In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we enjoy Waz’s updated Week 5 rankings. It's 10/9, let's do this.
The Jets and Falcons are in London with a kickoff time of 9:30 AM EST tomorrow, so adjust your lineups accordingly.
* With Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage out this week, all eyes will be on Kyle Pitts (TE5) to have his breakout game and catch the first touchdown of his NFL career. I’d bet on it.
* Elijah Moore (NR) returning from the concussion protocol should open more opportunities for Corey Davis (WR20) and Jamison Crowder (WR43). I wouldn’t rely on Moore just yet.
* With Rob Gronkowski out again, Chris Godwin (WR15), Mike Evans (WR17), and Antonio Brown (WR19) are all solid WR2 with WR1 upside options. The Buccaneers could get ahead early and lean on Leonard Fournette (RB15) to clean up.
* There’s a good chance that DeVante Parker (WR25) doesn’t play this week due to a hamstring injury which should open increased opportunities for Jaylen Waddle (WR24) and Mike Gesicki (TE4).
* While Antonio Gibson (RB18) will likely play through his shin injury (stress fracture), I’m not going to rely on him to beat up the Saints 3rd-ranked rushing defense. I will, however, continue to rely on Terry McLaurin (WR6) to reel in every pass headed his way. The return of Curtis Samuel (WR55) should only help his case.
* Despite nursing an ankle injury, count on Aaron Jones (RB3) to benefit from a positive game script. On the other hand, I wouldn’t count on Joe Mixon (NR) this week, and I’m not confident in starting Samaje Perine (RB34) or Chris Evans (RB50) in his place.
* Julio Jones is out again this week, but A.J. Brown (WR42) should return. I don’t expect them to push Brown too hard in his first game back and instead rely on Derrick Henry (RB1) to carry the workload. I do expect Marvin Jones (WR18) and Laviska Shenault (WR22) to get theirs this week, but I have a feeling that this will be another big James Robinson (RB8) day.
* It’s too bad Dalvin Cook (RB10) still isn’t at full health this week. While he’ll still be a factor in the game, I don’t expect him to be as effective as one would expect him to be against the Lions porous rush defense. Still, if Cook plays, you must start him.
* With David Montgomery out for at least a month, Damien Williams (RB19) is a viable start. Josh Jacobs (RB17) will have his work cut out against a tough Bears rush defense, but now that he appears healed from his ankle injury, that offense will likely go through him and Darren Waller (TE2).
* I’m excited to watch Trey Lance (QB12) make his first start and connect with Deebo Samuel (WR8). On the other side, Chase Edmonds (RB22) is dealing with a shoulder injury and is considered a game-time decision. My current conservative ranking assumes that he does play.
* With Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton out again this week, I’d only count on Kenny Golladay (WR26) to get the job done for the Giants pass catchers. Otherwise, we should see some good backfield work from Saquon Barkley (RB06). As always, don’t hesitate to start the Dallas offense.
* Lastly, start every Bills and Chiefs player that you have rostered. It’s going to be an exciting game for everyone involved.
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Rob Waziak aka "Waz" is a fantasy football analyst who competes in draft and season-long expert rankings competitions. He's consistently been at or near the top of all industry-wide leaderboards since 2017.
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