He's back! Tom Brady (406 yards, 3 TD) didn't miss a beat in his debut, hooking up with Martellus Bennett for all three scores and making Rob Gronkowski (5-109) relevant in fantasy once again. This could be the redux of the Aaron Hernandez and Gronk days ... The Browns couldn't get anything going offensively, and had to use three different quarterbacks (including Terrelle Pryor) because of injuries. The Titans are a defense worth streaming next week against the beat up Browns.
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This might have been the game of the week. Carson Wentz was very good once again (25/33, 238 yards, 2 TD) but Ryan Mathews coughed up the ball late to give the game away. Wendell Smallwood was a Week 3 hero with Mathews ailing, but he didn't even receive a single carry in this one. Mathews out-touched Darren Sproles 16-to-9 ... Golden Tate was more involved (3-for-39, 3 carries) with Eric Ebron out, but he's still a desperation play at this point. Theo Riddick was the star of the show, once again showing great PPR value (6-33-2) while handling the bulk of the rushing duties.
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With no second receiver stepping up for Indianapolis with Donte Moncrief sidelined, T.Y. Hilton continues to be peppered with targets (11). Lines like these (10-174-1) can be expected, as Hilton has five straight weeks of double-digit targets ... It would be surprising if Brian Hoyer lost the starting job back to Jay Cutler. Although we've seen hot starts from Hoyer before, he kept the Bears in this one (397 yards, 2 TD) and is absolutely worth streaming next week against a bad Jags defense. Jordan Howard (16-118, 3-45-1) is quickly turning into the bellcow back Jeremy Langford was supposed to be. He'll be an RB1 in nearly every matchup going forward.
Marcus Mariota finally brought the fantasy performance his owners had been waiting for (3 passing TD, 1 rushing). He can't be counted on because of the lack of weapons in the passing game, but his next three weeks (CLE, IND, JAX) are about as good as it gets for a quarterback ... Dolphins head coach Adam Gase held true to his word that the 4-man RBBC would stop being used. Jay Ajayi was the chosen one, putting up a modest 13-42-1 line. This team badly needs Arian Foster. Jarvis Landry was a non-factor for the first time this year. He converted all three of his targets, but Miami's offense with Ryan Tannehill was pitiful.
The fantasy defenses came to play, with Jamison Crowder returning a punt for a touchdown for Washington and C.J. Mosley nearly taking a pick-six back for Baltimore that resulted in a fumble at the pylon ... Steve Smith left the game with an ankle injury and given his age and injury history, he may miss some time. Mike Wallace (11) targets would stand to benefit. Terrance West (11-95) remains the back to own in Baltimore, as Kenneth Dixon had 3 carries for -1 yard in his debut.
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Five weeks is a big enough sample size. It's time to start sitting receivers against the Vikings D. Will Fuller (1-4) was held in check and DeAndre Hopkins (5-56-1) benefited from garbage time more than anything else. Lamar Miller (8-20) was shut down entirely ... Sam Bradford won't put up monster days, but he looks good in this offense. Even without Stefon Diggs, Bradford (271, 2 TD) spread the wealth and put Adam Thielen on the waiver wire radar.
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Pittsburgh's offense is a fantasy gold mine. Ben Roethlisberger (380, 4 TD) is on pace for 4,400 yards and 44 TDs. Even when a great run defense slows down Le'Veon Bell (20 carries, 66 yards), his receiving ability (9-88) is unmatched at the running back position. Sammie Coates dropped some passes, but his big play ability (6-139-2 TD) makes him a great boom or bust WR3 play every week. He'll continue to exploit single coverage with Antonio Brown drawing so much attention .. Brandon Marshall isn't fully healthy, but (8-114-1 TD) but he's going to eat with Eric Decker sidelined. Bilal Powell (10 touches) is going to start cutting into Matt Forte's workload (14 touches), particularly if the Jets have to keep playing from behind.
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Matt Ryan survived a date with Denver's defense (267 yards, 1 TD) and is locked in as a QB1 going forward. Devonta Freeman (23-88-1) is doing more work on the ground this year, while Tevin Coleman (4-132-1) is making things happen in the passing game. Freeman is an RB1, while Coleman is an RB2. After a 300 yard game, Julio Jones was swallowed up for just two receptions by Denver's defense. ... Expect to see more Devontae Booker (6 carries) sprinkled in with C.J. Anderson (11 carries). CJA is now down to 3.5 yards per carry on the season. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas remained safe WR2 options, even with Paxton Lynch slinging it. Their stock won't be impacted much either way.
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If you had to re-draft after the first five weeks, Ezekiel Elliott may be the first running back off the board. He cruised to a (15-134-1) line and now has three straight games with over 130 rushing yards ... Giovani Bernard got the start over Jeremy Hill and had 96 total yards to Hill's 12. That's a situation to monitor moving forward, and you would think more receptions are on deck for Gio with a matchup against the Patriots looming ... A.J. Green (4-50) would benefit from having Tyler Eifert back. Defenses aren't being punished for shifting coverage his way.
Derek Carr and his fantasy owners love it when the Raiders play from behind. Another second half surge led to a solid day (317, 2 TD) and a big game for Amari Cooper (6-138-1). When Latavius Murray returns, this will be a backfield to avoid. Jalen Richard (14 touches) and DeAndre Washington (14 touches) split the work evenly, but Jamize Olawale vultured them both at the goalline ... The Chargers are a factory of sadness, but Philip Rivers (359, 4 TD) is going to put up monster numbers with San Diego's defense leaking points. Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams (117 yards each) are both on the WR2/3 radar every week. I'm sure Mike McCoy would love to punish Melvin Gordon for his fumbles again, but he's stuck with him as his only option. Dexter McCluster might see a little more work, but Gordon should be safe for now.
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Remember how it's time to stop playing receivers against the Vikings? It's time to do the same with running backs against the Packers (after Week 6, anyway). Green Bay's run defense is allowing roughly 2 yards per carry this season, but Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line will pose a massive challenge next week. Eddie Lacy exited the game with an ankle injury, but it doesn't appear to be too serious. James Starks (12-33) would be a Flex consideration if he misses next week. Randall Cobb (9-108) was the best fantasy and real life player on the field in this one, securing some huge first downs, including the game-clincher. Just keep an eye on his injury status, as he took a nasty blow to the head/neck area on that final catch ... Odell Beckham Jr. (5-51-1) saved his day with a beautiful back of the endzone snag. He was targeted heavily (12) and remains a terrific buy-low for anyone reading too much into the behavior issues. He hugged the kicking net on Sunday, for goodness sake.
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Although he didn't score, LeSean McCoy (18-150) remains one of the safest weekly plays, regardless of matchup. Everyone else on Buffalo's offense is impossible to predict, as you'd think Tyrod Taylor (124 yards) and Robert Woods (2-26) would have had bigger days with the Bills putting up a 30-burger on the Rams ... Todd Gurley (23-72-1) is going to grind his way to the ugliest top-12 RB finish ever, isn't he? Gurley is now averaging 2.6 YPC through five weeks.