What 2 key re­turnees mean, and why you should sit Wil­son

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Football - BY ALAN SATTERLEE Cor­re­spon­dent

Week 5 marked the re­turn of two key vet­er­ans to the NFL land­scape as Ju­lian Edel­man (New Eng­land) and Mark In­gram (New Or­leans) both re­join their re­spec­tive teams af­ter serv­ing fourgame sus­pen­sions.

We’ll see Edel­man back in ac­tion Thurs­day night. Ul­ti­mately, he should be a big boost to the Pa­tri­ots’ of­fense, likely help­ing to raise all tides.

Edel­man missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL but he to­taled 98 re­cep­tions in 2016.

For In­gram, fan­tasy own­ers are no doubt ex­cited to add a player who was the sixth-best fan­tasy run­ning back last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 96 yards per game, to go along with 58 re­cep­tions and 12 touch­downs.

Ex­pect those per-game num­bers to come down as Alvin Ka­mara (New Or­leans) is clearly the lead back although In­gram will have plenty of fan­tasy value in an of­fense that can sus­tain two run­ning backs.

One thing for cer­tain though is Ka­mara’s elite fan­tasy pro­duc­tion isn’t likely to be im­pacted much with the re­turn of In­gram.

Ka­mara was the thirdbest run­ning back last sea­son shar­ing the work­load with In­gram. In the sec­ond half of the 2017 sea­son Ka­mara was the best fan­tasy run­ning back, even with In­gram there.

Ka­mara is pro­duc­ing per­haps the great­est fan­tasy sea­son ever: He is on pace for 1,100 rush­ing yards, 1,344 re­ceiv­ing yards, 24 touch­downs and 140 re­cep­tions — sim­ply amaz­ing.


Matthew Stafford (De­troit) has thrown mul­ti­ple touch­downs in seven straight games against the Pack­ers and over his past four games against the Pack­ers he aver­ages 354 pass­ing yards and 2.5 touch­downs.

Andy Dal­ton (Cincin­nati) and the Bengals of­fense some­what qui­etly are fourth in the NFL in points per game (31.5) and Dal­ton is only one of two quar­ter­backs (along with Philip Rivers) to throw mul­ti­ple touch­downs in ev­ery game this year.

Speak­ing of Philip Rivers (LA Charg­ers), he looks set up for a huge game against a Raiders de­fense ranked 31st in points al­lowed (30.0 per game).

Chris­tian McCaffrey (Carolina) should be in store for an­other strong game com­ing off a bye, av­er­ag­ing 143 to­tal yards and go­ing against a Gi­ants’ de­fense ranked 29th against the run.

James Con­ner (Pitts­burgh) has dipped of late though he should bounce back this week against a Fal­cons de­fense al­low­ing the third-most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing run­ning backs.

T.J. Yel­don (Jack­sonville) will start with Leonard Four­nette (ham­string) ruled out for Week 5 and he gets a Kan­sas City de­fense that al­lows the most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing run­ning backs.

Aaron Jones (Green Bay) should get more work af­ter lead­ing the team in rush­ing last week and this week he gets a Li­ons de­fense ranked last against the run. Jones is av­er­ag­ing 6.3 yards per rush­ing at­tempt to 3.4 for team­mate Ja­maal Williams.

John Brown (Bal­ti­more) has clearly es­tab­lished him­self as the top Ravens wide re­ceiver av­er­ag­ing 85 yards per game -- Brown also leads the NFL with 17 tar­gets of 15-yards or more on the sea­son.

With tight end points so dif­fi­cult to come by this sea­son, Austin Hooper (At­lanta) is worth con­sid­er­a­tion this week. For starters, there should be many points to be had in a game that has an ex­tremely high “over/un­der” of 57 points plus Pitts­burgh has al­lowed a league-high 30 re­cep­tions to tight ends this year and the most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing to tight ends.


Rus­sell Wil­son (Seat­tle) was last year’s top fan­tasy quar­ter­back but he hasn’t got­ten things go­ing this year (the 20thranked quar­ter­back). He isn’t likely to break out this week against a Rams de­fense that held him to less than 200 yards pass­ing in both of their games last sea­son with one touch­down in each game.

Dalvin Cook (Min­nesota) and his ham­string are hard to trust -- he aver­ages 2.7 yards per carry and this week he plays at Philadel­phia, which al­lows the fewest rush­ing yards per game (63.8).

Car­los Hyde (Cleve­land) could lose some car­ries to Nick Chubb af­ter his ex­plo­sive two touch­downs last week, plus Hyde will have to go against a Ravens de­fense al­low­ing the sec­ond-fewest fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing to run­ning backs.

Alan Satterlee is in his sixth year of writ­ing about fan­tasy foot­ball for The Char­lotte Ob­server. Find him on Twit­ter at @Speed­kill­s_DFW.

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