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As I already outlined in my Start or Sit column this week, Tom Brady’s return from suspension is the best of the storylines to watch.

There were not as many big Fantasy-related injuries last week, but there are still a few backfield situations that will need to be monitored.

Robert Woods proved to be the best receiving option in Buffalo while Dak Prescott showed that he can produce without his top option.

Jordan Howard and Christine Michael proved to be capable starters while the Giants are still looking for a second back.

So let’s get to the Week 5 storylines to watch.

NFL Week 5 Storylines To Watch

New England Offense

With Tom Brady back, the Patriots should finally click for Fantasy purposes. Surprisingly, only LeGarrette Blount has performed at a high level so far.

Rob Gronkowski has been hurt and non-existent. Julian Edelman’s workload has not been what we have become accustomed to. Chris Hogan has yet to really deliver on his sleeper-status. James White has not filled in for the Dion Lewis role.

I think that all changes this week. Brady is a vengeful person and he will want to make a show of it. Belichick will run the scores up and keep Brady throwing. I think James White will be the biggest beneficiary. He will finally get the quick-hitting passes targeted to him that will give him a chance with the ball in space.

If White or Hogan have been dropped (they have in multiple leagues of mine) they definitely need to be watched or even picked up before the game.

Rob Gronkowski is also someone to buy low on in your league. He will get healthy at some point and when he does Brady will use and abuse defenses through him.

Oakland Raiders Backfield


Latavius Murray is ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will split the touches at this point.

It seems as though Washington will be the starter and get the majority of the work, but Richard has show some explosion. I’ve seen reports that both guys will be the go-to goal line back. The situation will just have the be watched to see who Jack Del Rio actually uses.

The reason it’s one of the storylines to watch is I think Murray’s days are numbered as the lead guy in the bay. He’s had decently impressive numbers, but they are all due to volume. His per touch numbers are not strong at all.

Both Washington and Richard catch the ball out of the backfield better and seem to have better vision. I think whichever one can take control of the backfield this week will be the guy to start for the rest of the season. If you have the roster spots, grab both of these guys if they are available.

Giants’ Passing Game Troubles


Odell Beckham had not had to deal with much adversity through his first two seasons. We are seeing now though, that he does not handle it well.

Beckham has turned 100% prima donna as he complains and throws tantrums on the field. It’s not that I don’t disagree with his logic. Eli Manning has looked absolutely atrocious this season. He is not getting the ball to Beckham in the right spots or nearly enough.

The problem is Beckham is hurting the team with his temper tantrums. There are rumblings that New York will sit him if they continue. This situation is huge for Fantasy Football purposes. Beckham should be a Top-5 option at receiver week in and week out. If his playing time and targets are cut short, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz become quite valuable.

Broncos’ Quarterback

Denver’s quarterback situation is another one of the storylines to watch. Trevor Siemian is listed as questionable for Sunday but has practiced. The question is if Denver wants him back.

Paxton Lynch was drafted as the future of the franchise and looked pretty strong in his debut last week. He had no turnovers and posted a 94+ quarterback rating.

Although neither Bronco is a Fantasy asset in the majority of leagues, the Fantasy implications can be felt. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas had finally broken up for 100 yards each a couple of weeks ago. Siemian had seemed to figure out how to feed all of the mouths in the offense.

Lynch did a solid job of keeping them scoring Fantasy points. The two combined for 14 catches, 182 yards and two touchdowns. This situation will be worth watching to see if this high level of production can be continued.

Quick Hits

  • Can the two rookie quarterbacks in the NFC East continue their turnover-less streaks? I almost think the streaks are hurting Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz a bit. They are so worried about not throwing interceptions that they are passing up some big plays.
  • Cam Newton has been ruled out for Monday night. It should only be one game, but we can see how much the Panthers’ offense is affected without him there. Mike Tolbert becomes a sneaky start in deeper leagues.
  • Isaiah Crowell has put together a few quality games now. However, this might not be the week for him if they get down big. Duke Johnson could finally break out.
  • DeAndre Hopkins had just one catch last week. We saw how Julio Jones responded to an awful game, but can Hopkins do the same? Or could this be a bad sign of things to come?
  • Justin Forsett is gone now so the job is Terrance West’s to lose. Can he take advantage of the situation? 

That’s it for the Week 5 Storylines for Fantasy Football! If you have any Start/Sit questions, consult our article on it, or shoot them to us on Twitter @Tomlin3 or @SoCalledFanEx.

 

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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