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.
Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (back, hip) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his lower back in the third quarter against the Seahawks. Mayfield was taken to the locker room for evaluation, but he promptly returned without missing a single snap and is currently back in the game. It appears Mayfield will tough this one out, but his Week 7 status needs to be monitored.
New York Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas likely will receive a handful of targets against the Dallas Cowboys, but fantasy players may be able to find better options for their lineups this week.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly went down in Week 6 against the Browns with an injury to his achilles. The injury was non-contact, and Dissly was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. At the time of the injury, Dissly was just targeted just once and failed to haul it in. Luke Willson is in at tight end for the rest of the afternoon, and currently has one catch for five yards. Dissly's Week 7 status is in doubt and needs to be monitored.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson likely will receive a lot of touches during the game despite the injury and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the best right ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
The Panthers Defense brutalized the Tampa offense during the Week 6 matchup in London. With seven sacks on the day, including receiving 2.5 from Gerald McCoy against his former team, Carolina was relentless by also forcing quarterback Jameis Winston to throw five interceptions. With a week off, the team will have a stiff challenge against a sound 49ers offense in Week 8.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers on Sunday and finished with four catches for 52 yards. After failing to record a catch against the Jaguars in Week 5 while recording just two in Week 4, the veteran's performance in London was a slight improvement. Nonetheless, Olsen has been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective and should only be expected to produce efficient performances on sporadic occasions throughout the remainder of the season regardless of who is under center for the Panthers.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Dissly missed last season with an injury to his right knee, so this is a brand new injury to his left Achilles. We don't know the severity yet, but it was bad enough to immediately rule him out for the rest of the game. It took him a couple of minutes to get off the turf and it sure seems like this is a serious injury. Stay tuned. At tight end, Luke Willson will take over and he's an athletic TE who may become a threat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was unable to get anything going against the Panthers in Week 6, gaining just 28 yards on 10 carries on the day. Barber did get more carries than backfield mate Ronald Jones II, but could not find any holes and was otherwise a non-factor in what turned out to be a pass-heavy game. Barber has established himself through the first 6 weeks of the season as borderline unstartable in any fantasy format and should be treated as such. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before another tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was unable to get going Sunday, gaining only 10 yards on four carries, but did score a touchdown to save his day. Jones again fell victim to the Bucs unpredictable backfield rotation after starting to seemingly separate himself from the pack, seeing fewer snaps and touches than fellow backfield mate Peyton Barber in Week 6. It will be hard for fantasy owners to trust any of the Bucs running backs until something changes in that backfield. Until then they can both be considered very low-end bye week fill-in options. The Bucs are off in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston disappointed fantasy owners in a big way Sunday, completing 30-of-54 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown to go along with an absurd five interceptions. Winston wasn't given an inch on the day, getting sacked seven times and losing a fumble in the process. Anything Winston did through the first four weeks to gain fantasy owner's confidence has been thrown out the window over the last two weeks. This shouldn't come as the biggest surprise though, as inconsistency has been the theme of Winston's career. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee, Winston will slot in as a mid-range QB2 for that matchup.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel recorded four catches for 70 yards, while also recording a pair of touchdowns against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Samuel got it done in all areas in London, rushing for a score midway through the third quarter before catching a touchdown off of a 13-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Allen in the fourth. With Cam Newton (foot) potentially returning after the Week 7 bye, the 23-year-old will continue to split the bulk of the targets with fellow wideout D.J. Moore and running back Christian McCaffrey regardless of who is under center.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore recorded 73 yards off of seven catches during the win over the Buccaneers in London. With 10 targets on the day, Moore kept it going after recording six receptions for 91 yards against the Jaguars in Week 5. The quarterback situation remains a mystery as the team heads toward the bye, but the 22-year-old should remain involved regardless of who is under center while continuing to split the majority of the targets with Curtis Samuel, who finished with two touchdowns on the day.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey recorded just 57 total yards against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but still managed to find the end zone twice in Week 6. While McCaffrey was stuffed by the Buccaneers Defense by rushing for an abysmal 31 yards on 22 attempts, he offset his shoddy numbers with a touchdown run late in the first quarter, while acquiring his second off of a 25-yard pass from Kyle Allen. With the team heading into a bye, the potential MVP will look to keep it going in Week 8 against the 49ers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen recorded his fourth straight win on Sunday against Tampa Bay in London. While Jameis Winston recorded five interceptions on the day, Allen was able to get it done by finishing with 227 yards and two touchdowns on 20-for-32 passing. With the Panthers heading into a bye, things will get interesting for the Panthers if Cam Newton (foot) can return for the Week 8 matchup with San Francisco. Fantasy managers will want to monitor the situation, but Allen should remain on rosters until Newton is officially back in the mix as a starter.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) is active against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kamara gets a juicy matchup in Week 6, though he might be limited. Even if he has a smaller role, he should still put up RB1 numbers against Jacksonville.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) is inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 while tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) will play. Andrews is a TE1 with upside, as quarterback Lamar Jackson will lean on him in the passing game. Ravens slot receiver Willie Snead could be a sneaky sleeper without Brown in the fold.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 6. His absence should give the rest of the Kansas City offense more opportunities. In a likely shootout against the Houston Texans, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are flex plays while Tyreek Hill is back and ready to resume his WR1 role.