Men have already ruled out Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Wayne Gallman. Patriots Defense will steam roll the Giants and I expect LaCosse to shine as the hidden target. Phillip Dorsett is out, Rex Burkhead, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon are listed as questionable; a new top waiver wire target may emerge on TNF. Should be a wet, weathery affair in Foxboro, short passes could be the jam.
DraftKings $2,900
Go out there and take no prisoners! Huge week on the slate, don’t be a loser! Don’t overthink it, start your studs and chase volume if you are in a pinch!
Todd D Clark – Fantasy Bro
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