The Top 10: Week 6

Matt Waldman opens his film notebook and examines the notable events from Week 5.  


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 5 Cliff's Notes

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

  1. Christian McCaffrey's technical skill and savvy show up in all phases of play and it's why he's a serious MVP candidate and the best back in fantasy football.
  2. The Vikings are an excellent bootleg and screen team and it's opening up big plays for Dalvin Cook.
  3. The Texans stacked its receivers in key situations and thoroughly out-witted the Falcons' defense en route to Will Fuller V's 217-yard, 3-touchdown performance.
  4. The back-seven of Atlanta's defense has been taking bad angles to the ball in the open field during the Dan Quinn era but now, they're easily confused and lax. The unit is so bad that it's creating false positives for opposing offenses.
  5. Josh Allen's mental game is the final frontier of his development and the odds are against him developing the instincts to elevate his game to a franchise starter.
  6. D.J. Moore flashed his ceiling against the Jaguars and if he can become a consistent rebounder on the perimeter, he could emerge as an elite receiver.
  7. Byron Pringle led Chiefs receivers on Sunday as Sammy Watkins' replacement and I share my pre-draft scouting report and thoughts on Pringle moving forward.
  8. Will Dissily is an excellent fit in this passing game because he's a good seam receiver and the seam route is one of Russell Wilson's best throws.
  9. Devin Singletary may return to action next week, but Frank Gore is still playing at a high enough level that Singletary's fantasy upside remains limited this year.
  10. This week's Fresh Fish:
    1. Cairo Santos missed four field goals for the Titans this weekend.
    2. Kyle Allen and Gardner Minshew are fumbling the ball too often in the pocket.
    3. Eric Ebron has gone into a shell after four drops in two weeks.
    4. Cowboys' left tackle Cameron Fleming struggled to replace Tyron Smith against the Packers.
    5. When Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander played off-coverage, he bit on everything Amari Cooper threw at him.

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