Round 5 is in the books and what an exciting week of NFL action it was, with several teams coming from behind to snatch unlikely victories with last minute plays or overtime heroics. Be sure to tune in this week for more action, with the season getting better and better each week. To the fantasy perspective and we hit some paydirt with our players to watch last week, most notably with Cleveland Browns duo Josh McCOWN (35.48pts – highest scoring player for the week) and Gary BARNIDGE (19.9 pts). Even Tavon AUSTIN (8.8 pts) and Duke JOHNSON (7.7 pts) did okay for us, so lets see if we can stick at it again this week and find a few more gems.
Has anyone ever gone from player to watch one week to star to admire the next? Well its happened this week. How can we ignore Josh McCOWN? He’s our undoubted star this week after a franchise-record effort in round 5, throwing for an incredible 457 yds, 2 TDs and no interceptions in leading his Browns to a come-from-behind win. Not only that, but his score of 35.48 pts was the weeks highest, 7 points more than the next guy. Wow. And he’s still only owned by 1.2% of leagues – surely we can trust him now?
The QB to watch this week is Jaguars signal-caller Blake BORTLES. Anoither who has been ignored a bit despite putting the scores on the board, BORTLES in currently ranked 6th out of all QBs and just keeps performing. Last week he amassed another 28 pts on the back of 303 yds and 4 TDs. Thats 4 games in a row for him over 16 pts – and he’s still only owned in 10% of leagues. Snap him up now!
He’d been talked up all pre-season and finally experienced Tamp Bay RB Doug MARTIN came up with the goods, belting out a 33 pts game that involved 123 yds rushing, 35 yards receiving and 2 TDs. Just about a perfect game from a running back right there folks, and it left him ranked 3rd at the position for the season so far after scoring 20 pts the week before.
The RB to keep an eye on is Seattle’s Thomas RAWLS. Admittedly RAWLS has been taking advantage of the Marshawn LYNCH injury, but still his numbers last weekend were great – 169 yds, 1 TD and a total of 22.9pts. At the very least he’s a great handcuff if you already have LYNCH – even if you don’t he is now ranked 29th amongst the RBs and could occupy a nice bench spot on your roster.
It’s hard to back-up a season where you take possibly the greatest catch in the history of the NFL right? Well Odel BECKHAM has been doing his best, and last week he brought home a very tidy 18.4 pts after 121 yds receiving and a touchdown. With 3 good games and 2 poor ones, BECKHAM has been going okay but has struggled a little bit to cap it off with some endzone action. Still, he’s ranked 9th and owned in 100% of leagues.
The WR to monitor is Chicago’s Marquess WILSON. Ranked 48th and only owned by 0.3% of leagues, WILSON had a day out last weekend, accepting 6 of 8 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown, securing himself 14.5pts. He’s a risky play since he’s relying on current injuries to Alshon JEFFREY and Eddie ROYAL to see much of the ball, but nevertheless he could be a sneaky bench option.
Welcome back Antonio! First game back for San Diego star Antonio GATES and he immediately shows who’s boss, accepting 9 of 11 targets for 92 yds and 2 TDs, including his 100th career TD. Just like that he belts out 21.2pts, and he is still only owned in 61% of leagues. If he’s available in yours, do not hesitate – pick him up straight away.
Philadelphia veteran Brent CELEK is worth a look in the TE position, currently owned by only 1.4% of leagues. He does have some competition from youngster Zach ERTZ, however the Eagles have been using two TEs a lot, and last weekend CELEK benefited with 44 yds and 1 TD leading to a 10.4pt game, after a 7 pt game the week prior. With back-to-back TD games, CELEK might be okay if you are desperate.
This week the NFL Moneyball player values have changed dramatically, meaning there a lots of bargains to be snapped up if you are in the comp – not to mention that this week they are also offering the biggest guaranteed prize pools yet in the NFL $2K Hail Mary and the NFL $2K Sunday Blitz. If you are looking to have a crack, perhaps you should consider the following players, who seem to be at very juicy prices. QBs Phil RIVERS ($9,400) and Blake BORTLES ($8,700), RBs DeMarco MURRAY ($8,600) and Chris JOHNSON ($6,300), WRs Eric DECKER ($6,800) and Ted GINN Jnr ($5,600) and TEs Gary BARNIDGE ($6,500) and Antonio GATES ($4,900).
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