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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 5

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Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Herbert has clearly played his way into a full-time starting role no matter what head coach Anthony Lynn says. Tyrod Taylor will be the backup as soon as he’s healthy. Herbert has been on a roll over his three starts, averaging over 300-yards through the air with six total touchdowns. He seems poised to have a fourth straight solid game under the big lights of prime time on Monday night at New Orleans. Bye weeks are starting in Week 5 and if you need a quarterback, then look Herbert’s way as he’s only owned in about 40% of leagues.

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Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco

McKinnon has quietly been a beast through the first quarter of the season. Yes, he’s getting a lot more touches since Raheem Mostert went down with a mild knee injury a few weeks ago, and has scored a touchdown in every game, but I don’t think he keeps that up. Mostert is supposed to be back this week and even though he won’t see a full workload, he will still cut into McKinnon’s touches significantly. McKinnon has FLEX potential at best this week so if you have another option, go that way.

Shark Sleepers

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas

Schultz became the starting tight end due to injury in Week 2 and has been a big part of the offense ever since. Over the last three weeks, Schultz has averaged eight targets in the most pass-happy offense in the league. He has 17 receptions for 208 yards and two scores. Tight end is always slim pickings in fantasy so Schultz should be owned in all formats at this point. Dallas’ defense can’t stop anyone so the offense has been needed to score a lot of points. This is a recipe for TE1 status for Schultz.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco

After missing Week 1 with an injury, the 49ers have slowly worked Aiyuk into the offense. He’s really started to show his potential the last two weeks both running and catching the ball. The rookie has found pay-dirt each of the last two games and should continue to get better and see his touches increase. If he’s available then Aiyuk needs to be owned in your league immediately. He has a very appetizing matchup cued up against Miami and is a WR3/FLEX for now, but his ceiling is sky-high.

Lock of the Week

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington

Gibson had a nice coming out party in Week 4, seeing 17 touches. He had 46 rushing yards, 82 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown. He also was used as the main goal line back which always bodes well in fantasy. Gibson needs to be in your starting lineup this week against a Rams defense that is allowing just over 120 rushing yards a game. At minimum, he should see 15 touches and all the goal line work so look for at least another 80 total yards and a score.

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