Welcome to the big time! Another week has come and gone in the NFL, as we approach the get into the meat of the regular season. Here’s another edition of Big Time Producers, reflecting upon the guys that likely won you your week.
Deshaun Watson – Looking every bit the part of superstar quarterback, Deshaun Watson torched the Atlanta Falcons for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. It’s hilarious to think that Mitchell Trubisky was drafted over Deshaun Watson, as Watson in this one game has surpassed Trubisky’s fantasy production on the season.
Teddy Bridgewater – The backup quarterback for the Saints has looked better each game he’s played, culminating in yesterday’s performance against the division rival Buccaneers. Teddy Bridgewater put it on the Bucs defense, throwing 4 touchdowns in a game that despite the final score, was never close.
Dak Prescott – It was a rough day for Dak Prescott, but he made up for it in garbage time. Fantasy football owners don’t care when the points come, so it turned out to be a fine day if you started Dak, even though he looked nowhere near the 40 million dollar contract he’s reportedly seeking, he did just fine for your fantasy football team.
Tom Brady – It was a slow start for the GOAT but he finished the day with 348 yards and 3 touchdowns against a hapless Redskins team that fired their head coach, Jay Gruden, following the game. At this point, nothing should surprise you about Tom Terrific, who has now surpassed Brett Favre for 3rd on the all time passing yards list.
Kirk Cousins – The overcorrection came quickly for the Vikings, who passed the ball effectively against an undermanned New York Giants squad. Cousins didn’t light the world on fire, but he had over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, which is obviously significantly better than when he’s only thrown the ball 10-15 times.
Josh Allen – After being knocked out with an injury last week, Josh Allen came back and played admirably in a big win for the Buffalo Bills. It wasn’t a monster day for Allen, but he finished with 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. More importantly, Josh Allen had 10 carries for 27 yards, indicating that he has a high floor as he runs the ball a lot.
Christian McCaffrey – Run CMC is a monster, there’s no other way to say it. Christian McCaffrey is making a legitimate MVP case for himself, as in 5 games he’s accumulated the 2nd most yards from scrimmage, of all time. He’s an every week, locked and loaded, must-start.
Aaron Jones – On a day where Davante Adams was missing in action, it was Aaron Jones who stepped up as the playmaker for the Green Bay Packers. Jones found the endzone in abundance, amassing 4 touchdowns. The fact that he also had 7 catches for 75 yards makes him a candidate to finish top ten among running backs if this continues.
Josh Jacobs – I have been very impressed with the rookie running back for the Oakland Raiders. Josh Jacobs probably wasn’t started in many leagues, but if you had the onions to start him against the vaunted Bears’ defense, it paid off gloriously. Jacobs has turned himself into a must-start going forward.
Dalvin Cook – What’s most impressive about Dalvin Cook is that he’s unaffected by Kirk Cousins throwing the ball more often. Cook is excellent in the passing game, as evidenced by his 6 catches for 86 yards. This means not only is Cook a must-start, but he’s also game script proof, meaning whether the Vikings are up or down in the score, Cook will be heavily leaned on.
Phillip Lindsay – For the second straight week, Phillip Lindsay has emerged as the true playmaker in the Denver running room. It’s not like Lindsay’s suddenly out of the woods, as he still is splitting carries pretty evenly with Royce Freeman. If Denver’s going to run the ball 30 times a game though, it won’t matter if they’re splitting touches.
Sony Michel – If you were worried about Sony Michel going forward like I was, this week did a lot to assuage your concerns. Granted, the Redskins are competing with the Miami Dolphins as the worst team in the league, however, if Michel hadn’t performed in this matchup, it would have been impossible to gauge him going forward.
Will Fuller – The Texans passing attack was expected to thrive against a struggling Atlanta team, but Will Fuller took it to another level. What made him so deadly for fantasy this week is he was likely a WR3 or flex play. This can’t be expected every game, but when the Texans are in plus matchups, he should definitely be started.
Amari Cooper – The Cowboys struggled early against the Packers but made it up to fantasy football owners by accumulating stats in garbage time. Amari Cooper was the main benefactor and finished with a monster day. The best case scenario for Cooper is the one we just saw; The Cowboys trailing and throwing the ball a ton.
Michael Thomas – Even without Drew Brees, Michael Thomas is proving he’s among the top three wide receivers in the game right now. His combination of size and speed makes him tough to guard, but his hands and efficiency make him a total nightmare for defenders. Thomas is a WR1 without Brees and might be the best wide receiver in fantasy football this season when all is said and done
DJ Chark – Lookout Aunty Em! It’s a Chark-nado! DJ Chark would have a touchdown catch in every single game this year if not for the penalty that took one off the board in Denver. He had a monster game against a tough Carolina Panthers defense and is the go-to for Gardner Minshew. He’s currently a must start.
Adam Thielen – The hungry will eat and the overcorrection came big for Adam Thielen this week. He balled out and caught two touchdowns. On the season, Stefon Diggs hasn’t really done much of anything for your fantasy team, but Thielen has been serviceable even in bad games. He’s the clear and obvious number one target in this passing attack.
Chris Godwin – Mike Evans might have pulled a Houdini but Chris Godwin found and gobbled up the points. Godwin is being utilized all over the formations, in and out of the slot and he is gorging on targets right now. He’s leading the fantasy world right now in points at the wide receiver position.
Darren Fells – I had said before that Darren Fells was the better Texans tight end to own and he proved it by reeling in two touchdowns on Sunday. It was a weird, low-scoring week for all tight ends, so Darren Fells was actually the number one scoring tight end this week. He probably doesn’t finish number one again all season, but he does some have value for TE needy teams.
Zach Ertz – This was a great matchup and it paid off, as Zach Ertz found the end zone for the first time this season. Ertz is a top 3 tight end usually, but the top 3 haven’t been playing like it through the first five weeks of the season. The world feels somewhat right again.
Jared Cook – Of course the week I give up on Jared Cook he finally does something. It wasn’t a huge game, but with how bad the tight ends did collectively this week, Cook finding the endzone was enough to make him a top tight end play in fantasy football for week five.
Austin Hooper – He may not have been drafted like it, but Austin Hooper is your second-highest scoring tight end on the season right now, behind only Evan Engram. Hooper has played well, but more importantly, is heading into his juiciest matchup of the season against the Arizona Cardinals.
Travis Kelce – The defacto best tight end in football hasn’t really played like it for five weeks. It feels like Travis Kelce has been a little quiet this season, making him an excellent buy-low candidate as I feel the team will need to lean on him heavily down the stretch. If the running game and receivers continue to struggle, I expect bigger volume for Kelce.
Philadelphia Eagles – They were my start of the week and they paid off in kind as the Eagles were the highest-scoring defense of week 5. The Eagles posted an outrageous 10 sacks, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and 2 defensive touchdowns. This isn’t an every week occurrence, but it does mean you should start whatever defense is facing Luke Falk.
New England Patriots – The number one scoring defense on the year, the Patriots are absolutely ravaging offenses right now. In large part, it’s due to the low strength of schedule they’ve had to endure, but on the other, the Patriots defense is actually just that good. They’ve had at least 5 sacks the last 3 games and have 3 pretty good matchups stacked up the next 3 weeks.
Carolina Panthers – The pass rush wasn’t as fierce as the last few weeks, but the Panthers still performed well thanks to a defensive touchdown. As well as they’ve played, this might have been the last week you can really trust them. They have a tough matchup in London against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then a bye week.
Buffalo Bills – This is the time to snipe a Buffalo Bills defense that might get dropped by teams who have to make hard decisions heading into week 6, where four teams will be on a bye week. Coming out of the bye week, the Bills will get a tasty matchup at home against a tanking Dolphins team.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings have been up and down this season, but they rebounded in a big way against the Giants on Sunday. Going forward, the Vikings are definitely streamable, but they’re not a set-and-forget type of defense. Their next two matchups against the Eagles and Lions are not favorable ones, but they do face the Redskins after that.