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.
August 5th: ADP Value
The Green Bay Packers have claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers from the Detroit Lions. A sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion last season, Fulgham appeared in three games for Detroit, playing 42 offensive snaps against Green Bay in December but not recording a target. With Devin Funchess opting out and a top-heavy receiving corps, it makes sense for Green Bay to add someone at the position, but Fulgham's a longshot to make any kind of impact on this team in 2020.
At one point, it looked like Washington quarterback Alex Smith would never step onto a football field again after a devastating leg injury in 2018, but head coach Ron Rivera says that if Smith is healthy, he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job. That's bad news for second-year passer Dwayne Haskins, who struggled as a rookie. Haskins not winning the starting job this year would signal bad news for his future in Washington and could suggest that the team will be looking for a new quarterback in 2021, as Smith's not the long term answer at this point in his career. This is a quarterback room to avoid in re-draft leagues this season.
The New England Patriots have signed former Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller to a one-year deal. Miller missed all of 2019 after tearing his ACL and MCL in preseason, but the veteran back has shown some explosiveness in the past and adds important insurance to this backfield, especially with Sony Michel (foot) not a lock to be healthy Week 1. Miller's been good before, but he's likely just keeping the seat warm for Michel and even if Michel does miss time, Miller's likely to be part of a committee approach in New England. There's not a ton of reason to be excited about this signing for fantasy purposes, but Miller could be worth a late-round dart throw in deeper formats.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (foot) isn't a lock to be recovered by Week 1, putting a major question mark beside the back who most expected to lead this New England backfield in rushing attempts. The team signed veteran Lamar Miller as insurance on Monday, further complicating things and suggesting that Michel's injury issues will bleed over to the regular season. You almost have to be more wary of drafting Michel than you already were with this news, and you already should have been fairly low on him. He's not undraftable, but he's become a huge risk without a lot of upside.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara spoke to the media earlier Monday and offered more details about his injury-plagued 2019 season. Kamara said he "tore his knee' in Week 5 against Jacksonville last year and that he had to deal with it the rest of the season. The 25-year-old didn't require surgery, though he spent the entire offseason rehabbing the knee and said he feels healthy now. Kamara finished as the RB16 in PPR formats despite dealing with the knee and ankle injuries. Coming into 2020 a bit leaner after adopting a plant-based diet, Kamara is poised to have the best season of his career in a contract year. He should be a top-five pick in both formats and could be taken as early as the third pick in PPR leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green reportedly has been impressing teammates in practices this week as he works back from injuries that robbed him of his entire 2019 season. Tight end C.J. Uzomah told reporters, "We're just running routes and haven't gone full speed against the defense. Drew (Sample) only saw him last year for, what, that first practice? He said, 'I forgot how explosive he is.' I told him, 'You haven't seen the half of it yet.'" Green has serious bounce-back potential as the No. 1 WR in a Bengals offense that should be one of the most-improved in the league. He can be treated as an upside WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock and DT Carl Davis were signed to undisclosed contracts by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Derrius Guice (Football Team) passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Falcons) is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in the near future, according to a source.
Free-agent DT Caraun Reid (Cardinals) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Free-agent S Marqui Christian (Jets) recently met with the Chicago Bears.
Free-agent TE Jordan Reed (Football Team) officially signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Reed has dealt with injuries during his career but has posted solid numbers when healthy. He will be the No. 2 tight end for the 49ers behind George Kittle but should have a decent role in the passing game. Reed probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most leagues.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock (Titans) is meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9, and likely will sign with the team if the meeting goes well, according to a source.
Philadelphia Eagles LB Jatavis Brown was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent DT Mike Daniels (Lions) is meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Aug. 9, and is expected to sign with the team, according to a source.
Los Angeles Rams DT A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed) is expected to play at some point during the 2020 season, but the team will take things slow with him since he was diagnosed with a medical issue during the medical on-boarding process.
Buffalo Bills WR Duke Williams was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9. The team also released CB Akeem King.
Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) officially re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.