8 Takeaways from Week 5 Game Film (Fantasy Football)
Week 5 gave us another great afternoon of football with the Bill, Rams and Texans all kicking game-winning field goals. Unfortunately, most of you weren’t able to see all the action, but don’t worry because I’ve got you covered. My week always starts by watching each and every play thanks to NFL Game Pass’ Condensed Game Film. While I watch, I’m jotting down all kinds of notes. Let me tell you about my top takeaways from the week.
#8) You can still technically buy low on Kenny Golladay
There are a number of breakout players early on every season and while some are merely just playing over their heads or falling into great opportunities, there are others that are legitimate stars in the making. Golladay fits the description and frankly looks even better on tape than his numbers indicate if you can believe it. Yes, Marvin Jones and Golden Tate aren’t going away, but Golladay is going to get his anyway because he is a premier talent at the wide receiver position. I’m putting in offers for him now in case anyone still thinks he is just a WR3 playing well for now.
#7) Baker Mayfield is a mix of Tony Romo and Drew Brees
The Browns only managed 12 points, but Mayfield looked exceptional once again versus a stout Ravens defense that constantly had him under pressure. He does not quite have the physique you’d expect to be quick, but the rookie is extremely shifty in the pocket. Mayfield plays tough and poised like a veteran, seeing the entire field even with the pocket collapsing on him time and time again. It is easy to see 12 points and discount the quarterback, but Baker gets more and more impressive each time out. In a couple years, he will be talked about with the elites.
#6) Denzel Ward is a spectacular rookie cornerback
Baker isn’t the only stud rookie the Browns own. In fact, Ward may be even better for his position. When Marshon Lattimore started shutting corners down last season, it quickly became evident that he was already among the best corners in the game. Ward is even better as a rookie this year, as evidenced by his elite handling of John Brown all game. Joe Flacco continued to try pounding the ball into Brown, but Ward limited him to just 2 catches in his coverage.
#5) If Saquon Barkley had any support, he would set records
I am not ashamed that this is the fourth consecutive week I’m raving about Saquon in this article. If you watched every single snap, you’d surely do the exact same thing. He is truly the best running back in football. If Todd Gurley or Alvin Kamara were in this offense instead of under Sean McVay and Sean Payton, they would be afterthoughts. Saquon continues to make the most out of absolutely nothing. I am honestly convinced that there hasn’t been a more talented running back in the NFL since Barry Sanders. Please treat yourself by making time to watch him this season.
#4) Trading for James Conner may win you a title
I get it, the Atlanta Falcons’ defense is putrid with all the injuries they have faced. Even still, the day Conner had, breaking tackle after tackle, left me salivating. He isn’t Le’Veon Bell, so let’s get that over with right now. Conner is an excellent back, however, and is playing well enough that even when Bell comes back, the odds are that Pittsburgh will deal him and continue riding Conner. Conner’s owner is likely looking to capitalize on Conner’s big game by trading for him now. If you are able, jump in there and steal yourself a potential rest of the season RB1.
#3) Kirk Cousins is much improved this season under pressure
My biggest knock on Cousins last year was that he was dreadful when under pressure. This was especially concerning because the Vikings’ offensive line was among the worst at pass protection last year. That truly was the only hole in Cousins’ game, but now it has seemingly disappeared. He was under pressure all afternoon, but kept the game slow and made wise decisions to hold onto the ball when he previously would have thrown an interception. Likewise, he evaded the pass rush multiple times, set his feet and hit his receivers in stride rather than throwing against his body off his back foot like we’ve seen him do several times before. The Vikings might not have it all together yet, but Cousins has the look of a Super Bowl quarterback.
#2) Josh Allen is the second-best rookie quarterback
I honestly can’t believe I am typing this, but I’m 100% sold at this point. It was an ugly game with the Bills only putting up 13 points, but if you think Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen would have pulled out the victory with the Bills’ supporting cast and the Titans on the other side of the field, you are just flat out wrong. Allen’s demeanor is advanced for his age and his accuracy is vastly improved already. He may never be a superstar like Baker Mayfield, but you can already see flashes of a Cam Newton-lite type of player. He is an excellent runner for someone with such a big body, and he won’t throw for 4,500 yards, but if he continues this rate of improvement, his arm will be enough to help his team win most Sundays.
#1) Jared Goff played much better than his numbers suggest
The response to Goff’s game seems to be that we may have all overreacted to his huge game against the Vikings and that while he is better than last year, we aren’t actually talking about a QB1 here. Wrong. Goff was extraordinary again, leading his receivers with perfect touch passes, throwing the ball to where only they can catch it in traffic, and seemingly anticipating exactly what the defensive zone was giving him. Goff only managed 1 touchdown to go with 2 interceptions, but one of those was dropped by his receiver. The matter of the fact is that he went on the road against a surprisingly good Seahawks defense and put up 33 points despite Todd Gurley’s mediocre 22 carries for 77 yards day.
- Bilal Powell actually looked more impressive than Isaiah Crowell
- Keke Coutee is a better football player than Will Fuller
- Andrew Luck‘s arm strength is suddenly back
- D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are wasting away on the Panthers bench
- Joe Mixon could be an All-Pro wide receiver
- The Seahawks and Chiefs are both unbelievably physical teams