BUY / SELL / STEAL FOR WEEK 5
(Based on PPR format)
Emptying out the notebook
— Devonta Freeman will return this week with a full workload.
— Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is unlikely to play Sunday.
— T.Y. Hilton is out.
— Jordan Howard (knee) will miss 3-4 weeks.
— Jameis Winston has been named the starting QB for the Bucs after their bye week.
— Chicago and Tampa Bay have byes.
— Indianapolis at New England kicks us off on Thursday.
— Washington at New Orleans closes us out Monday.
Ravens Fantasy Outlook
— Buck Allen: Allen could be in line for a bigger workload with Alex Collins having a knee issue, coupled with his fumble on the goal line in Pittsburgh. Allen has four TD and is a threat in the run and passing game.
— John Brown: Brown is worth a start in DFS with his average of 4/85. He gets past the Browns secondary Sunday for one score and 75 yards.
— Michael Crabtree: Crabtree was quiet last week, but with no Browns CB capable to deal with his size, he finds the end zone to go along with five catches.
QB: Andy Dalton: Dalton has posted back to back 300-yard games, averaging 21 points over that time, while the Dolphins have allowed 270 or more yards passing in three straight games.
Patrick Mahomes: This may seem like an obvious start until you realize he is playing the Jags and you may be scared off. Don’t be! Mahomes is the real deal, averaging 26 points.
Chris Thompson: Thompson is quietly averaging 79 yards a game and leads the team in targets. The Saints have problems covering RBs.
Other names: James White, Sony Michel, Joe Mixon, Kerryon Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Devonta Freeman, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Lamar Miller, Alvin Kamara
WR: Calvin Ridley: Ridley has posted 16, 39 and 17 points over the past three games. He leads the team in TD (6) and has become a weapon in the red zone.
Josh Gordon: Strictly a hunch, but with Edelman back this week and a weak Colts secondary, who travel on the road for a Thursday night game, this just seems like the time for Bill Belichick to show off his new toy. I am calling over 100 yards for Gordon.
Other names: Julian Edelman, Corey Davis, A.J. Green, Kenny Stills, Davante Adams, Kenny Golloday, Golden Tate, Keelan Cole, DeDe Westbrook, Tyreek Hill, Emmanuel Sanders, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Odell Beckham, Jr, Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Alshon Jeffery, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas
TE: George Kittle: Kittle leads the team in targets, receptions and yards. Not to mention, his new QB was his college QB which means there is plenty of familiarity. Kittle is a top-three play this week.
Vance McDonald: McDonald has seen five targets in every game this season. He will get that and more against the Falcons, who have lost multiple starters at LB and Safety.
Def: New England, Cincinnati, Denver, Carolina, Rams, Houston
QB: Cam Newton: The Giants have held QBs to 10 or fewer fantasy points in three of the four games.
Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill has averaged 8.5 points in his two road starts. He is at Cincy on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy: With just 21 rushes and eight receptions this year, there is no way you can trust Shady, especially with the Bills playing catch-up most of the game.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald: Since Week 1, Fitz has averaged four points a game in his last three contests.
Tyler Lockett: Lockett has been consistent, and I know the Rams defense got lit up against the Vikings, but there is no way you can risk starting him. Seattle does not have the horses that the Vikings do and the Rams have had 10 days off to re-group.
TE: Jared Cook: The Chargers have held TEs to just 0-2 catches in three of four games.
Def: Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Dallas
QB: Blake Bortles: Bortles has averaged 19 points a game, and could easily get close to 30 against the Chiefs.
RB: Nyheim Hines: With Doyle and Hilton out, Hines becomes a solid number two option in the passing game.
WR: KeKe Coutee: Coutee had a coming out party Sunday going for 11/109 with 15 targets. His ceiling should stay high with Fuller possibly sidelined for this week.
TE: Geoff Swaim: Over the last two games, Swaim has seen 12 targets, hauling in 8/86/1. With a depleted TE pool, you could do worse.
Def: Tennessee: Tennessee’s defense has been roughed up this year and there is no better cure then facing the 31st ranked offense.
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