Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap: 12 Things You Need To Know

Oct 10, 2022
Week 5 Recap: 12 Things You Need To Know

Week 5 was one chock full of strong fantasy performances. From multiple touchdown scorers to players posting season highs in yardage, Sunday brought us some of the highest-scoring games of the year. With virtually every game producing at least one fantasy star, making sense of it all is tough work.

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Bright Stars

Josh Allen threw for over 400 yards in a rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers. 31 attempts matched his lowest output of the year, yet Allen scored the most fantasy points of the season to date. He totaled 424 passing yards and four touchdowns, including a 98-yard completion to Gabe Davis to open the scoring.

Austin Ekeler continued his touchdown streak in Cleveland. After scoring his first three touchdowns of the season last week, he added two more against the Browns. Averaging 10.8 yards per carry, Ekeler collected the most rushing yards of his six-year career with 173. He fell just a yard shy of 200 total scrimmage yards, adding 26 yards on four receptions.

Justin Jefferson had another sensational game. Hauling in 12 of his 13 targets from Kirk Cousins, Jefferson stacked 154 yards receiving to lead the team. Still without a touchdown since Week 1, Jefferson has amassed 301 receiving yards on 22 receptions in his last two games.

Nick Chubb carried the load for the Browns on Sunday. Not to be outdone by Ekeler, Chubb put on his own performance in Cleveland. He gained 134 yards rushing on his 17 attempts, crossing the goal line twice in a narrow loss to the Chargers. He now has seven scores this season.

Dim Stars

Jaylen Waddle disappointed fantasy managers facing the Jets in Week 5. In a game that saw the Dolphins down to their third quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater left with a head injury, Waddle only saw three targets. To his credit, he put away all three but earned just 23 yards. The Dolphins were limited to 166 yards through the air.

James Robinson had another underwhelming afternoon as Jacksonville hosted the Houston Texans. For the second consecutive week, Robinson failed to rush for at least 30 yards. He has been outproduced by teammate Travis Etienne during that two-game stretch.

Najee Harris showed up small against the Bills. The second-year back ran for just 20 yards on 11 attempts. He caught three of four targets from rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett for 16 additional yards. Harris has been underwhelming all year but found a new season-low on Sunday. Managers who drafted him in the first round of fantasy drafts are concerned.

Rising Stars?

Gabe Davis roared to life against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reaping the reward of Josh Allen’s historic day, Davis scored a pair of touchdowns on plays of 98 and 62 yards. Davis added a third reception to bring his yardage total to 171 on the day. A polarizing prospect leading up to fantasy drafts, Davis now has three touchdowns in his first four games played.

Breece Hall has officially arrived. Though he has posted double-digit totals in PPR scoring every game this year, Hall saved his best performance to date for the Miami Dolphins. His 18 rushing attempts were a season-high, as were his 97 rushing yards. Hall added a 79-yard reception, finishing with two catches for 100 yards. He scored a rushing touchdown for a second consecutive week.

Dyami Brown found himself on the receiving end of a pair of long Carson Wentz touchdown passes. He caught a 75-yard score in the second quarter and added a 30-yarder in the third. Rookie Jahan Dotson missed the game with a hamstring injury.

Injury Concerns

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny suffered a fractured tibia in a loss to New Orleans. Penny will undergo further testing on Monday to determine whether surgery is necessary. Surgery is likely and should be season-ending. He was coming off a 151-yard rushing performance, his season high, in Week 4.

Steelers’ tight end Pat Freiermuth left Sunday’s game with a concussion. He sustained two concussions late in his rookie season in 2021. This marks his third in two years. His status for Week 6 is unknown as he has entered the league's concussion protocol.

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