Le’Veon Bell pulled the ultimate fleece on the New York Jets. Well, either that or the Jets fleeced themselves by signing Bell and then hiring a head coach that wouldn’t use Bell correctly. Gase and Bell were a match made in Hell from the beginning, so the end result is not a surprise at all.
Le’Veon Bell expressed frustration about his usage after the Jets’ loss on Sunday, and boom, a couple days later he was cut, cleared waivers, and was free to sign with whatever team he wished. Being a New York Jet on Sunday and then a Kansas City Chief by Thursday is like going from the mail room to CEO in four days. Also, anyone who thinks that the New York Jets Bell is going to be comparable to the Kansas City Chiefs Bell is high on crack. Bell is 28 years old, and only a few years removed from being one of the three most dynamic backs in the NFL. His workload has been light since his last year in Pittsburgh, including a year away from football and some missed time this season.
Soon people will remember Le’Veon’s unique approach and vision when carrying the football. It is plain as day that the Jets have troubles on the offensive line and play calling departments. Andy Reid is the polar opposite of Gase when it comes to, well, being good at calling an offense. This Bell signing is a direct result of Clyde Edwards-Helaire needing more time to develop. You have nobody to blame but yourself if you drafted him in the first round. From what I have watched of CEH, he’s good, not great, and struggles around the goal line. His value is greatly damaged for the rest of the season. But, he could have a big week this week. If Bell plays, I doubt he will be acclimated enough with the Chiefs’ offense to have a big impact. But by November, Bell should be running on all cylinders and I doubt motivation will be an issue. Now it’s time for the starts and sits for week 6.
You know that Brady is stewing after not knowing what down it was late in the 4th against the Chicago Bears on Thursday. The Buccaneers have had plenty of time to rest and reset heading into a home game against Green Bay in a game that they are going to have to score a lot to keep up. This is one of those games in which we will see the best of Brady. We are only a couple weeks removed from a 5 touchdown game from him. Green Bay sits in the bottom half of the league against quarterbacks so far in 2020. Their defensive struggles are partially masked by an elite offense. I love this spot for Brady and have him as a top 10 play this week.
David Montgomery has been sort of exciting since Tarik Cohen went down. But, not too exciting. Like your wife letting you turn a light on during sex when you usually have to keep them off exciting. Montgomery should reach lingerie sex levels of excitement on Sunday against Carolina. Carolina gives up 5.4 yards per carry and has let in 8 rushing touchdowns through 5 games. Not to mention, Montgomery has recently been involved in the passing game. Montgomery has 14 targets in the last two games.
David Johnson has been an automatic fade for me in 2020. He’s not the same player that he was a few years ago in Arizona. The injuries and workload have taken their toll. But two facts remain in his favor: DJ touches the ball a lot and the Titans are horrible against the run. On the bright side of Johnson’s season, he is coming off of a 96 yard rushing game, which was his highest total of 2020. The Texans have to win here, which means keeping Henry and Tannehill off of the field. The best way to do that is balance in the offense.
Jamison Crowder hasn’t played a game in 2020 where he doesn’t have at least 100 yards. He is literally the only Jets’ pass catcher with any talent. But don’t let it be understated how frickin’ talented he is at getting open. Miami isn’t terrible against the pass this year by any means, but Miami is a team that can score points with Ryan Fitzpatrick so the Jets will likely be throwing the ball a lot.
The Chase Claypool coming out party was fun in week 5, but it wasn’t the first time that he caught our eyes. In week 2, he caught all 3 of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown as well. What is really promising is the 11 targets that he received in week 5. He may not see 11 targets again in week 6 against the Browns, but he’s going to be a big part of this offense going forward. The Browns are 4-1, but they struggle in the secondary. I wouldn’t be surprised if Claypool finds pay dirt again this week.
Sunday might be our first big T.J. Hockenson game of 2020. We saw it a couple of times in his rookie year, the man is due to do it again. I love Stafford and the rest of the Lions’ passing offense this week. Jacksonville struggles against the pass. They have already given up 11 touchdowns through the air and almost 300 yards per game through the air. Hockenson saw 7 targets in week 3 against Arizona. Stafford is not afraid to look his way.
Teddy has been huge the last couple of weeks, but Sunday very well might be a struggle. After watching Brady struggle against the Bear’s last Thursday, I wouldn’t recommend making the mistake of brushing off this matchup.
The 49ers have been horrible against the pass so far this year but they have been pretty stout against the run. In fact, they have given up under 4 yards per carry so far this season. I especially don’t like this for Henderson because there are 3 backs getting touches. The only way I see Henderson salvaging a good fantasy score on Sunday night is if he can find the end zone.
I can see the matchup being tempting against Cincinnati coming off of a disappointing loss to Cleveland, but Hilton is still a stay away to me. Hilton has yet to even have 70 yards in a game this year and hasn’t found the end zone. Philip Rivers just doesn’t look comfortable yet so Hilton stays on the bench.
Man, it has been a disappointing season for Higbee that is masked by a big week 2 performance against the Eagles. Higbee has seen 5 targets just one time this season (the Philly game). Starting Higbee is even more discouraging because of the week 5 emergence of Gerald Everett. Everett caught 4 balls for 90 yards last week. Not to mention, Woods and Kupp should both see a lot of targets on Sunday.