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THE DIVE: Week 5 (R.I.P. Running Backs)

We live in a passing world. Although teams still use a ground attack, the committee approach has had a detrimental impact on the value of the running back in fantasy football today. As you review Week 4, you will notice the top producers were either quarterbacks including Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr or wideouts including Julio Jones’ record performance, A.J. Green, and Michael Crabtree. Wideouts are even more valuable in PPR leagues.

Take a dive with me as discuss a few key plays for Week 5.

QB

With five touchdowns, zero interceptions, and an undefeated record, Carson Wentz is not playing like a rookie. The 2nd pick in the 2016 draft has now entered the fantasy radar as well and will likely be owned if he is not already. Coming off a bye week, Wentz is in store for another solid start as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Motor City to battle the struggling Detroit Lions who have lost three straight games after winning their opener.   Detroit has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks including an average of 282.5 passing yards and three touchdowns per game. If your quarterback is injured, on bye, or facing a tough defense, then give Wentz a look in Week 5.

Week 5 Projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD

 

RB

With Justin Forsett out of the picture, Terrance West answered when opportunity knocked at this door in Week 4. West rushed for 113 yards and a score with an average of over 5.0 yards per carry. He will continue to receive the bulk of carries in Week 5, although rookie Kenneth Dixon is also expected to make his debut and be in the mix. West should stay hot next week as the Baltimore Ravens welcome the Washington Redskins who have allowed the most rushing yards and 2nd most total points to opposing running backs. Most of his yardage will be generated from the ground. Hopefully he’ll become more involved in the passing game.

Week 5 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

 

WR

After a disappointing first two games, Emmanuel Sanders has rebounded well over the last two contests with 17 catches for 205 receiving yards and two touchdowns. After Trevor Siemian went down in the 2nd quarter in Week 4, backup Paxton Lynch threw a touchdown to Sanders. The veteran receiver is starting to resemble his 2015 self and should continue trending upward as the Denver Broncos welcome the visiting Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. The Falcons have surrendered 6 touchdowns already to the position.

Week 5 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

TE

Remember Zach Ertz? Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten his name despite him missing Weeks 2-3, then off on bye for Week 4. If Ertz was dropped in your league, pick him for Week 5 as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Detroit Lions who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing tight ends while allowing the most yards to the position. In a season with low tight end production thus far, Ertz should make an immediate impact

Week 5 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

DST

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not the Steel Curtain from years past, but may be a strong play in Week 5 if your starting defense is on bye or faces a prolific offense. Pittsburgh welcomes the New York Jets who have absolutely fallen apart over the last two weeks, especially at the quarterback position. Matt Forte has also been nursing an injury this week and Eric Decker is likely out again. Pick up the Steelers defense this week!

Week 5 Projection: 11 points

 

Week 4 Results – ROUGH WEEK

QB Ryan Tannehill

Week 4 Projection: 225 passing yards; 15 rushing yards; 2 TD

Week 4 Results: 189 passing yards; 1 TD 1 INT (ok call)

RB Chris Ivory

Week 4 Projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Week 4 Results: 29 total yards (bad call)

WR Jamison Crowder

Week 4 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 4 Results: 21 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Kyle Rudolph

Week 4 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 4 Results: 55 receing yards; 1 TD (good call)

DST Indianapolis Colts defense

Week 4 Projection: 11 points

Week 4 Results: 2 points (bad call)

Good luck in Week 5!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.