2016 Fantasy Football: Week 5’s Last-Minute Decisions





By Chet Gresham – @ChetGresham
Posted Oct. 8, 2016.
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Cam Newton has been ruled out for Monday night. Derek Anderson will get the start and has DFS and streamer appeal in a good matchup. Anderson shouldn’t hurt Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen and could possibly help them, as Anderson targets the top two guys more than Newton usually.

Kenneth Dixon will play this week, but will likely be eased back in and could wear a leg brace for this game. That should once again give Terrance West the bulk of the work against a Washington defense that has been the worst in the league against running backs.

The New York Post Jets beat writer hears that Quincy Enunwa’s questionable tag is nothing to worry about and that he should be fine for Sunday’s game. This is good news because without Eric Decker, and against a team that should be able to score on them, Enunwa will get plenty of work if healthy and will be worth a DFS play.



Larry Donnell is out with a concussion, so Will Tye will get the full amount of snaps for the Giants and gets a good matchup with the Packers. He makes for a good DFS and re-draft play.

Rashad Jennings is unlikely to play this week, giving Orleans Darkwa the start. However, Bobby Rainey could see more work, especially if the Packers can get a lead, which is very much in the realm of possibility in Green Bay. Rainey had nine targets last week with Jennings out and should probably see something similar in Green Bay.

Antonio Gates looks like he will play this week against Oakland. This hurts Hunter Henry even though we aren’t sure how much Gates will play. This is a wait-to-see week for these two.



Paxton Lynch will most likely get the start over Trevor Siemian, who is close to being able to go, but the Broncos will probably err on the side of caution. Lynch has a stronger arm than Siemian and looked decent last week. I wouldn’t downgrade any of the Broncos fantasy players this week if Lynch starts.

Charles Sims hasn’t practiced this week and is listed as doubtful. Jacquizz Rodgers will get the start and has some appeal as a cheap starter. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he is “extremely” confident in Rodgers’ ability to handle the load.

Dwayne Washington is listed as doubtful to play this week against the Eagles. That will give Theo Riddick the start and bulk of the work. He should be used extensively in the passing game with Eric Ebron also out this week.



Marvin Jones got a full practice in on Friday and will play despite the questionable tag. The Eagles defense is stronger against the run than the pass, so there is room for Jones to have a nice game as the main target with Eric Ebron out.

Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable after another week of limited practices. Tom Brady should help, but it’s tough to know where Gronk is right now. I won’t be using him in DFS, but if you need him in redraft, I’d probably risk it.

Julian Edelman “didn’t seem to be restricted in his movements” in Friday’s practice according to Patriots’ beat reporter Mike Reiss. He will see plenty of work on Sunday, especially in PPR formats.

Dez Bryant won’t play this week, so Brice Butler gets another start. He had a 5-41-1 line on nine targets against San Francisco with Bryant out last week and has some appeal this week.



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