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2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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Another week done in the books. Games started off very slowly for the early games Sunday. Not much scoring and defenses came to play. Congratulations if you were somebody who started the Jaguars defense against the Steelers. Sometimes defenses win you weeks and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jags defense won some fantasy owners their weeks during week five.

Is it time to start to worry about the Patriots? After barely surviving Thursday night against the Bucs, New England is now a respectable 3-2. With so much pre-season hype and a ton of weapons on the offensive end, a lot of people predicted this team to lose maybe one or two games all year. With the way the AFC East is going right now, the Patriots need to step it up, especially on the defensive end.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap

The Giants ended their game with not only a loss, but they lost their top four receivers. Odell, Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris. It wasn’t a good day to be a Giants fan Sunday afternoon. It was a very busy Sunday for fantasy football action. It’s time for the weekly winners, losers and injuries after another week of football.

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Winners

Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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It was Melvin Gordon’s best game of the season against the Giants. He carried the ball 20 times for 105 yards. He also caught six passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Gordon was all over the place against the Giants as he really found his groove as the game went on. Although he started the game off slow, he quickly turned things around and was a very reliable asset in the red zone. This was the first time he’s rushed for over 100 yards in a game this season and things may be trending upwards as he faces the Raiders next week.

Gordon was all over the place against the Giants as he really found his groove as the game went on. Although he started the game off slow, he quickly turned things around and was a very reliable asset in the red zone. This was the first time he’s rushed for over 100 yards in a game this season and things may be trending upwards as he faces the Raiders next week.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette was a wrecking force against the Steelers defense. He ran the ball 28 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns. The first half didn’t go his way as he only collected 39 yards on 14 carries. The second half would be all Fournette as he was punishing the defense by making them miss and running through them. Fournette is a true bell-cow running back this season; running the ball 20 or more times in all but one week. Scoring a touchdown every week and his 20+ carry upside, he is locked in as an RB1 from here on out.

Fournette is a true bell-cow running back this season; running the ball 20 or more times in all but one week. Scoring a touchdown every week and his 20+ carry upside, he is locked in as an RB1 from here on out.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Things started off hot for A.J. Green Sunday afternoon. On the first drive, he burned his defender which led to a 77-yard touchdown. He finished the day catching seven of 13 targets for 189 yards and that touchdown.

All game long he was the focal point in the offense as he accounted for half of Andy Dalton‘s yards. He could’ve ended his day with well over 200 yards receiving but costly drops prevented that from happening. Green and the Bengals head into week six on their bye week.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

It was a career day for Wentz in the win against the Cardinals. Wentz went on to complete 21 of 30 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown passes were a career high for him.

The game started off perfect for Wentz and the Eagles. He threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter alone. His fourth touchdown came in the third quarter after finding Nelson Agholor for 72 yards. Once they sealed the game it was all Blount and the running game from there. It’ll be a quick week for them as they travel to Carolina to play the Panthers on Thursday night.

Once they sealed the game it was all Blount and the running game from there. It’ll be a quick week for them as they travel to Carolina to play the Panthers on Thursday night.

Losers

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions

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Eric Ebron was almost non-existent in the loss to the Panthers. He only caught one pass on four targets for just six yards. Early on in the game, Ebron dropped a potential touchdown that hit right off the chest.

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Things seemed to get worse for him as Darren Fells out-produced him. Fells is normally known for blocking but he hauled in two touchdowns against the Panthers. It appears that Ebron continues to dig himself in a bigger hole with the mediocre performances every week. He’s a risky play for week six as they travel to New Orleans to face off the Saints.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Not only did Sammy Watkins struggle, but Jared Goff did too against the Seahawks defense. Watkins was targeted four times and failed to catch any passes. During the past two weeks, Sammy Watkins has caught only one pass on six targets. It’s becoming tough to trust Sammy Watkins as a value play every week. Things don’t look to be getting any easier in the near future as the Rams play the Jaguars in week six. I would recommend sitting Watkins against the elite Jaguars defense.

It’s becoming tough to trust Sammy Watkins as a value play every week. Things don’t look to be getting any easier in the near future as the Rams play the Jaguars in week six. I would recommend sitting Watkins against the elite Jaguars defense.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

It was a quiet night for Hyde as he only rushed the ball eight times for 11 yards. Coming into this game, Hyde was averaging well over 20 touches per game. He seemed to take a number of plays off as his lingering hip issue seemed to bother him. Matt Breida dominated the touches in the second half with Hyde on the sidelines watching.

The main thing with Carlos Hyde is that he needs to finally get healthy. Health has been an issue throughout his brief NFL career so far. Hyde is looking like a solid flex play barring any setbacks for week six.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

After a promising week last week, Ameer Abdullah followed up with an overall poor performance. He carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards. To make matters worse, Zach Zenner vulture a touchdown away from Abdullah at the goal line.

During each of his last four games, Abdullah averaged 17 carries per game. Getting only 10 during the loss to the Panthers was a bit concerning. Abdullah will be viewed as a solid flex play week six against the Saints.

Injuries

Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants

This injury hurt many fantasy owners Sunday. It’s been confirmed that Odell Beckham has suffered a broken ankle. As of right now, he is waiting on a second opinion before undergoing surgery.

We know for sure that Beckham will be out a significant amount of time and it’s a real possibility that he is out the rest of the season. This is a killer as he was arguably a top-five pick in all fantasy drafts this season. It’s time to make some trades and look on the waiver wire to try to find the next breakout receiver. A solid option is Roger Lewis.

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

It was a short game for West. He went down on the Ravens opening drive with what appeared to be a calf injury. West was carted off the field and he looked in a lot of pain.

The severity of the injury is uncertain at the moment, but Buck Allen and Alex Collins will look to continue to share the workload moving forward.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

It was a bad day to be a New York Giant wide receiver Sunday. The Giants believe that he suffered a sprained ankle, similar to the one he sustained in the summertime.

More tests will come on Monday but he could miss up to the next two weeks according to some sources. We’ll know more about this on Monday but the Giants will likely need a speedy recovery from Shepard as Eli and the Giants cannot continue this season without their three best receivers.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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