Henry John @HankTimeSports
BANK IT! Seems hard to believe we are already a quarter of the way through the NFL season. Things are heating up as we enter Week 5. If your Fantasy Football season is off to a great start, stay diligent and keep the train rolling. If you’ve stumbled out of the gates, have hope! There is still time to turn things around. No matter what your present situation is, Hank’s Bank is here to help!
Cash: Worthwhile Start
Deposit: Bench for Future Weeks
Asset: Trade Target
Transfer: Trade Away
Invest: Free Agent Acquisition
With Davante Adams likely to be sidelined for Green Bay’s marquee matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the onus will be on the other Packers’ receivers to step up. Given Aaron Rodgers’ track record as a Cowboys killer, there is no doubt in my mind that points will be scored. The question is, who will benefit the most in Fantasy from Adams absence? My money is on Geronimo Allison. Marquez Valdes-Scantling has outproduced him so far this season, but it is largely thanks to a handful of big plays. From a role standpoint, Allison remains the receiver I’d want to own in general behind Adams. He should see several targets coming his way Sunday. For a dart throw in deeper leagues, Allen Lazard is a name to consider in Adams’ absence.
The season is only a quarter old, but Josh Jacobs has failed to live up to his preseason ADP from a Fantasy points output thus far. This is not to say he doesn’t have all the tools of a quality NFL running back. As predicted, he has garnered the lion’s share of the touches in the Raiders’ backfield. But with Oakland only running 24.8 run plays per game, Jacobs is hard-pressed to make the most of every touch he gets. His ability to do that seems highly unlikely against the daunting Chicago Bears defense this week. Khalil Mack and Co. are the number 3 defense overall and against the run, per Football Outsiders. On top of that, the game is in London and defense travels. Jacobs is at best a FLEX play this week.
Wait what? Is Hank actually caping up for Courtland Sutton?! Well, given the Broncos’ 0-4 status and the fact that Emmanuel Sanders remains the perceived WR1 in the offense, it would be worth your while to try and buy low on Sutton now. Several stats are baked into this call. First, the Broncos rank 9th in the NFL in pass plays run per game. That isn’t likely to change anytime soon given that the team will be trailing often this season. Of those pass plays, Sutton ranks in the top 20 leaguewide in route participation, receptions, receiving yards, completed air yards and red zone receptions (number 1 overall) according to playerprofiler.com. He ranked 17th in wide receiver Fantasy points through four weeks. All signs point to that going up from here.
Entering last Thursday’s game, Jordan Howard looked to be the clear second option in the Eagles’ backfield behind rookie Miles Sanders. After out-touching Sanders, rushing for 87 yards and two scores, and adding a receiving touchdown, Howard is suddenly a hot commodity. Not so fast! First, chasing touchdowns from prior weeks in Fantasy Football is a strategy for failure. Second, the larger sample size clearly shows Howard cannot catch. He will be lucky to have another receiving touchdown all year. And finally, Sanders remained involved last week, turning his 11 carries into 72 yards. If you are a Howard owner, now is the perfect time to move him while his value is likely as high as it will be all season. Netting a back with higher volume upside in return would be the ideal strategy.
The 49ers have been the butt of many jokes now that they stand alone alongside the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on the unbeaten pedestal. While it hasn’t always been pretty, the offense has been getting the job done. I anticipate the overall operation to only improve as Jimmy Garoppolo continues to work off the rust associated with last year’s injury. With that said, rookie wideout Deebo Samuel is someone you want to make room for on your roster. He has looked the best of any 49ers pass catcher outside of tight end George Kittle (sorry Dante Pettis truthers). The opportunity to takeover the WR1 role in a Kyle Shanahan offense cannot be understated. He is only owned in 17.2% of ESPN leagues. Make sure he is in yours entering this weekend.
The Bengals offense, particularly along the line, has been brutal to watch so far this season. Fortunately, Week 5’s home tilt against the Arizona Cardinals is as good an opportunity as any for them to get right. The Cardinals rank 25th in team defense according to Football Outsiders and have been particularly susceptible to giving up chunk plays over the middle of the field. Cincinnati will be without John Ross and A.J. Green, but Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and Tyler Eifert should all play a big role. If the line gives him time to throw, Dalton has a good chance for a big day, making him the top QB streaming option pickup of the week.