ScarecrowGrin’s Fantasy Football 2 Cents ( 10/11/18 )
By: Robert L. Porter Jr
Week 5 was a very good one. Competition was in full swing but home cooking seemed to be the theme for the weekend as the host teams posted a 12-3 record.
The top 3 scorers in fantasy football this week are all guaranteed first ballot Hall of Famers. Aaron Rodgers (36.68 PPR points) was the highest scorer this week in his Packers loss to the Lions with the new NFL leader in Passing yardage Drew Brees (35.72 PPR points) being second after a 43-19 beat down of Washington on Monday night to close the week. Tom terrific (35.54 PPR points) was 3rd as he disposed of the Colts on Thursday to open the week 5 festivities. Its note worthy to mention Brady threw his 500th TD in week 5, Brees is right behind him as he threw his 499th.
At the Running back position Todd Gurley (34.30 PPR points) had 26 touches for 113 total yards with 3 Rushing TDs to secure the come back win in Seattle, while James Conner (34.50 PPR points) returned to his week 1 form as he tallied 185 total yards and 2 TDs in the Steelers 41 – 17 win over Atlanta. Isaiah Crowell (32.10 PPR points) ran for 219 yards on just 15 carries against a previously stout Denver Broncos run defense. Giants phenom Saquon Barkley (28.90 PPR points) hasnt scored less than 20 fantasy points to start his career as he helped push the Panthers to the brink but fell short 33 – 31 on a 63 yard Graham Gano field goal. Barkley had 19 touches for 129 yards and 2 receiving TDs ( one was on a pass from WR Odell Beckham Jr.).
Speaking of Beckham, he had his first receiving TD in a year and his first passing TD of his career which left him with 33.38 PPR points. Other big performances were Davante Adams (29.00 PPR points) and tony toe tap aka Antonio Brown (28.10 PPR points) but the game by Jets Wide out Robbie Anderson (27.30 PPR points) was a sight to see. Anderson hauled in only 3 receptions but he made them count to the tune of 123 yards and 2 TDs, the 76 yarder was the true highlight. Adam Thelein (24.60 PPR points) and Stefon Diggs (21.60 PPR points) continue to be the premiere wide out duo as they both topped 20 PPR points again this past week.
Stored under the “Not what we expected” category is the output of TE Eric Ebron (31.50 PPR points) who had 9 catches for 105 yards and 2TDs and also, 49ers QB C.J.Beathard (28.66 PPR points) who passed for 349 yards with 2 TDs against the Arizona Cardinals. Last but not least is Saints wide out Tre’Quan Smith (26.10 PPR points) who had 3 grabs, 111 yards and 2 TDs but his claim to fame will be hauling in the 62 yard TD pass that broke the record for Drew Brees.
WEEK 5 BREAKOUT CANDIDATES REVIEW
QB – Derek Carr – 15.22
RB – T.J. Yeldon – 26.20 points
WR – Julian Edelman – 12.70 points
Carr made some horrible plays in the red zone which contributed to his poor numbers. Yeldon did a good job filling in for the injured Leonard Fournette with a very productive day but the Chiefs were just too much for the Jags. In Edelman’s first meaningful game in over 600 days he played well but a bad drop and some near misses with Tom Brady kept him from having a bigger game. 54.12 PPR points combined from our Breakout Candidates is a solid and respectable result but we look forward to a big week 6.
WEEK 6 BREAKOUT CANDIDATES
QB – Jameis Winston – @ Falcons
RB – Corey Clement – @ Giants
WR – Tyler Boyd – vs Steelers
Winston is coming off the bye and will be playing against a familiar opponent who is giving up an average of 32.6 points per game, as yoy could guess we’re expecting more fireworks from the NFC south this weekend. Jay Ajayi tore his ACL vs Minnesota last week so look for a bigger role for Corey Clement on Thursday in New York. Its gonna be a commitee but he’s better in blitz pick up than Wendell Smallwood so Clement is the obvious choice for more work. Much like the Falcons the Steelers are giving up a good number of points so we expect Tyler Boyd to benefit from the attention A.j. Green and Joe Mixon will receive from Pittsburgh.
We feel really confident about our candidates and look forward to seeing them have huge games this upcoming week. Stop by next week for all the stats and insight you can only get here.