Dak Prescott still hasn’t thrown an interception, and Ezekiel Elliott is still leading the league in rushing. The Cowboys’ rookie duo continues to battle for the top spot while Carson Wentz is nipping at their heels.
Sterling Shepard, Giants (8th last week)
Shepard wasn’t on a bye week but he might as well have been. He was held to just two catches and 14 yards in the Giants’ narrow loss to the Packers. It might not get better for Shepard in his Week 6 matchup against the Ravens, who are the fifth-stingiest team in passing yards allowed.
Receiving stats: 22 catches, 277 yards, 2 TDs
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Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars (9th last week)
Ngakoue is coming off a bye week but is still leading rookies in sacks and forced fumbles. He’s recorded a sack in each of his past three games and looks to extend that streak against the Bears, who have allowed 11 sacks this season.
Yes, Lynch was under center when the Broncos suffered their first loss since last year, but he held his own in his first career start. Denver’s first-round pick completed 23 of 35 attempts for 223 yards with a touchdown and interception. The Broncos expect Trevor Siemian to start Thursday, giving Lynch more time to learn.
Passing stats: 37 of 59, 393 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Deion Jones, Falcons (5th last week)
Jones dropped a few spots after missing the Falcons’ Week 5 win over the Broncos with the hamstring injury. Despite sitting out, he still leads all rookies in tackles. Atlanta is unsure if Jones will be in the lineup against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Defensive stats: 30 tackles, 0 sacks, 1 INT
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Jalen Richard, Raiders (10th last week)
Richard got more of the workload with Latavius Murray out in Week 5, rushing for 31 yards on eight carries. But he proved to be more valuable in the passing games in the Raiders’ third straight win, catching six passes for 66 yards.
Rushing stats: 25 carries, 175 yards, 1 TD
Jordan Howard, Bears (NA last week)
Howard has turned heads the past two weeks, eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark in both games. The fifth-round pick is averaging 5.8 yards per carry this season and was very explosive last Sunday against the Colts. He rushed for 118 yards on just 16 carries, including a 57-yard run.
Rushing stats: 51 attempts, 296 yards, 0 TDs
Will Fuller, Texans (4th last week)
Fuller’s climb up the rankings was halted last Sunday against the Vikings, who have been making it a habit of shutting down opposing offenses this season. The rookie was limited to a career-low one catch for four yards. Fuller will get a chance to bounce back Sunday against the Colts, who have allowed at least 30 points in three of their first five games.
Receiving stats: 20 catches, 327 yards, 2 TDs
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Carson Wentz, Eagles (3rd last week)
It was a forgettable Sunday for Wentz, who threw his first interception and saw his undefeated streak end. Despite his off game against the Lions, he still completed better than 76 percent of his passes and extended his streak of throwing at least one touchdown in each game.
Passing stats: 91 of 135, 1,007 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT
Dak Prescott, Cowboys (2nd last week)
What does Dak Prescott have to do to be at the top of this list? Prescott is closing in on Tom Brady’s record for most attempts without throwing an interception to start a career (162). And yet he’s still looking up at his teammate. We’ll see how the tandem performs against the Packers this weekend.
It’s impossible to ignore what Elliott has done in his first five games. He’s leading the league in rushing yards, attempts and ranks second in rushing touchdowns. The Cowboys used the fourth pick to select a running back -- a rarity in today’s game -- but it looks like the gamble has paid off big time.