Jay Ajayi Eagles
Philadelphia’s title defense took another blow as Jay Ajayi landed on the IR with a torn ACL. With LeGarrette Blount in Detroit, the Eagles suddenly find themselves without either of the punishing backs that lead them to the promised land.
The workload will likely move to Wendell Smallwood in the near-term and eventually a committee with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles if and when the Eagles get back to full strength at running back.
The Eagle back most attractive to own for the balance of the year should be Clement, with Smallwood being a close second. They likely fall into the RB3 or RB4 territory and are best used in bye weeks as an RB2/flex option.
It may be best to evaluate your roster and see if you can make a move to bolster your running back situation if you were relying on Ajayi.
Some non-Eagle backs to look at on the Waiver Wire. Obviously some of the names are only available in smaller leagues.
James White
Adrian Peterson
Matt Breida
Austin Ekeler
Javorious Allen
Nyheim Hines
Mike Davis
Alfred Morris
Frank Gore
Ty Montgomery
Jamaal Williams
Aaron Jones

mike davis
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Get ‘em
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans – Racked up 119 total yards in Lamar Miller’s absence. Worth adding if Miller misses again or cedes lead back duties to blue
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Threw for 430 yards and a TD. Ran for 34 and a score. Topped 375 yards in 3 of 5 games.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders – Caught all three targets for 91 yards.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught 4 of 10 targets for 70 yards.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 75 total yards, TD.
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins – 12 carries for 63 yards. The veteran had twice as many carries as Kenyan Drake.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons – Caught 9 of 12 targets for 77 yards. TE yards2 option.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns – Threw for 342 yards and a TD. Ran for 23 yards. QB2.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught 6 of 15 targets for 76 yards. 109 yards and a score last week.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Caught 8 of 11 targets for 66 yards. PPR depth option with 16 catches in last two games, particularly if T.Y. Hilton is sidelined again.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Caught 4 of 7 targets for 73 yards, TD. Three solid weeks in a row.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – 71 total yards, TD. Option now that Jay Ajayi is done for the year. Corey Clement is probably the preferred long-term add.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers – Caught all three targets for 66 yards.

Don’t Sweat ‘em
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets – Caught 3 of 5 targets for 123 yards and two TDs.
C.J. Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers – 349 yards, 2 TDs plus rushing TD.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught 2 of 4 targets for 68 yards.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets – 198 yards and 3 TDs.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 66 yards, TD.
Kyle Juszczyk, RB, San Francisco 49ers – Caught 6 of 7 targets for 75 yards.
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos – 377 yards, 2 TDs.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 85 yards, TD.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants – 326 yards, 2 TDs.
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 38 yards and a pair of TDs.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, New England Patriots – Caught both targets for 11 yards and a score. Second straight game with a score, but involvement in the offense is minimal.
Niles Paul, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught 7 of 9 targets for 65 yards.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, New York Jets – Caught 20-yard TD.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers – Caught 2 of 4 targets for 37 yards, TD.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Green Bay Packers – Caught 3 of 5 targets for 89 yards. Desperation play if Green Bay remains thin at WR.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos – Caught 2 of 5 targets for 18 yards, TD.
Erik Swoope, TE, Indianapolis Colts – Caught all three targets for 44 yards and a TD. Had a second score called back. Unfortunately he’s the third tight end option for Indy.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers – Caught 7 of 10 targets for 68 yards. Desperation play if Green Bay remains thin at WR.
Trent Taylor, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Caught 7 of 8 targets for 61 yards, TD.
Derrick Willies, WR, Cleveland Browns – Caught 3 of 5 targets for 61 yards.
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Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham, Jr. is not happy with his lack of production and the Giants’ inability to get the ball downfield. It is particularly frustrating considering the Giants have Saquon Barkley to take some pressure off of Eli Manning and the passing game. Will Beckham’s expression of his displeasure result in the squeaky wheel getting greased?
I’m venturing to guess the answer is yes.
Through four games Beckham has yet to score a touchdown. This is a guy that entered the season with 38 touchdowns in 47 career games.
It’s not for lack of trying. Beckham has been targeted 45 times in four games (11.25 per game), securing 31 of them (7.75 per game) for 331 yards (82.75 per game). His longest reception of the season went for 30 yards and his 10.7 yards per catch is well below his 13.8 career average.
The Giants obviously aren’t intentionally not trying to frustrate the highest paid receiver in the league.
The game plan has been, and will continue to remain heavily focused on getting the ball to playmakers like Odell and Barkley.
Carolina yielded 272 yards to Matt Ryan, including 64 to WR1 Julio Jones and 352 yards to Andy Dalton, including 58 to WR1 AJ Green. WR2s Calvin Ridley (64 yards, TD) and Tyler Boyd (132 yards, TD) have had more success. Sterling Shepard should be a solid play as well this week, but I think this is the week we see a touchdown dance from Odell.
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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 team defense rankings.
Bye Weeks: Chicago and Tampa Bay
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Tennessee Titans
3. Los Angeles Rams
4. Denver Broncos
5. Carolina Panthers
6. Los Angeles Chargers
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. New England Patriots
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. New York Jets
11. Houston Texans
12. Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Philadelphia Eagles
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Minnesota Vikings
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New England Patriots v New York Jets
Bye Weeks:  Chicago and Tampa Bay
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
3. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
4. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
5. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Caleb Sturgis, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
10. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
11. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings
12. Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Sam Ficken, Los Angeles Rams
14. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
15. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
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Travis Kelce
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 tight end rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Chicago and Tampa Bay
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
4. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
5. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
6. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
7. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
8. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
9. Vance McDonals, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
11. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
12. Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints
13. Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
14. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
15. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
16. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
17. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
18. Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers
19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars
20. Rhett Ellison, New York Giants
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julio jones one
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 wide receiver rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Chicago and Tampa Bay
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
11. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
12. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
13. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
14. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
15. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
16. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
17. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
18. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
19. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
20. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
21. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
22. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
23. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
24. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
25. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
26. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
27. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
29. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
30. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
31. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
32. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
33. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
34. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
35. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
36. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
37. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
38. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
39. Quincy Enuwa, New York Jets
40. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
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2018 NFL Picks – Week 5

3 October 2018

A better showing last week at 10-5. Jacksonville worked out for the lock pick. I’ll take the Saints on MNF for the lock.
Last Week:  35-26-2 (0.571)
Lock Pick:  3-1 (0.750)
Lock Picks:  GB (W), LAC (W), MIN (L), JAX (W)
Week 5 Picks
New England over Indianapolis
Tennessee over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Miami
Baltimore over Cleveland
Green Bay over Detroit
Jacksonville over Kansas City
Denver over New York Jets
Pittsburgh over Atlanta
Carolina over New York Giants
Los Angeles Chargers over Oakland
Philadelphia over Minnesota
San Francisco over Arizona
Los Angeles Rams over Seattle
Houston over Dallas
New Orleans over Washington  (Winner Lock)
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Give Them The Damn Ball!

2 October 2018

Kerryon Johnson
New Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia saying that Kerryon Johnson is playing a good amount leaves fantasy football owners and Detroit Lions fans alike begging for more carries for the promising rookie. Johnson is not the only running back not getting enough love. Here are some RBs that could put up nice numbers if they receive more opportunities.
Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Averaging an NFL-high 7.6 yards per carry, which is double that of Alfred Morris’ 3.8. Meanwhile, Morris actually has three more totes than Breida. Come again? He has failed to top a dozen carries in any of the Niners first four games. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns – Again, I really like Carlos Hyde. Even if you throw out the three carries for 105 yards last week, Chubb averaged 5.9 YPC in the first three games. Let’s see what he can do with 5-10 carries per game. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears – I like Jordan Howard. I really do. That said, he’s dominating carries 64 to 27 despite a 3.2 YPC average for Howard vs. a 5.1 mark for Cohen. He racked up 13 carries this past week so perhaps he’ll see more than the 4.7 carries he averaged the first three weeks. Cohen is explosive. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions – Averaging 5.7 yards per carry to LeGarrette Blount’s 2.7 with Johnson only toting three more carries YTD. The only time he received double-digit carries he became the first Lions runner in years to crack the century mark. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers – After putting up 65 yards on 11 carries last week, Jones will likely be the primary back for Green Bay going forward. He’s averaging 6.3 YPC vs. 3.4 for Jamaal Williams and 4.5 for Ty Montgomery. In case Mike McCarthy is considering keeping Williams as the lead back, he should reconsider Jones and Give Him the Damn Ball!
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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 running back rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Chicago and Tampa Bay
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
5. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
6. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
7. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
8. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
10. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
12. Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns
13. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions - Give Him the Damn Ball
15. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
16. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
17. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
18. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
19. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
20. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Give Him the Damn Ball
22. James White, New England Patriots
23. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
24. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
26. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
27. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers - Give Him the Damn Ball
28. Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans
29. Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins
30. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
31. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
32. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
33. Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets
34. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
35. Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers
36. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
37. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
38. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
39. Austin Ekeler, Los Angles Chargers
40. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns - Give Him the Damn Ball
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