Welcome back to Week 5 of our matchup analysis where we try to highlight players who are in a favorable position for the upcoming week. We had another strong week as Bengals running back Gio Bernard and Colts tight end Eric Ebron came through for us. Even though Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry scored a touchdown and was targeted 10 times, four catches for 34 yards just isn't going to cut. If someone told me the Browns would score 42 points, I would have said Landry had a monster game, but that just didnt' happen. As always, time to move on and lock in for the upcoming week.
Arizona Cardinals Running Back David Johnson - The Cardinals running back finally showed life in Week 4 as he touched the ball 25 times and scored a touchdown. Despite his strong showing, Johnson's price has decreased by $300 on DraftKings to $6,300. The Cardinals now square off against the 49ers in a game that is expected to be close as San Francisco is only favored by four. The 49ers have given up the second most receptions to running backs this season with 35 which should benefit Johnson despite at times the running back coming off the field due to pass blocking concerns. The tight spread, cheap price along with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield makes Johnson a nice cash game option on DraftKings. It should be noted that Johnson is expected to have less than five percent ownership so I don't mind him in tournaments either.
Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back James Conner - The Steelers running back has been a mixed bag in terms of rushing the ball through four games, but he is still very much involved in the passing game. The Steelers face the Falcons in a game that has an eye popping over/under of 58. We need as much exposure as possible to this game and Conner should be one of the players we target. The common theme throughout this season has been using running backs against the Falcons, in particular those who have the ability to catch the ball. The Falcons have allowed the most catches to running backs in the NFL with 42 and despite a lackluster effort in Week 4, Conner was targed seven times. Conner is fairly priced across the industry and is in a good spot to bounce back.
Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton - There are a lot of quarterbacks in Week 5 that are in perfect matchups to have a big game, but Newton could have the most upside. The Panthers take on the Giants who have allowed the most rushing yards to quarterbacks with 150 and now face Newton who is second at the position with 136 rushing yards. Newton also has three rushing touchdowns and remains the goal line back for the Panthers. Carolina has a strong team implied total of 25.5 as well. I think the ownership will be low on Newton due to other quarterbacks involved in games that have a higher projected over/under, but there's no denying Newton can put up a similar performance.