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Week 5 TNF Fantasy Reaction

A hotly anticipated TNF between the 3-1 LA Rams and the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks, which until the send half was quite stagnant. LA came out 26-17 victors in part due to a game winning interception by Geno Smith.

Yep, Geno Smith. He plays for the Seahawks if you weren’t aware, as I was not before we saw Russell Wilson suffer a finger injury.

Wilson was this week’s TNF casualty, who hasn’t missed a start in his entire ten year career, after suffering a finger sprain, since reported as ‘Mallet Finger’, which will see him miss 6-8 weeks. We also saw Chris Carson ruled out in pre-game warm ups, meaning Alex Collins stepped in as the RB1 for the team. So far, during TNF games, we’ve seen Russell Wilson, Joe Mixon and Christian McCaffery injured in the last three weeks…next week is Eagles v Bucs, so brace yourself if you have anyone involved on your fantasy roster.

Here’s my five key takes from the game:

  1. Russell Wilson will miss at least 6 weeks

As mentioned above, Russell Wilson suffered a finger sprain via an Aaron Donald attempt to swat a pass, which took him out of the game in the 4th quarter. This left Geno Smith to pick up the pieces who, to be fair, looked very good apart from the game losing interception which didn’t appear to be his fault. As Smith threw the ball Lockett seemed to slip or trip over his own feet, leading the ball to be intercepted, icing the game.

The main fallout from this being that Russell Wilson will miss at least 6 weeks and we should downgrade all Seattle Seahawks skill position players in the meantime. Wilson owners will need to look to the waiver wire to replace him. Geno Smith is a priority pickup in super flex leagues.

  • Is Tyler Lockett the most infuriating WR to own in fantasy football?

Quite possibly. It’s been the same for three seasons, boom or bust, which we expect to an extent from Lockett specifically, not to mention WRs in fantasy generally. On Thursday Lockett hauled in 5 catches for 57 yards on 10 targets. This rounds off a three game stretch of 19/13/112/0. The two weeks prior, he went for 16/12/278/3. It really is frustrating and if you are a Lockett owner you have to keep him in your lineup every single week, just on the basis he has week winning performances in there sometimes. You just have no idea when and when it doesn’t come off, it’s usually a full on disappearance in fantasy points terms.

It’s tough to know what to do with Lockett at this point, but my suggestion would be keep him in your lineups, wait until the next boom and ship him off, as unless he’s somehow your WR3/4 he’s likely crushing your team.

  • Robert Woods is back in business

During the week we saw McVay announce Robert Woods needs more opportunities. So, last night, Robert Woods got more opportunities – 15/12/150/0. A huge night for Woods and his fantasy value going forward. It’s also refreshing to see coaches like McVay say X will get more opportunities and then actually follow through with it (I’m pointing at you Shanahan, you devious rascal).

Going forward we hope this continues for Woods and if it does then clearly we see his value shoot back up to that 5th round ADP. This would likely come at a cost for Cooper Kupp who has been on a tear in the first five weeks, currently leading the league in targets (56), receptions (37), receiving yards (523) and receiving touchdowns (5), while seeing at least 10 targets in every game. You would have to mark him down ever so slightly if Woods is no back to receiving 8-12 targets weekly.

  • Darrell Henderson is money, but watch out for Sony Michel

Returning from a one game absence, Henderson went 17/82/1 on the ground with 1 reception for 17 yards on top. This makes it four games with either 100 total yards or a touchdown and at least 16 touches in every game of the year so far. He’s getting consistent workload, while producing consistently when on the field. Henderson is absolutely an RB1 for your fantasy roster in this LA Rams Stafford led offense.

But, for one absurdly large period last night, we suddenly saw Sony Michel takeover and receive 11 carries, taking them for 37 yards and a touchdown. It was pretty strange and maybe McVay was being cautious with Henderson but it was certainly a warning sign that Henderson is not the only running back in this backfield. Michel is going to get his touches behind Henderson, just like Henderson did behind Akers towards the end of last year.

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