Good thing I told you to start Brandon Jacobs last night right? It is entertaining to see a offensive lineman-sized running back run for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, but come on, Jacobs? If you started him last night, please come forward so I can shake your hand because even with the current decimated state of the running back position, that was a gutsy move.
By the way, let’s forget last week ever happened (unless it worked out for you). Chris Givens? Ugh, what was I thinking there? Anyway, let’s move on. It’s all we can do.
Trent Richardson @ San Diego Chargers
You have to be disgusted with Richardson right now if you took him with your first-round pick. Less than 3.0 yards per carry, eight receptions in five games and two touchdowns isn’t exactly what fantasy owners were expecting from the second-year running back.
But I’m optimistic. Richardson is dealing with a new offense that he’ll continue to get more acclimated with each passing week, and the sledding will be much easier going forward now that he’s passed the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on his schedule. Starting with a Chargers defense allowing almost 5.0 yards per carry this season, Richardson should bounce-back with a vengeance in Week 6.
Chris Johnson @ Seattle Seahawks
This one is borderline insane. Chris Johnson? The guy who has been openly masquerading fantasy owners? The guy who hasn’t sniffed the end zone on the ground this year? The guy who now has to try to run against one of the league’s best defenses in the NFL‘s toughest offensive environment?
Yeah, that Chris Johnson. Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains promised more receptions out of the backfield for CJ2K (or whatever they call him now), and maybe being able to catch the ball in space will be the spark Johnson needs to get going. Maybe.
Vincent Jackson vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson struggling with a rib injury before the team’s bye week last week and his production suffered to the tune of just five receptions for 61 yards over his last to games, the latter with rookie QB Mike Glennon at the helm.
However, despite the lackluster numbers, Jackson still managed 11 targets in Week 4 and another week of chemistry with Glennon and a chance to rest his injured ribs should be just what the doctor ordered. Throw in the fact the Eagles give up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and there’s zero reason to leave VJax out of your lineups in Week 6.
Steve Smith @ Minnesota Vikings
Cam Newton can’t play this bad all year, can he? Newton is completing under 50 percent of his passes headed Smith’s way so far this season, and Smith’s numbers have clearly suffered. The veteran wide receiver has failed to record more than 60 receiving yards in any game this year, and hasn’t scored since Week 1.
Regardless, Smith still looks spry in his old age and if Newton can figure it out, Smith stands to benefit, especially against a very generous Vikings pass defense in Week 6.
Last Week’s Bounce-Backs:
Ray Rice – 27 carries, 74 yards, two TD, six rec, 28 yards
David Wilson – six carries, 16 yards, one TD
Desean Jackson -- seven receptions, 132 yards, one TD
Chris Givens – two receptions, 16 yards