Monday Night Reaction
Week 5 Monday Night Reaction
This primetime game for week 5, between the Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) and the New Orleans Saints (2-2) had been seeming to lack the firepower it would normally carry. With the departure of Philip Rivers, and some key injuries to the Chargers, as well as some previous underwhelming performances on both sides of the ball in New Orleans. However, expectations were overwhelmingly exceeded, as we had a shootout and an overtime finish.
Justin Herbert (LAC) – (20-34, 264 yds, 4 TD) This was Herbert’s arrival to the show. He looked every bit the part of Rivers successor, and should continue throughout the year. Assuming the Rookie has a few hiccups as most do in year one, Herbert should be on the QB 2 radar, as hell produce big yard totals and a few TD each week.
Justin Jackson (LAC) – (15 carries 71 yds, 5 receptions 23 yds) Jackson had been bottled up for most of the game, but continued to see targets, which is all that matters in fantasy.
Mike Williams (LAC) – (5 receptions, 109 yds, 2 TD) With Keenan Allen leaving early in the game due to injury, Williams enjoyed a breakout day. If Allen continues to be sidelined, Williams will benefit most.
Hunter Henry (LAC) – (4 receptions, 23 yds, TD) Henry did see many targets or do much with the ones he got, other than the RedZone target he caught for a TD. But that’s all you really look for in a TE for fantasy.
Alvin Kamara (NO) – (119 scrimmage yds) The Saints couldn’t real get thing going on the ground, but had proven success through the Air. Despite low rushing yd totals, Kamara was a big part of the passing attack, salvaging his day.
Emmanuel Sanders (NO) – (12 receptions, 122 yards) Sanders had his best game as a Saint, continuously getting open and helping the Saints move the ball down field all game. Fantasy owners should temper future expectations, as Michael Thomas should be back next week.
Jared Cook (NO) – (2 receptions, 52 yds, TD) Typical week for Cook. Should continue to be seen as a TE1 every week for his prowess in the RedZone.
Keenan Allen (LAC) – (2 receptions, 24 yds, TD) Allen started the night off well, but left the game very early due to a back Injury.
Joshua Kelley (LAC) – (11 carries, 29 yds) neither Jackson or Kelley seemed to be able to get much going on the ground this week, and most of the passing work out of the backfield fell to Justin Jackson in this game.
Latavius Murray (NO) – (57 scrimmage yds) for the Saints RB 2, Murray continues to get a lot of looks. Just was unable to do anything with them.