Welcome back again to Beard’s Boys. Crazy to think that Week 5 is now in the books. The season is just flying by.
It seems every week we have more and more injuries happening, and this week was certainly no different. Depth is being tested both in real NFL and also in our NFL Fantasy teams.
It was a big week for so many players, so choosing the studs was a tough exercise due to some wild scoring games.
Let’s get into it and see who I chose as my studs for the week.
QB: Justin Herbert
There was 3 absolute studs this week but I had to go with Herbert here. In a wild shootout with the Browns he never faltered, throwing for 398 yards and 4 TDs, while not throwing an interception on his 43 pass attempts.
He also rushed for a TD and he’s quickly stamped himself as a legit top 5 QB in all Fantasy formats.
RB: Derrick Henry
I very nearly chose Myles Gaskin here after he came back from oblivion with a bang, recording a massive 10 catches for 74 yards and 2 TDs.
The issue was he only carried the ball 5 times and was only started on 12% of teams on Sleeper.
So that being said, my true stud is Derrick Henry. I for one thought after his 2,000 yard season last year he may be worn down, and that the Titans would become more of a passing offense, boy was I wrong.
Henry had another massive game rushing for 130 yards on a massive 29 carries, while adding 3 TDs.
Henry didn’t receive a single target this game but when he’s putting up rushing numbers like this it doesn’t really matter.
WR: Davante Adams
What a standout performance from arguably the best receiver in the NFL. Targeted a massive 16 times, Adams hauled in 11 catches while going for a career best 206 yards and a TD.
This is the 1st time in such an illustrious career that he’s gone over the 200 yards receiving mark in a game, which is pretty crazy to consider.
While the Packers haven’t got a reliable receiving option behind Adams, there will be a number of times he’ll find himself on the Studs list this year.
TE: Kyle Pitts
While a special mention has to go to Mark Andrews for the massive game that he had I couldn’t go past this guy…..
It comes with great pleasure that I welcome the rookie to my Studs list for the first time this season.
We all knew what a special talent Pitts was and he’s been living up to that potential so far without really blowing us away so far.
This game was set up perfectly for him to go large with both Ridley and Gage out. Pitts didn’t disappoint, putting together an impressive stat line of 10 targets 9 catches for 119 yards and a TD.
The fact he was able to do this without the top weapon of Ridley is even more impressive because the Jets would’ve known Pitts was the focal point.
The sky is the limit for the young TE and he’ll quickly establish himself as one of the top TEs in the league moving forward.
Unfortunately there were a number of important injuries to players but I’ll never include them in my Duds list. Just hope for speedy recoveries to players.
In saying that there were quite a few players that definitely disappointed who will find themselves on here and a few who are lucky to miss out.
QB: Sam Darnold
Things came crashing back to earth for one of the most impressive QBs so far this year. Darnold severely struggled this game going back to some of his Jets tendencies.
Completing 21 of 37 passes he only threw for 177 yards. In a very poor game he had just the 1 TD and 3 INTs.
He’s now thrown for 5 INTs over the last 2 weeks after only throwing 1 in the first 3 weeks of the season. He’ll be hoping he can turn that trend back around moving forward, while the impending return of Christian McCaffrey will certainly help get things back on track.
RB: Miles Sanders
It was incredibly difficult to find a true dud here without picking someone who had an injury during the game, or was expected to be limited coming into the week.
I ended up settling on Sanders purely due to the fact that he just didn’t get much going at all with his touches.
His week was respectable only due to the fact he received 5 catches in the game. He only accounted for 6 yards on those catches while adding 45 yards on 11 carries.
Sanders can’t really be relied upon in your starting sides because his usage has been so volatile this year.
WR: Stefon Diggs
In a game where the Bills put up 38 points it would’ve been reasonable to expect Diggs to have a big game. This couldn’t be further from the truth as he had only the 2 catches on 5 targets. He accounted for 69 yards receiving however the majority came on 1 big splash play in the form of a 61 yard catch.
Fantasy managers would be concerned with the return on investment made during draft season with Diggs sitting as a very low end WR2 at this stage.
It’s not quite time to be overly concerned but managers will definitely be keeping an eye on his production moving forward.
TE: T.J. Hockenson
Unfortunately this is the 2nd time I’ve had to put Hockenson on the Duds list in the first 5 weeks of the season. I had massive expectations for him coming into the season and he’s failed to reach those outside of the first 2 weeks.
This offense is severely limited so teams have been able to key in on Hockenson and stop him from producing.
Only receiving 3 targets is a massive cause for concern as he was expected to be a PPR monster with no other real weapons in the receiving game.
2 catches for 22 yards is sadly becoming along the lines of the norm for Hockenson this year and managers will be hoping they can find ways to have him be highly involved as the focal point of their receiving game.
Another week closing out and as if the injury carnage hasn’t caused havoc with our Fantasy lineups so far this year, we now have to navigate the difficult bye schedule also. Things are about to get extremely interesting from a Fantasy landscape so hopefully you’re well prepared moving forward.
That’s the end of the week 5 instalment so as usual you can find me on Twitter @beard_82 to ask any questions.
Good luck for the upcoming week.