6 October 2023 • by Neal Maligno
‘Not so obvious locks’ are players who are not ranked in the top 10 this week, but who in my opinion, have the upside to finish there. If you want longer or interactive content, then subscribe to us on YouTube and catch our weekly episodes, including our start/sit advice live stream every Sunday at 11:30AM EST!
I like to hold my self accountable and stay transparent at all times, so here are last weeks NSOL’s and how they performed.
— Rams QB Matthew Stafford finished as QB16 with 16.66 points scored
— Bears RB Khalil Herbert finished as RB8 with 22.2 points scored
— Rams WR WR Tutu Atwell finished as WR51 with 7.4 points scored
— Commanders TE Logan Thomas finished as TE22 with 7.3 points scored
Now let’s get into Week 5!
Whether it’s on purpose or not, the Cardinals have still not announced anything on when Kyler Murray will return. Meanwhile, although the team’s record isn’t great, Joshua Dobbs is quietly the QB16 through 4 weeks.
He’s getting a better grip of the offense and seems to be growing a connection with talented rookie WR Michael Wilson. With 141 rushing yards and a rushing TD, he’s raising his floor by making himself more than just a passing QB. In week 5 vs the Bengals, Joshua Dobbs is my not so obvious lock at quarterback.
Breece Hall was really looking great as a rookie, then he tore his ACL and we all wondered what his return to football would look like. Fast forward to the 2023 season, even after the loss of starting QB Aaron Rodgers and while being on a snap count, Breece has flashed with runs that remind us of his rookie season.
The head coach has now announced that Breece is no longer under a snap count, just in time for a mouth watering match up vs the Broncos. I fully expect Hall to smash the Broncos defense with his explosive running style, which makes him my not so obvious lock of week 5 at running back.
Romeo Doubs is playing a weak Raiders secondary that is also dealing with injuries. He’s currently WR16 in PPR scoring and has 12 and 13 targets in his last two games. Jordan Love targets Doubs in the red zone and I do believe the loss of Watson to start the season likely helped Doubs to build a better connection with Love.
I expect a high scoring week 5 for Romeo against the Raiders defense that has been giving up big plays to WRs all season long, making him my WR not so obvious lock of week 5.
Tyler Conklin has a good chance to score his first TD of the season in Week 5, as he’s facing off vs a terrible Broncos defense. Since week one, Conklin has had a consistent amount of targets, what he’s done with them currently has him sitting at TE17.
Having Zach Wilson as his QB doesn’t exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, but Wilson has slowly been improving week by week and vs a bad Broncos defense, every QB has a chance. The Jets defense has been top flight all season and week 5 is when the offense will really help them out some. Tyler Conklin is my not so obvious lock of the week at TE.
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