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A Few Takeaways From Week Five of Football

Week 5 of the NFL season is over, and for Fantasy players, it’s another week of evolving issues and circumstances. For full season players, the injury of the week was Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles suffering a ACL injury in a game against the Chicago Bears. If the likely becomes confirmed Charles will be out for the season. That will leave a giant hole for season players that had him as a part of their roster.

A pair of likely pick ups that would come from the Chief’s roster would be running backs Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. But at this point it would be unclear which back would get the most carries, or what the percentage splits would be. Or who would be in the game during red zone possessions.

The loss of Charles should lesson the Chief’s remaining offensive players as likely choices. Not only will Chief’s quarterback Alex Smith be losing a guy that balances their offensive play calling, but Charles was also a favorite choice of a quarterback eager to check the ball down at every opportunity. Chief wide receiver Jeremy Maclin should be dropped down to a flex pick. Tight end Travis should remain near the top of the tight end rankings behind big dogs like Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, and Tyler Eifert.
Without Charles helping the Kansas City offense control the ball, the once well thought of Chief defense will take another hit.

A quarterback that solidified his position as a QB1 was Buffalo Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor. This mostly because of his dual threat status as a rusher and passer, making it possible for him to score as a runner or passer.

Coming into week five he was already in the top six of fantasy points scored by a quarterback. This past Sunday Taylor amassed the sixth amount of fantasy points among all players. Taylor’s ability to connect on deep balls is another factor in him becoming a weekly fantasy must play.

Just when you thought Demarco Murray was dead and gone as a fantasy play in 2015, a resurgence may be in the making. In the first four weeks of the season Murray had 29 carries for a mere 49 yards. With his health improving, there is a chance Murray may become a viable fantasy play, Nothing to the extent of his 2014 production with Dallas, but at least something of value.

In week five Murray had the sixth most fantasy points for running backs. He ran the ball 20 times and caught seven passes for 120 yards. Murray also scored a touchdown. King Murray is not dead, long live Demarco Murray. At least play him as a tail-end RB1 going forward.

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