DFF Fantasy 5 Spot Week 4–5 Dynasty Takeaways per team
Another week of football and another week to analyze the game through the dynasty perspective. We bring you 5 games and the dynasty impact for each team.
Denver Broncos 16 Oakland Raiders 10 — Anthony Zaragoza (@ZaragozaAnthony)
- Marshawn Lynch followed up his horrible game last week with another dud. He finished the afternoon with nine carries for 12 yards. Denver’s rush defense has been top notch for the last few years, and this game was no different. As I mentioned in my earlier article on Lynch, his fantasy outlook will not match his impact on the field. And with future matchups against dominant defenses, similar stat lines could happen. If backup running back Jalen Richard is available, take a look at him this week.
- Amari Cooper continues to disappoint his fantasy owners this season. After his week one game of five catches, 63 yards, and one touchdown, the former Alabama star has seven receptions for 48 yards total in the last three. On top of that, he’s still struggling with the same issues he’s had since entering the league, drops. Still only 23 years old, Cooper still has time to right the ship.
- The hearts of fans and fantasy owners dropped when franchise quarterback Derek Carr went down in the third quarter on Sunday. Luckily, the early reports are coming in as only back spasms for the pro bowl quarterback. Nonetheless, his play the last six quarters have been regrettable. Carr has thrown for 252 yards, two TD’s, two interceptions, and a 59% completion percentage in that time span.
- Khalil Mack keeps doing great things in 2017. Building from his 2016 Defensive Player of the Year performance last season, Mack went out and totaled seven tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. The two-time All-Pro DE continues to terrorize opposing quarterbacks and should be in the running once again for DPOY.
- With Crabtree out, Seth Roberts really should his worth in a four catch, 49-yard day. With big decisions to come shortly regarding Cooper and Crabtree contracts, stashing Roberts may be a smart move if you have the room for him. Carr has shown, in the past, his commitment to getting Roberts the ball in games.
- Still on 25 years old, Trevor Siemian started this past weekends game red hot. On the team’s second possession, the former Northwestern star threw for 86 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately for Siemian and the rest of the passing attack, the game turned into a defensive stalemate. Siemian has shown some flashes that he can be a trustworthy QB in Denver.
- CJ Anderson continues his strong start with 112 total yards on 24 touches in the Broncos victory on Sunday. Teammate Jamaal Charles looked good in this game as well, but Denver looks determined to get Anderson the ball each week.
- Demaryius Thomas had a great matchup this weekend. This was a game where Thomas could finally hit pay dirt for the first time in 2017. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Thomas ended the day with only one catch for 11 yards. At his size and frame, Thomas should have dominated a defense missing nickel corner Gareon Conley and starting DB David Amerson (for the majority of the game). He turns 30 this season, so the best years could be behind Thomas.
- Denver has been missing a quality tight end and may have found one in A.J. Derby. After coming into the season with only four catches for 39 yards, the former Arkansas Razorback finished the night with a stat line of 4/75/1. More impressively, his touchdown grab gave people around the organization a glimpse of what he can do.
- Brandon Marshall adds to his team-leading total of 31 tackles for the season, with his six he notched last weekend versus the Raiders. Marshall has a nose for the football and should continue to lead the team in that category as the year goes one.
Philadelphia Eagles 26 Los Angeles Chargers 24 — ShaneSays (@DFF_Shane)
- Wendell Smallwood is the Eagles receiving back. Not that there was much doubt coming into Sunday’s game, but it was still nice to see the Eagles use Smallwood in the passing game. As I noted last week up to this point in his career Smallwood has been sparsely used in the passing game only accounting for 9 receptions on 18 targets thus far. Somewhat unexpectedly Corey Clement and Smallwood both saw 10 carries, with Clement getting critical 3rd down carries late in the game. Smallwood did help his stats with a rushing touchdown and 4 receptions on 6 targets. I’d look to sell Smallwood to anyone who just glances at the box scores. Otherwise, hold onto him and use him as a flex.
- If your league has kickers, it shouldn’t, but if it does pick up Jake Elliott. All 4 of Elliott’s field goals today came from 40 yards or beyond including a 53 yarder. Last week Elliott hit a 61 yarder to win the game. The kid has some range.
- Smallwood with a run up the middle for a goal-line touchdown after the Eagles attempted a stretch run and pitch to LeGarrette Blount is the most Doug Pederson thing ever. Blount looks reborn these last two weeks. It seems that Doug Pederson has decided to commit to the run game. After 41 rushing attempts, the first two weeks the Eagles have attempted 81 total the following two weeks. Blount ran all over the Chargers today, running through tackles, tossing defenders to the side. It’s hard to tell how much of it was Blount and how much of it was the Chargers, who came into today as one the league leaders in missed tackles. Now might be a good chance to sell high on Blount.
- Fire up your offensive players against the Eagles Defense. The cornerbacks are not very good.
- Alshon Jeffery ended the day with 3 receptions, including a TD, on 6 targets for 29 yards. The 50% catch rate is still alarming, but it feels like Jeffery is going to explode soon. Call it a hunch.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Austin Ekeler could be a hot waiver wire add this week. Let him someone else spend their FAAB on him. He did have a nice cut back on his 35-yard touchdown run, but it was also the only carry of the game he had. Ekeler turned in 2 receptions for 23 yards as well, but you can’t live on 3 touches a game. If Melvin Gordon were to go down to an injury, the Chargers backfield would be a committee at best. Frankly, if Gordon were to go down, the Chargers might just throw the ball 40 times and barely attempt to establish a run game, much like today.
- Melvin Gordonhas to worry you, no? The usage and production just isn’t there. 22 yards rushing on 10 attempts and 1 reception. After being limited in practice what was labeled a bone bruise, on the same knee he had microfracture surgery, Gordon practiced in full on Friday.
- I know Hunter Henry scored a touchdown, but it is maddening owning him in Fantasy. Even if Antonio Gates wakes up tomorrow and decides to retire, I don’t know where Henry’s consistent targets are going to come from. With Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and a returning Mike Williams doesn’t leave much room for Henry to carve out a role. 3 targets a week is not what you envisioned when drafting Henry way too high in startup drafts this summer.
- Keenan Allen is so very good when he is healthy. Not a revelation, I know. You can’t play press coverage on him. You can’t give him a cushion; he runs perfect routes. If I were a braver man, I would attempt to trade for him.
- Tyrell Williams is a stud. He’s averaging 6 targets a game, fluctuating between 4 and 7 targets per week. As he showed with his 75-yard touchdown today, he’s a threat to break one at any time. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Los Angeles, but Williams makes the most out of the targets he gets.
Los Angeles Rams 35 Dallas Cowboys 30 — Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8)
Los Angeles Rams
- Jared Goff should be owned in every dynasty league. A statement we may have laughed at last year, but he has proven that he can be a QB in the NFL. His statistics were not mindblowing, but 255 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs is a solid line that we’ve come to expect from Goff this season.
- Maybe I should have led with the main attraction, Todd Gurley. Gurley owners are being rewarded for their patience this season. Another fabulous week of filling the stat sheet. 23 carries, 121 rushing yards, 7 catches, 94 receiving yards and a TD demonstrated another week where Gurley won you your week or at least gave you a decent chance. This is what people expected when they drafted him at #1 three years ago.
- Cooper Kupp retook his turn to be Goff’s favorite WR target. He was targeted 7 times (Gurley had 8) and caught 5 of them for 60 yards and 1 TD. With bye weeks coming up Kupp can be a WR3 that can give you a decent play. I own quite a bit of Cooper Kupp and would move him for maybe a more consistent WR or someone trying to unload an aging vet if you’re a contender.
- Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods both had very quiet days. Sammy only had 2 targets and only had 1 catch for 17 yards. Woods had 6 targets but only came down with 2 for 17 yards. After last week’s high-scoring affair, where Woods and Watkins both had great days we expected more. Goff doesn’t appear like he is going to force the ball to one receiver, so Sammy may be a WR2 at best.
- A pair of linebackers for the Rams led the way on the defensive side of the ball. Mark Barron had 8 solo tackles and an interception. Alec Ogletree had 6 solo tackles and 1 assist.
- This game was a fantasy treat with a high scoring 1st half. Dak Prescott didn’t play his best game but threw for 252 yards and 3 TDs. His interception in the 4th quarter helped the Rams finish off the game and earn the win. However, fantasy-wise what’s minus 2 when you put up 3 TDs.
- Ezekiel Elliott got his owners 2 TDs (1 rushing 1 receiving) to go with his 21 carries, 85 yards, and 4 catches for 54 yards. It was encouraging for owners of Gurley and Elliott to see the “power backs” get some targets in the passing game, in PPR scoring all those receiving numbers would have added 9 points to Elliott’s already nice rushing day.
- During the game, we were reminded that you might need “Zeke Insurance.” Monday there could be a verdict in the NFL’s appeal to Zeke’s appeal or whatever is going on in courtrooms that could either uphold the 6 game suspension and start that suspension in Week 5 or let the judicial process drag this out until the NFL offseason. With that being said, Alfred Morris had a monster 70-yard run that set up Elliott’s rushing score. The debate over who would start and be fantasy viable if Elliott is suspended has been between Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, but McFadden has been inactive the last two weeks. If I had to pick one, I’d go Morris.
- Dez Bryant had 13 targets, 5 catches and 98 yards. While you’d expect Dez to come down with more than 5 catches, a lot of the targets were thrown hoping that Bryant would come down with them in good coverage.
- The feel-good IDP story of the year, Jaylon Smith, played without Sean Lee beside him and made an IDP impact. 7 solo tackles, 3 assists and a hit on Goff were the rewards for owners who drafted and stashed him last season or picked him up this season. Hopefully, we see more solid games from Smith with no problems with the nerve damage in his leg.
Indianapolis Colts 18 Seattle Seahawks 46 — Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8)
- So, when does Andrew Luck come back? Jacoby Brissett looked serviceable last week, but this week couldn’t muster much against the Seattle defense. His rushing threat does keep him superflex relevant especially with bye weeks and the 49ers on the schedule for next week. He accumulated 154 passing yards, 33 rushing yards and a passing and rushing TD each.
- Frank Gore might finally be done, but the Colts don’t have anybody else to run the ball with Marlon Mack hurt. 12 carries for 46 yards and 3 catches for 34 yards isn’t the worst stat line, but it’s not going to win you your week. Next good game might be a good time to unload Gore to somebody who may be desperate at RB.
- T.Y. Hilton can’t wait for Luck to come back either. He caught 3 passes for 30 yards, but Brissett didn’t throw deep often which is where Hilton thrives.
- O’Doyle Rules! Well not really in this game. Jack Doyle did catch 5 balls for 27 yards but left the game with a concussion. In PPR it was a decent day at the tight end position, but as has been the running story… when does Andrew Luck come back?
- The real bright spot for the Colts was a couple of safeties that look to be quite a duo. Malik Hooker and Matthais Farley each recorded an interception and Farley recorded 4 solo tackles and 6 assists. The young DBs should be acquired immediately.
- The Seahawks thought they had their man in Chris Carson to carry the rock. Then, he broke his leg after a couple of Colts defenders tackled him and his leg was trapped under him. Before the injury, he had 12 carries for 42 yards. Now it’s anybody’s guess who they will run out there, but Eddie Lacy looked a little better as the Seahawks ran the clock down and he finished with 52 yards on 11 carries.
- It is anybody’s guess who they will use at running back as J.D. McKissic made his presence felt Sunday Night with a big 27-yard reception for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks the lead in the 3rd quarter and they never looked back. Want to know more about this McKissic? Our very own John Di Bari (@dibari22) wrote up a little something about him here. John and Shane also gave their insight on the Seahawks backfield here.
- Russell Wilson is still alive after another adventure behind the Seahawks O-line. He threw 2 interceptions, but threw for 295 yards, 2 TDs, ran for 38 yards and added a rushing score as well. As long as he’s throwing for nearly 300 yards and multiple scores a game, he’s a QB1 that you can never count out no matter how bad the first quarter looks.
- The passing game was good, but no receiver stood out on the stat sheet this week. Baldwin looked healthy on the field as he was cutting and hoping his way to 35 yards, but Tyler Lockett looked to be the WR Wilson was looking for with 5 targets. Jimmy Graham led the team in targets, but like Lockett and Paul Richardson, they did most of their damage on a single play. Lockett had a 41-yard catch, Richardson a 37 yarder, and Graham 33 yards on their big plays. All 4 players mentioned here could have an impact going forward, but much like the backfield picking the guy every week may be difficult.
- I know you may be sick of hearing how elite LB Bobby Wagner is, but he just keeps doing it week in and week out. He only had 4 solo tackles and 2 assists but made up for it with a half of a sack and a fumble recovery that he took to the house for 6. He’s a no-brainer starter every week.
Buffalo Bills 23 Atlanta Falcons 17 — John Orr (@DFF_JohnIDP)
- Stephen Hauschka was a force in this game. Booted 2 long range (55 yards) in the final minutes to force the Falcons to score a TD to win it. I was happy I was not playing against him in any games.
- I thought Tyrod Taylor made the plays he needed this week. His legs and arm were good enough to make a couple of clutch plays. The defense won the day, but Taylor showed he could be counted on. Still a nice option in my super flex leagues.
- Jerry Hughes has been one of my top DEs heading into the season, going against the Falcons this week showed why. The entire Bills defense played well and took over this game but, Hughes was so quick off the ball and was living in the Falcons backfield. Start weekly as he is matchup proof.
- Tre’Davious White show continued, and he showed why he should be a force the rest of the season. Not only can he make tackles but will make the big plays as well. The kid does something weekly that needs to be mentioned, getting his first TD I bet that ball ends up on his desk.
- LeSean McCoy was on his game. Looked solid on his 20 carries and even made a few defenders look lost as he turned nothing into a few yards, Really worked for his yards but he did his job. Catching all his targets  he turned them into a nice 10-yard average. He is still producing weekly.
- Matt Ryan tried his best, but without Julio Jones, the defense clamped down on him. Under pressure from all over, he still moved the team in a position for the win. The two INTs were killer, but he managed 242 yards and a TD which still helped his fantasy owners. On that final play the Bills only had 10 men on the field…hurts, I know.
- I was surprised with how much energy Tevin Coleman showed in the game. He seemed to ignite the offense on limited carries. PPR formats enjoyed 65 yards on only 4 catches. I’m buying now more so than before.
- Playing in a few TE premium and in formats that start 2 TEs, I am always paying attention to them. Getting 5 for 50 yards was not a great game, but he looked good running his routes! With limited options in the passing game, I would have thought he would have had more targets.
- Watching Deion Jones go at it was fun. Love his game. Getting 8 tackles and a sack he provided some real numbers. Couple times he was fooled, but his recovery speed he has is amazing. Grab him from an owner who is not impressed with his stats so far this season, and he will make you proud
- How about Damontae Kazee! 10 tackle game against the Buffalo Bills! I would never have expected him to have a game this week. For as much smack we give corners let’s shout out to some tackle numbers that made a difference for an IDP player somewhere.
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Originally published at dynastyfootballfactory.com on October 3, 2017.