|Player||Team||Week 5 Touches||Season Total||Average|
|Mark Ingram II||NO||18||18||18|
LeSean McCoy has continued to be a disappointment for fantasy owners. This past week was the first week that McCoy had double digits at only 10 points (ESPN Standard). 10 points is a solid week, but it took him 24 carries to do so. He only carries a 3.78 YPC this season thus far and has yet to find the end zone. Why is he trending up you may ask? The fact that he received 18 more touches this past week than he did week 4 is why. Despite another poor performance even with the significant uptick in touches, McCoy did show some promise with some chunk-yardage gains. Getting 20+ touches a game at least makes McCoy a risky RB2/flex. The huge difference maker with McCoy’s season is a matter of if he is traded or not. The Eagles have reached out to the Bills expressing their interest in McCoy. This makes sense with the Eagles losing their starting RB in Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL. McCoy would become a desirable fantasy option like he has in the past. He’d be running behind a better offensive line in an offense that will score many more touchdowns than Buffalo will. Only time will tell but consider week 5 a step in the right direction for McCoy owners.
Despite Morris out-touching Matt Breida this season thus far, Breida has been the running back to own in the 49ers backfield. Breida has 57 fantasy points (ESPN standard) this season as opposed to Alfred Morris having 33. In addition, the 49ers are trailing teams most of the time and Breida is the better pass catcher. That right there significantly hurts Morris’s stock as Breida will on the field as the 49ers are trying to speed up the offense. With all of this being the case then why is Morris trending up? Breida may be out a couple weeks with a mid-ankle sprain, and at the very least he’s been banged up all season long, putting him at risk to miss future games. Morris received 21 carries last week with Breida going down in the first quarter. This usage for Morris should continue as long as Breida is out. With bye weeks coming up, Morris who is still available in 41.7% of ESPN leagues is a great play.
-Ronald Jones made his debut (off of the healthy inactive list) finishing with a lackluster 10 carries for 29
-Despite performing better, Aaron Jones (6.1 yards per carry) has only gotten 1 more touch than Jamaal
Williams (3.7 yards per carry) each of the past two weeks.
-Nyheim Hines is the 5th most targeted RB.
-Only 3 RB’s have 10+ points each of the first 5 weeks (Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Saquon Barkley)
Patience is a virtue! If you held Mark Ingram on your team up to this point, enjoy the RB1 stats he will put up the rest of the season. In Ingram’s first game back with Kamara, Kamara only received 9 touches. How much is Ingram going to hurt Kamara’s stock? Not as much as you would think after seeing Kamara’s usage in week 5. Both Ingram and Kamara were top 10 fantasy Running backs last season. The Saints have an amazing offensive line and their offense seems to be unstoppable. The difference is that Ingram will possess work on the ground game whereas Kamara will more so have the role of the pass catching back which he has always been successful doing. This past week the Saints absolutely dominated the Redskins which lessened Kamara’s workload. When the Saints are up and want to control the clock, Ingram will more likely than not be in getting the carries. Kamara will be worked in even in games the Saints lead by a lot but definitely not as much. Kamara is so explosive that it doesn’t take a lot of volume for him to rack up a lot of fantasy points. As long as Ingram is healthy, there is no way we see the usage Kamara got the first five weeks of the season again, but he is still a fantastic fantasy running back. I envision both Ingram and Kamara finishing as top 15 fantasy running backs; even with Ingram missing 4 games.
Coleman received his lowest amount of touches he has all season (9) in Devonta Freeman’s first game back. Freeman did only have 10 touches himself, but he is just working his way back into the offense. Freeman’s workload will continue to rise as Coleman will now remain nothing better than a bye week filler/flex depending on the matchup. Not only is it a workload problem but Coleman has not been good. Coleman got absolutely nothing going in week five, averaging a brutal 2.1 yards per carry. He’s been disappointing in every game since his explosion against the Panthers in Week 2, but he didn’t have the volume to establish a high fantasy floor this week. To add insult to injury, the only Falcons running back to find the end zone this past week was Ito Smith. The Falcons draw a matchup against the horrific Buccaneers defense week six which makes him worthy of a flex play.