Sprinting into week 6 like Usain Bolt down the stretch. Diving into the remaining 70% of the season, like Michael Phelps dives into the pool on the final leg of a relay.

The 2017 season has been ruthless to the players, above and beyond when discussing parody, tight some weeks and boring in others. This season has already taken out the best fantasy player in the game. Possibly, the best fantasy player at the receiving position and one of the most elite quarterbacks in the league has been down and out, yet looks like a return is possible.

The Jaguars went to Heinz Field and punched Roethlisberger in the mouth, while the Panthers went on the road to sure up any doubters. The Packers went on the road without their starting tackles, yet again, and defeated a good but not as lucky as last year, Cowboys.

In 2017, through five weeks. The top PPR fantasy team would include,

QB – DeShaun Watson – HOU
RB – Kareem Hunt – KC
RB – Todd Gurley – LAR
WR – DeAndre Hopkins – HOU
WR – Antonio Brown – PIT
WR – A.J. Green – CIN
TE – Zach Ertz – PHI
K – Greg Zuerlein – LAR
D/ST – Jacksonville

Besides the #2 and #3 WRs, no one saw these players as the top 2 or 3 at their position. It’s a fun season with a lot of new players getting increased roles. So, let’s get to it.

Last Week’s Adds Recap

Latavius Murray – RB – MIN: McKinnon was the back that gained the most yards and carries. He scored on a big touchdown, but I felt Murray will be splitting carries with McKinnon, making this backfield like a guess-and-check problem.

Aaron Jones – RB – GB: Not my number one pickup of last week, but a close number two. I hope you listened and did everything you could to get Aaron Jones. I’m not sure what will become of Jones when Montgomery returns, but until then, Jones is a must start.

Will Fuller – WR – HOU: The best attribute for Fuller, is the exceptional play from Watson. Fuller may have only caught two passes, which was a downgrade from his first week back. But, on those two receptions, Fuller found the endzone both times.

D’Onta Foreman – RB – HOU: Foreman was making strides at knocking off Miller as the number one running back in Houston. However, it went back to normal last week. Miller out snapped Foreman, mightily. I’ll continue to stash Foreman for another week.

Wayne Gallman – RB – NYG: Gallman led the team in carries, but was outshined by Orleans Darkwa. Gallman didn’t find the endzone but did rally off some nice runs. Darkwa could be the main runner for the Giants moving forward, so keep an eye on both backs.

Week 6 Top Adds

#1 Deshaun Watson – QB – HOU: If you haven’t noticed, Watson is really good at playing football. No matter the level, defense, pitter patter, Watson is excelling anytime he touches the rock. If he isn’t owned in your league yet, you go get him. 10 touchdowns in the last two weeks is no joke. #2 Adrian Peterson – RB – ARI: Huge news this week. The Saints will be trading away the veteran running back to the Cardinals. Peterson was unhappy and just didn’t fit the scheme in New Orleans and Alvin Kamara is turning heads. It was time to part ways with Peterson. Now, the keys are his in Arizona. I will expect a lot of touches, and with volume comes progression. If he’s available, go get him now! #3 Cameron Brate – TE – TB: Expecting O.J. Howard to come into the NFL and tear it up from week one, was maybe some smoke in the air. Howard is learning the hardest position in the NFL for rookies. Brate is taking full advantage of the slow start for the rookie, and producing big time tight end numbers. Brate is currently the 6th ranked TE in PPR. Add him and start the red zone magician every week. #4 Danny Amendola – WR – NE: Amendola was possibly drafted, probably dropped after his injury, slightly picked back up before last week and now more than likely on the waiver wire. After all that, Brady showed confidence in Amendola in the red zone. Amendola is healthy and is the best thing the Patriots have to another Edelman. If you’re playing PPR, I’d be taking a risk on Amendola.

#5 Marlon Mack – RB – IND: After a 91 yard rushing day, you need to take notice of the rookie, Marlon Mack. Gore may be the solidified starter, but as the Colts lose more games as the season moves on, Gore’s playing time will decrease and Mack’s will increase. When prepping for the future you want to try out your soon-to-be-studs earlier rather than later. Mack’s on the horizon and if Gore does catch an injury, he’ll be the next man up.

Honorable Mentions:

Evan Engram – TE – NYG
Roger Lewis – WR – NYG
Ricardo Louis – WR – CLE
Zach Miller – TE – CHI
Orleans Darkwa – RB – NYG
Dion Lewis – RB – NE
Ed Dickson – TE – CAR

Last Weeks Drops Recap

Paul Perkins – RB – NYG: The Giants had a seemingly good running game when spreading the ball to Darkwa and Gallman. Seems like Perkins is on his way out.

Terrance West – RB – BAL: West finished week 5 with just two carries. Compared to Allen with 21 carries and Collins who added 12. West is being forced out and may get a few goal-line carries, but not he’s not worthwhile on your team.

Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – TB: With the emergence of Doug Martin back in the starting lineup, Rodgers is no longer a viable option on your bench unless you want the handcuff.

Eric Decker – WR – TEN: Mariota didn’t play, and blaming Decker for another poor outing when Matt Cassel is starting, is not justified. Albeit, Deckers excuses for poor outings every week of the season are all out.

Trevor Siemian – QB – DEN: Bye week, still not worth having on your team unless you need a bye week savior at QB this week.

Week 6 Top Drops

#1 Eli Manning – QB – NYG: After losing his top two targets in Beckham Jr. and Marshall, Manning’s stock just dropped, dramatically; even if Engram and Lewis’ stock rose.

#2 Chris Johnson – RB – ARI: CJ2K is no longer a viable NFL running back. It’s sad to see, but we remember his best years, not this season. Johnson was cut with the reports of the Peterson trade.

#3 Jeremy Hill – RB – CIN: Joe Mixon has now shown that he is the top guy in Cincinnati. With the running of Mixon all coming to fruition, Hill is now an outcast and doesn’t need to be on your team.

#4 Eric Ebron – TE – DET: When Stafford trusts Ebron as much as he does, you know the potential is there. But, it seems like it’s all in his head now and Ebron is dropping easy balls in the endzone.

#5 Rex Burkhead – RB – NE: Burkhead looked very good coming out of the preseason and has shown some glimpses this season. But, if you’re holding on to him, I’m sure you’ll never know when to start him and there are more consistent backs available.

About The Author Nick Faber

Nick is an avid fantasy footballer and avid sports follower from Detroit, Michigan. He hosts the Ten in the Head video podcast which can be found at facebook.com/teninthehead.