From The Godfather: Week 5

Sat Oct 9 9:32am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

Quarterbacks

The five teams giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks through Week 4 are Atlanta (play Zack Wilson), Seattle (hope you played Matt Stafford!), LA Chargers (play Baker Mayfield), New Orleans (play Taylor Heinicke) and Cleveland (play Justin Herbert).  So according to the rankings, the Browns/Chargers game should be a passing bonanza, but I just don’t see the game going that way, so be cautious.

The five teams giving up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks are Indianapolis (playing Lamar Jackson), Chicago (Derek Carr), Carolina (playing Jalen Hurts), Tampa Bay (playing Jacoby Brissett) and New York Giants (playing Dak Prescott).

My favorite picks to click this week are Josh Allen against the Chiefs and Ryan Tannehill against the struggling Jaguars.

Running Backs

The top five defenses giving up the most fantasy points to running backs are Carolina (playing Miles Sanders), Green Bay (playing Joe Mixon or Samjae Perine), Las Vegas (playing Damien Williams), Detroit (playing Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison) and New York Jets (playing Mike Davis or Cordarrelle Patterson).

The five toughest teams, giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs are Denver (playing Najee Harris), San Francisco (playing Chase Edmonds/James Conner), Indianapolis ( playing Lataviius Murray/Le’Veon Bel), Pittsburgh (playing Melvin Gordon) and New England (playing David Johnson).

My picks to click are Zack Moss (and Devin Singletary) against the Chiefs and Trey Sermon against the Cardinals.

Wide Receivers

Interesting matchup on Thursday night as the Seahawks have giving up the most fantasy points to wideouts and the Rams have given up the fewest.  You’d expect based on the numbers that Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods would have big games and Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf would be contained. So how did it go?

Next for giving up points is Cleveland (playing Keenan Allen/Mike Williams), Dallas (playing Kenny Golladay), Denver (playing Diontae Johnson), and Minnesota (playing Quintez Cepheus).

The toughest for wideouts is Kansas City (playing Stefon Diggs), Chicago (playing Hunter Renfrow), Washington (playing Marquez Callaway) and Arizona (playing Deebo Samuel).

My picks to click this week are Ja’Marr Chase against the Packers and Chris Godwin against the Dolphins.

Tight Ends

The tight ends playing against the teams giving up the most points to them are not household names except Travis Kelce going against No. 3, Buffalo.  The top pick is Tyler Kroft going against the Falcons in London, making him a great sleeper pick!  JUST IN. . . .Kroft is out, making Ryan Griffin a super sleeper!  Next is Ricky Seals-Jones against New Orleans.  Going the other way in that game, Juwan Johnson should get some points against Washington.  The last sleeper is Ian Thomas against the Eagles.

Tight ends to fade are Mark Andrews against the Colts, Bucs tight ends against the Dolphins, Dallas Goedert against Carolina and CJ Uzomah against the Packers.

Streaming Kickers

The teams giving up the most kicking points are Minnesota (playing Austin Seibert), Dallas (playing Graham Gano) and Chicago (playing Daniel Carlson)

Streaming Defenses

The teams giving up the most fantasy points to defenses are Denver (playing Pittsburgh), Cincinnati (playing Green Bay) and Philadelphia (playing Carolina).

Have great week!

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

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Tevin Coleman Oct 24 11:50am ET
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Preston Smith Oct 24 11:50am ET
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John Ross Oct 24 11:33am ET
John Ross

New York Giants WR John Ross (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers, barring a pre-game setback, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Ross had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions this week on a limited basis. Although he had a good performance in Week 4's game versus the New Orleans Saints, he has not done much otherwise and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

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Tevin Coleman Oct 24 11:33am ET
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Preston Smith Oct 24 11:33am ET
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Chris Carson Oct 24 11:30am ET
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D'Wayne Eskridge Oct 24 11:30am ET
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Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion) was out of the area this week getting more tests done and currently has no timetable to return from his head injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Eskridge caught his only target for six yards and had two carries in the season opener for 22 yards before suffering a concussion, and he hasn't played since. The 24-year-old appears to have a pretty serious concussion and remains on Injured Reserve, so he doesn't appear close to returning anytime soon. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett remain Seattle's dynamic one-two punch at receiver, with Freddie Swain serving as the No. 3. But until quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) returns (possibly in Week 10), Seattle's passing attack will be hindered with backup Geno Smith under center.

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Alex Collins Oct 24 11:20am ET
Alex Collins

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin), who is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, is expected to play on Monday night, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Collins returned to practice on Saturday after missing practice on Thursday and Friday and looked good. The 27-year-old has functioned as Seattle's primary early down back with Chris Carson (neck) on Injured Reserve the last two weeks, carrying the ball 35 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have served in change-of-pace roles, but Rashaad Penny (calf) has returned from his own IR stint and is expected to play on Monday night, which will likely cut into Collins' workload a bit. The Saints have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to RBs in the last three weeks, but they've only allowed 130 rushing yards in their last two games combined. Collins will be on the RB2/3 borderline and will probably need a touchdown to return solid value.

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Deonte Harris Oct 24 11:20am ET
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Allen Robinson Oct 24 11:13am ET
Allen Robinson

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (ankle) will play in Week 7's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Robinson had been listed as questionable on the injury report after logging two limited practice sessions during the week. Although he has had a disappointing season from a fantasy standpoint, he should see plenty of targets this afternoon, making him worthy of consideration as a flex option in most leagues.

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Saquon Barkley Oct 24 11:13am ET
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New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) has an outside chance to play in the Week 8 game but is more likely to return for the Week 9 game, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can monitor Barkley's practice participation next week to see if he will be able to play in Week 8. Barkley is a weekly starting option when healthy.

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Darren Waller Oct 24 11:13am ET
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Fantasy Spin: Waller makes a risky fantasy option this week because the Las Vegas-Philadelphia game will not get underway until late Sunday afternoon, which would leave owners with few alternatives if he is declared inactive for Week 7. When healthy, he should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats.

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DeVante Parker Oct 24 10:33am ET
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Fantasy Spin: Parker had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited participant in all three of the team's practice sessions throughout the week. If he is declared active for the game, he could be viewed as a flex option in fantasy leagues, although owners should have alternatives available in the event that he misses this afternoon's contest.

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Jared Goff Oct 24 10:13am ET
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Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff is not in danger of losing his job as the team's starting quarterback to QB David Blough, according to multiple sources.

Fantasy Spin: Goff has only thrown two touchdown passes in his last four games and has not reached the 300-yard passing mark since the season opener. With few offensive playmakers on the roster, he should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

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John Ross Oct 24 10:10am ET
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Dak Prescott Oct 24 9:53am ET
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Although Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (calf) is unlikely to participate in a light practice session when the team returns from their bye Monday, Oct. 25, he could resume practicing Wednesday, Oct. 27, according to multiple sources. The team is optimistic that he will be able to start Week 8's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Spin: Although Prescott should be started in all fantasy formats when healthy, he makes a somewhat risky option for Week 8 because the Dallas-Minnesota contest will be the Sunday Night Football matchup, which would leave many owners in a bind if he is declared inactive at the last minute. Fantasy owners should check back for frequent updates throughout the week on Prescott's status at practice.

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