We are at the point in the NFL season where fantasy owners should know where their roster stands as far as talent. If you are riding high to start the season, then good for you, keep it up. However, if your team has not lived up to your expectations, do not give up! Keep trying to rebuild your roster by checking out our website’s fantasy football section for the best advice each week. Here, I will present you with a fantasy stock report heading into week six.
After the devastating injury to Dalvin Cook, many believed that Latavius Murray was going to get the bulk of the carries. While Murray started the game, he never seemed to gain any momentum. On the other hand, McKinnon looked to be the more impressive runner. Murray lacks the explosion that McKinnon possesses and quite frankly, Murray just does not get the job done. McKinnon had a big night against the bears rushing for 95 yards on six carries while also adding six receptions for 51 yards. McKinnon is the Viking running back to own going forward, as he should be more involved in the offense.
Duke Johnson Jr.
Duke Johnson might be having the most overlooked fantasy season among fantasy owners this year. Johnson has been a top ten PPR running back so far this season. We all knew Johnson was going to be a decent PPR option this year but I am not sure many thought he would be top ten through five weeks. Even though Johnson has not been getting a lot of carries, he has been prevalent to the Browns passing attack. Duke Johnson seems to break off a big play once a game, which has contributed to his early success. If Isaiah Crowell continues to struggle, Johnson can see an increase in carries, which could make him a must-start running back option for the rest of the year.
Sterling Shepard won’t be able to help you this week since he is out with an ankle injury but his stock is still on the uptrend. The Giants lost three receivers to season-ending injuries last week, including Odell Beckham. Eli Is going to have to throw to someone for the rest of the year and Shepard will be his number one receiver once healthy. Try to buy Shepard now, so you have him once he is healthy and receiving a ton of targets.
Well, it looks like Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on. This means Alfred Morris will be the Cowboys starting running back for the next six games (If Elliott does not take his appeal to a different court). So, if Elliott is suspended for the next six games, and that’s a big “IF”, Morris is going to be a solid starter in the weeks to come. The Cowboys O-line is so good, that they made Darren McFadden look good for a season. Morris has been the clear number two to Zeke this year, so we should expect him to handle to bulk of the carries for this offense.
Hyde disappeared during the second half of last weeks game against the Colts. We hope this is not a sign for things to come as Hyde has looked great this year. Kyle Shannahan has already come out and said that he will ride the hot hand with Hyde and Matt Breida. You do not want to own a running back who has to share carries and it might be hard to gage on a week to week basis how those carries are split up. This may just be an overreaction but it is hard to tell what direction the 49ers are taking with their running backs.
I was so high on Devante Parker coming into this season. He looked great in the preseason and seemed to have a nice connection with Jay Cutler but he is too inconsistent to trust on a weekly basis. The Dolphins as a whole have looked lost as an offense so far this year. Parker left the game against the Titans in the first quarter and never returned. It seems as if Parker is going to miss the next game with the injury. Parker has had a hard time staying healthy in his career and has been too inconsistent to trust going forward.
The explosive wide receiver, who missed a year due to suspension, has been anything but explosive. Bryant was already a boom or bust option but he has been a lot more bust than boom. He is averaging only three catches per game and only has one touchdown on the year. With Big Ben struggling, I find it hard seeing Bryant bouncing back anytime soon. I do not think you should drop Bryant but he needs to stay on your bench until you see him start having those big plays once again.