Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 5 Start or Sit

Gallman won't be a superhero in week 5

It’s Week 5 and hopefully your fantasy season is still alive. Devante Parker finally found the end zone, Will Dissly continues his rise, and Nelson Agholor was invisible. This week’s edition is extra short (gotta love buying a house and living in a construction zone) but with some shots in the dark.

Players who will shine

Auden Tate ([email protected] 1pm est)

Tate has quickly become a favorite of Andy Dalton and should see even more attention with John Ross being placed on IR. He is now the unquestioned no.2 option for the Bengals and in an offense throwing an average of 40 passes per game. This game will be played through the air and Tate will be a primary target.

Prediction: 6 rec 73 yards 1 td: 16.3 pts

D.K. Metcalf (LAR @ Sea 8:20pm est)

He isn’t catching a high volume of balls, but when he is catching passes, they are for huge chunks. His current 20+ yards per reception are one of the best in the league and all it takes is on long td to make him shine. Going up against a Rams defense who was just embarrassed by Jameis Winston and company, DK is primed for a big game with a score. Expect the chiseled Metcalf to flex on LA on Thursday night

Prediction: 4 rec 63 yards 1 td: 14.3 pts

Phillip Lindsay ([email protected] 4:05pm est)

He is still splitting carries with Royce Freeman and will continue to do so this week. He does however, offer the best shot at an explosive play which is what Denver is going to need against the Chargers. The Broncos will need the ground attack in order to keep up with LA and Lindsay will be playing a starring role.

Prediction: 14 car 61 yards 1 td, 3 rec 31 yards: 16.7 pts

Ride the Pine

Wayne Gallman ([email protected] 1pm est)

This Wayne has no secret cave and does not answer to light in the sky. Gallman rewarded fantasy owners who dropped a pretty penny in faab or were #1 in waivers last week by rushing for 63 yards and a td, and adding 6 receptions for 55 yards and another score. That was against a floundering Washington team who has seemingly checked out already. This week, he faces a Vikings defense who will be looking to take some frustration out on Wayne and the Giants after holding Chicago to 16 points while their offense continues to struggle. Although he’ll still be a factor in the short passing game, don’t expect Gallman to be a superhero this week.

Prediction: 15 car 44 yards, 5 rec 26 yards: 9.5 pts

Terry Mclaurin ([email protected] 1pm est)

F1, Scary Terry, whatever you want to call him is coming off of an injury and happens to be facing the NFL’s toughest defense. Mclaurin may also be attempting to catch passes from fellow Ohio State alum, Dwayne Haskins. The Patriots eat rookie QB’s for breakfast and would make life miserable for all involved in the passing game if Haskins starts. Better days will be had by F1 but this week he needs to be placed firmly on your bench.

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Prediction: 4 rec 51 yards: 7.1 pts


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