It was a high-scoring fantasy football Week 5 featuring some of the best performances of the season. Hopefully, your roster was full of stars who went off for big games like Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, Deshaun Watson and Adam Thielen. Along with those stars, there were some surprises who stepped up with big production.
Which one of the names coming from off-the-radar for big Week 5’s are worth a look in the coming weeks? Let’s take a look at what to expect from this week’s breakout stars in this edition of ride or fade.
WR WILL FULLER V, HOU vs. ATL, $4,500 — 56.7 DKFPFantasy football owners have been frustrated with Fuller’s slow start, but the dynamic deep threat broke out with a massive Week 5 against the Falcons. He hauled in 14 catches for 217 yards and three scores while also getting tackled twice inside the five-yard line. Fuller was the brightest star with the highest score on the main slate on a day when there were plenty of highlights. Fuller was targeted 16 times by Watson, who attempted 33 passes as the Texans piled up 53 points against a beleaguered Atalnta defense.
While Fuller definitely brings a high ceiling due to the way he can take any touch for a touchdown, I’m not ready to count on him every week. Coming into today, Fuller only had 14 catches for 183 yards and no touchdowns through the first four games of the season. With DeAndre Hopkins ($7,800) on the other side, Fuller won’t get over 50% of Watson’s targets on a regular basis. The Texans won’t score over 50 points on a regular basis either after averaging just 19.5 points through their first four games. The Falcons defense offered no resistance, which won’t be the case going forward. The next two weeks, the Texans are on the road against the Chiefs and Colts in games Houston will likely try to keep lower scoring than this week’s high-scoring contest.
RB Aaron Jones, GB at DAL, $5,900 — 52.2 DKFPThe Packers bounced back from a tough loss to Philadelphia last week with a huge road win in Dallas behind a big game from Jones. The second-year RB was bottled up by the Eagles but ran wild against the Cowboys, totaling 107 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries while adding seven catches for 75 more yards.
Jones continued to share time even with Jamaal Williams (concussion) out as the recently-re-signed Tra Carson had six carries and four catches. Jones was still extremely productive and showed he has the elusive quickness to produce long runs and be extremely effective in the red zone. The Packers look ready to rely heavily on Jones, especially in close to the goal line. Jones has eight touchdowns in his past four games and should remain the focus of the re-made Green Bay offense under new coach Matt LeFleur, who has had success as an offensive coordinator with Derrick Henry, Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman in the past few seasons.
WR D.J. Chark, JAC vs. CAR, $5,000 — 39.4 DKFPThe Jaguars ran out of Minshew Magic and fell just short of rallying to tie the Panthers in their 34-27 loss. Chark continued his impressive play, piling up 164 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches for 164 yards. Chark continues to show a great connection with Gardner Minshew ($5,300) and has emerged as Jacksonville’s top WR.
In his five games in his second season, Chark has already hauled in five touchdowns and has been targeted at least eight times in three of his past four games. Chark, Minshew and the Jags face the Saints, Bengals, Jets and Texans before their bye week in Week 10. All of those set up to be favorable matchups for the second-round pick out of LSU, so keep counting on Chark attacks in the coming weeks.
RB JOSH JACOBS, OAK vs. CHI, $4,500 — 32.3 DKFPThe Raiders surprised many people by improving to 3-2 with a win in London despite not having much depth in their WR corps. With mutliple injuries to receivers, Oakland relied heavily on its first-round rookie RB, and Jacobs had a career-high 26 carries as a result. Jacobs totaled 123 yards and two touchdowns on those carries while adding 20 yards on a career-high three catches.
In the early part of the season, Jacobs has been a workhorse for Oakland with double-digit carries in every game and at least 79 yards in four of his five NFL contests. Jacobs also had two touchdowns in Week 1 against Denver and can help control the clock when Oakland isn’t playing with a big deficit. After the bye week following the London matchup, Jacobs and the Raiders return with road matchups at Green Bay and Houston. After those games, the Raiders have home matchups agains the Lions, Chargers and Bengals. Jacobs has been impressive as a featured back and should continue to produce good numbers based on the volume he is set up for in the coming weeks.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, NO vs. TB, $5,200 — 31.26 DKFPThe Saints got another win without Drew Brees thanks to Bridgewater’s best game since taking over as starting QB. He relied heavily on Thomas and ended up with 314 yards passing and four touchdowns. Bridgewater has gone 3-0 for New Orleans and kept them atop the NFC South.
Brees’ return is on the horizon after the QB was spotted throwing after thumb surgery. Bridgewater may not have much time and has tough matchups the next two weeks on the road in Jacksonville and Chicago. He could make a nice spot start in Week 8 against the Cardinals at home in the Superdome, but isn’t an attractive play until then. Most of this week’s production has more to do with the Buccaneers’ woeful secondary that has been torched by the Rams, Giants and Saints the past three weeks and really only shut down a hobbled Cam Newton. Kyle Allen gets the Bucs in Week 6 before Tampa Bay’s bye.
RB Sony Michel, NE at WAS, $5,500 — 21.3 DKFPAfter a good rookie season and an impressive playoff run, Michel has gotten off to a slow start to his second year with the Patriots. He had his best game of the year in Washington, posting 91 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and also adding three catches on three targets for 32 more yards.
The most encouraging sign for Michel was probably his involvement in the passing game since he had been largely ignored on passing downs. Part of his success was an increased workload due to Rex Burkhead (foot) being sidelined. Since Burkhead’s injury isn’t considered serious, he is expected to be able to return in Week 6 as the Patriots face the Giants on Thursday Night Football. While Michel showed he can still produce in the right situation, he’ll continue to just be one of many options in the Patriots’ offense. Until he locks himself into this much work regularly, he’ll remain a touchdown-dependent, boom-or-bust option.
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