Fantasy Football Deep Cuts: Week 5 (Video)
Jen Piacenti brings you some deep cuts for Week 5 of the NFL season.
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Samaje Perine was held without a carry in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Giants, catching one pass for two yards.
An early-down complement to Giovani Bernard in recent weeks, Perine stayed glued to the sideline as Shawn Williams, Trayveon Williams and Alex Erickson notched carries in the Bengals' post-Joe Burrow offense. Moving on.
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W. Snead - WR
Ravens placed WR Willie Snead on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
He's the seventh projected Ravens offensive starter to test positive over the last week. Somehow, the NFL still plans to play this Steelers-Ravens game Tuesday night, even amid the Baltimore outbreak that is showing no signs of slowing down. Snead will be sidelined a minimum of 10 days, costing him Weeks 12 and 13.
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Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 32 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to the Giants, adding two receptions for 17 additional yards.
Bernard had seven more carries than any other Bengals back, but with the passing game completely incapable of sustaining drives, there wasn't much work to go around. Bernard has now been held below 10 carries in three straight games. Joe Mixon must miss at least one more game on injured reserve, but with bye weeks functionally over and the player pool flush, Bernard is struggling to provide RB2 relevance in a dead-letter offense. The Dolphins are a shy-away Week 13 matchup.
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Nelson Agholor caught 5-of-6 targets for 54 yards in the Raiders' Week 12 loss to the Falcons.
The Raiders' WR1, Agholor has 50 yards and/or one touchdown in six of the last eight games and has become Derek Carr's most-trusted outside weapon behind Darren Waller and sometimes Hunter Renfrow inside. Agholor is a weekly WR4 with some touchdown upside and gets an easy Week 13 date against the Jets.
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Darren Waller caught just 4-of-7 targets for 23 yards in the Raiders' Week 12 loss to the Falcons.
The Raiders were stuck in the mud all day, failing to visit the end zone against a pitiful Falcons defense. Waller's 23 yards were his third-fewest of the year. It's just a game to forget. Waller should rebound as a top-three TE1 next week against the Jets.
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Russell Gage caught 3-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Falcons' Week 12 win over the Raiders.
Even with Julio Jones (hamstring) out, Gage didn't do anything of note with Matt Ryan managing just 185 yards on 39 pass attempts. Gage hasn't scored since Week 2 and hasn't topped 65 yards since Week 1.
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Philip Rivers completed 24-of-42 passes for 295 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Colts' 26-45 Week 12 loss to the Titans.
Rivers moved the ball effectively against the Titans' generous secondary but the Colts defense couldn't stop Derrick Henry from the first snap of the contest. Rivers hit T.Y. Hilton for a 50-yarder and a short touchdown amid another game of dump offs to his running backs. With at least 288 yards in each of his past three games, Rivers should continue to be a floor option in Week 13 against a Browns defense that gave up 235 yards and two touchdowns to Mike Glennon in Week 12.
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Henry Ruggs caught 3-of-5 targets for 56 yards in the Raiders' Week 12 loss to the Falcons.
Ruggs' 56 yards were his second most of the season, and the five targets matched his Week 1 season high. That tells us all we really need to know about Ruggs' fantasy value. He was shoved out of bounds at the three-yard line early in this one.
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