Team of the Week
QB: Deshaun Watson
Watson absolutely exploded in Week 5, throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns (with just five incompletions) while also adding four carries for 47 additional yards. The key was pass protection, as Watson was sacked zero times in the 53-32 victory over Atlanta, and it led to a perfect quarterback rating for the first time in his career. Next up is a probable shootout against the Chiefs.
RB: Aaron Jones
He’d been saved by goal-line scores in back-to-back weeks after combining for just 40 rushing yards, but Jones put it all together on Sunday—turning 26 touches into 182 total yards and four touchdowns. The Packers basically had their way with Dallas on the ground, and no Jamaal Williams (concussion) in the lineup for Green Bay meant plenty of work for Jones, who took full advantage.
RB: Christian McCaffrey
Coming off a career-high 37 touches in Week 4 didn’t matter to McCaffrey in Week 5, and this is his third Team of the Week appearance already this year. The former No. 8 overall pick totaled 237 yards against the Jaguars, and the success has become the norm (200 yards doesn’t even seem like a big deal for him anymore). McCaffrey looks like the top fantasy player to own for the remainder of the season.
WR: Will Fuller
There were plenty of monster performances over the weekend, but none were bigger than Fuller’s, who caught 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns—with all the numbers doubling up his totals through the first quarter of the season. Fuller was simply uncoverable against a Falcons defense that has fallen apart, so hopefully fantasy owners had the foresight to somehow see the breakout coming.
WR: Michael Thomas
Thomas has destroyed the Buccaneers in his career, and it didn’t matter that Teddy Bridgewater was in the lineup instead of Drew Brees (thumb) this week, as he stung them for an 11/182/2 line. The 26-year-old has now caught at least nine passes in four-of-five games, and he caught a touchdown in the other.
TE: Gerald Everett
We ranked Everett as a top-15 option for this week because the Rams seemed poised to get him more involved so the offense would be less predictable, and that’s exactly what happened with seven receptions (on a career-high 11 targets) for 136 yards. It would have been an even bigger game for the former second-round pick if the referee ruled him in on a highlight catch-and-run that would have been overruled on a challenge.
FLEX: Amari Cooper
Cooper saw shadow coverage from Jaire Alexander for most of the evening in Week 5, but he still hauled in 11 grabs for 226 yards and a touchdown—or 34.1 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues. He’s done more than live up to 2019 expectations with a season-long pace of 102 receptions, 1,638 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
The Eagles were clearly an elite option this week, and they didn’t disappoint with ten sacks, three takeaways, two defensive touchdowns, and just six points allowed. Hopefully a slow start (2.5 fantasy points per game) didn’t deter you from streaming Philly in a dream spot.
K: Justin Tucker
Heading into Monday night’s game, Tucker is tied as the top fantasy kicker for the week with Dan Bailey (16 points each), but the game-winning field goal in overtime gives the clear edge to the opera singer. Tucker has yet to miss a kick in 2019.
Surprise of the Week: Josh Jacobs
Jacobs seemed to be an easy fade against Chicago, but strange things happen across the pond, and Oakland simply ran it down the throat of the stingiest defensive front in the league. The carries (26), rushing yards (123), and touchdowns (two) were all career-highs, and Jacobs also caught three-of-four targets for 20 yards.
Disappointment of the Week: Mike Evans
A slow start to the season seemed to be erased by back-to-back lines of 8/190/3 and 4/89/1, but Evans followed it up with zero receptions on Sunday, which surely cost plenty of fantasy owners their matchup. There will be plenty of big games in the future, but Chris Godwin looks like the reliable, every-week WR1 option, while Evans is settling in as more of a volatile, high-end WR2.
Rookie of the Week: Josh Jacobs
Kyler Murray (25.4 fantasy points) deserves consideration, but he was expected to have a really good game against Cincinnati, while Jacobs dominated Chicago. Oakland’s offensive centerpiece is set up very nicely to keep it up when they return from the bye to take on the Packers.
Week 5 MVP: Aaron Jones
The biggest reason to be worried about Jones in 2019 was a brutal schedule (particularly early in the season), but he’s gotten through matchups against the Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Eagles, and Cowboys with eight touchdowns, so fantasy owners should have no complaints about the 3.9 yards-per-carry average through five weeks. Sunday’s 45.7-point performance trailed just Will Fuller (46.7).