By Jacob Johnson
David Johnson- Johnson has enjoyed a mostly productive season, seemingly becoming more comfortable playing with dual threat quarterback Kyler Murray each week. Johnson has had some tough matchups against stout defenses like the Ravens and Seahawks in weeks past, but now he has an opportunity to shred a suspect Bengals defense. Last week, James Conner ran all over Cincinnati through the ground and air, and have given up 100 yard rushing performances each of the first three weeks. If you have Johnson, he is a must start.
Josh Gordon- The Patriots offense jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead against the Buffalo Bills, and despite the offense stalling the remainder of the game New England held on for a 16-10 victory. Gordon has been quiet this season, waiting for a breakout performance. This week the Patriots will head to Washington, who have been abysmal this season on both sides of the ball. Buffalo has an elite defense that likely lead to the lack of production from the Patriots, and I would expect Bill Belichick to take advantage of the lowly Redskins and make a statement offensive showing. Expect all Patriots skill players to be firing on all cylinders on Sunday.
Wayne Gallman- Gallman burst onto the fantasy scene in week 4, racking up 63 yards on the ground to go with a rushing touchdown and 55 yards through six receptions. That was against the winless Washington Redskins however, and now the Minnesota Vikings will make their way to New York. Sheldon Richardson, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, and Danielle Hunter round out a very scary defensive front, and that’s not even including the rest of the stacked Vikings defense. With Golden Tate returning from his suspension this week, the Giants may look to attack Minnesota through the air if Gallman cannot produce early.
Todd Gurley- Gurley had his best game of the season against the Buccaneers in an offensive explosion by both teams. While Gurley ran in two touchdowns, he had five carries for 16 yards. Seven receptions for 54 yards masked the once again limited and inefficient role in Los Angeles’ offense. The Rams will head to Seattle for a Thursday night matchup, which screams trouble for Gurley. On a short week going up against the sixth best rushing defense in the league (Seattle is holding opposing running backs to 79.5 YPG), combined with playing in one of the best home field advantages in football at CenturyLink Field, I would not expect this to be the game Gurley breaks out of his early season slump.
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