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2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Stock Up/Stock Down


Here we are, a month into the season and the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Stock Up/Stock Down articles are looking more and more like CDC reports. With what seems to be a break in virus transmissions we’re moving on now, hopefully uninterrupted.

In another genuinely exciting week, we had no shortage of great games. But some of the biggest news broke Monday afternoon. Just hours after he announced he was granting himself play-calling responsibilities, Bill O’Brien was fired from the Texans.

Was it because of his bad trades and terrible team building? Was it for wasting Deshaun Watson‘s youth? Either way, it’s out with the old and in with more old as Romeo Crennel takes over as the interim head coach.

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2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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Last week I wrote about Joe Mixon having his last chance to preserve our faith in him. Well, the same could have been said about AJ Green.

It seems now that the youth on his team has surpassed Green, Higgins is perfectly capable of returning value in this pass-heavy offense. So while nobody is saying start him this week against the Ravens, he’s proven himself the undoubted WR2 on the team.

His seven targets on the day seem to be a reasonable expectation moving forward. And with the injuries to his tight end C.J. Uzomah and father time catching Green, Higgins has solid TD upside.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers

We all knew Teddy was a solid pick up for the Panthers this offseason. But now he’s proving to have fantasy relevance as well.

His recent victory over the Cardinals may not instill all that much confidence but he plays Atlanta twice over the next four weeks. If that doesn’t warrant a roster spot then what does.

It remains to be seen how the offense will look with McCaffrey back from injury in a couple of weeks. But for now, they almost seem better off relying on Bridgewater to make it work. Either way, until there are threats to the production of Robby Anderson, it seems like we’ll be able to count on Bridgewater.

Tim Patrick/Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

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Sure, it was just the Jets. But bad teams still produce good players. And despite the extremely bad decisions that led to three (almost four) picks, Brett Rypien didn’t look too bad. With 7.8 yards per completion, Rypien looked almost respectable.

Expect everybody to be held in check this week against the Patriots. In what should be a game of turnovers and rushing production, the receivers won’t put up much. But If you can live without big numbers this week Patrick seems to be the top option moving forward.

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The Rams Backfield

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This was the week! This was the best chance Darrell Henderson had to claim the starting job moving forward. Instead, he was out-touched and out-targeted by Malcolm Brown.

The headaches seem to continue for this backfield which has been giving us New England Patriots vibes with all of the backfield inconsistencies. Moving forward there seems to be no real reason to keep trying to guess who’s going to do what in any given week.

I’d typically say that the next matchup against the Washington team is worth considering, but they both just combined for less than 90 yards against the Giants and Washington’s defensive line is a much more formidable matchup.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

What is going on in Dallas? Dak Prescott is trying to earn the Matt Ryan Award, throwing for 400+ yards every week and losing every game. And yet here’s Gallup failing to get 30 yards receiving.

We expected Amari Cooper to lead the team in targets so long as they can afford him. And we expected Ceedee Lamb to be productive early and often in his career. But to be out targeted and outperformed by Cedric Wilson and Dalton Schultz? There is no excuse for that.

Gallup has now been held under 10 PPR points in three of his first four games. Obviously, there are big games ahead for the Cowboys and Gallup will get production. But to be inconsistent in a consistently high scoring game is a tough look.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

With what seems to be double coverage every time Ertz runs a route, it’s hard to blame him for his lack of production. The systemic failures have been compounding against this offense all season so far.

But Ertz was four yards shy of Kyle Juszczyk‘s production. I’ll say that again, Ertz had a stat line of 4-9-0, Juszczyk had 1-13-0.

Are there better days ahead? Of course. Are they happening soon? Nope. The Eagles have a date with the Steelers coming up and Baltimore after that. If there are better options to be had, take advantage of them.

Wait and See

Arizona Receivers (Not Named DeAndre Hopkins)

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Obviously, Hopkins when healthy is a monster and nobody is doubting that ever again. But Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, and Larry Fitzgerald combined for a stat line of 7-26-1. And while they were saved (sort of) by the Christian Kirk TD, they really weren’t good at all as a team.

Isabella and Fitz caught four catches for seven yards total. The question quickly becomes, was it a bad offense, or are we just not giving the Panthers enough credit? The truth is a little bit of both. But the good news: upcoming matchups with the Jets and Cowboys do a lot to dispel those concerns.

So for now, Kirk is worth looking at if Hopkins is still banged up. But if he’s healthy, all three receivers can be dropped.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is playing on another level this season. Just as we all started to suspect he was washed up, he jumped right back into the MVP race and is dominating the competition.

But it gets real for the Pack after their bye week as they go toe to toe with the Tom Brady and the Bucs in Week 6. And while the Pack can beat them, the Bucs do pretty well against opposing TEs, giving up an average of only 6.7 half-PPR points per game.

There is also the very likely possibility that Devante Adams returns and dominates the targets and touches again. So while you can do a lot worse than Tonyan, don’t break the FAAB budget over him either.

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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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