Finding Value After a Hectic Week 5!
With a ton of injuries to the league's RB rooms and more usage trends continuing to solidify, there are a bunch of players - both overvalued and undervalued - that we can target this week in an attempt to bring in value.
Benjamin was drafted in the 7th round in the 2020 Draft, making this his third year in the NFL. Despite lacking production through these 2+ years, the Cardinals have stuck with him on their roster until now, signifying they believe they have some talent there yet to be showcased. In many leagues, Benjamin may be free via the waiver wire or free agency. But in deeper leagues, someone is likely to be rostering him. With James Conner and Darrell Williams both banged up, Benjamin has a clear lane to receive a large boost in usage, touches, and production going forward. He was even on the field for 54% of Arizona's offensive snaps last week. If he is rostered in your league, it's certainly worth a try at trying to land Benjamin for some bench players who may have had a big week or two recently.
The Etienne breakout is coming. For the second week in a row, he outsnapped James Robinson in the Jags' backfield. In a week where the team only mustered 6 points, he managed a respectable 14.3 PPR fantasy points. Now that Etienne is on the more favorable side of the near 50/50 split with James Robinson, I'm far less concerned with a full Robinson takeover, and view Etienne as the must have back on this team who should be able to produce weekly RB2 production with RB1 upside assuming Jacksonville can score more than 6 points per week.
This week was a weird week for the Jets in that they were winning from the beginning, and did not run a conventional game plan. Rather, they were content with running the ball and running the clock out to advance to victory. Among the times they did pass - however - Moore was tied for the team lead in targets. It's been a slow start to the fantasy year for him, but if there's any chance of the connection he had with Zach Wilson last year rekindling, I want in. Elijah Moore owners are likely fed up with the single digit outputs, and would be willing to sell for next to nothing. Take advantage of this by taking a high upside flier on a talented player.
While yes, Allgeier led the Falcons' runningbacks in both usage and production, not only was he inefficient with his touches, but he had absolutely no passing game role. Even if Allgeier plays more snaps than Caleb Huntley and Avery Williams weekly, this backfield is still a three man mess without Cordarelle Patterson, and I want no part of it. On top of this, the Falcons are not a very strong offense to begin with. Hopefully, you can use these usage trends or the fact that Allgeier is technically this team's RB1 to bring in some sort of value, be it a handcuff or some solid depth, for him from an RB needy leaguemate.
Week 5 finally brought us the breakout game for Alvin Kamara this year, but I'm now ready to sell upon reviewing the latest news. Firstly, Taysom Hill scored three rushing touchdowns this week, and with such epic production, I would expect a sizeable role for Hill being carved out of Kamara's going forward. Also, Jameis Winston's gunslinging style is not one that suits Kamara's short game strengths, and we saw this in action in the early games where Winston and Kamara both played. With Jameis seemingly set to return to his starting role this week, I would look to take my gains from last week, rid myself of the potential headache that starting Alvin Kamara every week could bring, and set my sights on someone with a more consistent outlook.
When Justin Jefferson playing on the same field as you, your role will simply not be consistent. Jefferson has even begun to score more touchdowns, taking away from the one thing that has been keeping Adam Thielen fantasy relevant for the past few years. With no guarantees of red zone or overall role going forward, I would want to move away from Thielen if I owned him. I'd look for FLEX options who could replace his point production on usage rather than touchdown dependency.