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Ben's NFL Week 5 Takeaways


1. Is Cam back?- Cam Newton is like a bad habit. Something you know isn't good for you but sometimes you just can't resist the urge. This guy has probably burned me more than anyone else in my DFS career but after watching the Panthers-Lions game, he looked good. He has looked good back-to-back weeks and he was efficient on Sunday completing 26 of 33 pass attempts for 355 yards and 3 scores (No INTs). He draws a date with the Eagles on Thursday, a secondary that I have routinely targeted this season. Here we go again Cam, this time let me down easy.  


2. Know the name Elijah McGuire- This could be a trendy value play this week with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell likely out for the Jets. Obviously keep up on news throughout the week, but if both are out on Sunday we obviously will have to consider McGuire in DFS. The Patriots run defense has struggled all season and they have given up the most yards to receiving yards to running backs so far this season. Volume is king in fantasy football and McGuire would be thrust into a high volume role. This isn't a guy without pedigree either...McGuire is Louisiana-Lafayette's leader in career yards from scrimmage and is a legit threat out of the backfield as a receiver. 


3. Target Justin Bethel- The Cardinals obviously funnel a lot of work away from shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, and that is not good news for Justin Bethel. Bethel had given up 253 yards and 3 touchdowns going into week five, he was torched by Torrey Smith for a 59 yard touchdown on Sunday. This is a money spot to keep in mind going forward when we have a skilled wideout lining up against him.


4. The Eagles running backs are still a mess- Going into week five we thought that Wendell Smallwood being out might provide some clarity in the Eagles backfield. But, unfortunately we couldn't of been more wrong. All three of the Eagles running back logged 15+ snaps and it's going to be hard to consider any of them in DFS moving forward. 


5. The Steelers run defense is #bad- DFS is about adjusting throughout the season and we need to adjust to the Steelers having a legit #bad run defense. The Steelers are giving up almost 6 YPC this season and have allowed 4 touchdowns over the past three weeks. They just got torched by Leonard Fournette on Sunday and now draw one of the worst match ups in the league against blossoming rookie Kareem Hunt in Arrowhead. 


6. Time to give up on Sammy Watkins?- Sammy Watkins...we barely knew ya. After exploding for 6-106-2 in week three, he has totaled just one catch on six targets the last two weeks. He faces the Jaguars this coming week and Patrick Peterson the following week. Ouch. 


7. Joe Mixon week is coming- I've been on Joe Mixon the past two weeks and I'm going to continue to be on him until he has his inevitable blow-up week. He has logged  60% of the carries since Bill Lazor took over as Offensive Coordinator and finally found the box last week. 


8. Evan Engram's usage bump?- So who is going to catch the ball for the Giants? Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham all were injured on Sunday with ODB's being the most severe. Engram only saw four targets on Sunday but ran a route on 87% on Eli's pass attempts. He should be pretty solid option going forward based on match ups. 


9. Jerick McKinnon is the guy in Minnesota- McKinnon looked fantastic on Monday night against an underrated Bears front seven. He averaged almost 6 YPC and he out-touched Latavius Murray by 8. Murray averaged just north of 2.5 YPC and McKinnon has the pass catching upside. 


10. Is DeMarco Murray healthy?- This whole situation is extremely odd to me. DeMarco struggled with injury in the preseason and then was supposed to miss or at least be limited in week three. He came out and had more success than Derrick Henry the past two weeks, and on Sunday dominated the snaps playing all but 10 with Henry seeing just 4 touches. It eases my concerns a little bit, and we might be able to consider Murray healthy moving forward...or at least healthy enough to play in DFS. 


Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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