NFL Fantasy: Week 5 key performances

For the second week in a row, Deshaun Watson scores 5 touchdowns and tops the NFL fantasy leaderboard.

You never know what names will show up in the top ten NFL fantasy performances each week but Houston’s rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is getting to be a fixture, taking the top spot among all performers for the second week in a row. Who else were among the Week 5 key performers?

QB-1: Deshaun Watson, HOU

One thing we like about running quarterbacks is that they offer a better floor if the passing game goes awry. It didn’t go awry today as all five of Watson’s touchdowns were delivered to his wide receivers. He had no turnovers, ran for 31 yards and tacked on a 2-point conversion run to top 30 points again (35.54) in standard scoring. If you own Watson in a 6-point touchdown league, he broke 45 points for you.

QB-2: Dak Prescott, DAL

For all the perceived faults of the Dallas Cowboys, it is easy to miss that Dak Prescott is playing better than last season’s Rookie of the Year effort. He has been the most consistent NFL fantasy quarterback, finishing the first four weeks ranked at #12, #11, #9, and #8 before taking the second-place ranking in Week 5. He threw three touchdowns and ran for a fourth, just missing 30 standard NFL fantasy points with 29.74.

Best and worst of the rest

Carson Wentz set a personal best fantasy score with 27.26 points on a four-touchdown day. Alex Smith (26.86) and Cam Newton (26.20) threw three touchdowns each to round out the top five. Meanwhile, three quarterbacks finished the day with less than three points, but Ben Roethlisberger did it despite throwing for 312 yards. The Pittsburgh quarterback threw 5 interceptions on the day, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Before Sunday, Roethlisberger had thrown over 2,000 consecutive passes without a pick-six.

RB-1: Leonard Fournette, JAC

Jacksonville kept feeding the ball to Leonard Fournette, so he kept on running. When all was said and done, he had two touchdowns, 181 rushing yards, and his first career 30-point NFL fantasy performance. With Blake Bortles having a typical day, the Jaguars ran the ball for their final 18 plays and the Steelers could not stop them. Fournette’s day included a personal best 90-yard touchdown scamper late in the game.

RB-2: Melvin Gordon, LAC

Melvin Gordon wanted the ball. Melvin Gordon got the ball. He accounted for 163 total yards and two receiving touchdowns on his way to 28.3 standard NFL fantasy points. His six receptions made him an even bigger hit in PPR leagues.

Best and worst of the rest

2017 continues to be the year of the rookie running backs as two more made appearances on the leaderboard. Green Bay’s Aaron Jones racked up 125 yards rushing and a touchdown in his first full game to score 19.40 points. Indianapolis’ Marlon Mack (15.40) made his second top-ten appearance of the year by scoring a touchdown with 91 rushing yards. Baltimore’s Javorius Allen also grabbed a touchdown alongside his 85 total yards to round out the top five.

There were many top runners who disappointed to varying degrees, but Todd Gurley’s fall to earth was the biggest thud. A fumble out of the end zone in the first quarter turned a potential touchdown into a lost ball, setting the tone for the rest of the day’s three-point performance. Seattle’s return to running back by committee crushed any NFL fantasy potential as JD McKissic and Thomas Rawls finished as the RB-38 and RB-39, and Eddy Lacy was even further back.

WR-1: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

One way to score more NFL fantasy points than any other receiver is to score a bunch of touchdowns. That’s about all DeAndre Hopkins did as he snagged only four of the twelve targets thrown his way, but made sure he caught all three that were in the end zone. His 52 yards didn’t even lead the team, but his owners weren’t complaining about the 23.20 NFL fantasy points he put up.

WR-2: AJ Green, CIN

Another way to score more fantasy points than any other receiver is to rack up a lot of yards… but don’t lose any fumbles. That’s exactly what AJ Green did in a banner day for the Bengals star. Green’s 189 yards were the most by any wide receiver on the day. His sole touchdown should have given him the top scoring spot for Week 5, but a lost fumble cost him and he came up just short with 22.90 points.

Best and worst of the rest

Green Bay’s Davante Adams (18.60) and Houston’s Will Fuller (18.20) caught two touchdowns each to take the next two sports. Indiana’s TY Hilton was held out of the end zone but totaled 177 receiving yards to finish with the fifth-best wide receiver score in Week 5.

Amari Cooper’s picture could show up on missing posters soon as he has completely disappeared from the Raiders’ offense. He entered the day ranked #69 among wide receivers and delivered an 82nd-best 0.80 fantasy points with EJ Manuel behind center. It didn’t help that Michael Crabtree returned from his chest injury to catch six targets for 80 yards and a touchdown.

TE-1: Ed Dickson, CAR

He took a few weeks to fully transform, but Ed Dickson finally turned into Greg Olsen Sunday, grabbing 5 passes for 175 yards and becoming the top-scoring tight end of Week 5.

Best and worst of the rest

As many NFL fantasy football owners predicted, Darren Fells (14.40) and George Kittle (14.20) were among the top three scoring tight ends this week. By many, I mean the 0.4% of owners who started any of the three. Fells caught two Matt Stafford touchdown passes while Kittle garnered 83 yards and a score.

There were many disappointing tight ends this week. Jared Cook had 2.5 points before he lost all but a half-point to a fumble. Anyone who jumped on the Evan Engram train this week didn’t even get that many points as Engram was shut out, despite the Giants losing four wide receivers over the course of the game.

PK-1 and 1A: Adam Vinatieri, IND and Harrison Butker, KC

Veteran Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning 51-yard field goal Sunday to give him 18 fantasy points on the day. Meanwhile, the rookie Harrison Butker matched his 18 points in Kansas City’s Sunday night slugfest.

What will Week 6 bring? Judging from the results of the first five weeks, no one really knows. But that won’t stop us from trying to figure it out, so check in to RealSport every day for the latest NFL fantasy updates and advice!

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Pat Opperman


Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.