The Top 10: Week 5

Matt Waldman opens his film notebook and examines the notable events from Week 4.  


The mission of this column—and a lot of my work—is to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality of football analysis. Football analysis—fantasy and reality—is often dramatized because there's a core belief that it's more important to entertain than to educate.

I don't live by the idea that it's better to be lucky than good. While I want to give you actionable recommendations that will help you get results, I prefer to get the process right. There will be a lot of people talking about how they were right to draft or start specific players. Many of them got the right result but with the wrong process.

The Top 10 will cover topics that attempt to get the process right (reality) while understanding that fantasy owners may not have time to wait for the necessary data to determine the best course of action (fantasy).

As always I recommend Sigmund Bloom's Waiver Wire piece which you'll find available on this page, Monday night. Bloom and I are not always going to agree on players—he errs more often towards players who flash elite athletic ability and I err more towards players who are more technically skilled and assignment-sound.

Straight, No Chaser: Week 4 Cliff's Notes

The article below will provide expanded thoughts and supporting visuals for the following points:

  1. Nick Chubb's re-vamped usage against the Ravens reveals that he, not Baker Mayfield, is the centerpiece of the Browns' offense.
  2. Gardner Minshew's exciting pocket management is what the Browns thought it selected when it drafted Mayfield.
  3. Leonard Fournette's punishing style can make opposing defenses tap out when he earns the volume that Minshew is enhancing.
  4. Linebacker Shaq Barrett is off to a great start with the Buccaneers, and he's showing signs of being a complete player.
  5. Unless you're expecting him to be the solution, Jared Goff is not the problem—and he possesses several high-end traits and remains a fantasy value.
  6. Courtland Sutton had a strong outing against Jacksonville, but his receiving technique remains a work in progress.
  7. Dawson Knox's talent is for real, but he's not yet fantasy gold due to target volume and the inconsistent nature of Josh Allen.
  8. Chris Godwin is emerging into a primary receiver in his own right.
  9. On both sides fo the ball, the Lions are mentally tough, physical, and talented—and that's good for your fantasy squads.
  10. This week's Fresh Fish:
    1. Josh Allen's immaturity as a decision-maker remains a multi-year project.
    2. The back-seven of the Falcons defense has difficulty setting angles and tackling in the open field.
    3. The Cardinals defense remains a haven for fantasy tight end play.
    4. Aqib Talib isn't playing physical enough and giving up receptions that lead you to wonder if he's playing hurt.
    5. Sidney Jones and the Eagles cornerbacks were bailing too early and gave up a lot of easy plays to Davante Adams on Thursday night.

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