Every week, above our full fantasy rankings, SI.com fantasy author Michael Beller and 4for4 author John Paulsen could have a short debate about some gamers they view in a different way. Scroll down for our full rankings at each place.
Michael Beller: Right here we’re in Week 5, John. In-season analysis generally is a problem within the NFL, given the small pattern dimension nature of a league with 16-game common seasons, however I want you to clarify your Kirk Cousins rating to me. The No. 7 quarterback in standard-scoring leagues, you’ve got him 14th this week with the Vikings in Philadelphia to tackle the Eagles. Is it due to the matchup? I perceive the issues the Eagles seem to current on paper, however they’re ranked 18th in 4for4’s quarterback aFPA (schedule-adjusted fantasy factors allowed). Ryan Fitzpatrick and Marcus Mariota each put up 30-plus fantasy factors on this group. You do not assume Cousins can deal with them? I’ve obtained him a lot increased, slotting him at QB4 this week.
We will follow me being the optimistic one on this week’s rankings as we flip our consideration to Phillip Lindsay. You’ve got obtained him as RB34, whereas I’ve him at RB18. He delivered once more final week, operating 12 occasions for 69 yards and a landing, and catching two passes for 10 yards. There’s undoubtedly some concern with the backfield break up, as Royce Freeman picked up 67 yards and a rating on eight carries, however Lindsay has scored a minimum of 11 factors in commonplace leagues (13.73 PPG) and a minimum of 12 factors in PPR codecs (15.four PPG) in all three video games the place he did not get ejected. The Broncos are small underdogs on the Jets, however, once more, this can be a matchup aFPA likes, with the Jets ranked 23rd in opposition to operating backs. So why are you so low on a man who has been constant and should not be held again by the matchup this week?
John Paulsen: I don’t disagree with something you mentioned, Michael. I’ve Cousins projected to attain 18.7 fantasy factors—307 yards, 1.75 touchdowns and zero.85 interceptions with a little bit of dashing thrown in—and on a per-game foundation that fantasy manufacturing would have been adequate to complete because the No. 2 total quarterback final season. It simply occurs to be per week the place there are a selection of excellent quarterback choices. The Vegas line on this recreation is 44.5, which is likely one of the decrease totals on the board, and the Vikings are three-point underdogs after shedding to the Payments and Rams in back-to-back weeks. This places the Vikings implied complete at 20.75, which is on the low-side for all of the quarterbacks within the QB1 vary this week. As I’ve talked about earlier than, my rankings are fairly uncooked on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning attributable to all of the work that goes into doing full projections every week. Cousins is prone to transfer up a couple of spots by Thursday.
You’re proper about Lindsay’s manufacturing in non-ejection video games. He’s averaging 97 complete yards within the three video games the place he wasn’t tossed for preventing, so homeowners ought to be capable to anticipate 60 to 80 complete yards on Sunday. However Broncos-Jets has one of many decrease totals on the board (42.5), so touchdowns are going to be at a premium for each groups. There’s nothing about Lindsay’s matchup that’s significantly alarming, however he’s in a committee and doesn’t catch plenty of passes, which hurts his baseline in half-PPR scoring.
Beller: I hear you, John. Feels like we’re typically in settlement this week, I’m only a bit increased on Cousins and Lindsay. I’d like to see what kind of odds I may get on Cousins being a top-five quarterback this week, however that’s one other thought for one more column. Good luck this week.