Fantasy Football Recap Week 5

Looking back at Sunday's fantasy football action

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady

AWeek 5 was both a return to normalcy and highly odd. In other words, status quo for 2022. One takeaway before i delve into the Fantasy Football Recap Week 5 is that the league’s new concussion protocol is going to create a lot of fantasy football chaos.

And that is not to be taken as a negative. These young men play a violent sport and every possible safety protocol should be in place to protect them. If we get some things wrong on our fantasy rosters, oh well. Much better than seeing someone’s life impacted permanently.


First Impressions


We’re really spoiled today. 4K TD TV. The Red Zone Channel bounces back and forth to every game. Websites and apps bring us instant news and stats live. Life for football fanatics is so much better than it used to be. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how anybody would choose to attend a game live over all that.

Consequently, as great as technology is, have you noticed that maybe it’s made us arrogant? I know I’m not the only one who sees close plays and just “knows” the outcome that seems to baffle the play-by-play announcers and officials.

It’s to the point where I feel like I should be the one determining coaching challenges from right here on my couch. I’d have a hard time giving up this gig but I’d listen to offers. Holler at me Houston Texans.

However, with accountability being a hot topic in fantasy football this week, I have to admit I had a rusty Sunday of making sure calls.

First, I was convinced they’d overturn that Mike Evans non-TD call. Following that, the catch by Chigoziem Okonkwo (which would’ve paid +650) looked good. Lastly, the James Robinson fourth-down carry…nope.

At this point, it was a rough day on the couch.

But, I did get the Chris Olave touchdown grab correct. He deserved that one. So did I.


Get The Balance Right


Admittedly, I was looking for a clever way to make a Depeche Mode reference since I was surprised to hear they’re actually dropping a new album last week.

Makes me think of some of the other old guys who had a strong showing in Week 5.

Tom Brady threw for 351 yards.

Tevin Coleman came out of nowhere to put up a very good performance.

Marvin Jones was about the only good thing to come out of the Jacksonville game.

But, rather than balancing more of those trusty veterans with the current class of first-round dynasty talents, I’m thinking more balance with the schedule.

Obviously, there was the one London game, which I love. There should always be an early game IMO. Then there were nine games that kicked off at 1 PM Eastern.

Following that onslaught were just three games in the 4 PM window. Also, one of which was in Carolina so it barely qualifies as an NFL contest.

Still, I am aware that there are more teams east of the Mississippi but it’s not that unusual to have those squads play in the afternoon slot. From a scheduling perspective, it would be preferable to have it be a little more even.

That’s the Policy of Truth.


Backfield Breakdown


With so few teams employing a workhorse running back, it is important for us to track how teams are dividing their backfield touches.

Here are the fantasy opportunities from some of Sunday’s backfields. Opportunities means carries plus targets.

Atlanta – Tyler Allgeier 39 snaps, 13 opp.; Avery Williams 17  snaps, 5 opp.; Caleb Huntley 16 snaps, 8 opp.

Cleveland – Nick Chubb 35 snaps, 18 opp.; Kareem Hunt 33 snaps, 14 opp.

Detroit – Craig Reynolds 31 snaps, 9 opp.; Jamaal Williams 22 snaps, 15 opp.; Justin Jackson 14 snaps, 4 opp.

Green Bay – Aaron Jones 46 snaps, 16 opp.; A.J. Dillon 20 snaps, 6 opp.

Jacksonville – Travis Etienne 40 snaps, 15 opp.; James Robinson 30 snaps, 12 opp.

Miami – Raheem Mostert 46 snaps, 20 opp.; Chase Edmonds 10 snaps, 3 opp.; Myles Gaskin 13 snaps, 9 opp.

Minnesota – Dalvin Cook 45 snaps, 20 opp.; Alexander Mattison 34 snaps; 13 opp.

New York Jets – Breece Hall 41 snaps, 20 opp.; Michael Carter 25 snaps, 12 opp.

Seattle – Ken Walker 30 snaps, 8 opp.; Rashaad Penny 15 snaps, 8 opp. (injured)

Tampa Bay – Leonard Fournette 49 snaps, 24 opp.; Rachaad White 31 snaps, 9 opp.

Washington – Antonio Gibson 20 snaps, 7 opp.; J.D. McKissic 26 snaps, 7 opp.; Brian Robinson 18 snaps, 9 opp.


Week 6 Preview


Week 6 Byes: Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee


Washington at Chicago (+1.5)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis (-1.5)

New York Jets at Green Bay (-7.5)

Baltimore at New York Giants (+3)

Cincinnati at New Orleans (+1)

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (+8)

San Francisco at Atlanta (+6)

New England at Cleveland (-3)

Minnesota at Miami (no line)

Carolina at LA Rams (-8.5)

Arizona at Seattle (+2.5)

Buffalo at Kansas City (+1)

Dallas at Philadelphia (-5.5)

Denver at LA Chargers (-6.5)


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