Mon Oct 7 9:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Fuller comes up huge Week 5
This week was another filled with many big fantasy performances. There were eight teams that scored 30 or more points, leading to many of the big games. There were two 400-yard passers, two 200-yard receivers and five double-digit reception games. Running games weren’t quite as big, but one player topped 175-rushing yards. Hopefully, your team was on the right side of things in Week 5.
Seahawks 30, Rams 29
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson continued his MVP-type season in this one, scoring four touchdowns. He was near perfect in the game, going 17-of-23 for 268 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Wilson has 14 total touchdowns without an interception for the season. He has three three-touchdown games. Wilson is an elite fantasy quarterback making a run for top quarterback in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Brandin Cooks. There was a ton of offense in this game, but Cooks was not on the good side of things. The Rams threw for nearly 400 yards, but Cooks had just a catch for 29 yards. He did run once for 27 yards, but his overall numbers still weren’t very good. Cooks has been a little up and down this year, having two gams with fewer than 40 yards and the three others with 70-plus yards. He has been the less consistent of the Rams receiver options.
Game Notes: Gerald Everett had a breakout game at tight end, leading the Rams in receiving yards. He had seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays in the game and could earn a bigger role in the offense going forward.
Toddy Gurley had multiple touchdowns for the second straight game. He had 15 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He has five touchdowns his last four games.
Bills 14, Titans 7
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. There was not much offense in this one. It was not a very good game for fantasy purposes. One of the few bright spots was Derrick Henry. He did not catch a pass but ran 20 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Henry has touchdowns all but a game this year. He has been a very consistent producer all season.
Fantasy Dud: Marcus Mariota. Mariota was on fire last week but reverted back to his old ways in Week 5. He failed to score a touchdown after a three-touchdown performance the previous week. He was 13-of-22 for 184 yards without a touchdown or interception. This is the second time this season Mariota has failed to score. He is a very hard player to trust for fantasy teams despite a few big showings throughout the season.
Game Notes: Josh Allen looked fine after suffering a concussion last week. He was 23-of-32 for 219 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also ran 10 times for 27 yards. Allen showed no issues during the game.
John Brown led the Bills in receiving, catching five passes for 75 yards. Brown has at least five receptions all but a game. He also has 70-plus yards three of five.
Eagles 31, Jets 6
Fantasy Stud: Eagles defense. It was quite the showing for the Eagles defense, scoring two defensive touchdowns. The Eagles held the Jets offense to just 128 total yards. Philadelphia also had 10 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. This performance gives the Eagles defense some hope going forward, but remember, this was a pretty terrible offense the team faced in Week 6.
Fantasy Dud: Carson Wentz. His team won big but Wentz was not much of a factor for fantasy teams. He was 17-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. You just expected more from Wentz in such a prime matchup. This was the first time all year Wentz failed to scored 20 fantasy points in a game.
Game Notes: Luke Falk really struggled, getting another chance to start for the Jets. He was 15-of-26 for 120 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble. It was another disaster of a game for Falk.
Jordan Howard scored a touchdown for the third straight game. He ran 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has four touchdowns his last three games.
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd continued to excel as the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals. He had 10 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. This was his second double-digit reception game of the season. He has been targeted double-digit times all but one game. Boyd is having a breakout season in the Bengals new offense.
Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. This matchup looked like one that Murray could have the best game of his career. He wasn’t terrible but didn’t do much for all his fantasy owners. It was a really disappointing showing, considering the dream matchup. He threw for 253 yards but didn’t have a passing touchdown. The only thing that saved Murray this week were his rushing totals, running 10 times for 93 yards and a score. You just expected a bigger performance from Murray in Week 5.
Game Notes: David Johnson had another solid all-around game. He ran the ball the best all season, rushing 17 times for 91 yards. He also caught six passes for 58 yards, giving him 149 total yards.
Joe Mixon was a big part of the offense for the Bengals, rushing 19 times for 93 yards. He also had a catch for 16 yards, giving him 109 total yards. This was the first time all season Mixon had more than 100 total yards.
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Fantasy Stud: Josh Jacobs. Jacobs keeps showing the Raiders spent wisely on their first-round draft pick. He had his best game against a very good defense, rushing 26 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 20 yards, finishing with 143 total yards and two scores. Jacobs has multiple touchdowns two games and at least 99 total yards all but a game. Jacobs is having a big rookie year and is performing like a low-end No. 1 back.
Fantasy Dud: Darren Waller. Waller was surprisingly quiet, catching four passes for 39 yards. This is his first game all year without at least 12 fantasy points. He also didn’t top 50 yards for the first time. Teams might start to game plan against Waller, though, after his fattest start. He is going to have to adjust.
Game Notes: Allen Robinson had seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. This is the first time all year Robinson found the end zone. He does have at least six receptions all but a game, though.
Chase Daniel had an erratic first start of the year. He moved the offense but also had two costly interceptions. He was 22-of-30 for 231 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Saints 31, Bucs 24
Fantasy Stud: Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater enjoyed his best game of the season, going 26-of-34 for 314 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. This was the first time all season Bridgewater had more than 200-passing yards. It also was his first three-touchdown game. Bridgewater seems to be getting more confident in the offense every week and could be worth some spot plays going forward while Drew Brees is out.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Evans. It is amazing that this is even possible but Evans didn’t even catch a pass in this game. Evans was targeted just three times in the game. He had scores back-to-back games before this dud of a game. This was the first time all season Evans didn’t catch a pass but it was the second time he had fewer than 30 yards. Evans is having a very strange fantasy season.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas had another one of his monster games. He had 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third double-digit reception game of the season.
Chris Godwin had multiple touchdowns for the second straight game. He had seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Godwin has scores all but a game and three 100-yard games.
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Fantasy Stud: Adam Thielen. We guess all that Thielen had to do was call out his quarterback. He had his best game of the year after that happened during the week, catching seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first 100-yard game of the year and first time with more than 75 yards. Hopefully, this is the performance that gets Thielen going for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs was great last week but that didn’t carry over to this one. He had three receptions for 44 yards. Diggs reverted back to his poor production from early this season. He has more than 50 yards just one game all season. Diggs is a really hard guy for fantasy teams to trust despite his great track record. He just isn’t producing.
Game Notes: Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion very early in the game and was unable to return. He ran two times for 14 yards before his injury. Jon Hillman got most of the work at running back for the Giants, rushing nine times for 20 yards.
Dalvin Cook just keeps getting it done as the focal point of this offense. He had 21 carries for 132 yards and caught six passes for 86 yards, giving him 218 total yards. He has 100-yard rushing games four of five.
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Fantasy Stud: JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster showed some signs of life, catching seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. His reception total was a season high for Smith-Schuster. He still has yet to hit the 100-yard mark but does have 75 or more yards four of five games. He has been a complete disaster for fantasy teams but just not performing up to expectations just yet.
Fantasy Dud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had a game to forget. A couple of his interceptions were not his fault but that doesn’t matter in the end for fantasy players. The numbers just didn’t add up this week in what seemed like a really good matchup for him. Jackson was 19-of-28 for 161 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. He did lead his team in rushing, which helped some, rushing 14 times for 69 yards. But in the end, Jackson had his lowest fantasy total of the season, finishing with just over 15 fantasy points.
Game Notes: Mason Rudolph looked to be knocked out cold on a hit and was forced from the game. He was 13-of-20 for 131 yards and a touchdown before the injury. Undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges took over for the Steelers and played pretty well, going 7-of-9 for 68 yards.
James Conner ran 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Conner has now found the end zone two straight and three of his last four games.
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. Edelman led the way at receiver for the Patriots. He had eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the year. He has scores two of three games and at least four receptions every game. Edelman is having another solid fantasy season, posting consistent numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Colt McCoy. McCoy was a disaster in his first start of the season. He was 18-of-27 for 119 yards with an interception. He did not move the offense well. We aren’t sure the direction the Redskins will go at quarterback their next game. None of these guys are doing much right now.
Game Notes: Terry McLaurin returned from his hamstring injury and led the Redskins in receiving yards. He had three receptions for 51 yards. McLaurin has at least 50 yards every game this year. He has been very consistent as the top pass catcher in this offense. He has at least seven targets every game. He is the only consistent fantasy player in this offense.
Tom Brady was 28-of-42 for 348 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. It was his third 300-yard game and fourth multiple touchdown performance of the season.
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey did seem a bit dinged up at the end of the game but his numbers were off the charts before missing some time late. He was fabulous once again. He ran 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. So McCaffrey had 237 total yards and three touchdowns. He won fantasy games all by himself in Week 5. This guy is some kind of player. Hopefully, his injury isn’t an issue going forward.
Fantasy Dud: Greg Olsen. Olsen is off to a fine start to his season but this was a game to forget for all his fantasy owners. He went without a catch for the first time all year and was targeted just two times. Olsen has two catches for five yards his last two games. He has really cooled since a great start to his season. Olsen could be hit or miss like this the rest of the year, especially if you consider his age and health in recent years.
Game Notes: D.J. Chark found the end zone once again. He had eight receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Chark has touchdowns four of five games and two 100-yard games.
Gardner Minshew continued his great play as the starter for the Jaguars. He did lost three fumbles, which was very costly, but threw for nearly 400 yards. He was 26-of-44 for 374 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Fantasy Stud: Will Fuller. Fuller produced more in this game than he had all season. He was off the charts, catching 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Fuller did not have a touchdown or top 70 yards in a game all year before this eye-popping performance. Hopefully, this is the game that really gets him going for the rest of the year. We all know Fuller is capable of big things in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Julio Jones. Jones was surprisingly quiet in a game that had more than 300-passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Jones was held in check, catching three passes for 42 yards. Jones has scores three of five but also fewer than 55 yards three of five. He isn’t having near the season as most expected, posting more inconsistently than past years.
Game Notes: Deshaun Watson was near unstoppable, going 28-of-33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover. He was tremendous throughout the game, posting his best game of the year.
Matt Ryan hit the 300-yard mark, giving him at least 300 yards every game. He was 32-of-46 for 330 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He is turning the gall over too much but his yardage and touchdown totals are great for fantasy teams.
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay had a great game as the Broncos running game really was clicking. Lindsay had 15 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. He also had four catches for 33 yards, giving him 147 total yards and a score. This was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Lindsay has scores two of three games.
Fantasy Dud: Keenan Allen. Allen was really held in check for the first time all year. He had four receptions for 18 yards. It was an unexpected showing from the Chargers star receiver. He has shown some chinks in the armor after a great start to the season. He has fewer than 50 yards two straight games. You can’t bench Allen but he is showing to be a little more human the last few weeks.
Game Notes: Melvin Gordon had the most carries while Austin Ekeler dominated the work in passing situations. Gordon ran 12 times for 31 yards. Ekeler had three carries for seven yards, but had 15 receptions for 86 yards.
Courtland Sutton had four receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Sutton has found the end zone two straight games and has at least four receptions every game.
Packers 34, Cowboys 24
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones had his best game as a pro, producing big numbers as a runner and receiver. He had 19 carries for 107 yards and four touchdowns. He also led the team in receiving, having seven receptions for 75 yards. So he finished with 182 total yards and four touchdowns. Jones has touchdowns all but one game this year and two 100-yard performances. He is starting to really put it all together, especially if you consider the chances he is now getting in the passing game. Jones has 13 receptions his last two games.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had another disappointing game, seeing the rushing game doing much of the damage for the offense. Rodgers didn’t even score a touchdown. He was 22-of-34 for 238 yards without a touchdown or interception. This is the first time all year he failed to score, but Rodgers has one or no touchdowns three of five games. He has been pretty mediocre much of the year.
Game Notes: Amari Cooper had a huge game, catching 11 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. This is his first 100-yard game since Week 1. Cooper has touchdowns four of five games.
Michael Gallup returned from his knee injury and looked just fine. He had seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown on 12 tagets. Gallup has 100-yard games two of three.
Colts 19, Chiefs 13
Fantasy Stud: Marlon Mack. Mack was a game-time decision because of an ankle injury. He not only played but carried the offense much of the night. Mack ran 29 times for 132 yards. He also caught three passes for 16 yards, giving him 148 total yards. Mack has two 100-yard games this year and is over 500 total yards for the season. He is having a breakout year as the starter for the Colts and should continue to see a ton of work going forward. He just needs to stay healthy.
Fantasy Dud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was really ordinary for his standards. He did hit the 300-yard mark but scored just one touchdown. This gives Mahomes one score his last two games. You just expect much bigger games from Mahomes because of the extremely high bar he has set to start his career. His numbers weren’t killers for fantasy teams this week but just not much of a help. He’ll be fine going forward, especially with Tyreek Hill returns to the lineup.
Game Notes: Sammy Watkins injured his hamstring very early in the game and was unable to return. He did not catch a pass in the game. Byron Pringle took his spot in the lineup and had a career game, catching six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Damien Williams returned to the lineup and got the most work at running back. He ran nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. LeSean McCoy didn’t even get a career in the game. McCoy did have two catches for 23 yards, but lost a fumble.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.
Fantasy Spin: Mostert is coming off a disappointing Week 10 performance and probably will only see a handful of touches this week. He can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon has been with the Seahawks for a little over a week, so he may see limited snaps this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy players probably should see him play in a game before considering him as a starting option.
San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.
Oakland Raiders LB Marquel Lee (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 11. He is currently on the Reserve/Injured list.
The San Francisco 49ers have declared CB Ahkello Witherspoon, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., PK Robbie Gould, DT Jullian Taylor, OT Justin Skule, QB C.J. Beathard and TE George Kittle inactive for Week 10.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.
The Seattle Seahawks have declared WR Jaron Brown, CB Akeem King, WR John Ursua, OG Phil Haynes, RB C.J. Prosise, DL L.J. Collier and S Lano Hill inactive for Week 10.
Now with the backfield almost completely to himself, Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage did little in Miami's 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 20 times for just 48 yards. Following the trade of Kenyan Drake and the suspension of Mark Walton, Ballage was virtually the only option out of the backfield for Miami, with just two carries going to backup Jordan Laird. Ballage may have the job to himself for the foreseeable future but Miami continues to be a subpar offense, making him only a desperate play for most fantasy owners. Until he and the Dolphins can prove they are able to manage more than the 229 yards of offense that they did on Sunday, leave Ballage on the waiver wire where he belongs.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite target in a 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with his 10 targets leading the team. Parker could only haul in five of those passes, however, finishing with just 69 yards receiving in the win, and failing to score a touchdown for only the second time in the past six games. It may have been a disappointing final line, as the Dolphin offense only managed 229 yards of offense on the day, but Parker is seemingly firmly entrenched as Miami's number-one receiver, making him a viable flex option in most weeks. Just not for this week, as the Dolphins will face a Buffalo Bills Defense in Week 11 that's allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in 2019.
Denver Broncos S Will Parks (hand) will participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 12, while CB Bryce Callahan (foot) will try to practice.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is expected to participate in practice this week.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess probably is a few weeks away from returning to the lineup but should be at least a limited participant during practice this week. He should have some fantasy value when he returns and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option.
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) likely will be the starting quarterback for the Week 11 game if he is able to be a full participant during practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, according to head coach Frank Reich.
Fantasy Spin: The Colts decided to hold Brissett out last week so he could rest his knee, so fantasy players will need to monitor his practice participation during the week. He would be facing a good Jacksonville Jaguars defense if he plays but could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
After winning his second-straight game, head coach Brian Flores declared that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the starter for "the foreseeable future". Fitzpatrick didn't exactly shine in the Dolphins 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10, throwing for 169 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, salvaging 12 fantasy points on the day with an 11-yard touchdown run late in the second half. Save for the one touchdown drive, Miami's offense was mostly inept in victory, totaling just 229 yards on the day. Fitzpatrick needs to stay on the waiver wire in Week 11, as the Dolphins will face a Buffalo Bills team that's allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2019.
A popular streaming option headed into a Week 10 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki scored zero fantasy points in Miami's 16-12 victory on the road. The second-year tight end had three receptions for 28 yards, with a lost fumble on Miami's first drive negating what few points Gesicki would earn on the day. While his six targets were second on the team to the ten of Devante Parker, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Gesicki mostly on shorter routes, throwing him only one ball down the field. With teammate Preston Williams out for the remainder of the season, Gesicki could occasionally be worth a look as a streaming candidate given his likely volume of targets. Just probably not when the Dolphins host the Bills in Week 11, as Buffalo is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends in 2019.
New York Jets LB Brandon Copeland (hip) is dealing with a hip strain and is scheduled to meet with a specialist.
Free-agent S DeShawn Shead (Seahawks) worked out for the Oakland Raiders Monday, Nov. 11, according to a source.
Free-agent WR Deon Cain was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad Monday, Nov. 11.
San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) was activated from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Nov. 11. The team also waived CB Dontae Johnson.
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway's benching was only for the Week 10 game, and he will return to the lineup for Week 11, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Fantasy Spin: Callaway likely will serve as the No. 3 receiver for the Browns this week against a good Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Fantasy players can consider benching Callaway if they have better options available.