It’s getting serious out there in the dynasty streets! We are starting to get a feel for who the contenders are, and some of the pretenders are starting to fall away. Speaking of getting serious, I apologize to all the readers for last week’s article. It was, without a doubt, the worst performance on a week’s picks since writing this article. This is my second season writing the article, so there are quite a few weeks to compare. I am unsure what I did to anger the fantasy gods, but I did a great job!
Let’s hit a quick recap.
Week 5 Misses
Michael Wilson, WR ARI
Wilson was not able to replicate his big performance from week 4. On the plus side, he was on the field for 75% of the snaps, his highest participation since Week 1. Unfortunately, he only had one reception on two targets. Yuck. It could just be one of those things, and it doesn’t mean he isn’t a fantasy-relevant option. It just looks like his floor is not as secure as we had hoped.
Terrace Marshall, WR CAR
Going from bad to worse, Terrace Marshall rewarded my faith in him by putting up the ever-dreaded goose egg in week 5. Not only did he have zero targets, but he also managed to play zero snaps. It would be impressive if it didn’t hurt so bad! I can only apologize for suggesting potentially starting Marshall and promise it won’t happen again! The Panthers don’t trust him, and neither should you!
Zack Moss, RB IND
This one hurts bad. I still feel that my analysis of the situation was correct. It’s just one of those things that happens every so often in the NFL, where we see that real football and fantasy football are sometimes two very different games. I felt great about my anti-Moss propaganda once Jonathan Taylor signed his massive contract and was elevated to the active roster. I felt substantially worse after Moss went full-on beast mode on the Tennessee Titans and finished up as RB2 on the week. Again, I am so sorry.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG
This one is more of a bad-luck / hard-luck / the fantasy gods really do hate me type situations. Robinson left the game for a good chunk of the second half, being checked for a concussion. He did return, but Daniel Jones exited with a neck injury. You add to all that the Giants continued offensive woes, and unfortunately, he couldn’t get anything going for fantasy. Robinson did finish with the second-highest target and reception tally for the G-men. With how rough that offense is looking and now with Danny Dimes out of commission potentially, it is a wait-and-see situation.
Romeo Doubs, WR GB
I now see why Shakespeare’s famous play is called a tragedy: falling in love with Romeo only brings you pain! Rounding out the horrific week in spectacular style, Doubs saw only four targets on Monday Night Football. After double-digit targets in both of his previous games, it is seriously disconcerting to see him fall a distant third to Christian Watson and rookie tight end Luke Musgrave. He was still on the field for 86% of the snaps, and Jordan Love did struggle. So, we will have to see how things unfold moving forward.
I feel sick after that overload of humble pie I just had to swallow! We went from one miss to all misses in a week and need some consistency! On the year, the average is now a disappointing 13 and 12. A 52% hit rate is where things stand, and I am digging deep to pull out some great picks to get us back on track for Week 6!
Jerry Jeudy, WR DEN (WR34) ⬆️
The Denver offense is gross right now, really gross. They are playing the Kansas City Chiefs this week and will have to try and score points. Worst case scenario, I think there should be enough volume for Jeudy to be a viable flex option. Russell Wilson did target Jeudy more than any other Bronco in Week 5, and as long as his health isn’t a concern, I would risk flexing him in Week 6. I say flex, but you know what to do with your Thursday Night Football players. Throw them in the wide receiver slot, and give yourself more flexibility come Sunday!
Jordan Addison, WR MIN (WR25) ⬆️
Addison stepped up big time against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. After Justin Jefferson exited the game with a hamstring injury, the rookie became Kirk Cousins’s go-to target. He finished the game with six receptions on nine targets and a touchdown. With Jefferson headed to IR, I don’t see how Addison could avoid being peppered with targets in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears. He is a little banged up at the minute, so that is something to monitor. If he is healthy enough to play, I would roll with him.
Jakobi Meyers, WR NE (WR28) ⬆️
I adore an excellent revenge game narrative. On top of that, this is a great spot for the previous Patriot to get his revenge. New England has looked atrocious in the last few weeks, and Meyers has been playing really well for the Raiders. Given Josh Mcdaniels’ familiarity with the Patriots organization, I wouldn’t be too concerned about him not being ready for whatever tricks BB might have up his sleeve. After a disappointing outing with rookie QB Aiden O’Connell under center in Week 4, Meyers picked right back up where he left off with the return of Jimmy G. He is averaging over ten targets per game with Jimmy at quarterback so I would have no hesitancy throwing him in my flex in Week 6.
Zay Flowers, WR BAL (WR27) ⬆️
Flowers had an underwhelming score last week. However, the Ravens struggled somewhat on offense against the division-rival Steelers,’ and I think there was a bit of bad luck to his performance last week as well. He dropped a couple of fairly easy catches that are not normal for him to miss and finished the game with only five receptions for 73 yards. On the plus side, Flowers did get 11 targets and has yet to reach the endzone this season. You can look for a bounceback week for this exciting playmaker in Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans.
Jameson Williams, WR DET (WR72) ⬇️
Williams is a player I am very intrigued by, and excited to see his potential in this Detroit Lions offense. I think you can’t lock him into your lineup with any degree of confidence at this point. Even if Amon-Ra St. Brown misses another week, the game Williams put on film in Week 5 does not lead me to believe he will immediately blow up for fantasy. He only played the fourth most snaps among the Lions wide receivers and had just three targets in his 2023 debut. I think it’s a wait-and-see for Williams at the moment.
Elijah Moore, WR CLE (WR46) ⬇️
One of the tougher things to do in a dynasty is sit someone you really believe in. I think that is what I suggest you do with Moore in week 6. Deshaun Watson is still working his way back from a shoulder injury to full health. Even if Watson does start, the 49ers defense is too good to throw Moore in your lineup with any real confidence. He has shown some interesting flashes and has been on the field a good bit for the Browns so far, but I think you can find better options for your flex this weekend.
Curtis Samuel, WR WAS (WR48) ⬆️
Samuel is very quietly having a solid 2023 campaign. He has hit double-digit PPR points in four of five games this season. Curtis led the Commanders’ wide receiver room in targets last week and was second in Week 4. His versatility lends him to being involved in many aspects of the game, and he seems to be a favorite of Sam Howell. I like his chances at a decent return in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Here is to hoping we don’t see a repeat of Week 5’s results for the article this week (or ever)! Have a great Week 6, and may all your start-sit decisions be right!
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