**VIDEO RELEASED BY ANIME DONKEY TEETH PRIOR TO WEEK 5**
I watched my first boxing match on Saturday night since Conor McGregor “fought” Floyd Mayweather four years ago. I must say, the big dudes this weekend were quite entertaining. I especially enjoyed the theatrical entrances to the ring from Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury—it was like the movie 300 meets the Dave Chappelle’s Prince skit. Game. Blouses. But my goodness, Wilder was pummeled by the Gypsy King in that heavyweight bout. The only ones beat up worse than the Bronze Bomber this weekend were the New York Giants who lost Saquon Barkley to a nasty-looking sprained ankle, Daniel Jones to a concussion and Kenny Golladay to a hyperextended knee. But as the old saying goes: when one ankle swells to the size of a doggy door, another buy-window opens. Devontae Booker may only have a week or two in the limelight, but if Sunday was any indication (16 carries for 42 yards, 3 receptions for 16 yards and 2 touchdowns), Booker should see a heavy workload until Barkley is back and should be added everywhere. That’s not the only Giant buy this week, though. First-round rookie Kadarius Toney erupted for 189 receiving yards on 10 receptions. Captain Obvious here again to tell you Toney is worth a roster spot in your league. Yes, your league too. The kid might have catapulted himself into the alpha role for the Giants, which is a very fantasy-friendly role as they’ll be playing from behind often this year. Toney and Booker with be two of the top adds for week 6 with Toney possibly holding substantial value for the remainder of the year. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy football:
Darrel Williams – Somewhere between the lightning delay and the phantom roughing the QB call in the 4th quarter that cost me my fantasy matchup last night—I’m totally over it—the Chiefs lost Clyde Edwards-Helaire to a knee injury. I’m reading his absence could be anywhere from two weeks to the rest of the season depending on today’s MRI results. If it’s the former, Williams will be a nice plug and play for a couple of weeks, if it’s the latter then he could be a game-changer—like that ridiculous roughing the passer call!
Leonard Fournette – I told you 13 months ago that Fournette would be the guy in Tampa! Better late than never. I supposed that’s not really true if you owned him last year and not this year, like me. But you still might be able to trade for him at a reasonable price and it’s looking like he might be a high-end RB2 all year as Brady’s lead back.
Miles Sanders – Am I delusional recommending to buy Colonel Sanders right now? Possibly. But can his value get any lower at this point? The gravy is nowhere to be found. The Eagles have to start handing the ball off at some point, right? RIIIIIIIGHHHHT!?
Rhamondre Stevenson – Last week Anime Donkey and his scarecrow recommended buying Damien Harris as a three-eggplant buy (see above). Harris was a donkey hair away from two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Harris left the game with a rib injury putting his status for week 6 up in the air. Both Stevenson and Brandon Bolden are worth speculative adds, and this just might be the catalyst the rookie Stevenson needs to get his season kickstarted.
Khalil Herbert – I announced on last week’s Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast that I was adding Herbert for free in lieu of spending up for Damien Williams. In week 5 Herbert played 53% of the offensive snaps compared to Williams 48% while handling 18 carries versus Williams 16, making me look like Rainman. I can’t function in society on my own, but I can predict how one NFL team’s backfield might pan out for one week. Make sure to add Herbert.
Myles Gaskin – This week Gaskin caught 10 receptions with two receiving touchdowns and played 69% of the team’s offensive snaps—nice! He was probably dropped in a ton of leagues because he’s been objectively terrible. Maybe this gets him going.
Marquez Callaway – There’s the breakout we’ve been waiting for with Callaway seeing a team-high 8 targets and catching 2 touchdowns with Deonte Harris now dealing with a hamstring injury. In deeper leagues, Kenny Stills is also worth a look if Harris misses more time.
Amon-Ra St. Brown – The rookie has seen 8 targets each of the last two weeks while playing around 70% of offensive snaps. He’s suddenly looking like Jared Goff’s number one option and deserves a roster spot even in shallower leagues.
Geno Smith – Did you ever expect that in October 2021 you’d be reading an article written by a Donkey recommending that you add Geno Smith? Alas, here we are. It didn’t take a football scouting degree (not a thing) to tell Geno looked like a different player in relief of Russ on Thursday night. His poise and maturity were obvious,s and having Metcalf and Lockett at his disposal are nice perks too. Smith could be an every-week QB1 for the next month or so while Wilson is on the shelf.
Trevor Lawrence – My donkey sense is tingling about Lawrence for the rest of the season. The kid hasn’t had the easiest schedule to start the season (and his career) but he’s handled it well. Lawrence has 21 rushing attempts over the past three weeks with 2 rushing touchdowns—inject that straight into my veins. I expect QB1 numbers from here on out.
Dan Arnold – Two Jags in one buy segment! What’s happening!? Jacksonville traded for Arnold two weeks ago and they intend to use the big man. He caught 6 of 8 targets this week for 64 yards while playing 73% of offensive snaps. Look for more of the same moving forward.
D’Andre Swift – Someone in the comments last week asked what I made of ESPN speculating that the Lions backfield could take on a hot-hand approach moving forward. My response was that ESPN is really just stating the obvious with Jamaal Williams now handling double-digit carries for three consecutive weeks. Swift still has game-breaking potential and heavy usage in the pass game making him a very solid RB2, but he’s produced like an RB1 so far and there’s a chance someone in your league is willing to pay that price. I’d shop him extra aggressively in non-PPR formats where the production is likely to be inconsistent.
Mike Evans – Will Evans’ touchdowns ever regress with Brady? It’s possible they don’t, but I think the smart play is to cash in now if you can manage a WR1 return off this strong start. A healthy Gronk will take some of those red zone looks and there’s sure to be a handful of weeks where Godwin and AB thrive while defenses take Evans away.
James Conner – Is anyone else getting tired of seeing their QB’s rushing touchdowns vultured by this scrub? He’s got 5 touchdowns in the past three weeks. Maybe someone in your league is buying that Conner is a solid RB2 rest of season (he isn’t).