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What we learned in Week 5
When we think of the biggest busts of the fantasy season, injured players like David Johnson who have given fantasy owners virtually nothing come to mind. When we don’t include injured players, Amari Cooper must be the number 1 fantasy bust through the first 5 weeks of the year. The former #4 overall pick has less than 10 yards receiving in each of the last 3 weeks and just eight catches for 56 yards in his last 4 games (Year to date wide receiver fantasy points). Despite Cooper getting his starting QB Derek Carr back soon, Cooper should no longer be considered a top receiver and was not worth the second-round draft pick price tag that he cost. Even with Carr back, the featured Wide Receiver in this offense is Michael Crabtree, not Cooper. After another disappointing outing against the Ravens, the 23-year old leads the NFL in drops. We’re not saying it’s time to cut bait but we’re not expecting Cooper to be anything more than a risky FLEX play over the next few weeks.
In what is one of, if not the worst start in New York Football Giants franchise history, things somehow got even worse when the team’s top two offensive players, Odell Beckham (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) went down to season-ending injured reserved. Sterling Shepard also got hurt in this game, as the Giants fell to 0-5. Even the Wide Receivers who were expected to pick up the slack now like Dwayne Harris were also lost for the year in this game. Rookie Tight End Evan Engram put up a goose egg in this Chargers matchup despite every offensive skill player dropping around him. The Giants may turn their attention to getting the best draft pick they can. Consider the Giants a fantasy wasteland the rest of the year … that is unless you’re streaming a defense against them.
It took all of franchise history but the Texans have finally found their franchise quarterback. Watson was unbelievable yet again, this time against a great Chiefs defense. Watson has had a whopping 70 points in his last 2 games and with a home matchup against the hopeless Browns next on the docket, Watson could continue to soar up the fantasy QB rankings.
If Doug Martin is available in your league, go get him immediately. Martin has a pair of 1,400 yard seasons on his resume and looks to still have plenty of spring in his step now at 28 years old. We thought originally that the Buccaneers would do a committee approach with Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers but Rodgers got just 3 yards on 2 carries while Martin had a big day in his return from suspension. Despite not being a great pass catcher, Martin should be very useful in all fantasy formats.
If you planned on streaming a defense before the start the year, facing the Jaguars offense certainly sounded appealing. That is far from the case now as Leonard Fournette has given this Jacksonville team new life. The RB has been as good as advertised after being selected with a top 5 pick. It’s not just the offense as the Jags defense has been giving teams fits. They are no longer the slouch we expected to pick on to start the year like they were a year ago. The Jaguars forced FIVE interceptions from Big Ben over the weekend and this defense should be monitored going forward, especially with the Rams and Colts the next two opponents on the schedule.