Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 5. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while! [Consistency Rankings begin on Page 2.]
Luck of the Draw
This season, I kept my Experts League commitments to a minimum: six. It would have been seven, but once again, the Fantasy Sports Writers Association somehow forgot to send my invitation to their league. This is the third or fourth year in a row my invite has been “lost,” despite the fact that I’m on their Board of Directors. But I’m not bitter or offended in the least… not at all.
Anyway, getting back to the six leagues I did manage to get invited to… what do you figure the odds would be that I’d be facing the team that had Julio Jones in the lineup? In every league? You know, the guy who went off for 300 yards receiving? Don’t bother, I figured it out: it’d be 0.00048%. Technically, it happened in 5 of 6 leagues, which is how I calculated that percentage. By the way, in three of those leagues my opponent not only had Jones in the lineup, but Matt Ryan as well. Needless to say, I didn’t have a very good week.
So when you think you’ve had some bad luck, just remember your old pal Big John and his 0.00048%-level bad luck. You should start to feel better about yourself almost immediately.
Interesting Players for Week
Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze …
Despite losing his top three weapons (Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates), Philip Rivers has continued to put up some great numbers. There should be a shootout this weekend in Oakland, as both Rivers and Derek Carr are primed to put up some big numbers. If you’re in a dynasty league and don’t have Carr, you should be all over Carson Wentz. It’s only been three games, but Wentz looks like the real deal.
- Philip Rivers, SDC (vs. OAK) – 42.05
- Derek Carr, OAK (vs. SDC) – 41.74
- Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. DET) – 41.66
- Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (vs. NYJ) – 41.63
- Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. DEN) – 41.41
- Cam Newton, CAR (vs. TBB) – 40.56
- Trevor Siemian, DEN (vs. ATL) – 40.55
- Jameis Winston, TBB (vs. CAR) – 39.55
- Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. NYG) – 37.99
- Andrew Luck, IND (vs. CHI) – 36.30
Who’s been the best, most consistent RB in the league this season? Believe it or not, the answer is probably DeMarco Murray. Dispelling predictions of his demise upon the arrival of rookie Derrick Henry, the veteran runner has been very good at a very consistent level. Keep an eye out for LeSean McCoy as the season wears on; the Buffalo coaching staff will have to focus on McCoy the rest of the way, especially in light of WR Sammy Watkins being place on IR.
- Melvin Gordon, SDC (vs. OAK) – 48.49
- Latavius Murray, OAK (vs. SDC) – 47.80
- C.J. Anderson, DEN (vs. ATL) – 46.88
- Matt Forte, NYJ (vs. PIT) – 44.86
- DeMarco Murray, TEN (vs. MIA) – 43.98
- LeSean McCoy, BUF (vs. RAM) – 43.83
- Le’Veon Bell, PIT (vs. NYJ) – 42.13
- LeGarrette Blount, NEP (vs. CLE) – 40.87
- Isaiah Crowell, CLE (vs. NEP) – 40.51
- Frank Gore, IND (vs. CHI) – 38.48
Odell Beckham Jr. has been falling short of expectations thus far; not that his play has been horrible, but it certainly falls short of what we expected from a Top 5 overall fantasy pick. His Giants’ teammate, Sterling Shepard, has certainly met expectations; while not as flashy as Beckham Jr., Shepard has appeared unstoppable. I’m surprised that the Giants haven’t targeted the rookie more often, especially considering their woes at the RB position.
- Odell Beckham, NYG (vs. GBP) – 62.83
- Antonio Brown, PIT (vs. NYJ) – 62.63
- Travis Benjamin, SDC (vs. OAK) – 60.98
- Kelvin Benjamin, CAR (vs. TBB) – 60.22
- Jordy Nelson, GBP (vs. NYG) – 57.85
- Demaryius Thomas, DEN (vs. ATL) – 56.47
- A.J. Green, CIN (vs. DAL) – 55.57
- Steve Smith, BAL (vs. WAS) – 54.52
- Sterling Shepard, NYG (vs. GBP) – 53.70
- Mike Evans, TBB (vs. CAR) – 53.46
I don’t know why the tight end ranks are so horrible this season, but the fact that we’re already talking about the likes of Cameron Brate, Clive Walford and Jesse James is pretty darn sad. And no, neither Mighty Max nor I are ready to suggest that you start Texans’ TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, despite his unexpectedly strong game last week.
- Cameron Brate, TBB (vs. CAR) – 27.16
- Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. DET) – 24.91
- Larry Donnell, NYG (vs. GBP) – 23.54
- Clive Walford, OAK (vs. SDC) – 23.41
- Zach Miller, CHI (vs. IND) – 23.39
- Jesse James, PIT (vs. NYJ) – 23.16
- Virgil Green, DEN (vs. ATL) – 23.03
- Jordan Reed, WAS (vs. BAL) – 22.78
- Greg Olsen, CAR (vs. TBB) – 22.64
- Gary Barnidge, CLE (vs. NEP) – 21.98