The fantasy football regular season is one-third complete for most leagues and this week could be considered a make or break point for many fantasy teams. Here is the news you need to know to help you get a win this week.
Tevin Coleman, RB ATL
Falcons’ rookie running back Tevin Coleman is set to return to the field this week. With the recent breakout performance of Devonta Freeman, which inspired a depth chart change in Atlanta, it will be very interesting to see how the two young backs split the touches. It would be nearly impossible for the team to return to Coleman as their starter, or even attempt an equal split. Coleman’s value has taken a hit over the past couple of weeks, while Freeman’s is soaring.
Jaelen Strong, WR HOU
Things have not gone well for the Texans’ rookie receiver during his short NFL career. He battled drops throughout training camp and ended up being buried on the weak Texans’ receiver depth chart. With few remaining options, Strong made his NFL debut in the week five opener Thursday night and made a splash. After catching a fluky Hail Mary touchdown to close the first half, Strong scored again in the second half. With all bad news hitting the wire, dynasty owners were beginning to give up on Strong but now a pair of scores in his first game firmly closes the buy low window.
Karlos Williams, RB BUF
In what was expected to be his breakout performance last week, the Bills’ rookie Karlos Williams apparently suffered a concussion. Williams never exited the game for the injury, but will miss week five, as will the team’s starter LeSean McCoy, who is battling a serious hamstring issue. The team will turn to Anthony Dixon and also signed former Colts’ back Dan Herron, who was a surprisingly strong fantasy asset in the latter portion of the 2014 season. Neither Dixon nor Herron have much long-term value, but could be useful in surviving the upcoming bye weeks. Meanwhile, McCoy’s value continues to tumble and the dream of even getting a future first round pick in exchange for the former Eagles’ star are far gone. Hopefully, Williams can return to the field soon, as he was showing a lot of promise as a breakout fantasy option.
Colin Kaepernick, QB SF
[inlinaed]49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now coming off back-to-back terrible games and has only thrown two touchdowns through four games this season, both coming in the same game in week two. Kaepernick has been only average since his breakout performance late in the 2012 season. He still has a nice floor thanks to his rushing ability, but that is difficult to project and rely on when inserting him into your lineup. Kaepernick is basically off the table as a fantasy option as has very little dynasty value remaining.
Dion Lewis, RB NE
The Patriots used their early bye week to nail down a contract extension for upstart running back Dion Lewis. The player who had not stepped on an NFL field in two years is currently a top ten fantasy back and earned an additional two years on his contract and a nice signing bonus. There had been some trepidation from many in the dynasty community when considering if Lewis was here to stay. A contract extension is not a guarantee of playing time, but it obviously shows the Patriots, like dynasty owners who plucked Lewis off the waiver wire, are happy with what they’ve seen so far. Considering the current state of the running back position, including injuries, disappointing veterans and all out busts, Lewis has to be considered a top 20 dynasty back at a minimum.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR TEN
The talented Titans’ rookie receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested during a routine traffic stop when it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant. Considering this was related to a issue from months ago, the arrest is not a concern, but Green-Beckham has lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to off-field situations.
Roddy White, WR ATL
Falcons’ veteran receiver Roddy White is finally speaking up after his quiet start to the 2015 season. White shared his desire to be more involved in the offense in which he’s only caught six passes on the season. White went a pair of games this year without recording a reception and has clearly been passed on the depth chart by former Redskin Leonard Hankerson. I’ve seen White dropped in many of my dynasty leagues in the past few days, so many owners seem to be giving up on the 11-year veteran.
Lance Dunbar, RB DAL
The Cowboys breakout pass-catching back Lance Dunbar suffered a season ending torn ACL in the team’s week four matchup against the Saints. Dunbar was holding down a spot among the top 12 fantasy backs in PPR leagues, even though he’d been sitting on many waiver wires just a few weeks ago. Considering he wasn’t at all involved in the running game, it’s hard to see Dunbar replicating this performance in 2016, especially considering he will be a free agent following the season. Dunbar has lost essentially all of his dynasty value with this injury and will be returned to the waiver wire in the majority of leagues.
Jordan Reed, TE WAS
The Redskins have dealt with a rash of injuries this season and things went from bad to worse in week four when Reed suffered another concussion, reportedly his fifth since his college days at Florida. It was also revealed Reed is dealing with a pair of leg injuries, a sprained MCL and a sprained ankle. There has been little said about Reed’s status this week, but there has to be speculation this could be the end of his career considering the recent focus on improving player safety and decreasing head injuries.