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Week 5 Fantasy Football Awards 2023

Team of the Week


QB: Justin Fields, CHI

Chicago destroyed the Commanders last Thursday night, and Fields stayed hot after a Week 4 breakout—going for another four-touchdown game on just 15 completions while also adding 57 yards on the ground. Following a slow start, Fields appears to have settled in as a high-end QB1 option with growing confidence as a passer.


RB: Travis Etienne Jr., JAX

Jacksonville fed Etienne 30 touches in their win over the Bills, and he went off with 184 total yards and two touchdowns (both on the ground). The former Clemson standout has quietly seen 23+ touches in all but one game this season, so he’s an obvious RB1 the rest of the way.


RB: Zack Moss, IND

Moss had performed very well in three starts with Jonathan Taylor out of the lineup, and he had a career day in the superstar back’s return—rushing 23 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns in a divisional win over Tennessee. With Anthony Richardson (shoulder) now facing a multi-game absence, Moss has a case for weekly starting value in all formats.


WR: D.J. Moore, CHI

Washington had zero answers for Moore last week, as he caught eight-of-ten targets for 230 yards and three touchdowns in a career night. The performance was what Chicago had envisioned when they acquired Moore from the Panthers in a trade down from the No. 1 overall pick, and he’s suddenly up to 531 yards and five scores on the year.


WR: Ja’Marr Chase, CIN

Chase gave Moore a serious push for the top fantasy score of Week 5—catching 15-of-19 targets for 192 yards and three touchdowns on his way to scoring 44.7 fantasy points. Whether or not Tee Higgins (ribs) is back next week, the Bengals will be leaning heavily on Chase in a possible shootout versus Seattle.


TE: George Kittle, SF

Kittle only needed three receptions (on four targets) to score three times last night, and the outing showed why the superstar tight end—despite some low-floor games—should be locked into lineups every week. We’ll see if he goes off again next Sunday in Cleveland.    


FLEX: Breece Hall, NYJ

Hall was deemed to be without restrictions ahead of Week 5, and that was certainly the case with 22 carries for 177 yards—highlighted by a 72-yard touchdown to start the second half and give New York a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Eagles will be a tougher matchup next week, but Hall is looking like himself.


D/ST: Saints

New Orleans at least held up their end of a potential slugfest in New England—holding the Patriots to 156 yards while recording three takeaways, two sacks, and a touchdown in the shutout victory. Rookie passer C.J. Stroud has yet to throw an interception, but the Saints should remain a strong play next week in Houston.


K: Greg Zuerlein, NYJ

Zuerlein made all seven of his kicks on Sunday—including five field goals in a 31-21 win over Denver. The only miss this year for the veteran hit the upright, so he’s struck the ball well for New York to begin 2023.


Surprise of the Week: Zack Moss

Moss seeing more work than Jonathan Taylor wasn’t a major surprise, but going off against a Tennessee defense that’s typically very stout against the run made a career day come out of nowhere for the former third-round pick. And again, Moss should continue to see quite a bit of work in Shane Steichen’s offense with Anthony Richardson set to miss time.


Disappointment of the Week: Anthony Richardson

Speaking of Richardson, he unfortunately is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with his right shoulder injury—and he was limited to 4.42 fantasy points on Sunday despite a solid start by going nine-of-12 for 98 yards. Making the situation even more frustrating for fantasy owners is that it’s the second time Richardson has left a game early in just four career games.


Rookie of the Week: De’Von Achane

Achane lost a fumble early in Sunday’s win, but he quickly made fantasy owners forget about it by gliding for a 76-yard touchdown, and he’s now averaging 12.1 yards per carry on the season. Overall, the electric rookie went for 21.0 fantasy points, which followed the 49.3-point breakout and 25.5 points in Week 4.


Week 5 MVP: D.J. Moore

As stated, Ja’Marr Chase made it a competition, but Moore’s 45.0 fantasy points all but locked up this selection in the first game of the week. Since getting silenced by Jaire Alexander and the Packers in Week 1, Moore has gone for lines of 6/104, 3/41/1, 8/131/1, and 8/230/3 without even breaking ten targets in a game.