Fantasy football: Is Carson Wentz a starting quarterback?

Ed Barkowitz, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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-- The Raiders' wide receivers

Man, what's happened to Amari Cooper? He's been dealing with what's been called a minor knee injury, and he has seven catches total for 48 yards over the last three games. He's got the Ravens this week and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called Cooper a "game wrecker." Harbaugh was trying to be complimentary, but fantasy owners were thinking the exact same thing. The Ravens did good jobs containing A.J. Green in Week 1 and Antonio Brown last week, so put Cooper on the bench. And with E.J. Manuel replacing Derek Carr at quarterback, consider Michael Crabtree a WR3. He had 6-80 in Weeks 1 and 2, scoring three times in Week 2 before he got hurt late in Week 3.

Position watch

-- Quarterbacks: Interesting game this week for Jared Goff with the Rams hosting the Seahawks. We have Goff at No. 8 among quarterbacks even though Seattle demolished Indy last week. Most other analysts have him between 17 and 24. Hope I don't break an ankle jumping off the Ram-wagon. ... Dak Prescott had 302 yards passing and three TDs in last year's playoff game against the Packers. He's had only two other 300-yard games in his 21 career starts.

-- Running backs: Looking for a monster game out of Le'Veon Bell this week against a Jaguars defense that is giving up an average of 5.71 yards per carry. Even before the Jets put 256 yards on them last week, opposing RBs were still gaining 4.7 yards per carry. ... Through four games, Carolina's Christian McCaffrey has 53 touches for Carolina (31 carries, 22 receptions) and Jonathan Stewart has 62 (59 carries, 3 catches). The only touchdown they scored was by Stewart on a pass in Week 1. Expected more out of that backfield.

-- Wide receivers: In his last 15 games, Odell Beckham has been held under 100 receiving yards 13 times. He hasn't had a 100-yard game with a touchdown since Week 6 last season ... Over the last three weeks, Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals defense has held down T.Y. Hilton (4-49), Dez Bryant (2-12), and Pierre Garcon (4-36). Your turn, Alshon Jeffery.

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-- Tight ends: Don't recommend chasing Cincinnati's Tyler Kroft, who had two touchdowns last week. It was the first time the Downingtown East product had seen the end zone since his rookie year in 2015. Kroft scored four TDs at Rutgers in 2013, but none in 2014. Still good to see him getting an opportunity in place of Tyler Eifert, who continues to be sidelined with a back injury.

Week 5 Rankings

Quarterbacks, Opp.

Tom Brady, NE at TB


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