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What to do with Wayne Gallman in Week 5 fantasy football

After stepping up with Saquan Barkley out, should we expect more of the same from Wayne Gallman? We look at whether you should play or bench the Giants RB this week vs. the Vikings.

New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ahhhh, yes. Generational talent Wayne Gallman. With so much talent coming out of Clemson, it’s no surprise the G-Men reached for him with the No. 140 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Definitely no need to spend a No. 2 overall pick on a stud RB out of Penn State. Nope, no sir. OK, joking aside, it isn’t all that surprising that Gallman posted 28.8 fantasy points in Week 4 vs. Washington, receiving 18 carries and seven targets which translated into 118 total yards and two TDs. He’s all the Giants have until Saquon Barkley (ankle) returns to the field. But unlike Barkley, Gallman — though a generational talent — isn’t matchup proof, plus there are a few other factors to consider.

Fantasy football analysis, New York Giants RB Wayne Gallman

While Gallman got 18 carries, we still saw backup Jonathan Hilliman get 10, plus QB Daniel Jones also had five attempts on the ground. With the Vikings sporting a tough defensive front, we could see more of Hilliman or more passes from Danny Dimes. Speaking of more passes, that’d mean more targets for Gallman, right? Wrong. Golden Tate is expected to return following his four-game suspension, so he’d likely eat into some of Gallman’s production through the air.

Also don’t forget about Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram and suddenly there are a decent amount of mouths to feed in New York. With all that said, and the matchup not as enticing as Washington, Gallman should still see around 15-20 touches at home in an offense that’s shaping up to be above average. Ultimately, if you’re a Barkley owner, Gallman has to make it into your lineup. If you were able to pick him up, he’s also a strong RB2 and FLEX option in season-long. For DFS purposes, given his volume and DraftKings price of $5,400, Gallman isn’t a bad chalk play again, but I’d be cautious. Don’t expect close to 30 points, but don’t turn down a near lock for double-digits.

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