Week 5 Fantasy Football Studs

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Here they are ladies and gentlemen, the heroes of the hour, the brave souls who carried your fantasy team on their backs to the safety of victory this week.  Here is the list of players who have earned the key to the city for Week 5.  For the full commemoration of these Studs, check out the podcast.


Marcus Mariota @ MIA
-163 passing yards, 3 TDs, 60 rushing yards, rushing TD

Tom Brady @ CLE
-406 passing yards, 3 TDs, 14 rushing yards
Guess who’s back… back again… Brady’s back…

Ben Roethlisberger vs NYJ
380 passing yards, 4 TDs

Philip Rivers @ OAK
359 passing yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs

Brian Hoyer @ IND
397 passing yards, 2 TDs

Derek Carr vs SD
-317 passing yards, 2 TDs, INT, 2pt conv, 13 rushing yards

Andy Dalton @ DAL
269 passing yards, 2 TDs, 34 rushing yards

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Andrew Luck vs CHI
322 passing yards, 2 TDs, 13 rushing yards

Matthew Stafford vs PHI
180 passing yards, 3 TDs, 16 rushing yards

A few more of the usual suspects made the list this week, but Brian Hoyer crashed the party again.  I might have to start taking this guy seriously.  Stafford and Mariota had some poor yardage games but were bailed out by TD efficiency.

Wide Receivers

Sammie Coates vs NYJ
-6 receptions, 139 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 11 targets
Started strong with a long TD, and he kept it going all game.  He’s still a young WR with inconsistent hands, but as long as Big Ben is giving him opportunities, you should too.

T.Y. Hilton vs CHI
10 receptions, 171 receiving yards, TD, 11 targets
Through 5 weeks, T.Y. is the only player in the league with at least 10 targets in every game.  Not having Moncrief in the lineup has really consolidated this passing game.

Amari Cooper vs SD
6 receptions, 138 receiving yards, TD, 12 targets
Many people saw this one coming with the injuries to the Chargers secondary.  Amari has reasserted himself as the possible 1a/1b in this offense.

Larry Fitzgerald @ SF
6 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 8 targets
Even with horrifying QB play, Fitzgerald still got it done.  Luckily, though Palmer has a long layoff between games to return from his concussion.

Brandon LaFell @ DAL
8 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 11 targets
I guess the Garbage Man really Can.

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Brandon Marshall @ PIT
8 receptions, 114 receiving yards, TD, 15 targets
He’s the man in this offense, especially for as long as Decker is sidelined.  Fitzpatrick is not afraid to force the ball to Marshall regardless of coverage.

Adam Thielen vs HOU
7 receptions, 127 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets

Cameron Meredith @ IND
9 receptions, 130 receiving yards, TD, 12 targets

Jeremy Kerley vs AZ
8 receptions, 102 receiving yards, TD, 14 targets

These three WRs were surprises this week.  Of the three, Kerley is the only one who earned his role without injuries to the guys ahead of him, so he is probably the best bet of the 3 to repeat this performance.

Antonio Brown vs NYJ
-9 receptions, 78 receiving yards, TD, 11 targets
The real story here was the cleats Antonio wore on Sunday.  His cleat game is on point!

Tyrell Williams @ OAK
5 receptions, 117 receiving yards, TD, 6 targets
Somebody in the Chargers WR corps is going to have a good game each week.  This week it was Tyrell.  If you know who it’s going to be next week, please @ me.

Running Backs

David Johnson @ SF
27 carries, 157 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 3 receptions, 28 receiving yards
David Johnson of Love
Say what?
David Johnson, yeah (ooh ooh, ooh ooh)!

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Ezekiel Elliott vs CIN
15 carries, 134 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 3 receptions, 37 receiving yards
Zeke is an absolute beast.  This is by far the strength of the Dallas offense for as long as Dez Bryant is out.  Expect more games like this from EZ-E going forward.

Tevin Coleman @ DEN
6 carries, 31 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 132 receiving yards, TD
Really…?! Sickle Cell Trait my @$$.  Also, worth mentioning that Coleman has been relevant in fantasy despite failing to rush for more than 50 yards in any game this season.

Devonta Freeman @ DEN
23 carries, 88 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 35 receiving yards
Freeman and Coleman really exposed the Broncos defense.  If there is any weakness there, it’s the linebackers.

Jordan Howard @ IND
16 carries, 118 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 45 receiving yards, TD
Jeremy Langford seems like a distant memory at this point.

Theo Riddick vs PHI
11 carries, 49 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 2 TDs
Riddick has made a name for himself with his skills as a receiver out of the backfield, but now he’s doing enough on the ground to justify staying on the field.

Carlos Hyde vs AZ
22 carries, 78 rushing yards, TD, 6 receptions, 36 receiving yards
Hyde is the mirror image of Riddick, he has been a good runner but left something to be desired through the air.  It looks like he is capable of taking over the pass catching role in this offense.

Le’Veon Bell vs NYJ
20 carries, 66 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 88 receiving yards
Deangelo Williams is a complete non-story when Bell is healthy.  They are going to ride Bell until the wheels fall off.

LeSean McCoy @ LA
18 carries, 150 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards
The “slippery fish” himself.  This dude is electric, there are no two ways about it.  He is fun to watch.

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DeMarco Murray @ MIA
27 carries, 121 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 16 receiving yards
DeMarco touched the ball 32 times on Sunday and managed to force 13 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett @ CLE
6 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 8 targets
Sure, why not?

Rob Gronkowski @ CLE
5 receptions, 109 receiving yards, 7 targets
Gronk could’ve really smashed if Bennett hadn’t swiped a trio of TDs.

Delanie Walker @ MIA
5 receptions, 66 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
When you operate as your team’s #1 WR, you’re likely to have some solid TE stat lines.

Hunter Henry @ OAK
3 receptions, 74 receiving yards, TD, 4 targets

Antonio Gates @ OAK
4 receptions, 30 receiving yards, TD, 5 targets

Hunter Henry out-snapped the veteran, Gates, 43 to 18 on Sunday.  This kid is everything Ladarius Green was supposed to be.

Dwayne Allen vs CHI
6 receptions, 50 receiving yards, TD, 6 targets
When Dwayne Allen scores, he ends up on this list.  If he doesn’t, he ends up on the other side in the Pooped in His Big Boy Pants article.

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Jesse James vs NYJ
6 receptions, 43 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
The outlaw got in the end zone for a six shooter this week.  Like many TEs his fantasy output will be tied to his ability to do so on a weekly basis.

Crockett Gilmore vs WAS
4 receptions, 28 receiving yards, TD
Not a stellar output for Gilmore.  This is more of a detriment for the value of Dennis Pitta than it makes me excited for Gilmore.

Kickers/Defense/Special Teams

Adam Vinatieri vs CHI
5/5 FG, 2/2 XP
The elder statesman hit on all 5 of his field goals from distances of 54, 53, 46, 41 and 26 yards.  He really helped out those owners who randomly drafted him to be their Kicker and haven’t given him a second thought until now.

Honorable Mentions

Davante Adams vs NYG
-5 receptions, 85 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets

Randall Cobb vs NYG
9 receptions, 108 receiving yards, 11 targets

Travis Benjamin @ OAK
-7 receptions, 117 receiving yards, 11 targets

Matt Asiata vs HOU
-14 carries, 55 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 46 receiving yards

Todd Gurley vs BUF
-23 carries, 72 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 36 rushing yards

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Ryan Matthews @ DET
-11 carries, 42 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 33 receiving yards, TD

Melvin Gordon @ OAK
16 carries, 69 rushing yards, 1 reception, 18 receiving yards, TD

Jay Ajayi  vs TEN
-13 carries, 42 rushing yards, TD

Terrance West vs WAS
11 carries, 95 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -6 receiving yards

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