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Snaps, Touches, and Targets Report from Week 5 in the NFL

Mick Ciallela sorts through the Week 5 Snaps, Targets, and touches to find the key usage data that can help you win in Week 6 and beyond.

There were a lot of noteworthy performances last week around the NFL. If you paid attention to matchups and usage, you were probably able to read the tea leaves and take advantage. For example, here is what I said about Houston in this same column last week: October should be a better month for this entire passing attack, with games against Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland on the horizon. Knowing that would have likely prevented you from benching (or even dropping) Will Fuller.

Of course, not every hand will come up Aces, but having the right process when it comes to decision making and lineup building will, over time, produce winning results. Each week I provide usage information for each running back, wide receiver, and tight end for all 32 NFL ends. This will help you determine which performances are a sign of things to come and which are mere flashes in the pan. I have included all data through Week 5, and the tables can be sorted however you see fit.

For help getting ready for NFL Week 6, check out our Week 6 Waiver Wire Recommendations, Week 6 FAAB Guide and Mick’s Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings!

NFL Week 5 Snaps, Touches, and Targets Report

Arizona Cardinals (Weekly play totals: 89, 60, 75, 63, 77)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
David Johnson, RB7725368652054225422
Chase Edmonds, RB102243951362712
Larry Fitzgerald, WR85135711697535578
Keesean Johnson, WR6810192364363738
Trent Sherfield, WR504031533593
Pharoh Cooper, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A182
Andy Isabella, WR70IAIA1081102
Charles Clay, TE141152251172441
Maxx Williams, TE221141130221431
Christian Kirk, WR83125686912596IAIA
Damiere Byrd, WR787567724IAIAIAIA
Michael Crabtree, WRIAIA193130N/AN/AN/AN/A

The Cardinals earned their first victory of the season as David Johnson had 91 yards on 17 carries. He also led the Cardinals in receiving yards for the second straight game. However, Johnson is currently dealing with a back injury. This is a situation that can prove very tricky for Johnson owners. Chase Edmonds is owned in just 38 percent of Fantrax leagues. He is a must-add in case Johnson misses time due to this ailment. It was a bit disappointing to see Larry Fitzgerald and KeeSean Johnson combine for just 80 receiving yards with Christian Kirk out against a weak Cincinnati defense. A Week 6 date with the Falcons should cure the recent passing game ills. Quarterbacks have a 10:0 TD: INT ratio over the last three games against Atlanta, who was generated just one sack during that stretch.

Atlanta Falcons (Weekly play totals: 78, 66, 61, 80, 74)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Devonta Freeman, RB39124115552050214016
Ito Smith, RB397257313063511
Austin Hooper, TE6295065476611629
Calvin Ridley, WR6164210461606619
Julio Jones, WR53115410469638567
Mohamed Sanu, WR6665575076312626
Russell Gage, WR1339190140162
Justin Hardy, WR2251115114091
Luke Stocker, TE221301234240170
Keith Smith, FB6011011011080
Jaeden Graham, TE0020002040
Kenjon Barner, RB000031IAIAIAIA

Devonta Freeman totaled 30 yards on 11 rushes as his early-season struggles on the ground continue. He did score a receiving touchdown, which has buoyed his production. Both Freeman and Ito Smith had more receiving yards than rushing yards against Houston. The Falcons were playing catch up in the second half and the Texans were content to let Matt Ryan complete passes underneath. Calvin Ridley did get behind the defense for a late score, which vaulted him into high-WR2 value for the week. In a game where 85 points were scored, it was frustrating to see Julio Jones finish with a 3-42-0 line. But better days are ahead, and likely as early as this week. Kevin Peterson will be no match for Jones on the outside. Following back-to-back subpar performances, expect Jones to get back on track this week.

Baltimore Ravens (Weekly play totals: 77, 79, 83, 69, 81)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Mark Ingram, RB25144615502032135321
Mark Andrews, TE328429447298437
Gus Edwards, RB2917160229207216
Willie Snead, WR503441595522565
Marquise Brown, WR1455113629567375
Hayden Hurst, TE434331325152334
Seth Roberts, WR521270522435532
Nick Boyle, TE433493435411522
Justice Hill, RB23716311416452
Miles Boykin, WR181383271213200
Chris Moore, WR32070120110200

Mark Ingram was largely inefficient in Baltimore’s overtime victory in Pittsburgh but had 21 touches and a touchdown. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill combined for just eight, so all is well for those who have Ingram rostered. Mark Andrews led the team in targets and receptions, while Marquise Brown scored the team’s lone receiving score. Brown and Andrews have slowed down a bit, but that was to be expected after their unsustainably torrid start. They are both receiving a huge target share and will still be weekly starts going forward more often than not. Willie Snead has now cleared 40 yards in four of five games, but I just cannot buy-in. Snead has just 16 targets this season. Andrews and Brown each have 39.

Buffalo Bills (Weekly play totals: 69, 76, 78, 83, 65)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Frank Gore, RB19114521491638183316
T.J. Yeldon, RB20502911454327
John Brown, WR59106087067711535
Dawson Knox, TE382414445543475
Cole Beasley, WR48937447107113423
Tommy Sweeney, TE23221023390162
Isaiah McKenzie, WR001731941082
Lee Smith, TE280411391360211
Andre Roberts, WR00002081121
Patrick DiMarco, FB33216210014090
Zay Jones, WR29545340362810
Robert Foster, WR150272181IAIAIAIA
Devin Singletary, RB486256IAIAIAIAIAIA

The Bills won another ugly outing as Josh Allen threw for two scores in Tennessee. Frank Gore led the rushing attack with 60 yards but did not score, and ended the week just 36th among running backs in fantasy points. That is the risk of playing him. Devin Singletary has now missed three straight games with what was thought to be a minor ailment. John Brown caught all five of his targets but did not find the end zone. Buffalo traded wide receiver Zay Jones to Oakland following the victory. Duke Williams, who caught all four targets and scored a touchdown after being promoted from the practice squad before the game, may be worth a flier moving forward. Buffalo has some pass-friendly matchups in the coming weeks following their Week 6 bye.

Carolina Panthers (Weekly play totals: 67, 79, 63, 68, 65)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 Snaps Week 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Christian McCaffrey, RB67307922582868375628
D.J. Moore, WR63107514463605638
Curtis Samuel, WR6247714487618598
Reggie Bonnafon, RB00005200116
Jarius Wright, WR401546312476503
Greg Olsen, TE639659507664642
Alex Armah, FB1217019210051
Ian Thomas, TE412070100120
Chris Manhertz, TE180320320100IAIA
Chris Hogan, WR503119281IRIR

Christian McCaffrey had another ho-hum, 237-yard, three-touchdown performance against a solid Jacksonville defense. His day could have theoretically been even better. McCaffrey limped off late in the game, and Reggie Bonnafon subbed in. Bonnafon scored on a 59-yard run just three plays later. McCaffrey did not return, but it appears he was dealing with simple cramping. He is in no danger of missing any time. D.J. Moore had a promising effort with six receptions for 91 yards. The eight targets were especially nice to see, as he had totaled just seven in Kyle Allen’s previous two starts. Curtis Samuel did not provide as much production but did have six targets and two carries. Greg Olsen has his second consecutive dud following a strong start. He must be thrown back into the TE2 pool.

Chicago Bears (Weekly play totals: 73, 61, 66, 72, 58)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
David Montgomery, RB2872721441650263012
Tarik Cohen, RB511023932828103111
Allen Robinson, WR7013557597637588
Anthony Miller, WR160321343453457
Trey Burton, TEIAIA263404424444
J.P. Holtz, TEN/AN/AN/AN/A14017192
Javon Wims, WR210180171685541
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR204152957321
Adam Shaheen, TE342213231322120
Mike Davis, RB411215311IAIA40
Ben Braunecker, TE100153300000
Taylor Gabriel, WR675533498IAIAIAIA

The Bears suffered a stunning loss at the hands of the Oakland Raiders in London on Sunday. For fantasy purposes, it resulted in a mixed bag. David Montgomery toted the ball just 11 times, which was less than expected. He scored a touchdown, but his day was rather pedestrian as he had just 25 rushing yards. He did add an 11-yard reception. With the Bears behind, Tarik Cohen saw a bit more run than usual, but it still did not translate into much production. Cohen had six catches to go along with four carries. The big winner for Chicago was Allen Robinson, who caught seven of eight targets including two touchdowns. Robinson is the best player on this offense, but his numbers are largely tied to quarterback play and game script.

Cincinnati Bengals (Weekly play totals: 77, 70, 61, 69, 67)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Joe Mixon, RB2993816351742204220
Tyler Boyd, WR6112551055116466614
Auden Tate, WRIAIA2525410636676
Giovani Bernard, RB4810289265237265
Damion Willis, WR69545300241404
Tyler Eifert, TE386195291295184
C.J. Uzomah, TE545420281280432
Stanley Morgan, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A32
Alex Erickson, TE1141537150151
Drew Sample, TE30193100210150
Cethan Carter, TE0000001000
Samaje Perine, RB1040000000
John Ross, WR6312608616456IRIR
Pharoh Cooper, WR80N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Joe Mixon carried the ball eight times for 60 yards on Cincinnati’s opening drive, including six straight rushes. Zac Taylor then proceeded to give Mixon just 11 carries the rest of the way. Don’t worry – I don’t get it either. Mixon could have had a much bigger day if used properly. Andy Dalton threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the game which allowed him to finish as a QB1 for the week (10th overall). Tyler Boyd was Dalton’s favorite target, as has been the case all season long. Boyd caught 10 of 14 balls for 123 yards and a touchdown. Boyd now has 53 targets through five games. The high volume has contributed to his current ranking as a low-end WR1 on the year. With AJ Green still out and John Ross on injured reserve, do not expect Boyd to slow down anytime soon.

Cleveland Browns (Weekly play totals: 73, 69, 72, 69, 49)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Nick Chubb, RB51214222703044244117
Odell Beckham, WR73116310719667498
Jarvis Landry, WR7386877195210496
Antonio Callaway, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A213
Demetrius Harris, TE131541652460272
D'Ernest Johnson, RB93277100051
Pharaoh Brown, TE00180160331190
Ricky Seals-Jones, TEIAIA3062213150
Damion Ratley, WR352423575463140
Dontrell Hilliard, RB133IAIA1025940
KhaDarel Hodge, WR0000001000
Taywan Taylor, WRIAIA1812090IAIA
David Njoku, TE666101IRIRIRIRIRIR

On Cleveland’s first play from scrimmage, Odell Beckham threw a 20-yard pass to Jarvis Landry. That pass netted Beckham more fantasy points than Baker Mayfield ended up with. The passing game was completely out of sync, with Beckham finishing outside the top 60 despite the slight boost as a passer. Landry did end as the week’s WR30, so it could have been worse. The only productive member of the offense was Nick Chubb, though even he finished as just the RB31. Chubb averaged 5.4 yards per carry but was the victim of negative game script. Antonio Callaway returned from suspension and promptly turned a would-be touchdown into an interception. He was quickly pulled by Freddie Kitchens. Beckham and Landry are having a hard enough time getting going as it is. There is no reason to roster Callaway or any other pass catcher until further notice.

Dallas Cowboys (Weekly play totals: 68, 70, 72, 58, 72)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Ezekiel Elliott, RB37155325482256256716
Amari Cooper, WR5296456175686314
Michael Gallup, WR537478IAIAIAIA6214
Randall Cobb, WR485538534476606
Jason Witten, TE45 454 4374464604
Tony Pollard, RB221317523162054
Tavon Austin, WR251IAIAIAIA112162
Blake Jarwin, TE273241353173220
Dalton Schultz, TE90301402030
Jamize Olawale, FB16080906020
Devin Smith, WR60183665460IAIA
Cedrick Wilson, WRN/AN/A6014100IAIA

Dak Prescott had a game that looked good on the fantasy stat sheet but was largely aided by game script late in the contest. Because Dallas fell behind early, Ezekiel Elliott only had 12 carries in what was an exploitable matchup. He did manage to score which enabled him to come close enough to expectations to make it palatable. Amari Cooper lit up the Packers for 226 receiving yards and a score. Incredibly, it was only good for third-best among wide receivers in terms of Week 5 fantasy points. Michael Gallup returned after a two-week absence and picked right up where he left off. The second-year wideout had 113 yards and a touchdown. Gallup is averaging 113 yards per game, which would be best among all players had he played in all five games.

Denver Broncos (Weekly play totals: 64, 82, 73, 55, 61)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Phillip Lindsay, RB34173920412625102819
Royce Freeman, RB30114318362034123315
Courtland Sutton, WR578787658529517
Jeff Heuerman, TE210385362290373
Noah Fant, TE526544463404401
Emmanuel Sanders, WR5777613584449391
Andrew Beck, TE000023130151
Diontae Spencer, WR0000002121
DaeSean Hamilton, WR494546420345320
Andy Janovich, FBIAIAIAIAIAIA90190
Devontae Booker, RB1000000000
Troy Fumagalli, TE10014180IAIAIAIA
River Cracraft, WRN/AN/A50N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Denver’s upset victory of the Chargers looked a lot like some of their games from 2018. Phillip Linsday thoroughly dominated both the Chargers and backfield mate Royce Freeman. Lindsay ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and added four receptions for 33 yards. Freeman tacked on 61 rushing yards and two receptions of his own, though the gap between he and Lindsay appears to be widening.  Courtland Sutton had an early 70-yard catch and run for a touchdown. He has really come on as of late and is currently a top-10 fantasy wide receiver. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Sanders has gone in the other direction. Sanders is still holding on to WR2 value on the year but has failed to clear 10 yards in two of his last three games.

Detroit Lions (Weekly play totals: 88, 61, 64, 77, BYE)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Kerryon Johnson, RB5018331548215429ByeBye
Kenny Golladay, WR8695610518699ByeBye
J.D. McKissic, RB524261276ByeBye
Marvin Jones, WR715566539745ByeBye
Ty Johnson, RB81137136114ByeBye
T.J. Hockenson, TE649483424423ByeBye
Marvin Hall, WRN/AN/AN/AN/A110293ByeBye
Logan Thomas, TE7061191243ByeBye
Nick Bawden, FB221100191102ByeBye
Jesse James, TE511304351370ByeBye
Danny Amendola, WR4713350235IAIAByeBye
C.J. Anderson, RB2611125N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

The Lions had a Week 5 bye and travel to Green Bay on Monday night in Week 6.

Green Bay Packers (Weekly play totals: 64, 74, 57, 81, 74)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Aaron Jones, RB38144329221168205027
Tra Carson, RBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A2410
Geronimo Allison, WR320345263645646
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR4276565010707704
Jimmy Graham, TE356540241579523
Jake Kumerow, WR1061IAIAIAIA502
Marcedes Lewis, TE343310312182342
Dan Vitale, FB11080191204121
Robert Tonyan, TE20122017319171
Darrius Shepherd, WRN/AN/AN/AN/A2015040
Allen Lazard, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A10
Davante Adams, WR6287195245715IAIA
Jamaal Williams, RB2673513351411IAIA
Trevor Davis, WR19140N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

With Jamaal Williams out due to a concussion, Aaron Jones owners were finally guaranteed a full workload from start to finish. All Jones did with the opportunity was score four touchdowns and put up 182 total yards. His 49.2 PPR fantasy points were the most any running back has put up since Todd Gurley in Week 16 of the 2017 season. Despite the huge game, we really cannot say with any certainty that Jones will be the bell cow once Williams returns. Still, he hopefully has at least earned a large chunk of the pie going forward. Davante Adams missed this game, but Green Bay’s other receivers failed to capitalize. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison caught just three of 10 targets for 46 combined yards. In fact, Jones had more receiving yards on his own (75) than all Packers’ wide receivers put together (55).

Houston Texans (Weekly play totals: 67, 66, 60, 69, 73)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Carlos Hyde, RB25114020311033174722
Will Fuller, WR6536075876867216
Duke Johnson, RB42142672954592910
DeAndre Hopkins, WR6613628587678718
Keke Coutee, WRIAIA294170404324
Darren Fells, TE341443396431582
Jordan Akins, TE472393275334481
Cullen Gillaspia, FB0030401000
DeAndre Carter, WR28110101000
Buddy Howell, RB0010100000
Kenny Stills, WR283253326112IAIA

Houston scored 53 points largely by abusing Atlanta through the air. Deshaun Watson had 426 yards and five touchdowns on just 33 attempts. He also was not sacked, after being sacked 18 times through the first quarter of the year. Carlos Hyde out-touched Duke Johnson 21-10 and scored a touchdown, though Johnson had more yards from scrimmage. The star of the game was Will Fuller. Fuller broke out of his month-long slump in spectacular fashion. Fuller posted one of the best fantasy games in history with a ridiculous 14-217-3 line. Fuller’s September line in four total games was 14-183-0. As amazing as Fuller was on Sunday, it could have been even better. He was twice stopped at Atlanta’s one-yard line. Because of Fuller’s heroics, DeAndre Hopkins had arguably the quietest seven-catch, 88-yard game ever. If you want to buy low on Hopkins, the time is now.

Indianapolis Colts (Weekly play totals: 63, 72, 71, 78, 81)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Marlon Mack, RB48254923441928115432
Nyheim Hines, RB178144186359177
Jordan Wilkins, RB00116103165127
T.Y. Hilton, WR5696563710IAIA675
Eric Ebron, TE253344364275274
Jack Doyle, TE432513494578593
Zach Pascal, WR230320310537443
Mo Allie-Cox, TE131240272100372
Deon Cain, WR112330403570421
Chester Rogers, WR250294290556400
Ashton Dulin, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3040
Parris Campbell, WR182181323498IAIA

The Colts had the perfect blueprint to go into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs, and executed their gameplan to a tee. Marlon Mack ran the ball 29 times for 132 yards as the Colts controlled the clock for 37:15. Jordan Wilkins added seven carries for 28 yards and has been efficient in limited opportunities this season. Indianapolis has a Week 6 bye, but Wilkins might be worth a speculative add given Mack’s bum ankle and heavy workload. With the Colts playing keep-away, there was not much production to be had in the passing game. T.Y. Hilton and Nyheim Hines led the team with four receptions and five targets each. Hilton was gutting out a quad injury, so it was encouraging to see him in on 83 percent of snaps. He should be at full strength when Indianapolis faces the Texans in Week 7.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Weekly play totals: 58, 67, 54, 85, 84)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Leonard Fournette, RB50196521542371327730
D.J. Chark, WR4145593856286811
Dede Westbrook, WR48758543105365811
James O'Shaughnessy, TE385444423504384
Chris Conley, WR447575383664653
Marqise Lee, WR120IAIA150251192
Ryquell Armstead, RB82000014962
Geoff Swaim, TE294354212414431
Seth DeValve, TE80100120220220
Keelan Cole, WR1209050101100
Tyler Ervin, RB00200000IAIA

Minshewmania ran wild on Sunday as Gardner Minshew lit up what had been a stingy Panthers pass defense to the tune of 374 yards in a losing effort. Nearly half of those yards went to D.J. Chark, who continues to improve in just his second NFL season. He is the overall WR5 through five games. While that level of production feels unsustainable, it is hard to call him a fluke. Dede Westbrook had a solid effort with seven grabs on 11 targets. He has now increased his yardage output in three consecutive games. Westbrook will also be this week’s winner of the P.J. Williams sweepstakes. Expect even more production out of Westbrook in Week 6. Leonard Fournette saw another huge workload with 23 carries and seven targets. Fournette now has 115 touches through five weeks, trailing only Christian McCaffrey.

Kansas City Chiefs (Weekly play totals: 68, 76, 68, 70, 63)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Damien Williams, RB45193914IAIAIAIA3513
Travis Kelce, TE5086596386885810
Byron Pringle, WR30402131499
Mecole Hardman, WR531566436445397
Demarcus Robinson, WR432696624649586
LeSean McCoy, RB2011311426113215142
Anthony Sherman, FB10160302052
Blake Bell, TE331250311240280
De'Anthony Thomas, WRIAIA41100070
Deon Yelder, TE0000205240
Sammy Watkins, WR6511701365869620
Darrel Williams, RB00003714361200
Darwin Thompson, RB21415430IAIA

The Chiefs largely abandoned the running game in their loss on Sunday night, which was curious considering the close nature throughout the contest. Damien Williams returned to the lineup and dominated LeSean McCoy in both snaps (35-14) and touches (12-2). Perhaps there is still hope for Williams to earn season-long value just yet. McCoy fumbled the ball away after a second-quarter reception which may have also limited his playing time. Sammy Watkins was injured early on, so Kansas City was down a weapon on the outside. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson were productive, but it was Byron Pringle who stepped in for Watkins and earned the trust of Patrick Mahomes. Pringle surpassed 100 yards and scored the Chiefs’ lone touchdown. Before Sunday, Pringle had played just 12 snaps. Considering the impending returns of both Watkins and Tyreek Hill, I think it is safe to leave Pringle on the waiver wire.

Los Angeles Chargers (Weekly play totals: 64, 67, 75, 67, 70)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Austin Ekeler, RB48194923491648234619
Mike Williams, WR413415707IAIA6213
Keenan Allen, WR531061156818566696
Travis Benjamin, WR313440435IAIA402
Virgil Green, TE271592270IAIA541
Derek Watt, FB152628119181
Lance Kendricks, TEN/AN/AN/AN/A112383190
Andre Patton, WRN/AN/A00N/AN/A244160
Geremy Davis, WRIAIA100027210
Troymaine Pope, RB00N/AN/A00281200
Justin Jackson, RB169188289IAIAIAIA
Dontrelle Inman, WR271382243507IRIR
Sean Culkin, TE10160441391IRIR

I was curious to see how the Chargers would split the work among their running backs with Melvin Gordon back in the fold. The results were interesting, though I would caution that the negative game script may have skewed things a bit. Gordon had 12 of the backfield’s 15 carries and added four receptions. Austin Ekeler, meanwhile, had a career-high 15 receptions, as Denver had the lead and was content to let Philip Rivers dink and dunk. To illustrate how much can change based on format, Ekeler finished as the RB8 for the week in PPR leagues but just the RB31 in standard scoring.

Keenan Allen was held in check with just four catches for 18 yards. He will bounce back in short order, most likely this week against Pittsburgh. Steelers slot cornerback Mike Hilton has played coverage for 94 snaps this season. In that time, he ranks in the bottom three among all corners in catch rate and fantasy points per target. Mike Williams was heavily involved after being questionable with a back issue. Williams was targeted 13 times and finished with 74 scoreless yards. Hunter Henry may be back this week, but I would not rush to insert him into lineups quite yet.

Los Angeles Rams (Weekly play totals: 77, 70. 66, 98, 72)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Todd Gurley, RB54154520491574166720
Cooper Kupp, WR66106610651292164817
Gerald Everett, TE3015065825685811
Robert Woods, WR731569363109615679
Brandin Cooks, WR7166855913889464
Tyler Higbee, TE405243IAIA447403
Josh Reynolds, WR25230172162291
Malcolm Brown, RB211125717424631
Johnny Mundt, TEN/AN/AN/AN/A20N/AN/A20
Darrell Henderson, RB21N/AN/AN/AN/A0000

For the second consecutive week, Todd Gurley ran for a pair of touchdowns but the Rams again eschewed the running game on Thursday night. Jared Goff threw the ball 49 times for 395 yards. While  Goff has thrown for over 900 yards in the last two games, the Rams have lost both. Brandin Cooks saw just three targets and two touches as he exited early with a concussion. Cooper Kupp benefited and produced a 9-117-1 line on a massive 35 percent target share. Kupp’s 63 targets are well ahead of Michael Thomas (55) for the NFL lead. The other beneficiary of Cooks’ injury was not Robert Woods, who finished with five catches on nine targets. Instead, it was Gerald Everett who had a career day with 136 yards. Everett has the athleticism to continue to rise among the fantasy ranks at the tight end position.

Miami Dolphins (Weekly play totals: 50, 62, 72, 52, BYE)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Kenyan Drake, RB277341246182814ByeBye
Mark Walton, RB41105N/AN/A138ByeBye
Preston Williams, WR2154266912437ByeBye
DeVante Parker, WR387577696434ByeBye
Isaiah Ford, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A153ByeBye
Kalen Ballage, RB206219251183ByeBye
Jakeem Grant, WR303388468222ByeBye
Nick O'Leary, TE200141281241ByeBye
Durham Smythe, TE120251401370ByeBye
Mike Gesicki, TE346352303260ByeBye
Chandler Cox, FB30602010ByeBye
Allen Hurns, WR35328252IAIAByeBye
Albert Wilson, WR65IAIAIAIAIAIAByeBye

Miami mercifully had a Week 5 bye. They will take on Washington in Week 6 in a battle of the resistable force against the movable object.

Minnesota Vikings (Weekly play totals: 53, 65, 63, 62, 71)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Dalvin Cook, RB36234723382149224727
Adam Thielen, WR473648556596608
Alexander Mattison, RB12984191263167
Stefon Diggs, WR322587443527534
Ameer Abdullah, RB42711173103
Kyle Rudolph, TE530655551521641
C.J. Ham, FB22025026294211
Irv Smith, TE260272313291360
Olabisi Johnson, WR7020130364310
Tyler Conklin, TEN/AN/A6014020120
Laquon Treadwell, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A9050
Mike Boone, RB2000530000
Brandon Dillon, TE70N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Chad Beebe, WR141162140IRIRIRIR

Some were worried that the public complaints of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs May have meant less work for stud running back Dalvin Cook. Um, not so much. Cook touched the ball 27 times and gained 218 yards from scrimmage in the Vikings victory. As for the squeaky wheel theory, Thielen was most certainly greased. Thielen had 130 yards and two touchdowns as he exploited an easy matchup. Diggs, on the other hand, had another quiet outing. Diggs has just one game of 50-plus yards and two with double-digit fantasy points through five games. It will be difficult to get the desired value for Diggs in a trade, but owners simply cannot expect Diggs to return to his top 20 form. Speaking of players who do not figure to return to form, Kyle Rudolph had one catch for four yards last week and has 36 yards this season. The end.

New England Patriots (Weekly play totals: 70, 72, 77, 65, 78)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Sony Michel, RB23153521171029173819
James White, RB3311227IAIA34113115
Julian Edelman, WR67126653910627729
Josh Gordon, WR4745756812587678
Brandon Bolden, RB10IAIA22551116
Matt LaCosse, TEIAIA422IAIA120734
Jakobi Meyers, WR81IAIA49340362
Ryan Izzo, TE452310511440202
Phillip Dorsett, WR614353719401040
Matt Slater, WR0040203000
Gunner Olszewski, WR1000700000
Rex Burkhead, RB32161775718121IAIA
James Develin, FB320272IAIAIRIRIRIR
Antonio Brown, WRN/AN/A249N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Sony Michel had an efficient day against Washington, with 91 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Most encouraging was that he caught all three of his targets. Before Sunday, Michel had not caught a pass in 2019. James White chipped in with six rushes and six receptions, and Brandon bolden caught a touchdown pass. Rex Burkhead was out with a foot injury. New England has a quick turnaround, so Burkhead may be missing another week. Julian Edelman shook off a rib injury to catch eight of nine targets for 110 yards and a score. Phillip Dorsett left early with a hamstring injury. He is also unlikely to suit up Thursday against the Giants. It is a tough break for Dorsett owners, as the Giants present one of the easiest matchups for opposing wide receivers in all of football.

New Orleans Saints (Weekly play totals: 66, 65, 58, 71, 70)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Alvin Kamara, RB50214216512655204823
Michael Thomas, WR591364135176996413
Latavius Murray, RB189236122185239
Jared Cook, TE423447442406426
Josh Hill, TE321280342414524
Ted Ginn, WR497390395505453
Taysom Hill, QB1542134262152
Zach Line, FB10022011171190
Tre'Quan Smith, WR422383IAIAIAIA190
Austin Carr, WRIAIAIAIA270440170
Deonte Harris, WR1011007000

Teddy Bridgewater was masterful as he engineered the Saints to their third straight victory without Drew Brees. Bridgewater had four touchdowns and 314 yards against Tampa Bay and has quietly produced as a high-end QB2 over the course of his three starts. As has been the norm of late, particularly with Drew Brees on the shelf, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were Bridgewater’s go-to options. Kamara had 16 carries and six receptions while Thomas carved Tampa up for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches. Jared Cook and Latavius Murray had some encouraging moments last week. Cook caught his first touchdown of the year and had season-highs with four receptions and 41 yards. Murray, meanwhile, had a season-high nine touches. Still, neither can be considered a trustworthy weekly play at their respective positions.

New York Giants (Weekly play totals: 69, 70, 65, 78, 69)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Evan Engram, TE53145585785775813
Sterling Shepard, WR687IAIA621170105611
Jonathan Hilliman, RBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A27104411
Golden Tate, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A466
Darius Slayton, WRIAIAIAIA295342455
Elijhaa Penny, FB628030143254
Wayne Gallman, RB14591416472562
Rhett Ellison, TE222330231414291
Cody Latimer, WR618405IAIA270320
Cody Core, WR00145507000
Russell Shepard, WR90413265IRIRIRIR
Saquon Barkley, RB551761252413IAIAIAIA
Bennie Fowler, WR5055511392492N/AN/A
T.J. Jones, WRN/AN/A30415050N/AN/A
Eric Tomlinson, TE204010N/AN/AN/AN/A

The Giants could not get much done against Minnesota, as Daniel Jones looked overmatched once faced with a real defense. Wayne Gallman left with a first-quarter concussion. With his status in doubt and Saquon Barkley on the mend, Gallman’s days as a fantasy-relevant player appear to be over. Jonathan Hilliman will likely get the Week 6 start, but I cannot imagine a scenario where you would be starting him. Sterling Shepard suffered another concussion, his second in less than a month. He may be out for a while. Evan Engram is dealing with a knee injury and is also very much a question mark for Thursday night. If he is also forced to miss this game, expect Golden Tate to be peppered with targets. Tate returned from suspension last week but was quiet in his first action of the season, totaling just 13 receiving yards on six targets.

New York Jets (Weekly play totals: 72, 68, 51, BYE, 59)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Le'Veon Bell, RB722661315122BYEBYE5224
Demaryius Thomas, WRN/AN/A72IAIABYEBYE469
Robby Anderson, WR697676515BYEBYE453
Jamison Crowder, WR6518676465BYEBYE323
Ty Montgomery, RB5224683BYEBYE82
Ryan Griffin, TE684610470BYEBYE571
Trevon Wesco, TE5030110BYEBYE190
Daniel Brown, TE2050100BYEBYE140
Josh Bellamy, WR6145200BYEBYE110
Braxton Berrios, WR0000306BYEBYE00
Trenton Cannon, RB100000BYEBYE00

Luke Falk took nine sacks, threw two interceptions, and gifted the Eagles with two defensive scores. Other than that, he was fantastic.   Le’Veon Bell is currently the only reliable threat to opposing defenses. His efficiency has taken a massive hit this season. Some of it may be do to the Jets not having a quarterback, but the offensive line is also quite suspect. Only left guard Alex Lewis has played well. Bell has managed to keep his PPR numbers afloat with 27 receptions through four games. He and Demaryius Thomas each had nine targets on Sunday, though neither cleared 50 yards. Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder each have eight receptions in three games since Sam Darnold has been out. Even with Darnold expected back this week, they will be hit or miss options. Chris Herndon is eligible to be reinstated, but he should not be started as of yet.

Oakland Raiders (Weekly play totals: 58, 65, 59, 67, 73)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Josh Jacobs, RB43243012251236195030
DeAndre Washington, RB5215596139139
Darren Waller, TE5886275315618575
Foster Moreau, TE322150232313455
Hunter Renfrow, WR163498334283425
Trevor Davis, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A372554
Jalen Richard, RB91205295195114
Keelan Doss, WRIAIA0000151402
Derek Carrier, TE00951007052
Alec Ingold, FB1505070251161
Marcell Ateman, WRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A280
Tyrell Williams, WR557617573627IAIA
Dwayne Harris, WR2150IAIAIAIAIAIA
Ryan Grant, WR414495IAIAN/AN/AN/AN/A

The Raiders pulled off a huge upset when they beat the Bears in London on Sunday. Derek Carr was not sacked and did not turn the ball over, as Oakland wisely got the ball out of his hands quickly against Chicago’s vaunted pass rush. Josh Jacobs balled out against a Bears defense that had only given up an average of 58.8 rushing yards to opposing running backs in their first four games. Jacobs finished with 29 touches for 143 total yards and two touchdowns. Deandre Washington added a rushing score on six attempts. Darren Waller owners were likely disappointed with the surprisingly positive game script and the fact that Foster Moreau matched Waller in both targets (5) and receptions (4). With Tyrell Williams inactive and Oakland leading for much of the game, just 11 of Carr’s 32 passes were intended for wide receivers.

Philadelphia Eagles (Weekly play totals: 75, 81, 76, 62, 68)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Miles Sanders, RB36133514261722112914
Jordan Howard, RB179189251233192913
Alshon Jeffery, WR60760IAIA509638
Zach Ertz, TE6278116767478587
Darren Sproles, RB231228327371104
Nelson Agholor, WR60578117512560613
Dallas Goedert, TE4130090433503
Mack Hollins, WR100698757402310
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR507545536020
Corey Clement, RB3000IAIA0000
DeSean Jackson, WR5210110IAIAIAIAIAIA

Jordan Howard again looked like the best Eagles running back this past Sunday. Howard had 62 yards and a score on the ground. Miles Sanders did have four receptions, while Darren Sproles was again nonexistent. Sanders should get more of the receiving work going forward, but it does appear that Howard is the preferred option on early downs and on the goal line. Sproles is now week to week with a strained quad and can safely be dropped. The same can only probably be said of Nelson Agholor, who is still rostered in 71 percent of leagues. His production has dropped drastically now that Alshon Jeffery is back, and DeSean Jackson should also be back in the next week or so. Zach Ertz finally scored his first touchdown of 2019 while Jeffery added six catches in the blowout victory.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Weekly play totals: 69, 57, 53, 59, 60)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
James Conner, RB32143115361838184814
Diontae Johnson, WR255274427376558
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR628478537434557
Jaylen Samuels, RB2342241402718157
James Washington, WR366343494450336
Vance McDonald, TE494527152IAIA373
Johnny Holton, WR80615000201
Nick Vannett, TEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A442300
Ryan Switzer, WR466134000020
Benny Snell, RB0021337300
Zach Gentry, TEN/AN/AN/AN/A100250IAIA
Donte Moncrief, WR6210181IAIA30IAIA
Xavier Grimble, TE20201382IRIRN/AN/A

It looked like Pittsburgh may follow the formula that equaled success the week before, as Jaylen Samuels was the wildcat quarterback on their first play from scrimmage. But that plan was scrapped when Samuels threw an interception deep in Pittsburgh territory which led to a Baltimore touchdown. After that, Samuels attempted just one more pass, adding three carries and three catches. He also suffered a knee injury which will knock him out for a month. How quickly fortunes can change. James Conner is once again locked in for heavy workloads going forward. In Week 5, he had 14 rushes for 55 yards and a score but was not targeted in the passing game.


Juju Smith-Schuster caught all seven of his targets and scored Pittsburgh’s first touchdown of the day. However, he also had a costly fumble in overtime which led to the game-winning field goal. Smith-Schuster appears to be the only wide receivers you want in Pittsburgh. Quarterback Mason Rudolph suffered a scary-looking injury, which led to undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges finishing out the game. Pittsburgh has a bye in Week 7, so I would expect Hodges to get the start this week. I do not consider him a streaming option, but he also may not be a significant downgrade to Smith-Schuster or anyone else. It’s not like Rudolph was throwing the ball downfield at all.

San Francisco 49ers (Weekly play totals: 68, 72, 79, BYE, 76)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Tevin Coleman, RB189IAIAIAIABYEBYE2616
Matt Breida, RB301621133217BYEBYE2614
George Kittle, TE6210483798BYEBYE739
Raheem Mostert, RB201034172413BYEBYE247
Marquise Goodwin, WR503373532BYEBYE465
Dante Pettis, WR21350335BYEBYE483
Deebo Samuel, WR603299414BYEBYE353
Kyle Juszczyk, FB320373503BYEBYE343
Ross Dwelley, TE12014020BYEBYE232
Kendrick Bourne, WR173232223BYEBYE172
Levine Toilolo, TE110340100BYEBYE180
Richie James, WR262334282BYEBYE60
Jeff Wilson, RBN/AN/A1510219BYEBYEIAIA

The San Francisco 49ers blitzed Cleveland with an all-out assault in the rushing game. San Francisco finished with 275 rushing yards as Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman each ended the week inside the top 20 at running back. The 49ers are so stocked at the position, that Jeff Wilson, who had four touchdowns in the previous two games, was a healthy scratch. That is likely to remain the case as long as Breida, Coleman, and Raheem Mostert remain healthy.  Little production was needed on the passing front, but it was nice to see George Kittle score his first touchdown of 2019. Some Kittle owners were a bit nervous early on, but there was never anything to worry about. Kittle has cleared 50 yards in all four games so far this season and is still an elite fantasy tight end.

Seattle Seahawks (Weekly play totals: 53, 79, 84, 63, 74)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Chris Carson, RB41224318371648266229
Rashaad Penny, RB1462611IAIAIAIA128
Tyler Lockett, WR48270128214614675
Will Dissly, TE272475467508665
Jaron Brown, WR410580626353234
DK Metcalf, WR416707716404513
Luke Willson, TEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A162431
Malik Turner, WR00163173100170
C.J. Prosise, RB0010546914300
Nick Vannett, TE242331262N/AN/AN/AN/A

Russell Wilson needed just 23 attempts to produce 268 passing yards and four scores on Thursday night against the Rams. He is playing at an elite level despite averaging just 31.2 pass attempts per game. Chris Carson was a workhorse once again despite the return of Rashaad Penny. Carson had 27 carries and also caught the game-winning touchdown pass. Penny chipped in with six rushes and two receptions. No pass catcher for Seattle had more than four targets as Wilson was highly efficient as usual, completing 74 percent of his throws. Will Dissly led the way with 81 yards but failed to reach the end zone for the first time since Week 1. Dissly is tied with DK Metcalf for second on the team with 26 targets, trailing only Tyler Lockett through five games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Weekly play totals: 70, 65, 77, 74, 59)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Ronald Jones, RB221484231536202012
Chris Godwin, WR6466297447014579
Peyton Barber, RB2512422428151910209
Dare Ogunbowale, RB275161193215194
Mike Evans, WR6055986815677573
Scott Miller, WRN/AN/AN/AN/A2081233
O.J. Howard, TE555600584653472
Bobo Wilson, WR600060354272
Cameron Brate, TE312182323183141
Antony Auclair, TE13027020023090
Justin Watson, WR1020202110
T.J. Logan, RB1000101010
Brashad Perriman, WR45531452351IAIA

Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones experienced a virtual split of the backfield work in Week 5. Both produced about average output, though Barber did score a touchdown. Jones has been much more efficient per touch, but Barber has scored three times to Jones’ one thus far. Entering Week 6, they are neck and neck in fantasy points. Barber is currently the RB33 and Jones the RB34. Chris Godwin lit up the Saints for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He is now the overall WR1 through five games. Mike Evans posted a bagel in the Bayou and has as an inconsistent a weekly resume as you will see from a top-20 fantasy wideout. O.J. Howard may turn around his season at some point, but there’s no justifying starting him in fantasy right now. He is 31st among tight ends in fantasy scoring, just behind teammate Cameron Brate.

Tennessee Titans (Weekly play totals: 61, 60, 80, 64, 62)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Derrick Henry, RB36213018381948293820
Adam Humphries, WR221343549263366
Dion Lewis, RB264304424189256
Corey Davis, WR450505594566544
A.J. Brown, WR264275405283402
Jonnu Smith, TE372290413431382
Delanie Walker, TE296346469202272
Tajae Sharpe, WR300322393380201
MyCole Pruitt, TE340280270380250
Darius Jennings, WR5011604140
Anthony Firkser, TE903030IAIA10
David Fluellen, RB40IAIAIAIA00IRIR

Tennessee scored just seven points in a home loss to Buffalo as they were largely done in by Cairo Santos missing four field goals. Santos was subsequently released. Derrick Henry again dominated backfield touches despite the Titans never playing with the lead. Henry’s stranglehold on the backfield has been a theme all year long. Dion Lewis is barely ownable, even in PPR formats. After busting out for a combined three touchdowns and 185 receiving yards against Atlanta the week prior, Corey Davis and A.J. Brown totaled just 55 scoreless yards on four catches. Considering what we have seen from the Titans wideouts during the course of this season (not to mention what we have witnessed from the Falcons’ pass defense), it is safe to say their Week 4 breakout was the anomaly. Davis and Brown are worth owning but should only be started in favorable matchups.

Washington (Weekly play totals: 67, 62, 79, 51, 59)

Player, PositionWeek 1 SnapsWeek 1 T&TWeek 2 SnapsWeek 2 T&TWeek 3 SnapsWeek 3 T&TWeek 4 SnapsWeek 4 T&TWeek 5 SnapsWeek 5 T&T
Chris Thompson, RB4313281040122793211
Terry McLaurin, WR627569708IAIA567
Adrian Peterson, RBIAIA181237152011167
Wendall Smallwood, RB001632041116
Trey Quinn, WR656497597394454
Steven Sims, WR00547200344
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE141221384213273
Paul Richardson, WR527543679455512
Kelvin Harmon, WR1526010029261
Jerome Cunningham, TEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A130
Vernon Davis, TE557464564384IAIA
Robert Davis, WRN/AN/A4090222N/AN/A

Colt McCoy started at quarterback for Washington but managed just 119 yards on 27 passes. He also took six sacks for 44 yards as new England’s defense continues to dominate. Following the game, Washington fired Jay Gruden and named Bill Callahan interim coach. Callahan stated that he wants to run the football more going forward. If you want to buy that narrative, I suggest doing so for one week only. Adrian Peterson will have his best matchup of the year in Week 6 against Miami. The Dolphins have allowed 615 rushing yards and five touchdowns to opposing backs in just four games. On the other hand, Peterson has been patently awful this season. The future Hall of Famer has just 108 yards on 40 carries, good for a 2.7 average. He does not have a rushing attempt that has exceeded 10 yards in any of those attempts.

You can argue that Washington’s best runner so far this season has been a wide receiver. Steven Sims slipped through some poor tackles to score on a 65-yard scamper, which was about all the offense Washington could muster. Sims now has 81 rushing yards on four carries. Washington’s three running backs totaled just 66 yards on the ground against New England. Chris Thompson again led the club in receptions. Rookie wideout Terry McLaurin returned to action but caught just three of seven targets for 51 yards. It was good to see him play virtually every offensive snap after missing Week 4 due to a hamstring injury. McLaurin has been the only consistent source of fantasy production in Washington’s offense through the first month of the season. The rookie enters Week 6 25th among wideouts in fantasy points despite missing a game.

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