Scoring returned to earth this week, as we saw defenses and turnovers slow down offenses throughout the league. We all saw the big winners of the weekend, including Rodgers, Crowell, Gurley, and OBJ. Let’s check out the deets down below!

Players Who Balled Out this Weekend

Quarterbacks

At the top of the QB board for the first time this year are the two GOATs, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The former set the weekly bar quite high on Thursday night, tallying 3 TDs and 341 yards through the air, plus a QB sneak TD for good measure. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers was slinging it all over the field to a bunch of rookies, Adams, and Graham. Totaling 442 yards and a trio of scores, Rodgers would have been the sole QB at the top, had he not coughed the ball up a pair of times in the pocket. Who else passed to success this weekend?

  • Andrew Luck – 300+ yards & 3 TDs is nice… would like to have those 2 INTs back.
  • Big Ben Roethlisberger – Another QB with 3 TDs, Ben only threw for 250 yards.
  • Philip Rivers – Continuing his dominating start, Rivers threw for 339, 2 scores, and had 0 turnovers in another Chargers win. He’s been the ‘Late Round QB’ of the year so far.
  • Case Keenum – Available in most leagues (just 12% owned on ESPN), he put up 377 yards, 2 touchdowns, and only threw a pick on a Hail Mary attempt.
  • Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, C.J. Beathard, and Blake Bortles round out your top 10.
  • Russell Wilson at 11 this week is interesting, as he threw for 3 TDs, but his 21 total attempts, coupled with 0 rushing attempts really limits his floor and ceiling.

Running Backs

What do you like more? 185 all-purpose yards and a pair of scores, a breakaway-inspired 200+ yard rushing performance for the ages with just 1 TD, or do you want a 3 TD day? Our top 3 RBs, James Conner, Todd Gurley, and Isaiah Crowell did just that. From there, we saw mostly regular and/or expected faces in the top 10:

  • Saquon Barkley in the 4 hole is no surprise. Nor are the 7-12 prospects in order: David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Joe Mixon, James White, CMC, and Sony Michel rounding out the top 12.
  • And who can be surprised that when given opportunity, T.J. Yeldon performed up to snuff? Not me. I sat Kareem Hunt for Yeldon in one league and over Corey Davis in another. Happy with his top 5 performance is an understatement.
  • What was a surprise was Kenyan Drake’s first performance worthy of his draft position. Drake did most of his damage through the air, with 69 yards (nice) and a TD coming from Tannehill tosses. I need to look into Drake’s situation more, but I’m pegging him as a sell high this week, as you may not have a better chance to return some value.

Wide Receivers

Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown came through for owners, tallying top marks in Week 5. Each receiver was responsible for a pair of TDs, over 100 yards, and each received 13+ targets. You can be happy with the production and usage for these two studs.

  • Meanwhile, a quartet of top 10 receievers all eclipsed 100 yards and scored. The list includes: Robby Anderson, Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, and Demaryius Thomas.
  • Only one receiver to reach the century mark failed to make the top 10 (A.J. Green failed to find the end zone).
  • Robby Anderson turned just 5 targets into 123 yards and 2 TDs. Sell high if you can, but he’s on waivers in over 55% of leagues, meaning most people won’t be biting.
  • Cooper Kupp continues to look like a dominant PPR threat, and young studs Tyler Lockett and Kenny Golladay continue to put up big yards. Golladay intrigues me more, as his nine targets again this week suggests sustainable usage.
  • The final man in the top ten was on a 13 target, 9 catch, 151-yard day from DeAndre Hopkins. The dude can straight up ball.

Tight Ends

Fifteen targets for Mr. Stone Hands Ebron led to 9 catches, 2 TDs, and a number one spot on the TE performers list for Week 5. Ebron benefited from the T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle absences, but he still had to make the catches, his greatest weakness. Only Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce joined Ebron in the 100 club. The difference between Ertz and Kelce? A touchdown and twice the catches. Ertz finished in a clear #2 spot, while Kelce was simply the top of the rest. I repeat a message from previous weeks… if you can go out and get either of these two studs, do it.

  • Austin Hooper saw a whopping 12 targets, snagging 75% of them for 77 yards. No touchdown for Hooper, but still a top 4 performance.
  • Erik Swoope was the second beneficiary in the Indy game, tallying a TD and 44 yards on his 3 catches.
  • The rest of the top ten is littered with primary targets of the week, each with at least seven looks in Week Five: George Kittle (8 targets-5 catches-83 yards), Jimmy Graham (11-6-76), Rob Gronkowski (7-6-75), Niles Paul (9-7-65), David Njoku (11-6-69). Unfortunately, none of these five scored a TD.

What about the Losers?

There are always lots of losers in fantasy football, but these guys cost you big time this week:

  • Jared Cook regressed to a normal 4 catch, 20-yard day.
  • Quincy Enunwa put up a bagel. As did Austin Sefarian Jenkins and Ricky Seals Jones (tough day for three-name TEs).
  • Doug Baldwin only had one catch. Brandin Cooks was injured early, netting you zero points.
  • The Five Points or Less Club included: Marshawn Lynch, Kenny Stills, Dion Lewis, Alshon Jeffery, Devonta Freeman, Larry Fitzgerald, Amari Cooper, Jay Ajayi, Derrick Henry, Duke Johnson, and Kelvin Benjamin. If you’re not PPR, so did Calvin Ridley.
  • Robbie Gould and Mason Crosby might have also cost you games.
  • All the late injuries. Maybe a player was scratched later than we’d prefer… including: Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Leonard Fournette, Marquise Goodwin, Dalvin Cook, Gio Bernard, and Lamar Miller.
  • The Jags D/ST got you only 2 points… the Broncos got you -2 and the Seahawks -1 in some leagues. The Rams got you zero and the Eagles only 3. Morale of the story? Stop buying defenses in the draft and start streaming them based on match-ups.

That’s a lot of disappointments… many of whom were started when they should be sitting on your bench. Get better depth… and do it via the trade. You can still check out my Week 5 Buy Low targets, or pay attention for the list coming out later this week.

Let me know your thoughts … who did I miss? Who else won you a week? Let me know on the Twitter machine: @MillerBadger.

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About The Author Steven Miller

Steven Miller graduated in 2012 from UW-Madison's School of Journalism and has been on the marketing side of things for the past decade. Making his first appearance since a brief stint with Thought Catalog, Miller is excited to bring his insights and hot takes for fantasy football fans looking to wheel and deal. His weekly series, Swapping for Success, looks at buy low targets, sell high players, and types of moves you can make throughout the year.