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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 5

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Up

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota

Murray is next man up for the Vikings after starter Dalvin Cook suffered a season ending injury. He was the lead back last year for the Raiders so he should come right in and be able to handle the load. Expect Murray to get most early down work and be the goal line back. Minnesota has had a very productive offense so far and Murray should see at least 15 touches in Week 5. He doesn’t have the best matchup against a decent Bears run defense, but needs to be started in all fantasy formats.

Down

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland

Perhaps the biggest fantasy bust at the quarter pole of the season is Cooper. He was drafted to be a WR1 in 2017, but is barely a FLEX option right now. He is dropping passes every week and doesn’t look comfortable in the offense. This week he is going against a solid Baltimore defense and will be without the services of his starting quarterback. No player in football has the arrow trending down lower than Cooper right now. It’s hard to suggest benching him this week, especially with all the byes, but don’t expect a great amount of production with E.J. Manuel manning the offense.

Shark Sleepers

Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona

Brown is quietly putting together a nice season for the Cardinals. With so many receivers on the team, Brown has flown under the radar, but fantasy players need to start taking notice. He had a huge game last week, catching 8 balls for 105 yards on 12 targets and scored a touchdown the week before. He’s averaging just under 10 targets per game the last three weeks and now appears to have earned a starting job. He’s got a couple great matchups coming up the next two weeks against Philly and Tampa Bay and should be in your lineups. Expect another busy day on Sunday for Brown.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle

Rawls is the definition of a sleeper right now because we don’t really know what kind of work load to expect out of him. Starting running back Chris Carson is lost for the season so Rawls and Eddie Lacy are going to handle the backfield duties for now. Neither has been productive this year, but there have been whispers that Rawls is the preferred choice of the two to get the most early down work. He did have a productive season two years ago that included some huge games so Rawls does have the ability. He just can’t seem to stay healthy. Pick him up and see how he’s used on Sunday.

Lock of the Week

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami

The DeVante Parker break out game should be coming very soon. He’s averaging nine targets a game and is the numbe one option for the Dolphins. He’s making big catches in traffic and has great deep threat ability. It’s just a matter of time before he explodes for 100 + yards and two scores. That time might be Week 4 as he lines up against the Titans. They’ve allowed the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this season so expect borderline WR1 numbers out of Parker.

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