Fantasy Football Week 5 is here and with it comes the gift that keeps on giving. Stats. At the conclusion of each week for the 2019 fantasy football season, I will be sifting through all of the fantasy football stats produced. I will filter out stats I find noteworthy or valuable to pay attention to moving forward. I hope this list encourages you to stop and assess the possible impact each stat could have on fantasy values. Conversely, stats are fun. Enjoy each one for what it is and don’t overthink everything presented.
12 Fantasy Football Stats to get you ready for NFL Week 5
All stats listed are based on .5 PPR.
1.) Good news? Jared Goff became the first QB in the 2019 season to throw for 500+ yards. Bad news? He also led all QBs with 3 interceptions on the week (tied with Josh Allen & Dwayne Haskins). This is why it’s important to look at the whole picture before you make a roster move to throw someone like Goff into your lineups. He’s perfectly capable of having a big game but this season, he’s off to a horrible start with interceptions. He’s thrown 6 INTs (tied for the lead with Ryan, Mayfield, and Allen) and 6 TDs so far. Typically, good QBs will course-correct as the season goes on. Jared Goff is a #good QB.
2.) It was a good fantasy week for RBs. Kerryon Johnson had 26 carries for 125 yards and 2 receptions for 32 receiving yards, yet this was only good enough to finish as the RB16 in Week 4. Johnson’s workload has significantly increased in the last couple of weeks. He’s on bye in Week 5 but has some favorable matchups that follow if you remove the 2 weeks he has to see the Bears defense of course.
3.) Will Dissly was the #3 TE in Week 4. He has increased targets & receptions in each of his 4 games this season, the 2nd highest catch rate among TEs with 20 or more targets, and leads all TEs with 4 TDs. Dissly is currently the #5 TE & trending up. If I were you, I’d be trying to trade for Dissly before he becomes unattainable.
4.) Who would have thought it was possible to rush for over 200 yards in a game and not score a touchdown. In Week 4, Leonard Fournette somehow rushed for 225 yards and tacked on another 20 receiving yards and did not score in the game. Fantasy owners have been waiting for this kind of performance from Fournette. I’ sure they would have liked a touchdown or two to go with it but finishing as the #5 RB on the week isn’t too shabby.
5.) David Johnson only had 40 rushing yards vs. the Seahawks in Week 4. Thankfully for fantasy owners, he had a better day through the air, catching 8 of his 11 targets for 99 yards. Johnson hasn’t exceeded 40 rushing yards since Week 1. Owners are not getting the value they drafted him for but as long as he is involved in the passing game, he will continue to provide a safe floor in most formats.
6.) Jameis Winston led all QBs with 4 passing TDs in Week 4. He also finished as the #1 fantasy football QB on the week. As I mentioned in my latest weekly “DomiNaters” article, Winston is worth an add to rosters but don’t expect consistent production from him. He can give you upside if you play the matchup game, but you’ll be disappointed if he’s your #1 QB option.
7.) Austin Hooper was your #1 TE in Week 4. He had himself a day with 9 receptions on 11 targets for 130 yards. He has the 3rd most targets and 2nd most receptions at the position. Hooper is the #2 TE on the season behind Evan Engram. Hooper has done this quietly as Matt Ryan has struggled this season. You may be able to try and snag Hooper in a package deal if you need to upgrade at TE and odds are you do.
8.) Patrick Mahomes has thrown at least 2 TDs in each game since Week 6 of the 2018 season. That ended in a big way in Week 4 as Mahomes had ZERO TDs against the Detroit Lions. A game in which the Chiefs came very close to losing. No, it’s not time to panic. Mahomes has thrown 11 TDs on the year and has at least 315 passing yards in each of his 4 games. Mahomes has yet to throw an INT but naturally, because I said it, he will throw his first INT in Week 5.
9.) After losing a fumble in each of his first 3 games, Chris Carson bounced back in Week 4. Pete Carroll awarded Carson’s horrible start with the most carries he’s had in a game in 2019 with 22. Carson finished the day with 104 yards and another 41 receiving yards and ZERO fumbles. Chris Carson has proven he can handle a full workload and Pete Carroll is committed to him. A great sign for owners who felt worried about his start to the season.
10.) Finally, Davante Adams had himself a game in 2019. In Week 4 he caught 10 of his 15 targets for a league-leading 180 yards. Unfortunately, he was held on the sidelines in the closing minutes of the game due to turf toe. He is questionable for Week 5.
11.) Lamar Jackson had another great fantasy performance last week. He threw for 247 yards with 3 TDs and added another 66 yards on the ground. Jackson will not always make things pretty from an NFL QB perspective but he is fantasy gold in 2019, scoring a TD in all 4 games thus far. His rushing ability provides owners with a safer floor than most QBs.
12.) Chris Godwin had his best performance of the season catching 12 of his 14 targets for 172 yards and 2 TDs. Not bad for a guy that was injured and decided to “push through” his hip injury in this game. Godwin is an automatic start every week. If he can put up this kind of performance with an injury, his ceiling is higher than we could imagine.
Thanks for reading and good luck to all of you in NFL Week 5!
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