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#226 13 Quick Takeaways From Week 5 Action

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap 13 interesting takeaways from yesterday, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview Monday Night Football. It's 10/11. Take it away, Peter Overzet…


It feels weird to wake up in a world where the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-3 but that is reality right now. And to add injury to insult, half the team is now banged up:

We’ll keep you updated on these injuries throughout the week as we learn more information.

The other big story from the game last night was the continued dominance of Dawson Knox (3-117-1). He’s now caught a TD in four straight games and is tethered to the most dominant offense in the league. Congrats on your wealth if you drafted Knox for cheap or scooped him on waivers. 

Here are 13 more quick takeaways from yesterday’s action…

* Kyle Pitts apparently wanted to save his breakout party for the Brits. He racked up 9 receptions for 119 yards and a TD. It will be interesting to see if this was a product of both Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage missing or if he can maintain similar production when they return. 

* Tom Brady and the Buccaneers went nuts against the Dolphins yesterday. Brady passed for 411 yards and 5 TDs against a hapless Miami secondary. Mike Evans (6-113-2) and Antonio Brown (7-124-2) hogged all the production. A Brady-Evans-Brown double stack won someone a million dollars on DraftKings. 

* The Vikings wisely sat Dalvin Cook yesterday and Alexander Mattison promptly proved the fungibility of RBs. Mattison took advantage of elite usage and finished with 25-113 on the ground and 7-40-1 through the air. 

* The Packers-Bengals game proved to be a battle of the old guard of elite WRs and the new guard. Davante Adams went bonkers (11-206-1) while rookie Ja’Marr Chase further cemented himself as the real deal with a 6-159-1 line.

* I faded the Big Dog in DFS which means the Big Dog rumbled his way to 130 yards and 3 TDs on 29 carries. Despite Carlos Hyde being active, James Robinson earned a big workload (18-149-1), but there wasn't much to write home about for the Jags. Also, maybe give Laviska Shenault a few more targets, eh?

* The Cardinals-49ers game got all the hype during the week, but it was the Chargers-Browns game that turned into a fantasy bonanza. All of the notable RBs put up huge numbers: Austin Ekeler (17-66-2; 5-53-1), Nick Chubb (21-161-1), and Kareem Hunt (12-61-2; 5-28). Big Mike Williams refuses to give the alpha WR belt back to Keenan Allen. He finished with 8-165-2 and is on his way to a career year. 

* Trey Lance had a rough first start (15 for 29, 192 yards passing, and 1 INT), but did flash his rushing ability (16-89). On the other side, Rondale Moore is not-so-quietly emerging as a dominant threat. His playmaking ability was never in question, but his usage was. His role expanded yesterday, though, and he was second on the team in targets behind only DeAndre Hopkins.

* Rookie WR Kadarius Toney had a very Kadarius Toney-esque game. Toney had tallied 10-189 while making play after play before ultimately getting ejected for tossing a haymaker. Ezekiel Elliott had a nice day (21-110-1; 2-2-1) for the Cowboys. 

* The Justin Fields truther meetings continue to thin out. He had only three carries and a poor completion percentage. Jesper Horsted scored the lone Bears receiving TD because that’s how these things work. 

* The Eagles-Panthers game could never really get going. DeVonta Smith (7-77) had a TD called back on a Greg Ward penalty and Darius Slay shut down D.J. Moore (5-42). Chuba Hubbard was the lone fantasy bright spot in the game (24-101; 5-33). 

* Antonio Gibson’s shin didn’t appear to bother him too much (20-60-2; 2-12). For the Saints, preseason darling Marquez Callaway delivered on the August hype (4-85-2), including a sick hail mary catch at the end of the first half. 

* I would otherwise refuse to spill any ink on the messy Texans-Patriots game, but then I would be denying myself the opportunity to write about my guy Chris Conley finding the end zone. Hunter Henry led the Patriots through the air with a 6-75-1 line. 

* JuJu Smith-Schuster injured his shoulder, which opened up the door for Chase Claypool to explode for a 5-130-1 line. This offense can’t really support big games for multiple WRs at this point (Diontae Johnson had 2 targets), although Najee Harris continues to receive elite bellcow usage (23-122-1; 2-20).





Here are a few of the injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…

* Tyreek Hill (knee), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (leg), Saquon Barkley (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), Daniel Jones (concussion), Juju Smith-Schuster (shoulder), Damien Harris (ribs), Curtis Samuel (groin), Maxx Williams (leg), Taysom Hill (concussion), Deonte Harris (hamstring)





Tonight we have the Ravens hosting the Colts in a game Vegas gives a 46 over/under. 

Here’s what our friends over at Sharp Football Analysis have to say about the Ravens:

Lamar Jackson ranks third in the league in Passing Points Earned/Play (0.25), just behind Matthew Stafford and Patrick Mahomes. He also ranks fourth in Rushing Points Earned/Play (0.17) among ball carriers with 20+ carries. Once again, Jackson is playing at an MVP level and refuting skeptics who doubt his status as a legitimate dual-threat. He’s done all this without rookie first-round receiver Rashod Bateman, who could make his NFL debut on Monday night.

I have two bets posted for tonight’s game up on BetSperts (free app to download) if you want to see where I’m putting down my money. My username is @peteroverzet. 


We’ll be back tomorrow with waiver wire picks. Enjoy the game.

- Pete Overzet


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