Start/Sip Pourcast - Week 5 - You Winston, You Lose Some
The community-wide consensus on week four seems to be that most “good” fantasy teams struggled. Personally, I went a perfect 4-0 in my leagues, for the first time this season. In two of those leagues I did so without Tyreek Hill, who still hasn’t been cleared to return, as expected. I say it every year . . . draft for depth at the multi-player skill positions. Load up on wide receivers and running backs, even if it means waiting for a lower tier quarterback or tight end. I’m talking to you Aaron Rodgers and George Kittle owners. And, for the love of Minshew, do NOT reach high for a defense. How’s that working out for you Rams and Chargers owners? The L.A. teams currently rank 13th and 21st, respectively, and were likely selected in your draft before New England, who is far and away the points leader. With all the injuries to major players, you’d better have your benches in order. And MAKE TRADE OFFERS! Buy low, sell high. Beyond that, scour the waiver wire in all of your leagues, and plan ahead for bye week holes and injury substitutions.
David Johnson. (RB - ARI) @ CIN
Through four weeks, no team has allowed more fantasy points to running backs than the Cincinnati Bengals. James Conner walked all over them, last week. Jaylen Samuels was effective, too, even through the air. Samuels is not a golden pickup, by the way, so if you grabbed him, I would temper your expectations. This is Conner’s backfield. Samuels is being used as a situational threat. There were plenty of opportunities against the Bengals. If Pittsburgh and that gadget offense they’re employing can have that much success against Cincy’s run defense, imagine what a team with a slightly more streamlined offensive scheme, who didn’t have to retool after the regular season was underway, can accomplish.
Tom Brady (QB - NE) @ WAS
Fire up TB12 on all cylinders, this week. In characteristic fashion, the Patriots have drawn a remarkably easy schedule. The Redskins’ defense has just disinteregrated. They’re allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the most to wide receivers. This week should be no exception to that.
Jameis Winston (QB - TB) @ NO
The Saints defense looked fantastic last week against the Cowboys, but all in all, they’ve allowed far more action to gunslinging QBs than to the run game. On the other side of the football, the Bucs are also pretty terrible against the passing attack, which lends itself to a potential shootout. At the very least, expect Winston to have to throw a lot to catch up on the scoreboard. Game script should favor a big air game.
Le’Veon Bell (RB - NYJ) @ PHI
Bell struggled against New England’s stout run defense, but what really hints toward a slow outing, this week, is that while the Eagles boast a similarly challenging rush attack, they’re quite porous against all other offensive skill positions. Luke Falk has struggled in his first unexpected NFL starts, and this weakness should allow Philly to stack the box all day against Le’Veon. If you have a better option at running back, play them.
Gardner Minshew (QB - JAX) @ CAR
I hate to bet against a golden son of the Booze League, but the optics of week five give me no choice. I love Minstache, but at this point, who doesn’t? The man could end wars with his mere presence, and his laid back demeanor could likely end world hunger simply with its presence. Minshew has quickly proven himself effective on the field, however he is consistently putting up “serviceable” fantasy numbers, at best. But, Gardner’s weapon is likely to be Leonard Fournette on the ground, rather than his passing game, in week five.. The Panthers front seven have struggled to contain the run, in 2019, but have been dominant against QBs, WRs, and TEs. Jaylen Ramsey is officially out again, which opens up opportunities for DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel. But, I just don’t see a huge passing game in this one, and neither of these wideouts are spectacular fantasy options. This is was a hard sit to predict, but I just think you should have better streaming options than Uncle Rico in week 5.