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OwnersBox Week 5 NFL Values (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Oct 10, 2020

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For Week 5 we keep our focus to one of OwnersBox’s most interesting contests, the eight-person NFL drafts. The eight-person leagues span three weeks, with the pool of drafted players being eight quarterbacks, 16 running backs, 16 wide receivers, eight tight ends, eight kickers, and 24 IDP players. 

The 16 person leagues are also highly intriguing, but may not generate enough initial interest from those not comfortable with their depth of player knowledge (32 wide receivers, 32 running backs, and 48 IDP players are drafted in those contests). For the purposes of this discussion, we will focus our energy on players that can be had late in eight-person drafts, or even as swaps. Since there are only eight quarterbacks, tight ends, and kickers drafted, and our recommendation is to fill your running back spots first (due to all the injuries) we will focus on the other two positions. 

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Things to remember 

  • Contests span different lengths depending on size. Two-person contests last one week. Four-person contests last two weeks. Eight person contests last three weeks. 16 person contests last four weeks.
  • Drafts now have two options, draft when full and scheduled drafts. You can now draft when you want.
  • Two lineup swaps per contest (injured or reserve/COVID players can be swapped with no restrictions).
  • You can draft a team for Week 4 games up until kickoff on Sunday.

Robby Anderson (WR – CAR)

Opponents: ATL, CHI, NO

Robby Anderson is still not getting much love from OwnerBox drafters. He has only scored one touchdown this season but is seventh in the NFL with 28 receptions, and seventh with 377 receiving yards. Week 5 gives him the completely burnable secondary of the Atlanta Falcons in what should be a tremendous day for the talented wide receiver. Atlanta has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to the wide receiver position. Six to seven receptions for 100+ receiving yards, and hopefully a touchdown should be in the offing. This is a true blowup spot for the talented wide receiver. Looking beyond Week 5, Anderson should continue to thrive in tougher matchups against Chicago and New Orleans. This primarily due to it being D.J. Moore, and not Anderson, who will occupy the attention of number one cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Marshon Lattimore respectively. Anderson is someone you can add to your roster at the end of drafts, who can produce at a WR1 level for your team. Don’t sleep on him for Week 5, even if you want to swap him out next week. 

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)

Opponents: MIN, Bye, ARI

Speaking of swaps, one thing I noticed in recent OwnersBox drafts is that Tyler Lockett is being passed up until alarmingly late in drafts. He sits high enough in the projections for all to see, but perhaps fantasy managers are skittish following his Week 4 disappearing act. However, most of the Seahawks passing game’s upside went missing in action with a surprising defensive battle emerging in South Beach (and a strong two touchdown day from Chris Carson). This is a receiver who tied for the league lead in touchdowns and was in the top 10 in receptions heading into Week 4. One down week should not sour drafters on Lockett, especially with Minnesota on the schedule in Week 5. Don’t get me wrong you won’t find many bigger fans of Vikings 2020 third round pick Cameron Dantzler, but there is no way he should have been the most talented corner on an NFL roster from day one. The Vikings have allowed the fifth most receiving yards this season, and are tied for third most touchdowns. Lockett has a bye in Week 6 that may also be playing a part in him falling in drafts. However, with two free swaps at OwnersBox, this is not an issue at all. Reap the rewards in Week 5, and check back here next week for our swap recommendations. 

Bobby Wagner (LB – SEA)

Opponents: MIN, Bye, ARI

The five-time All-Pro had 10 solo tackles in Week 4 and is still getting no love in OwnersBox drats. I find it quite amazing that so many are willing to simply fade a talent like Wagner after a slow start, but am even more amazed that OwnersBox user base is not paying more attention to recent performances as opposed to the projections and average fantasy points per game numbers available in the draft room. Bobby Wagner has a tasty matchup this week against a Minnesota Vikings team surrendering the ninth most fantasy points to the linebacker position. Assists don’t count at OwnersBox so we are banking on solo tackles, as passes defended, forced fumbles, and sacks are harder to predict. Wagner has the added bonus of being plus in coverage which means for every reception he gives up he is in the area for a quick tackle. As with Lockett, the bye may be partially to blame for him falling in drafts, but that is shortsighted. At OwnersBox you should worry about winning this week, and then utilizing the swap feature to address any bye week issues. Tap Wagner at the tail end of your drafts. 

Blake Martinez (LB – NYG)

Opponents: DAL, WAS, PHI

Much like Wagner, Blake Martinez is buried in OwnersBox projections for Week 5. As mentioned, this has to do with season average fantasy points and the fact that assisted tackles do not count at OwnersBox. Martinez leads the NFL in tackles over the last three seasons, both combined and in solo’s, and is a steal in eight-person drafts. He is talented and productive enough to be an option in two-person drafts, so the fact that he is lasting so late in eight-team drafts is borderline ludicrous. He has three plus matchups on tap for OwnersBox drafters with divisional opponents Dallas, Washington, and Philadelphia up for the next three weeks. In Week 5 he will get a Cowboys offense that will look to establish the run early. Martinez is a sideline to sideline linebacker who will find himself near the ball on most plays and should threaten double digit tackles against the Cowboys. Week 6 against Washington gives him the offense allowing the most fantasy points per game to the linebacker position. In Week 7 he will get a struggling Eagles offense with a depleted offensive line. Martinez projects as an easy LB1 over these next three weeks.

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Raju Byfield is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Raju, check out his archive and follow him @FantasyContext.

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