At the quarter mark of the season, Michael Florio helps you right the ship with his Week 5 PPR Rankings, and if you play half-PPR or standard, he’s got you covered there as well.
I am in a league that I share with two former co-workers of mine. I mean, these guys are basically my best friends (forever). We had our draft in mid-August like I’m sure many of you did and felt great about our team heading into the season. Currently, we are sitting at 0-5, and it is easily my worst team this year. You may be wondering why I chose to share this with you? Well, the biggest reason we are 0-5 is we went all-in with the Steelers, including using our first two picks on James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. That offense has dragged plenty of teams down, including mine, and that is exactly where I am going to start this week!
Behind the Rankings
- James Conner had one really big week and then returned to mediocrity last week. Well, I am here to tell you to leave that man in your lineup. It’s not a great matchup, as the Chargers are allowing the 18th-most fantasy points to RBs. But, Conner is going to be fed the ball. Jaylen Samuels had knee surgery and will be out a couple of weeks. That means we should be seeing 20+ touches a week for Conner going forward. Will the efficiency be there? I am not sure. But, the volume is too good to resist.
- Sadly, things are not looking great for JuJu Smith-Schuster. He either will have Mason Rudolph, who has made Diontae Johnson his top target since Week 3, or Devlin Hodges and a lot of wild card at the helm. Mason Rudolph is the obvious hope, but either way, it is not ideal for his fantasy value. The worst part of it? He will not even go for a discount in drafts next year come August.
- Odell Beckham Jr. has been a big bust so far this season. He is basically averaging career-lows across the board. And the schedule the next couple of weeks is looking brutal. The next five games are the Seahawks, Patriots, Broncos, Bills, and Steelers. The schedule opens up after that, but if you used an early-round pick on him you may be running out of time. So here is my advice, try to sell him now. See if you can offer him and a running back for DeAndre Hopkins. Try to sell him for a struggling Le’Veon Bell who is getting Sam Darnold back. Try something. And, if you are sitting at 4-1, or better, well, you can try to buy low on Odell since you can likely survive a bit of a down stretch.
- Austin Hooper is my TE1 this week. Typically, that spot is reserved for Travis Kelce but Hooper has seen 9+ targets in each of the last two games. He is also facing a Cardinals defense that has allowed the most fantasy PPG to tight ends this season. Not only that, but they have allowed a league-leading six touchdowns to tight ends. That should be seven, as Andy Dalton missed a WIDE OPEN Tyler Eifert in the endzone, but alas. Hooper goes off in a game that should have a lot of fantasy points.
- The bad: Damien Williams only had 12 touches in Week 5. The good: LeSean McCoy had just two, both catches, and had a costly fumble. The better: Damien Williams ran 20 routes in Week 5, the most of all Chiefs backs. The best: The Chiefs are playing the Texans, who have allowed a league-leading 9.0 receptions per game to running backs this season. Play him.
- Dede Westbrook may have let you down at times this season. He has still proven to be a safe floor option and actually has the most targets from Gardner Minshew II this season (37). He faces the Saints who have allowed the second-most fantasy PPG (20.5), third-most yards per game (97.6) and four touchdowns to slot receivers this season.
Week 6 PPR Rankings
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