Justin Herbert looks like the real deal, huh? Last night he threw 264 yards & 4 TDs, including this beautiful TD pass on the run to Keenan Allen. Herbert looks poised to follow in the footsteps of Josh Allen, another big-armed QB prospect who was disliked by draftniks but has found success in the league.
Monday Night recap: Justin Jackson (71 yards rushing & 5 catches for 23 yards) outproduced the rookie Joshua Kelley (29 yards rushing & 1 catch for 9 yards). This workload split will be interesting to monitor of the next couple weeks, but Jackson looks like the better back right now...Grown ass man Mike Williams (109 yards & 2 TDs) went full pole vaulter form on this insane catch and had an all around great game...Alvin Kamara had a ridiculous one, too... Kamara (109 total yards & 8 catches), Emmanuel Sanders (12 for 122), and Jared Cook (1 TD) led the Saints with solid, if not spectacular, production.
Tuesday Night Football: As of now the Bills remain on track to play the Titans this evening after another successful round of testing. Josh Allen and the Big Dog Derrick Henry in primetime? Oh, A.J. Brown is back too? Sign me up.
TOP 5 WAIVER ADDS FOR WEEK 6
- Alexander Mattison (RB - rostered in 41.6% of ESPN leagues) - Even though Dalvin Cook’s MRI for his groin reportedly went well yesterday, Mattison will likely get the start this Sunday as it doesn’t make sense to rush Cook back before their Week 7 bye. Mattison turned 20 carries for 112 yards & caught 3 receptions for 24 yards on Monday night and would be an easy Top 10 RB play vs. the Falcons this week if Cook misses.
- Chase Claypool (WR - 8.8%) - Claypool’s 4 TD game is less fluky when you realize he’s a 2nd round pick who was drafted by a team who identifies WR talent better than any team in the league. The combination of his size/speed paired with Big Ben should result in plenty more big fantasy days despite the talented competition around him.
- Mecole Hardman (KC - 37.5%) - With Sammy Watkins expected to miss multiple weeks, the runway is clear for a Hardman take off. Demarcus Robinson will see an increased role as well, but Hardman’s blazing speed (4.33 forty) and nose for the end zone (2 TDs in last three games) make him a priority add for me.
- Andy Dalton (QB - 0.2%) - If you’re hurting at QB or just lost Dak Prescott, Dalton is a solid add with all of the weapons at his disposal in Dallas. Per Rotoviz, Dalton was QB5 in points per game in 2013 and QB12 in points per game in 2015 and he has even better weapons now than he did then. The upcoming schedule is also nice: ARI, WAS, and PHI.
- Travis Fulgham (PHI - 0.2%) - Fulgham, along with Claypool, were the surprise performers in Week 5. His production was driven by opportunity (no DJax, Reagor, Goedert etc.), but the small school prospect was productive at Old Dominion and should be added in case his role grows and/or these banged up pass catchers are slower to return than expected.
Injury roundup: There are rumors that both Matt Ryan and Julio Jones could eventually be on the move after Atlanta cleaned house on Sunday...Keenan Allen left Monday’s game early due to a back injury...Belichick said that Cam Newton could be eligible to suit up against the Broncos on Sunday even if he continues to test positive for COVID-19. Not sure how that works, but whatever you say, Bill...A.J. Green (hamstring) has no timetable for his return. It’s the Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins show now...It’s unclear whether Sam Darnold (shoulder) will play this week...Davante Adams practiced yesterday...Christian McCaffrey (high ankle sprain) is eligible to return for Week 6, but that seems unlikely...Dak Prescott has been given a 4-to-6 month recovery window...The NFL says it will now test players, coaches, and other personnel for COVID on game days.
Interesting nuggets: Every week Laviska Shenault’s targets go up. Rotoviz reminds us he’s basically an A.J. Brown clown from a prospect profile standpoint...Sean McVay will continue to ride the hot hand at RB...Via Mike Clay, Joshua Kelley has 63 carries for 203 yards this season (3.2 YPC).