The RotoExperts.com staff looks back at Week 5 through the fantasy windows.
For the Saints and their fans,
Unless you owned the New Orleans special teams/defense (and few do), or your league awards points to individuals for special teams scores (most don't, I believe), the TDs were meaningless. It can only frustrate the fantasy owner to watch Bush do his best work when it doesn't count for his team. Bush is a thrilling returner and a proven pass-catcher. But he is a bust as a runner, and that bothers fantasy players even more if they don't play in point-per-reception leagues.
Bush rushed for only 29 yards on 12 carries against the Vikings, ridiculously disappointing numbers for such a talented player no matter the matchup. Yet it's nothing new, as Bush has only rushed for 212 yards this season, has averaged 3.3 yards per carry, and has been held to 31 rushing yards or less in three of five games. He totaled 51 and 73 yards in the other two.
For all the hype surrounding him as a receiver, he's overrated in that department, too, when it comes to yardage. Since a 112-yard game in the opener, Bush as not delivered more than 75 receiving yards in a game, and has totaled only 71 yards in the past two contests. When you combine Bush's rushing and receiving yards, you only get adequate totals.
It's time to take a hint from fantasy baseball rules here, and give Bush eligibility at more than one position. He's not a good running back, and his pass-catching numbers are more in line with a wide receiver's. He is the ultimate example of a true life "flex player." Bush leads the NFL in receptions with 38! I should NOT be forced to start him at running back, especially if my league doesn't allow a flex player. I want my running backs to get rushing yards. You may say points are points, but I urge this suggestion to uphold the authenticity of fantasy football.
I repeat -- Bush is not a running back. Every time he carries the ball, he looks like a wide receiver on a reverse or end around. He clearly is out of his element, which is operating in open space. He cannot successfully create his own space. Bush doesn't use his vision to his advantage like other good running backs do, and he relies too much on speed to attempt to create space, and he still hasn't learned that won't work. The better running backs don't try to juke or race their way to the second level of defenders. Bush still hasn't learned that.
Bush is clearly more comfortable as a receiver, where he can sprint to spots with less defensive engagement and then get the ball. Once he catches it, he looks a heck of a lot like a wide receiver. He evades tackles and attempts to get up field in the same style a WR would. He doesn't try to run downhill as many RBs do once they get to that second level. Saints fans want to see more of
As for McAllister, I wouldn't fret too much about his workload. His touches were obviously significantly down after 20 carries the week before, but he simply wasn't part of a unique game plan that attacked Minnesota's biggest weakness (the pass defense) and avoided trying to battle the Vikings' defensive line for difficult yards on the ground. New Orleans came out determined to throw as much as possible, and that made sense. McAllister should be a bigger part of the offense going forward. He has to be. The Saints cannot be confident Bush will post good rushing totals against any opponent.
The other disturbing performance was
So I would not worry about Peterson. Future opponents will watch film of Monday's game and realize you have to respect the Minnesota passing game, even if it shouldn't be feared. The Vikings themselves will also learn from this outing and make necessary adjustments. NFL teams are always adjusting to improve, and last week's performance is often not reflective of what to expect during the upcoming week. Plus, not every player explodes in every game, and all owners must deal with occasional disappointments from their best players. If you find a Peterson owner who is overreacting in a negative way this week, try to snatch the superstar RB from him in a trade.
With their backfield depleted, the Steelers unleashed
The Jaguars running game continues to be a disaster.
After receiving zero touches last week against Washington, Dallas made it a point to include
It was a bad day all-around for the Chargers.
The total numbers were not too bad, but way too many different players touched the ball in this game for anyone to have significant fantasy impact. The carries continue to be split between
Even the QB position was split in this game, as
Thunk. Bang. Wawawa. Clang. That was the sound of the wheels coming off the
While the fantasy experts correctly predicted a couple interceptions from
The Chiefs did absolutely nothing against the Panthers, as they had only 127 yards of offense. Kansas City had 35 rushing yards, and
Not much defense in this game, as the two teams combined for 51 points and 778 total yards of offense. Falcons quarterback
For the first time this season, we saw