Week 5 was the most explosive and unpredictable week of the season so far. With upsets, massive offensive scoring, and more than a few stellar defensive shows, the NFL was on fire once more.
The Bears and Raiders lit up London in the first of the International Series games, while the Patriots continued their dominant winning ways with a convincing win in Washington. Pittsburgh took Baltimore all the way despite losing Mason Rudolph to a nasty hit, but the big upsets came later in the evening.
Green Bay walked into Dallas and dominated proceedings before the Indianapolis Colts went to Arrowhead and handed the Chiefs their first defeat of the season.
So which standout performers are in line for a fresh MUT Team Of The Week card?
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (LTD) – 92 OVR
The Panthers running back was a top draft pick in fantasy this year and he’s proving why. With Cam Newton out the Carolina offense is running through McCaffrey with devastating effect.
In a close game with the Jacksonville Jaguars McCaffrey racked up 176 yards on the ground and 61 yards as a receiver, finding the endzone 3 times. He even threw a pass, albeit incomplete. McCaffrey already has several strong cards, so maybe he will be overlooked here, but on pure performance no one had a bigger impact that McCaffrey this week.
Will Fuller, Houston Texans (Hero) – 90 OVR
Deshaun Watson could well take this slot as the Texans quarterback had a monster day, but Will Fuller finally had his breakout performance for this year and racked up 217 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons. Fuller reeled in 14 of his 16 targets as he dominated the game from the out, overshadowing DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.
Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles (Hero) – 90 OVR
Defensively, the best performance of the day was from the Philadelphia Eagles, who crushed the New York Jets. The Eagles D gave up just 128 yards and picked up 10 sacks and 3 turnovers.
One of the biggest individual performances came from Brandon Graham who picked up 6 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 tackles for loss as he crushed anyone the Jets tried to put in front of him.
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Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers – 86 OVR
There are a lot of candidates for the LTD and Hero card this week, and one of those is Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers. He put up 107 yards rushing and found the endzone 4 times on the ground, but Jones also led the Packers in receiving with 7 catches and 75 yards. As the fulcrum of the offense and with 4 trips to the offense he could well earn the LTD card over McCaffrey this week, but we slot him into the very good 86 OVR card slot.
Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers – 85 OVR
The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 1-4 after an overtime defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, but their rookie linebacker Devin Bush had himself a strong day. He racked up 8 tackles, deflected one pass, and picked off another as he led the charge against the Ravens tricky rushing attack.
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DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars – 84 OVR
Yet another contender for at least a Hero card, DJ Chark continued his excellent 2019 against the Panthers on Sunday. Chark put up 164 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 catches and has fast become one of the deadliest outside receivers in the NFL. He’s only prevented from a higher card due to the massive competition there is this week.
Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots – 83 OVR
The Patriots had yet another superb day on defense. One poor play allowed the Redskins to score, but other than that they never got close to the endzone. The driving force of New England’s defense on Sunday was Dont’a Hightower, who along with communicating plays and adjustments on the field racked up 8 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and a pass deflection.
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Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders – 82 OVR
The Raiders went to London as underdogs and came away with a hard-fought win. One of the biggest reasons why was the running of rookie Josh Jacobs against the vaunted Bears defense. Jacobs took 26 carries for 123 yards and 2 scores and also took in 3 catches for 20 yards as he kept the Raiders ahead of the chains and on the front foot all day.
Nathan Gerry, Philadelphia Eagles – 81 OVR
We come back to the Eagles for another TOTW option. The 2017 5th round pick had just 2 tackles on Sunday but started the defensive rout with a pick 6 in the first quarter. Defensive touchdowns don’t always guarantee TOTW cards, but Gerry is a perfect candidate for one of the lower cards given he only has a 67 OVR core silver card at the moment.
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