Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
With the Saints and Lions on their bye weeks, and a rash of injuries in Week 5, there could be plenty of roster changes and streaming plays this week.
Here are the players that interest us the most:
Alfred Morris’ workload decreased every game since Week 2. If someone in your league was among the many who dropped Morris recently, it’s a good time to take advantage of that. With Matt Breida out, Morris will be the lead back in San Francisco by default for the next week or two.
Wendell Smallwood would be the second Eagles back I’d consider adding if Corey Clement was healthy. Corey Clement is not healthy. There is a chance he will start against the Giants Thursday, but Smallwood is the more explosive of the pair right now and has the best chance to get a good volume of touches.
Mike Davis beat the odds when Pete Carroll gave him meaningful touches in two straight games. Could it be time to trust Seattle’s running game? Chris Carson is the clear number one, but Mike Davis can do a lot of damage if Carroll stays committed to a 1-2 punch and leaves Rashaad Penny on the bench.
Kyle Juszczck should see a good number of targets in the 49ers passing game. Alfred Morris is not a total liability as a pass catcher, but it has never been a real strong point, either. Juszczck doesn’t have enough vowels in his last name, but he could jump back into NFL Fantasy relevance in PPR leagues until Matt Breida comes back.
For future consideration, Ronald Jones might be given a chance to take over the starting job in Tampa Bay. He could be worth holding on to. Also, I can’t imagine D’Onta Foreman not stepping in as the lead dog in Houston since Miller and Blue don’t seem to be up to the task. Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly when Foreman will come back, but he is worth a stash if you have space.
One of the biggest surprises heading into Week 6 is how low the ownership percentage is on Jameis Winston. Winston was a popular streamer by the end of last season, with 19 touchdown passes in the last 11 games.
In his relief appearance in Pittsburgh, he looked game-ready. He takes over an offense that Ryan Fitzpatrick guided to a top-level NFL Fantasy output. Winston has too much upside to sit any week, but especially with the reeling Falcons defense.
Baker Mayfield put up over 300 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. Touchdowns will come. Most defenses aren’t as good as the Ravens’ D/ST, including the Chargers.
We learned that Blake Bortles is not a mudder as he looked awful in the Kansas City rain Sunday. But as bad as his 4 interceptions and lost fumble looked, he finished as the QB-11 on the week. In fact, he is the QB-8 over the past 4 weeks. If you really need someone for Week 6, his “bad-good” pattern provides a worthy risk.
Geronimo Allison should be ready to go Sunday. It will be a surprise if he does not step in as the WR-2 behind Devante Adams. In a primetime game against a lowly 49ers defense, I expect Aaron Rodgers to provide a much needed “feel-good” game for the Packers offense with plenty of targets for Adams, Allison, and maybe even rookie Marquez Valdez-Scantling.
Keke Coutee lined up alongside Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins Sunday night and still commanded 7 targets, including a red-zone look he converted for a touchdown. Deshaun Watson will continue to feed anyone with two hands each week.
Mohamed Sanu won’t have a big-gainer every week like he had in Weeks 4 and 5. But he goes against Tampa Bay this Sunday, so there’s a pretty good chance at least one of his 6-9 targets goes deep.
Lost in Mitchell Trubisky and Tarik Cohen’s huge pre-bye breakout game was the 100-yard, 2-touchdown game of Taylor Gabriel. He is still largely unowned, despite a healthy number of targets and receptions. The Week 4 target count was not an aberration. He won’t score like that every week, but he has too good a floor to not be on more rosters.
Cameron Meredith is becoming a bigger part of the Saints’ passing game each week. He had some key catches Monday night. Ted Ginn Jr was out, but Meredith’s volume should not go down much as Brees' top slot option.
Antonio Calloway might see a rebound in relevance with Rashard Higgins expected to miss a couple of games. Rookie Derrick Willies played well in Higgins’ absence, though. So, be careful on Calloway.
Evan Engram and Gregg Olsen might be back in NFL Fantasy lineups this week, which offers some relief from the NFL Fantasy tight end dilemma.
Cameron Brate slipped through last week’s waivers in a lot of leagues, because he was on a bye with “0” projected points. With OJ Howard out of the picture, Jameis Winston’s favorite red-zone target should be rostered and started everywhere.
In case there was still a question which tight end would get the bulk of the work in Cincinnati after Tyler Eifert’s injury, a foot injury to Tyler Kroft seems to have settled the matter. CJ Uzomah didn’t get much done in Week 5, but he has a good matchup Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Niles Paul has a chance to resurrect his NFL Fantasy relevance after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was placed on injured reserve. Paul had 67 yards last week and could give Blake Bortles an option outside his wide receivers and rushers.
Seattle’s defense continues to play better than expected, although a run-in with the Los Angeles Rams isn’t the best venue to show it. They’ll rebound nicely in a Week 6 must-win against the Raiders.
Indianapolis had a tough night in a short week against Tom Brady, but their defense is piling up sacks and turnovers. Look for a solid turnaround after a nice rest against the Jets.
Buffalo’s defense is for real. Deshaun Watson has too many weapons to stop, but don’t expect him to be hit and sacked any less than he has been all season. Buffalo should get enough points on turnovers and sacks to offset the 24-30 points the Texans might score.
Keep on top of injury reports and transactions lest the next hot waiver add slips on by