Updated: Oct 12, 2020
Week 5 Picks, First Quarter Standings, and Fantasy Advice for the week
Photo: TierMaker, Mile High Report
We are officially one-quarter of the way through the NFL season. I wish I can say this season has been flawless, but COVID-19 is gaining traction. They have scored more points in their own accord then both teams that call "Metlife" their home.
Looking at the photo above, it is clear who are the alpha dogs and who have hit the bottom of the barrel. The season isn't over yet, and a lot can change. I know the Giants are 0-4, but they aren't out of the NFC East just yet, and this week's game against the Cowboys can create a big statement. The Titans haven't lost yet, but they may have to forfeit their game this week. It is upsetting to see that happen because the Bills/Titans matchup would have been an absolute battle, but during these unprecedented times, you have to follow the rules and safety precautions.
Heading over to fantasy football; looking at the matchups, if you have your MVP favorites (Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes), you are A-Okay. If you need a substitute, who may be on your bench or available for waivers, here are some players who will be poised to have a good week.
Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers) is rostered by 30% of the leagues but is starting to get comfortable with the offense. The Falcons are allowing a league-high 32.5 FPPG to quarterbacks this year. This game is a do-or-die for Head Coach, Dan Quinn. The Falcons may be playing for his job, but the Panthers are starting to put teams on notice. If you are feeling dangerous, the two rookies Joe Burrow (Bengals) and Justin Herbert (Chargers) are low risks, high rewards options.
It seems like running back's this year is a toss-up each week. Besides Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cook, and Ezekial Elliot, other top names have been spotty. Chris Carson (Seahawks) against the Vikings should be a no brainer. Kareem Hunt (Browns) against the Colts should see a decent game. Jerrick McKinnon (49ers) facing off against the Dolphins is a must-start.
The pass-catchers this week that should see high volume games are Seahawks duo Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, Robby Anderson (Panthers), Will Fuller V (Texans), Eric Ebron (Steelers), and Tyler Higbee (Rams).
Photo: Carolina Panthers
It was a quiet week amongst our league in regards to activity. Ryan Densen of Boston Beers made the most noise. Densen took the advice from this week's "Air Raid" and added Teddy Bridgewater. He dropped Ryan Tannehill of the Titans, who may miss another game because of the team's multiple COVID-19 positive test results. With Courtland Sutton out for the year, he added Greg Olsen of the Seahawks, who has been playing decently over four weeks. He also hopped on the rec-specs team, and added Colt's fun phenom, Rodrigo Blankenship; what a name! In a corresponding move, he dropped Kerryon Johnson, who is in a crowded Lions backfield. Other than that, Will Tondo got his hands on Vikings rookie, Justin Jefferson, and dropped his holdover D/ST, Broncos.
Two powerhouses face off this week, in the likes of Ben Allen and Chris Hanold. Ford looks to get his first win, while Mastrianni looks to bounce back. The same goes for Ryan Densen and James Mas. Basel and Tondo square off as well. Zimmer gets the bye this week.
Week 5 Selections
In this week's episode of "Which team everyone has on the board, and one of them will probably lose", our featured teams are the Buccaneers, Ravens, Chiefs, Rams, and Patriots. If Cam doesn't come back for the Pats, this team might be the odd one out.
Let's hope the league doesn't implode with all of these cases. For more Fantasy Football advice, here is the latest installment of Air Raid!