Fantasy Football: Studs and duds from Week 5

George Seliga
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Oct 10, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that is extremely important is to review your fantasy football lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight some top fantasy football performances from the previous week, go over some players that failed to deliver, and go over some waiver wire pickups.

Fantasy Football Studs


Tom Brady

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Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The GOAT continues to deliver here in 2021 and he definitely delivered in week 5. Brady completed 73% of his passes for 411 yards while also managing to throw five touchdown passes for the second time this season. Brady is a fantasy football must no matter your league format. He continues to be the strongest force in the NFL.

Justin Herbert

Another quarterback that truly delivered in week 5 was Justin Herbert against Cleveland. Herbert threw for 398 passing yards and four touchdowns but also found success on the ground as he ran for 29 yards on four carries and also scored a rushing touchdown.

Running Backs

Jonathan Taylor

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After a sluggish start to the 2021 season, Jonathan Taylor rebounded in weeks four and five and he looks to be back on track. Taylor carried the ball 15 times for 53 yards but really found success in the passing game as he brought in three catches for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Austin Ekeler

Ekeler has been a top-2 running back so far this season and as long as he stays healthy, he will continue to make fantasy owners very happy as the season progresses. Ekeler carried the rock 16 times for 66 rushing yards and found the end zone twice but he also was a factor in the passing game as he had five catches for 53 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams

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Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates III (30) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Adams had a very strong outing in week 5 as he was a primary weapon in the Packers’ win against the Bengals. Adams hauled in 11 of 16 total targets for 206 receiving yards and a touchdown. If you had Adams, you were sitting pretty heading into the 4 pm games!

Mike Williams

After having a down week against the Raiders in Week 4, Williams rebounded in a big way in Week 5 as he set new season highs and improved his fantasy football stock. Williams had eight catches on 16 targets for 165 yards and found the end zone twice. This has been his best season to date as a pro and he should continue to put up big-time fantasy outings every week.

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews

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The passing game is starting to wake up for Baltimore and one of the best tight end options in the game finally had his season-high here in week 5. Mark Andrews was a big reason that the Ravens had a come-from-behind win against the Colts as he recorded 11 catches on 13 targets for 147 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Dawson Knox

Knox was a late-round pick in fantasy football drafts this season but he currently sits in the top 3 of all fantasy tight ends. Knox has now hauled in a touchdown catch in four straight games and had a big-time game against Kansas City as he only had three catches but totaled 117 receiving yards.



Jared Goff

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After having some consistent outings through the first couple of weeks, Jared Goff struggled against Minnesota this past Sunday. Goff completed 60% of his passes for 203 passing yards but managed to throw a pick and fumble once. He’s just not a good fantasy football quarterback right now. The Lions seem to be on the cusp of actually putting it together, but as far as fantasy football goes, stay away for now.

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds

Edmonds has been a reliable fantasy football asset this season but week 5 was a rough one for him and his fantasy owners. Edmonds only had six carries for 15 yards and only brought in three catches for 19 receiving yards. All of those numbers were season lows for Edmonds but he should bounce back in a big way against Cleveland in week 6.

Wide Receivers

AJ Brown

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Brown has had a disappointing 2021 campaign and fantasy football owners were hoping he would have a big bounce-back game against the Jags but all they were treated to were three catches on six targets for 38 receiving yards. Brown has not popped off like we saw him do last season so you should still remain hopeful that he can turn it around in the second half of the season.

Brandin Cooks

One receiver that got off to a really hot start in 2021 was Brandin Cooks. After registering three straight fantasy footall WR 1 type of weeks, Cooks has come back to earth and laid a dud in week 5. He only saw five targets on the day and managed to bring in three of them for 23 yards which is extremely underwhelming and it could be a cause for concern especially if you were relying on him moving forward as a top receiving option.

Tight Ends

Ross Dwelley

With George Kittle getting placed on the IR, Ross Dwelley was supposed to step in and fill the pass-catching void in this 49ers offense. What fantasy football owners really got was a very underwhelming game as he brought in both of his targets for 25 receiving yards. San Fran is on a bye week in week 6 so Dwelley could be dropped especially if there are other viable options out there.

Noah Fant

Fant was poised to have a big year this year but two out of his five weeks this season have been very unproductive. In week 5, Fant brought in three catches on four total targets for just 20 yards and he seems to be hot and cold every week. He’s not a good start for fantasy football even against the Raiders.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Darrel Williams

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was placed on the IR with an MCL sprain so he will be out for several weeks. The next man up in the KC running back rotation is Darrel Williams and he should be the main pick up for your fantasy football team especially if you’re needing help at the running back position.

Khalil Herbert

The rookie running back will get his chance to carry the load for the Bears for the foreseeable future as Damien Williams was placed on the COVID-19 list. Herbert saw 16 carries against the Raiders and while he only hauled in two passes for 20 receiving yards, he did find the end zone on the ground. He’s a great fantasy football waiver wire pickup for Week 5.

Kadarius Toney

The speedster out of Florida finally had a big break-out game in week 5 as he brought in 10 catches on 13 targets for 189 receiving yards. The Giants are needing playmakers to stay on the field and Toney is one that has game-breaking talent. He’s a solid fantasy football pickup as he ascends.

Ricky Seals-Jones

With Logan Thomas out, RSJ could easily slide in and be a viable contributor to this Washington offense. He is coming off of a season-high game where he hauled in five catches for 41 receiving yards while also managing to see nine total targets. If you’re needing someone to fill the void on upcoming bye weeks, look no further than RSJ.