A crazy NFL Week 5 led to some players finally living up to their potential as NFL Fantasy Football Studs. A couple of players did surprise. Neither one of those two players was a wide receiver. Check out this week's Top 3 fantasy quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers.
DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans
Houston lost JJ Watt for the game. That forced DeShaun Watson to fight firepower with firepower. He threw a total of 5 TD passes. That means DeShaun has thrown 12 TD passes in only 4 games started. Impressive? Absolutely, it is! What's really crazy is that Watson might be better than 5 TD passes in a game. It's doubtful that Houston's D recovers after losing Watt. Since the Texans more often not must play from behind, Watson could post bigger fantasy stats in the weeks to come.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak got it going in the Cowboys near win versus the Green Bay Packers in NFL Week 5. He threw 3 TDs to only a single pick. He threw for 251 yards. He rushed 4 times for 37 yards. He scored a rushing TD. The Cowboys have a bye this week before battling San Francisco in Week 7.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
I was way off in Philly's 34 to 7 smashing win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. I thought Zona's Carson Palmer would punish the Eagles' less than spectacular secondary. Palmer was terrible while Carson Wentz killed it. Wentz threw 4 TD passes. He also threw for 304 yards. Carson, so far, hasn't suffered from the sophomore blues in his second season in the NFL.
Melvin Gordon, L.A. Chargers
Gordon finally showed up with a big game. He rushed 20 times for 105 yards. That's easily Melvin's best rushing game this season. He also caught 6 of 8 targets for 58 yards. 2 of Gordon's 6 catches were for TDs. Gordon, along with Bolts' QB Philip Rivers, led the L.A. Chargers to their first win of the season. LAC beat the New York Giants 27 to 22.
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
You've probably heard that Pittsburgh QB Big Ben Roethlisberger threw 5 interceptions in the Steelers surprising 9 to 30 loss to Jacksonville in Week 5, right? No doubt, Ben's performance should be the story of the game.
Fournette's performance is a close second. The Jags' Round 1 pick dominated the Steelers' rush defense. Fournette rumbled for 181 yards. He scored 2 rushing TDs. He also had a catch for 3 yards.
Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
Most fantasy fans felt Minnesota RB Latavius Murray would get the bulk of the Vikings' work in Minny's Monday Night Football battle versus the rival Chicago Bears. It turned out to be Jerrick McKinnon who came up huge. McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards. He scored a TD on a 58 yard scamper. That's not the only thing McKinnon did. He also caught 6 of 6 targets for 51 yards.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are suddenly only a game behind the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFC North. A.J. Green is a big reason for that. Facing one of the better defenses in the NFL in the Buffalo Bills, Green was phenomenal in Week 5. He caught a TD pass. Overall, he caught 7 passes for 189 yards. A.J.'s yards per catch average came out to 27. That's awesome.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
DeAndre only caught 4 passes for 52 yards. But, get this, 3 of the 5 catches went for TDs. Now that Watson is entrenched as Houston's starting QB, Hopkins should once again become one of the most prolific fantasy scoring player in the NFL each week.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
A week after having a fit on the sidelines, Antonio Brown saw 19 targets. He caught 10 of the 19 for 157 yards. I wish I could say more. To be honest, Pitt should have stuck to the rushing attack.
I don't know what's going on with the Steelers this season. A player goes buck wild on the sideline because he's not getting enough targets. You run the ball. You win the game. To placate the player, you send him close to 20 passes the very next week. You give up on the run. You lose the game.