NFL Week 5 Recap

9 Oct 2018 - 8:46pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 9 Oct 2018 - 9:59pm | Likes: 36 Like 
NFL Week 5 Recap

I can’t believe we are already five weeks into the NFL season and we have a full picture of who each team really is. There is a clear top-tier of teams and a bunch of teams in the middle and a clear lower-tier. We are at the point of the season where your season longs teams have taken shape and either pushing towards the top or searching for wins to make the playoffs. A lot to cover, so let’s jump in.

Dolphins at Bengals

This game was the tale of two halves for the Bengals, who came away with the win. The Bengals were held scoreless in the first half but added three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The big news for them was that dynamic running back Joe Mixon is back from injury and played on 78% of the snaps. Mixon added one receiving touchdown and had 25 total touches. AJ Green did his thing with a 6/112/0 stat line, which is good enough in a lower scoring fantasy week. On the Dolphins side, Frank Gore out touched Kenyan Drake in the rushing game, but Drake had seven receptions, which was a team high, giving him 13 total touches for the game. This game lacked fantasy goodness for the most part, but good for fantasy owners that Mixon is back.

Packers at Lions

The real NFL story for this one was the fact that Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and one extra point. I don’t want to say he cost them the game, but you also have to put something on the offense for not being able to convert in the red zone. Aaron Rodgers is looking healthy with his 442/3/0 stat line, which wasn’t enough to come away with the win. The Packers were also dealing with injuries at wide receiver, which lead to Marquez Valdes-Scantling having a larger role, 7/68/1. Along with Equanimeous St. Brown grabbing 3/89/0. The rushing work for them was split as usual and truly tough to find some value there. On the Lions side of things, it was very tilting to see LeGarrette Blount vulture two red-zone touchdowns, but it happens. Stafford had a very, very modest 183/2/1 stat line but didn’t need to do a whole lot in the passing game. Kenny Golladay continues to be a stand out fantasy producer with 4/98/1.

Jaguars at Chiefs

So the Chiefs are pretty good at this football thing? The Chiefs had another game and had another win. Simple as that for them this season, despite this being a tougher matchup for them. Many people across the DFS industry were worried about this matchup vs the Jaguars and their defense, but apparently, that didn’t matter. Patrick Mahomes did throw his first interception of the year and a second one later as well. He didn’t have any touchdowns in the passing game but one on the ground. The passing game was limited and Travis Kelce was the standout performer with his 5/100/0 stat line. Kareem Hunt had another touchdown on the ground, showing a nice rebound after a rough first few weeks. TJ Yeldon had the majority of the rushing work with Leonard Fournette still out with an injury. Blake Bortles had one touchdown in the passing game and one on the ground, but he had four interceptions.

Falcons at Steelers

This game was projected to be one of the higher scoring games on the slate, which we got, but it was all on one side. The Steelers put up 41 points, in what was a very balanced offensive game. Big Ben had 250/3/1 stat line, with two of those passing touchdowns going to Antonio Brown who had over 100 yards. They had two touchdowns in the rushing game, which came via James Conner, who also had over 100 yards. The Atlanta offense wasn’t anything to be impressed by as Matt Ryan had a 285/1/0 stat line and hurt his foot in the process. He had X-Rays after the game, but they came back clean. Austin Hooper led the team in receptions and yards with nine and 77. Mohamed Sanu caught the lone passing touchdown and outgained both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

Giants at Panthers

The Giants looked really bad for a part of this game, then they looked halfway decent and made it an interesting one, which they ultimately dropped. Eli Manning has been amazing inconsistent this season but still managed to have over 300 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Odell Beckham caught his first touchdown of the season with 131 yards but also threw a touchdown on a trick play. Saquon Barkley had 19 total touches and over 100 total yards with two receiving touchdowns. The Panthers offense was what we have seen all season, Christian McCaffrey in the rushing game, Cam Newton in both the passing and rushing game, with the receivers seeing very spread out work. No receiver had over 60 yards or more than five receptions.

Vikings at Eagles

We had a nice rematch of the NFC Championship game from last season, where the Vikings were the victor this time. Coming into the week, many sharp bettors were on the “over” in this game, mainly due to how injured the Eagles secondary is. This meant Cousins, Diggs, and Thielen were in for a big game, and you best believe they delivered. Cousins had 301/1/0 stat line, Diggs had 10/91/0, along with Thielen having 7/116/1. They are still without Dalvin Cook, which meant Latavius Murray saw the majority of the rushing work with 11 carries. On the Eagles side, Carson Wentz is looking better and had 311/2/0 stat line, which is solid for fantasy, but not enough to win them the game. Zach Ertz continues to be the favorite target of Wentz, as he had 11 targets with 110 yards and one touchdown. The backfield for the Eagles got even more confusing with Jay Ajayi going out for the year with an ACL injury.

Redskins at Saints

This was one of the more one-sided games of the week and it had a bit of history along the way. Saints quarterback threw for 363 yards and in the process passed Peyton Manning for the NFL record of all-time passing yards. He added three touchdowns to his stat line, where two of the touchdowns went to preseason darling Tre’Quan Smith who had over 100 yards. We also saw the return of Mark Ingram, who led the team in rushing yards, attempts, and touchdowns with a 16/53/2 stat line. Alvin Kamara had a very slow game with nine total touches for 39 yards. On the Redskins side, the game script forced them into using Chris Thompson more, which is a good thing, since he is good. He had eight targets, six receptions for 45 yards. The Washington receiving core continues to be highly ineffective with no receiver having more than 55 yards or four receptions. 

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