I can’t believe this. I had to count the weeks like Patrick Mahomes when he reminds people how many quarterbacks were picked before him.
1,2,3,4…5. Week 5 of the National Football League. We made it.
However, before breaking it down with my under-the-radar players to watch for in fantasy.
Take a moment and remind yourself that two more Titans, an unknown Raiders player and Patriots’ defensive star Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the coronavirus. A sad reminder of the times we live in.
Okay, enough talk. There are still five players out there to improve your team in Week 5.
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Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones II
A Thursday Night Football game that is actually worthy of watching. Tampa Bay travels to the Windy City to battle the Bears. However, the three words you dread as a fantasy football participant.
Head coach Bruce Arians said that running back Leonard Fournette is a “game-time decision,” due to a nagging ankle injury. It opens the door for Ronald Jones II who decimated the Chargers rush defense for 111 yards on 20 rushes. Jones averaged five and a half yards per carry. The Bears run defense is 16th in the NFL giving up 115 yards per game.
Jones may have only 37% of the snaps, but without Fournette to share the ball. He’s a worthy flex.
Projection: 13 to 15 points
Panthers WR Robby Anderson
I do not understand why the Panthers prized free-agent wideout Robby Anderson is never talked about. He’s nearing 400 yards on the year, averages nearly 14 yards per catch. While he only does have one touchdown, he has the best matchup of the week.
Anderson was targeted 11 times vs Arizona. The 27-year-old receiver caught 8 balls for 99 yards. It is his third game this year where he has nearly 100 receiving yards.
He will be challenged by the Falcons secondary that is putting those healthcare dollars to good use. During the Packers game, they lost three more players and already were without A.J. Terrell (COVID-19/Reserve list), Darqueze Dennard, Ricardo Allen. On Tuesday, Atlanta lost Damontae Kazee to a torn Achilles (via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN).
It speaks for itself.
Projection: 19 points.
Jaguars RB James Robinson
I love watching this player play. James Robinson, the undrafted player out of Illinois State is having a silent but effective start to his NFL career. Yes, he had only one game where he rushed for 100 yards or more. But, Robinson has three touchdowns on the year and his yards per carry are solid averaging four and a half yards.
I have a feeling that Robinson will have his breakout game in Week 5 as the winless Houston Texans come to town. Houston fired their GM/head coach Bill O’Brien after a miserable loss to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings.
To add irony to this, they have the worst rush defense in the league. The Texans are giving up nearly 182 yards per game.
Robinson may have a career-high in rushes to go along with it.
Bengals WR Tee Higgins
Oh, how the times are changing. I am beyond shocked at how A.J. Green has regressed. He caught one pass for three yards in last week’s win over Jacksonville. Why is this happening?
Oh, it is Tee Higgins, the high-flying rookie out of Clemson that is receiving more targeting opportunities. Higgins is averaging 7-9 targets per game since Week 2. He had four receptions for 77 yards and rushed for one touchdown last week
While they do have to battle the defending AFC North champion, Baltimore Ravens. They are ranked 26th in pass defense and the way Joe Burrow has been throwing the ball. I would be surprised if Higgins is not targeted heavily.
Projection: 14 points
Giants QB Daniel Jones
Jake! Why in the world would I take Giants quarterback Daniel Jones?
Check the schedule. Do you see what defense he is playing? Dallas.
The same Cowboys defense that gave up 508 yards last week to the Cleveland Browns. I was pleasantly surprised by the fight that the Giants gave the Rams. While Jones’ numbers are not impressive. He has not thrown a touchdown since Week 1 and barely threw for 1,000 yards, but he has not played a defense as abysmal as the Dallas Cowboys are.
This is the game where Jones can “right the ship” and grab his first win of the season. Let’s be honest, I know that the Cowboys will win. But, this has nothing to do with whether they win or lose. It is about how the player performs at the end of the day.
Show something, Daniel.
Projection: 20 points