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6 Bold Predictions for Week 5

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Bold NFL Predictions for Week 5

The following are my bold fantasy football predictions for week 5 in the NFL.

Alvin Kamara Bounces Back in a Big Way

There is no doubt that Alvin Kamara has had a slow start to the season. The already present frustration for his fantasy owners might have reached an all-time high when he was declared inactive just over an hour before the Saints early kickoff in London last week. However, he seemed to be trending in the right direction for that game and should have a good chance at taking the field against Seattle in Week 5. If he plays, he is in a smash spot. Kamara totaled 179 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown last season against the Seahawks. One could argue that the Seattle defense is even worse this season, giving up the fourth most rushing yards in the league this year. This should finally clear the way for the New Orleans running back to explode for the first time this season.

Dalvin Cook Finds The Endzone Twice

While Dalvin Cook hasn’t been a complete bust, he hasn’t lived up to his high ADP either. So far this season, Cook has seen relatively normal usage with the eighth most rushing attempts in the league. The biggest issue for Cook has been the lack of endzone trips, which can be attributed to the lack of goalline opportunities. I expect Cook to turn things around against a Chicago defense that has given up the most rushing yards per game this season and the fifth most rushing touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowl running back should be able to take advantage of what will likely be a positive game script against one of the weakest rush defenses in the NFL.

Jared Goff Stays Hot, and Detroit Beats New England

The New England defense isn’t what it used to be, and neither is Jared Goff. Through four weeks, Goff has thrown for the third most yards in the league and the third most touchdowns. Last week, he threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns against Seattle without his star receiver, Amon-Ra St. Brown. On the other side of the ball, New England has given up the third most passing touchdowns so far this season and will likely be without quarterbacks Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer, paving the way for fourth-round rookie Bailey Zappe to make his first start of his career. This has a Detroit Lions win written all over it. However, I still expect this game to be competitive. I mean, this is Bill Belichick we’re talking about here. There should be no reason for Detroit to become conservative with their playcalling. Jared Goff should continue to impress, leading the Lions to their second win of the year.

Cooper Kupp Disappoints, Relatively

With as much volume as he gets, I’m not sure Cooper Kupp will ever really bust this season. But this week I expect him to come as close to disappointing as he can get. The Dallas defense has just been really good this season. They have given up the second-fewest passing touchdowns, the third-fewest points, and the 10th-fewest passing yards. On top of that, they have been been the best in the league at putting pressure on the quarterback. As for the Rams, Matthew Stafford has been the second-most sacked quarterback in the NFL so far this year. This does not bode well for Kupp and his fantasy output, considering his source for targets could be too busy running away from Micah Parsons all game. Not to mention, Trevon Diggs has been extremely impressive against the opposition’s best receivers this season. Again, this is Cooper Kupp we’re talking about, so I don’t expect him to put up a goose egg or anything, just temper your expectations for the Rams receiver this week.

George Pickens Will outscore Diontae Johnson this Week

After the preseason hype and flashy catches, rookie George Pickens has emerged in the Pittsburgh offense with rookie Kenny Pickett replacing Mitchell Trubisky this week. Pickens struggled to get his footing for the first few games of the season, but he seems to have a real connection with his fellow rookie teammate. He received a season-high eight targets last week, most coming from the rookie quarterback. Diontae Johnson on the other hand failed to show the same rapport with Pickett as he had with Trubisky. I don’t expect either pass catcher to boom this week against a tough Buffalo defense, but I think Pickett will look for Pickens more often than Johnson in Week 5.

Cleveland Beats Los Angeles Behind Nick Chubb and Company

The Cleveland Browns are good at running the football, and the Los Angeles Chargers have a hard time stopping it. Sometimes, it’s just that simple when it comes to breaking down a game. Cleveland is second in the NFL in rushing yards per game and second in attempts, led by star running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. So far this season, Los Angeles has allowed the second most rushing yards per attempt, letting James Robinson gash them for 100 yards and a score on 17 carries, followed by Dameon Pierce going for 131 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The Browns are in a prime position to not only dominate the run game but the time of possession as well. This should deter Justin Herbert from getting into a rhythm, slowing down an offense that thrives in fast-paced games. Look for Cleveland to grind out a victory and clamp down on a wounded Chargers team.

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