Julian Edelman and Mark Ingram returned from suspension last week but it is the expected reappearance of Greg Olsen that has Neil Monnery intrigued ahead of week six in the NFL...
'One bit of good news is the expected return of Greg Olsen. Having been injured in the opening minutes in week one, the three time Pro Bowl tight end has recovered to the extent that him not suiting up this week would be a surprise.'
What did we learn from Week Five?
It doesn't matter when players score their points and another fine example of that was in Detroit where the Packers down 24 at the half, let Aaron Rodgers fling it around and he responded by notching up 442 yards through the air to go with three scores.
This isn't brand new information that the two-time MVP is a good option fantasy wise, however it is good to remember that one of the best situations for a QB is to be down big early. It will lead to the running game being parked and the passing game to be heavily leaned upon.
Seeing Odell Beckham Jr. finally grab a touchdown pass was a relief to owners but the real bonus was him throwing a 57 yard TD to Saquon Barkley. This came hours after an ESPN interview aired where he essentially threw Eli Manning under the bus. If this is the OBJ we get for the rest of the year then he'll keep his WR1 status but that is a big if.
The return of Julian Edelman from suspension was underwhelming (57 receiving yards) but coming back from an identical four-game ban, Mark Ingram showed us that he's not lost a step. 73 all purpose yards isn't much to write home about but add the two touchdowns and you are looking at mid-tier RB1 production. I like both to be viable players going forward but it is the New Orleans' running back who is the most exciting.
Watching the New York Jets obliterate Denver was surprising. Isaiah Crowell racked up 219 yards on the ground to go along with a score and Robby Anderson only caught three passes but they went for 123 and two touchdowns. Both will be hotly sought after going into this weeks game with Indianapolis but I'm not sold on either.
On the negative front the smothering of the high-powered Atlanta Falcons passing attack was surprising. Matt Ryan only threw for one score and that pass didn't go to either Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley, who are both legitimate fantasy receivers. I suspect it is just a blip but one to watch nevertheless.
A quick word also about Case Keenum. A very good year in Minnesota helped bag him a huge contract in Denver but so far he's thrown for five scores to go along with seven picks. That is quite simply nowhere near good enough and the lack of offensive production is crushing the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Week six injury news
Fantasy players must be tearing their hair out over the injury status of Leonard Fournette. The Jags running back will have been a sure fire first round pick in every draft but has been struggling with a hamstring all season long. He'll be inactive once more this week and the time is coming for owners to see if someone in their league will bite on a trade. You simply cannot rely on him this season.
One bit of good news is the expected return of Greg Olsen. Having been injured in the opening minutes in week one, the three time Pro Bowl tight end has recovered to the extent that him not suiting up this week would be a surprise. If active, he's clearly a top-tier player at his position and has long been one of Cam Newton's favourite weapons.
Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are both in concussion protocol but the signs are positive they'll make it for Sunday's game with the Broncos. Both are clear starters at the WR position but it would be prudent to have a good backup plan should either be unavailable.
Matt Breida has been impressive all season long but isn't expected to start on Monday night due to an ankle injury. The second-year player is not officially ruled out as of Friday morning but expect his backup Alfred Morris to get the start. If that is how it plays out, he isn't the worst option if you need to find a running back in free agency.
Who to avoid this week
Last week I wrote about my concern for Patrick Mahomes and that in retrospect that like seems an astute observation. The former Texas Tech Red Raider had been lighting up the league but the Jags D managed to keep him off his game. I'm fully expecting a big bounce back game for him on Sunday night in the prime time game at New England.
This week my biggest concern comes out of Cincinnati where Andy Dalton has been thriving so far this campaign but it always seems that when you start believing in him, he'll find a way to let you down. I've been ragging on Pittsburgh a lot but they did manage to slow down a very fine offense last weekend and I wouldn't be stunned if they can do similar on Sunday.