Week 5 in the NFL saw two legends, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, etch their names into the record books. Brady threw touchdown pass number 500 to Josh Gordon and Brees set the all-time mark in passing yards, surpassing the great Peyton Manning. Not only did they break marks, they did it in style, providing fantasy owners with great production, showing that their ages are certainly just a number. Week 5 also brought us more news in the Le’Veon Bell saga. The star running back reportedly will report to the team between Weeks 7 and 8. More on that, sell high/buy low candidates and waiver pick ups for Week 6 below.
— Kenyan Drake, Dolphins RB: This is your time! Drake finally puts together a formidable fantasy performance. Most people had him on the bench versus the Bengals unless you really had to start him. By no means is Drake a bad player, but the fact that Frank Gore had more carries the past three games is a concern. Drake’s volume in the passing game keeps him relevant as a flex option but try to package him with another low level starter to get a better player.
— LeSean McCoy, Bills RB: The story is almost the same for this guy. McCoy finally saw good volume (26 total touches for 108 yards) as the Bills found themselves in and eventually winning the game. Skill wise McCoy is certainly a top running back, but the offenses lack of talent at WR, along with a growing rookie quarterback makes getting production out of McCoy as hard as pulling teeth. You’re likely starting him every week because you spent a second or third round pick on him but don’t let that draft capital keep you from moving on while the value is higher.
— James White, Patriots RB: We know White is a Super Bowl hero and we know the Patriots love him. What we also know and even some may still deny it, that Sony Michel is the real deal. Things have slowly come into fruition in New England and only so many guys can get the football. Edelman has returned, Gordon is slowly heating up and we’ve not yet seen the best from Gronk. All these factors point to needing James White less although he will still garner a role, what he’s been able to do the past few weeks seem unlikely to continue.
— Rob Gronkowski, Patriots TE: It is kind of hard to buy low on a big name and big talent like Gronk. Some owners may be ticked off that he hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 1, that’ll be your only hope for getting him. Use that opportunity to swoop in and grab a guy on offense that’s about to explode.
— Kerryon Johnson, Lions RB: The Lions are on the verge of having an actual running back! Johnson has shown and proved the last four weeks that he’s the most talented and well rounded running back on the Lions roster. He’s doing the most with his carries and if not for TD vulture Legarrette Blount, he’d be an outright fantasy stud already. As they bring Johnson along we should expect to see more of him and less of Riddick/Blount.
— Julio Jones, Falcons WR: Five games, zero touchdowns and a whole lot of yards. Yep that’s the Julio Jones story pretty much. Things will get better and that’s why you should secure him now. The last time Jones got in the end zone in a regular season game was against the Buccaneers at home. Who do the Falcons play in Week 6? The Buccaneers at home. Going forward the Falcons will play the Giants, Redskins and Browns which are all favorable match ups. Julio scores Week 6, book it.
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— Corey Clement/Wendell Smallwood, Eagles RB: I don’t think this one comes as a shock since Jay Ajayi surprisingly and unfortunately suffered a torn ACL. Clement and Smallwood are only owned in 28.2 percent and 7.5 percent of ESPN leagues respectively. Seems like it will be a hot hand/committee approach for now, but if you’re able to grab either then do so and see how things shake out.
— D’Onta Foreman, Texans RB: Alfred Blue could maybe go here, but I’d rather have the best running back. Lamar Miller hasn’t lit it up this year and while Blue has been serviceable, it’s nothing to shout about either. Foreman can’t come off the PUP until Week 7 so don’t depend on him to turn your team around, but if your team is winning and you can stash him then do so. Should Foreman be on track to return, it could pay huge dividends.
— Jameis Winston, Buccaneers QB: Fitzmagic has come and gone and now it’s back to your regular scheduled programming. Winston will get his first start of the season against an absolutely horrid Falcons defense (and secondary) and if you have a Drew Brees or a Matt Stafford who are both on Week 6 byes, Winston is a must have and should probably be rostered from here on out.
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— Pat Mahomes, Chiefs QB: Did you think that Mahomes was going to throw for five touchdowns every game? Get real, and especially versus the Jaguars defense. Mahomes found another way to win and stay undefeated, the sign of a good leader. You can fire him back up against the Patriots.
The Le’Veon Bell saga continues
Le’Veon Bell will reportedly return to the Steelers between Weeks 7 and 8. What does it mean for your fantasy team? If anyone outside of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization tells you they know, then they are lying. If you own Bell in your leagues your hope is that he immediately returns to his workhorse role, but it may not be that simple. Do we expect James Connor, who is certainly no Bell, to just disappear off the field upon Bells return? I think all expectations should be tempered no matter which side you’re on. There is a lot that can happen in the next few weeks and we all have no choice but to keep doing what we’ve been doing, waiting. You could start trying to make moves for Bell, but if you have James Connor you’re not letting him go just yet either. Wait for it.
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