2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends

by Mike LaPlant
2021 Fantasy Football Targets & Touches Week 8

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends!

It looks like we're going to make it through Week 5 with only two teams being affected by COVID-19. The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos will be taking a Week 5 bye week with the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. As of Monday, it's looking good for fantasy owners who have invested in `the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills. They're on track to play on Tuesday night as re-scheduled.

Unfortunately, there was yet another impactful injury to fantasy football this week. More importantly an impactful injury to a young superstar quarterback in the making, Dak Prescott. My prayers are going out to this dude, he's been balling out this year. I wish nothing but the best of luck to that man's future and hope to see him out there next year.

Let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends to see what I found!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends

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1. Dak won't be back, but Andy Dalton will pass often.

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It was a sad day in football yesterday watching Dak Prescott go down to that injury. The Cowboys released a statement saying that he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. He had surgery that night to repair the damage, and Cowboys said the surgery went very well. This leaves Andy Dalton to run the show of one of the hottest fantasy offenses this year.

This offense will take a hit without Prescott leading the charge, but Andy Dalton will be a solid replacement. Dalton has 1-year of finishing as a top 5 QB and has never had the weapons as he does in this offense. I wouldn't be too worried about Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. Dalton Schultz is the only player who I feel like will lose fantasy value as the year goes on.

2. Alexander Mattison shines on Sunday Night Football.

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Dalvin Cook was on his way to a monstrous game in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. He exited early in the 3rd quarter when he grabbed his inner thigh after a play. He came in for one play after and just didn't look right. The team thinks he may have injured his groin and is scheduled for an MRI. But in his absence, Alexander Mattison had himself a night.

He finished with 20 carries for 112 yards and totaled three receptions for 24 yards. It's clear that the running back is a focal point in this offense and will continue to be even without Dalvin Cook. If Mattison isn't already rostered, he will be the number one waiver target this week. Keep an eye out for news on Cook, if it's a long term injury, Mattison could have RB1 upside for the rest of the year.

3. Is Jamison Crowder match-up proof?

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There's not a lot going right for the New York Jets nowadays. They just got back Le'Veon Bell back from IR who has been nothing but disappointing this year. Their whole roster is just ravaged with injuries and players opting out on the defense. Most people tend to stay away from this offense when it comes to fantasy production. Except for the match-up proof slot receiver Jamison Crowder.

Now Crowder has missed two games already this year and is still the WR22 on the year in PPR formats. In his three starts this year he's received double-digit targets. He's yet to have a game under seven receptions and 100 yards receiving. That's insane production considering you have Sam Darnold and Joe Flacco throwing you the ball. He's a must-start every week from here on out.

4. Devonta Freeman the Barkley experimental replacement.

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Since signing with the New York Giants in Week 3, Devonta Freeman has seen increased usage. It's as simple as that, he's the running back you want out of this backfield. Last week against the Los Angeles Rams he got 14 touches total, this week he saw 19 total touches against the Cowboys. He finished with 17 carries for 60 yards and a rushing touchdown.

He's also involved in the passing game catching two of his three targets for 27 yards. Because the Giants defense gives up so many points, it's nice knowing the running back is involved. Most weeks they will be playing catch up and Freeman could see a lot of check downs from Daniel Jones. He's not a flashy running back like in the past, but he can help you win some weeks.

5. Chase Claypool, more like chasing touchdowns.

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Before I start talking about how historic of a day Chase Claypool had for a rookie. We need to talk about Diontae Johnson who was the team's target leader through Week 4. He left the game early in the first half due to a back injury, and the rest was history. Claypool finished the day with seven receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, he also six yards rushing and a rushing touchdown.

He could have had five total touchdowns, but one got called back by an offensive pass interference. He makes history becoming only the third rookie receiver to score four touchdowns in a game. Joining Jerry Butler(1979) and Harlon Hill(1954) as the only other rookie to accomplish that. Even when Diontae Johnson comes back they may try to involve Claypool more in the offense. Making him a hot waiver wire add this week.

Come back next week at the same time and we will build off of the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Trends!

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