Five in Five: Week Fifteen Dynasty Storylines

Ken Kelly

Over the years, we’ve done several different weekly preview articles and love to give new things a try. This is the time of year when it’s nearly information overload with every nook and cranny of the internet flooded with all kinds of fantasy football opinions and advice. Instead of following the herd and doing the same thing you’re used to, we’re going a little off the wall this year with our “Five in Five.” This is a weekly written preview of the five biggest storylines of the week encompassed in a five-section theme. It will also be a bit of a preview for my weekly Dynasty Aftermath – the longest running dynasty series in the business as we hit year #17 in 2023 as we bring you five possible storylines we could see on Monday Morning. I’m adding another piece to this for the rest of the year and that’s a prediction of what I think could produce that particular headline.

Fields of Gray

It seems more and more likely the Bears are going to end up with the first pick in the NFL Draft this Spring. The Panthers are 1-12 at the moment and are running out of weeks to win games. If they end with the worst record in the league, that’s going to give Chicago the top pick as they own the Panthers selection as a result of last year’s trade – this puts Justin Fields squarely in the crosshairs as we end the season. He needs to put together a few more big games to make the Bears think twice about taking a quarterback at the top of the draft and trade back for a second straight year. Fields has been good this season but certainly hasn’t looked like an elite-level player who is a no-brainer long-term solution at the position. It’s clear he’s on a tryout not just for Chicago, but for 31 other teams as well. He’ll take on a Browns defense this week that has been rather stingy most weeks.

Prediction: Fields continues his “good but not great” season with 250 passing yards, 65 rushing yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Forever Young

Speaking of the Panthers, they need to find out if Bryce Young really is the long-term answer. So far this year, Young has thrown for 2,192 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. As we mentioned, the Panthers have also only won one game all year as well. There have been few bright spots this year for this offense and Young has just not been very impressive. In fact, he’s failed to throw for more than 200 yards in six weeks. Carolina has invested heavily in Young and so far the returns have been pretty dismal. The Panthers take on the Falcons this week and it’s time for Young to start showing something.

Prediction: Young throws for 195 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in another so-so performance.

Hill to Climb

So far this year, Tyreek Hill has been superhuman with 97 catches for 1,542 yards and 12 touchdowns, Hill is right on pace to set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season and has a very realistic chance to be the NFL’s first-ever 2,000 yard receiver. Hill is battling a nagging injury and his status is in question for this week’s game against the Jets, though it seems he should be able to suit up. If he does, all bets are off as Hill has had the ability to light up even the league’s best defenses this season. What will he have in store this week?

Prediction: Hill burns the Jets for at least one big play and finishes with six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.

He’s Purdy Good

Remember the preseason when there was a conversation about the 49ers starting Trey Lance or Brock Purdy? It all seems a bit laughable at this point as Purdy has thrown for 3,553 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, leading what many believe is the best team in football. Over his last five games, Purdy has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions as San Francisco has won five straight. San Francisco has a game against Arizona this week that could be a massive one in terms of possible fantasy points. With Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel both looking borderline unstoppable, what does Purdy have in store for us next?

Prediction: A lot. Purdy throws for four touchdowns as he makes his case for NFL MVP.

The Falcon and the Snowman

If you didn’t know, The Falcon and the Snowman was a spy movie from the 1980s. It fits as a headline this week as Atlanta has somehow found a way to make Kyle Pitts (you know, #8 or a snowman)  relatively worthless along with many others like Bijan Robinson and Drake London. Pitts has just a 44/549/2 line on the year and now has just five touchdown receptions in his three seasons. While the Falcons offense was able to breathe a little life into the value of Drake London last week, it’s been way too inconsistent all year. Will we see anything that gives us hope for the stretch run for Pitts and the rest of this group?

Prediction: Pitts catches three passes for 35 yards. London catches six for 70 and Robinson gets 100 total yards but no touchdowns.

Here we go!

Make sure to get your lineup questions in! We’ll see you next week for the Dynasty Aftermath!

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