10 Things You Need to Know from Week 5
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the work week, check out what you might have missed from Week Five. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
Shady Wakes Up
After a month of injuries and pitiful performances, Bills RB LeSean McCoy finally put up the type of performance fantasy players expect from him. McCoy’s 108 total yards nearly matched his total output from his first three games combined. This Bills team is still a difficult one to trust but this is a good sign for McCoy fantasy owners.
OBJ Backs Up His Talk
After voicing his displeasure with QB Eli Manning and the Giants early season woes, WR Odell Beckham took matters into his own hands. OBJ threw a 57-yard touchdown to RB Saquon Barkley to get the scoring started and later caught his own33-yard score, his first of the season. It still wasn’t enough as the Panthers shocked the G Men with a last second 63-yard field goal from K Graham Gano.
RBs Return to Action
After missing multiple weeks with injuries, RBs Joe Mixon and Devonta Freeman were back on the field for their respective teams. Mixon posted 115 total yards and a touchdown as his Bengals came back from a 17-0 deficit to win the game. Freeman wasn’t nearly as productive, totaling just 41 yards in a blowout loss to the Steelers.
Packers Rookies Step Up
With veteran WRs Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison out of action, the Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers were forced to rely on rookie WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown and they responded. Valdes-Scantling caught seven passes for 68 yards and a touchdown while St. Brown hauled in three balls for 89 yards. With Cobb banged up and struggling early this season, we could see these rookies earning more playing time on a regular basis.
Yeldon Last Man Standing
Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon was a hot name over the past week since starting RB Leonard Fournette re-injured his hamstring. After yesterday, Yeldon could turn into a league-winner. Not only did he produce 122 total yards and a touchdown but his primary backup, RB Corey Grant suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury. Yeldon should have the backfield to himself for the next couple of games, at least.
AB Returns to Form
Despite still producing at a solid WR2 level through the first month, something still seemed off with Steelers WR Antonio Brown. Whatever it was is gone now as Brown looked more like the dominant receiver that has finished as the top overall fantasy receiver three years running. Brown caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers routed the Falcons. Turn down the panic meter for AB. He’s just fine.
Another receiver who has seemingly had a down season is Falcons WR Julio Jones. Despite entering the game on pace for nearly 2,000 receiving yards, many continue to focus on Jones’ lack of touchdown production. That trend continued Sunday when Jones went into the fourth quarter without even recording a reception. He did finish with five catches for 62 yards but still hasn’t found the end zone, a streak that now dates back to Week Twelve of last season.
Nothing for Amari
Raiders WR Amari Cooper continues to mix in flashes of elite upside with games in which he is simply ignored. On Sunday, we saw the latter as QB Derek Carr threw only one pass in Cooper’s direct, which he caught for a 10-yard gain. I’m not sure if we should blame Cooper, Carr or the coaching staff at this point but it is clear Cooper can’t be viewed as an every week fantasy starter. Good luck picking the games he’ll actually produce. I haven’t been able to do that yet.
Chargers on Record Pace
Through five games, Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are averaging over 200 yards from scrimmage per game. This puts them on pace to combine for 3,216 yards for the season. For some perspective, last year’s elite RB duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, who were called by many the best RB duo of all-time, totaled 3,094 yards.
While we continue to dodge most season-ending injury bullets, Sunday was another day with multiple players leaving their respective games early, leaving their upcoming games in doubt. 49ers RB Matt Breida suffered an ankle injury which could keep him out for up to a month. The Rams lost two-thirds of their elite WR corps to head injuries. WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp left the game and could miss their Week Six contest as well. Rookie RBs Kerryon Johnson and Saquon Barkley also had scares but early reports suggest they will be fine moving forward.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.