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2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends Article!

In this article, I’ll be analyzing statistics such as snap counts, targets, or pass attempts in an effort to help you win your league.

These statistics are a critical part of potentially buying low or selling high on a player, so here’s my take on what went down.

This week, we’ll be taking a look at the action that went on in Week 5 of the season.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends

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1. Kyler Murray is a Real QB1

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Despite holding a 1-3-1 record, the Arizona Cardinals aren’t in a bad position right now. The current roster is certainly not the most talented, but there’s hope for the future. Kliff Kingsbury and the staff knew this wouldn’t be their best year as coaches.

One of the brightest spots has been rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. He’s tossed four touchdowns and four interceptions this year, but has added two scores on the ground. Murray has struggled at times, but all rookie quarterbacks do. After five games, he’s on pace for 4.237 passing yards.

Murray passes for a solid amount of passing yards, and showcases his running ability on a regular basis. Because of this, he’s a respectable QB1. He averages about 20 fantasy points per game in most leagues. That’s perfectly fine for a QB1.

He had his best game today against the worst defense he’s played, the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s good for him to show that he can take advantage of a bad defense. He gets Atlanta next week.

2. LaFleur Should Trust Aaron Jones

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To the grief of fantasy owners and Packers fans everywhere, Matt LaFleur continued to use a committee at running back. Aaron Jones is much better than Jamaal Williams, but Williams continued to eat into Jones’ carries. Unfortunately, however, Williams suffered an early concussion Week 4 against the Eagles, leaving Jones alone in the backfield. We didn’t see much from Jones that week against the Eagles’ stout run defense, but that changed Week 5 against Dallas.

Jones ran wild against Dallas, totaling 107 rushing yards and FOUR touchdowns! He added seven catches for 75 yards, too.

It was a wild week for Jones, who finally had the opportunity to show how talented he is. The Cowboys are not a bad defense, either. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are extremely good at the linebacker position.

Looking ahead, Jones does have a tough matchup against the Lions next week. After that, however, he gets the Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers, and Panthers. Fantasy owners of Jones are in for some very good weeks, assuming he is the new workhorse.

3. Christian McCaffery is an MVP Candidate

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With advanced metrics and analytics making their way into the minds of casual fans, more and more people have begun to dismiss the running back position. We know that passing is more efficient than running and that it’s not a smart move to pay running backs big money.

But Christian McCaffery. WOW.

McCaffery has been on fire this season, to say the least. Through five games, he has 866 yards and seven touchdowns. This puts him on pace for 2,771 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns.

To put things into perspective, McCaffery currently has the third most fantasy points scored in Weeks 1-5 of all-time! Yes, that includes quarterbacks. The only seasons better were Priest Holmes‘s 2002 start and Jim Brown‘s 1963 start.

If you’re a McCaffery fantasy owner, do not trade him. He is head and shoulders above every other back in the league right now.

4. Austin Ekeler is Not Going Anywhere

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With Melvin Gordon making his return to live action, many fantasy owners sent Austin Ekeler to the bench, assuming Melvin Gordon was the workhorse. However, that’s not what ended up happening. Ekeler saw 41 snaps to Gordon’s 31 snaps.

Ekeler actually tied a Chargers franchise record today with 15 catches. They fell behind early in the game, so they had no choice but to throw the ball. But, it was still important to recognize that Ekeler is the passing-situation running back.

We saw last year that Ekeler had a role on the team. It appears that he might see an expanded role this year, though.

Both he and Gordon are very talented and can do a lot with few touches. So, I would feel confident starting either of them in fantasy.

5. DJ Chark is Jacksonville’s WR1

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DJ Chark, the speedy wide receiver out of LSU, has had a nice start to the season. Through five weeks, Chark has caught 27 passes for 485 yards and five touchdowns.

Every quarterback has particularly strong chemistry with one wide receiver, and Chark is that receiver for Gardner Minshew. Chark is averaging 7.4 targets per game, and 8.25 in games where Minshew has started the entire game.

Chark is a strong deep threat. While this might point to regression, look again to his targets per game. He is consistently getting open and seeing the ball thrown his way.

Chark has games against the Saints, the Bengals, the Jets, and the Texans before their Week 10 bye. While he might see coverage from Marshon Lattimore next week, those are solid matchups.

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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