We have a pile of news and developments across the league to cover this morning after an action-packed Week 5. Let’s do it...
No new Titans positive tests: The Titans had no new positives from Sunday’s round of COVID-19 testing and will practice again today. This is great news for the status of Tuesday’s game, although this stuff has to be re-evaluated on a near minute-to-minute basis. If you rolled the dice on starting Titans-Bills players you’re looking good for now. Also, the postponement of the Broncos-Patriots game to Week 6 caused a bunch of schedule changes.
Dak Prescott is done for the season: Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury on a second-half run yesterday and his season is officially over. His surgery was successfully completed last night and the hope is that he’ll be good to go for the start of the 2021 season. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has a great piece breaking down the entire situation and potential fallout.
Michael Thomas is out for Week 5; is a huge punk: Adam Schefter reported that Thomas had an altercation with a teammate at practice this weekend and the team is benching him tonight for disciplinary reasons. Thomas was expected to return from his ankle injury but is unfortunately a giant hot head.
The Falcons cleaned house: The 0-5 Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff after another bad loss yesterday. It’s been a long time coming since the team blew a 28-3 lead in the 2016 Super Bowl.
Alex Smith is back: 2020 has been crummy for a lot of reasons, but Smith’s comeback yesterday was a major bright spot. With his wife and kids watching from the stands, Smith returned to action 693 days after suffering a gruesome leg injury that led to a life-threatening infection and 17 surgeries. Incredible.
D.K. Metcalf is an absolute superstar: Metcalf went for 93 yards and 2 TDs, including the game-winning catch at the end of regulation. He looks like 1) a grown ass man and 2) *the* breakout player in all of fantasy.
Chase Claypool goes bonkers: There is not a team in the league better at unearthing WR talent than the Steelers. They appear to have hit gold once again with Claypool who scorched the earth yesterday with 4 total TDs. It’s a crowded WR room in Pitt, but you can’t take him off the field.
Other Week 5 MVPs: Travis Fulgham (10-152-1), Adam Thielen (9-80-2), Mike Davis (149 total yards + 9 catches & 1 TD), Devonta Freeman (I know, right??), Darius Slayton (8-129), CeeDee Lamb (8-124), Preston Williams (4-106-1), and Brandin Cooks (8-161-1).
Injury watch: Dalvin Cook left SNF after an awkward step that left him grabbing his left thigh. He will undergo a MRI today for his groin, according to Mike Zimmer. Jene Bramel says Cook is in danger of missing Week 6. It might be logical to rest him through their Week 7 bye...Sammy Watkins left Sunday’s game with a hamstring strain. Bramel thinks this could be a multiple-week injury...We also need to keep an eye on Diontae Johnson (back), AJ Green (hamstring), Kyle Allen (arm).
Week 6 Waivers: The Splash Play podcast discussed early Week 6 waiver wire adds last night. How should we value Chase Claypool and Travis Fulgham?
DFS Review: Every week I review my highest buy-in DFS lineups on my Youtube channel. The good, the bad, and the ugly. This week it was a mixture of both.
Interesting nuggets: Mike Davis is crushing in CMC’s absence...Odell Beckham Jr. might be inconsistent these days, but he remains electric...Henry Ruggs is averaging 29.5 yards per reception. He has 6 on the year.