Your Best Friend’s Ranks: Frank Stampfl’s Week Five Lineup Ranks and High Five
Frank Stampfl offers his Week Five Fantasy Football lineup ranks
Why can't Packers coach Mike McCarthy just listen to Spike Lee and do the right thing? Whether it's the eye test, the analytical test or any test you want to throw out there, Aaron Jones is a better running back than Jamaal Williams. It's not even close actually. Since the start of last season, Jones has 98 rushes for 555 yards (5.66 YPC) while Williams has 200 rushes for 718 yards (3.59 YPC). Those numbers include last week, when Jones finished as a Top-20 running back. This week the Packers get the Lions, who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs, including 5.3 yards per carry. Jones is a solid RB2 with the upside to be even better if McCarthy lets him loose a bit.
The Indianapolis Colts cannot run the football. They're rushing for just 72 yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry as a team, both marks being fifth-worst in the league. So why should we be so excited over Nyheim Hines? Well, the fact that they can't run the football is exactly why. The team is using Hines as a receiver as an extension of the running game. Think about the Lions the past few years with Theo Riddick. Don't believe me? Hines has been targeted 26 times this season with an aDOT of 1.4. The Colts are 10.5-point underdogs on Thursday night against the Patriots. They will be playing from behind without T.Y. Hilton. Hines will be used a ton in this matchup.
Dede Westbrook is coming off a career game against the New York Jets and will look to keep that rolling in Week Five against the Kansas City Chiefs. He set single-game career highs in targets (13), receptions (nine) and receiving yards (130) last week. The Chiefs have been better the past few weeks against wide receivers, but they've still shown the ability to give up big plays. In Weeks One and Two, the Chiefs defense allowed an average of 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns per game to the Chargers and Steelers. With Dede's targets and playing time on the rise, I expect him to have a solid game this week with the upside of a WR3.
How much do I love Keke? Quite a bit. Keke Coutee broke records in his NFL debut, hauling in 11 of 15 targets for 109 yards. He was absolutely phenomenal. To put what he did in perspective, the Texans' leading receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, has 91 yards after the catch on the season. Keke has 92... in one game. Not only that, but, according to NFL's Next Gen Stats, he's already averaging the most yards of separation (5.2). I have him ranked outside my Top-36 as of now but if Will Fuller can't go because of his hamstring injury, Keke is a rock-solid WR3. Hell, even if Fuller goes he's sneaky play. Defenses have to focus on trying to stop Hopkins and Fuller. Keke will have a ton of single coverage to do damage with against the Dallas Cowboys.
Last week, we saw a slot receiver in Sterling Shepard go up against the New Orleans Saints and catch nine passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. The Saints are without slot corner Patrick Robinson for the season, so this will be an area of the field teams attack moving forward. That's no different in Week Five with Jamison Crowder and Washington in town. Now, Crowder hasn't had more than four targets in any game this season, but he actually leads the team in red zone targets with three and he scored a touchdown in their last game, Week Three against the Packers. Look for him to build off that as the team exits their bye week.
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