The wacky 2020 NFL season continues.
Look what happened this week. We saw Steelers rookie wideout Chase Claypool score 4 touchdowns, a journeyman receiver in Travis Fulgham become Carson Wentz’s number one target and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr upset arch-rival Kansas City at Arrowhead.
What is going here?
To cap off Week 5, consistent jaws dropped as an inspired Titans team who dealt with positive coronavirus tests, lack of practice, and facilities close not just win. The Titans blew out the previously undefeated Bills. Josh Allen had a season-low 19 fantasy points. Ryan Tannehill put up a healthy 35 fantasy points and only on 34 percent of ESPN fantasy teams (via FantasyPros).
It is a lesson that sometimes you have to take a chance and look at “diamond in the rough” picks.
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Vikings RB Alexander Mattison
Running back Dalvin Cook (adductor strain) is expected to not play Sunday as the winless Falcons come to Minnesota, according to Chad Graff, Vikings writer for The Athletic. Stock is high to grab backup running back Alexander Mattison who carried the slack vs the porous Seattle run defense. 20 carries, 112 yards and nearly six yards per carry in the second half. The Atlanta run defense has given up 110 yards per game and five rushing touchdowns.
Cook will have the bye week in Week 7 before he comes back.
Go with Mattison.
Fantasy projection: 22 points.
Titans TE Jonnu Smith
This made me chuckle. 89 percent of ESPN fantasy teams have this 25-year-old tight end on their team. I bet you money that Jonnu Smith is on your bench. Never mind that he had two touchdowns against a very good Bills defense in Week 5. He has five on the year and tied for number one with Packers tight end Robert Tonyan. He is one of Tannehill’s top targets in the red zone and on third down. While the Texans pass defense is ranked eighth, they have surrendered nine touchdowns.
It’s time to give Smith a chance.
Fantasy projection: 16 points.
Rams WR Robert Woods
You have a bewildered look on your face, don’t you? I understand that Rams receiver Robert Woods only has 300 yards this year. However, he is coming off a blowout win over the Washington Football Team where he averaged a nearly 18 yards per catch. He was only targeted five times but had four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. While this is an NFC West primetime showdown with the 49ers.
Their secondary is banged up and was humbled by the Dolphins 43 to 17. The Rams need to show that they can beat their divisional rivals. Woods has been waiting all day for Sunday night.
Fantasy projection: 15 points.
Dolphins WR Preston Williams
What a long road it has been for Dolphins wideout Preston Williams. He was rehabbing all season after he tore his ACL back in November 2019. Now he is back as the number two receiver in Miami. His first few weeks were rough for him, averaging 1.5 receptions but look between the lines because he averages 16 yards per catch. He went off against the Niners for 106 yds and a touchdown with 26 yards per catch.
The ‘Fins now welcome in the winless Jets to Hard Rock Stadium. I made my point.
Fantasy projection: 18 points.
Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater
Whoa, don’t choke on your morning coffee. I’m not kidding on this one. I am telling you that Teddy Bridgewater is about to end this Bears’ Cinderella story. I know the Bears pass defense is 10th and only given up four passing touchdowns. Hear me out. Bridgewater has been “steady eddie” for the high-scoring Panthers offense. In the last three weeks, he is averaging 20 fantasy points per week. Granted it is a big test for Bridgewater, but he has young weapons in D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson that have the ability to stretch the field.
Fantasy projection: 22 points.