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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 5

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Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay

Maybe coach Bruce Arians really is a quarterback whisperer as Winston has been the hottest signal caller in the league over the last two weeks. During that span, Winston has thrown for an insane 765 yards and seven touchdowns. He does have two interceptions, but that comes with the territory with Winston since he takes chances downfield. He gets the Saints defense this weekend and even though they played out of their minds last week against Dallas, this is still a good matchup for Winston. He should be able to have another 20-plus point fantasy day.

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Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati

The talent is there for Mixon, but his team is simply killing him for fantasy purposes. The offensive line might be the worst in the NFL as Mixon has had nowhere to run all season. Plus Cincinnati has been playing from behind constantly so that limits the amount of rushes he has been getting. Mixon still hasn’t recorded a rushing touchdown on the year and has just 149 rushing yards total in four games. To say 2019 has been a nightmare for Mixon and his fantasy owners is an understatement. He does get the lowly Cardinals defense in Week 5, but this doesn’t mean he’s a lock for a big game. Treat Mixon as a low-end RB2 for now.

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Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina

Samuel is a little banged up, but he’s had a sneaky solid start to the season. In four games this year, he’s seen a healthy 31 targets. He’s only scored once, but Samuel has just missed on some deep balls. Being the deep threat also helps for fantasy and some of those passes are going to be completed soon enough. He has two great matchups in-a-row with Jacksonville coming to town followed by Tampa Bay across the pond so Samuel should at worst be a solid FLEX player for owners. If he’s available in your league like he is in a lot of leagues — grab him.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia

Howard started the season slow, but absolutely erupted in Week 4 for 115 total yards and three scores. It was a monster performance that came out of nowhere and firmly puts him on fantasy radars moving forward. The Eagles have been saying all along that Miles Sanders is their running back of the future. He’s been getting the majority of the carries and is starting, but Howard is slowly chipping into Sanders’ workload and seems to be the preferred choice on the goal line which is vital for fantasy. He has a dream matchup against the Jets this week and has earned RB3 consideration for now.

Lock of the Week

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Ever since Daniel Jones has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Giants, Shepard has been feasting. In the two games with Jones, Shepard has caught 14 of 18 targets for 176 yards and a score. He also has 44 rushing yards and a two point conversion. He’s the clear no. 1 wideout for New York and as long as he continues to see around 10 targets a game, Shepard will be a solid WR2 moving forward. Which is way higher than where he got drafted. He has a tough Week 5 contest against the Vikings, but needs to be started in all formats.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.