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If you had a fantasy player playing during the Thursday night shootout, it’s safe to say you started the weekend off on a high note. Well, everyone besides Dalvin Cook at least. The showdown Thursday night was the start of a very exciting weekend of NFL football.

Despite the loss, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings looked sharp Thursday night, staying with the Rams all throughout the first half and the third quarter. Mitchell Trubisky had himself a career day along with Andrew Luck finally getting things going on the offensive end to start the Sunday slate.

Alvin Kamara continues to show out for fantasy owners as he just can’t stay out of the end zone and Ezekiel Elliott racked up 240 total yards to lift the Cowboys past the Lions. A big night from Joe Flacco lifted the Ravens past the Steelers during Sunday night and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs snuck out of Denver with a comeback win to remain undefeated.


2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Stock Up-Stock Down

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After every week of the regular season, I will take a look at some of the key players who’s stock either went up or went down following their performance during that week.

It’s time to look at some of the players who’s stocks have changed following their week four performances.

Stock Up

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

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It was a career night for Jared Goff on Thursday night as he outdueled Kirk Cousins to remain undefeated. He completed a career-best 26-of-33 passes for 465 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. That stat line equated out to a perfect passer rating for the 23-year-old.

He supported three different receivers eclipsing 100 yards receiving as he was throwing perfect deep passes all night. His game has certainly elevated to another level this season under Sean McVay. In fact, in three straight games now, Goff has thrown for a total of 1,173 yards, nine touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions.

With a plethora of different weapons at wide receiver, along with Todd Gurley in the backfield, Goff and the Rams will look to continue their striking play next week as they travel to Seattle to face off against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

The second-year pro enjoyed a record-setting game Sunday afternoon. Mitchell Trubisky completed 19-of-26 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns during the win against Tampa Bay. Five of the six touchdown passes were in the first half and five different players caught a touchdown during the blowout.

Prior to his jaw-dropping performance against the Buccaneers, Trubisky failed to throw for more than 250 yards in a game. It was certainly a positive sign from Trubisky and the Bears to really pull off a performance like this heading into their bye week. They’ll get the week off and then will travel to play Miami in week six.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

Embed from Getty ImagesThe breakout game has finally come. Corey Davis set a season-high in catches, yards and scored a touchdown during the overtime win against the Eagles Sunday afternoon. Davis caught nine passes for 161 yards and the game-winning touchdown to give him his first touchdown of the year.

With Marcus Mariota back fully healthy, Corey Davis’ value enlarges. He saw 15 targets this past week and will remain to be Mariota’s go-to receiver the rest of the season moving forward. The 23-year-old will be a fine play this upcoming week as he gets a matchup against the Bills.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

A very stressful first three weeks of the season finally paid off for Tarik Cohen fantasy owners. During the blowout win, Cohen managed a season-high 13 carries for 53 yards on the ground, while catching seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Cohen seemed to be getting things going early and often, eventually ending up out-touching Jordan Howard 20-11. The second-year pro also led the team in targets during a game where the Bears dominated from the first quarter. Once a drop candidate heading into week four, Cohen should be a player you should keep on all rosters and considered as a FLEX option for his week six matchup.

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Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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Javorius Allen scored a touchdown in all three games heading into week four and that streak would be snapped Sunday night. Allen ran the ball 10 times for 30 yards while catching just two passes for 17 yards during the win against the Steelers. Although he saw a season-high 10 carries, his involvement in the passing game was down.

After Alex Collins fumbled the ball at the one-yard line early in the game, Allen started to get more carries but didn’t really do a whole lot with them. He did get a healthy amount of carries in the red zone but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. Moving forward, Allen can be viewed as a touchdown-dependent FLEX option until we see more production from the 27-year-old.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The struggles continued for Larry Fitzgerald in week four. He caught just three passes for 28 yards while also dropping a potential touchdown during the loss to the Seahawks. He’s really struggled to get things going early on this season as he has been battling an injury along with a rookie quarterback still developing in Arizona.

Fitzgerald is faced with a favorable matchup this week in the 49ers, but he may be limited at practice throughout the week. It’s not the time to panic yet, but fantasy owners should know that the 15-year veteran might not be 100 percent healthy for quite some time.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

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As the Texans got their first win of the year last week, Lamar Miller continued to struggle on the ground. He ran the ball 15 times for 49 yards and failed to catch a pass for the first time this season. Despite collecting the 14 carries, he failed to produce anything on the ground for the second straight week.

For the year, Miller has garnered just 225 yards on 58 carries without a rushing touchdown. With his limited role in the passing game and lack of efficiency on the ground thus far, it’s tough for fantasy owners to view Miller as more than an RB3. Things don’t get much easier as he is slated with a matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

It’s been a bit of a disastrous start to the season for Kenyan Drake thus far. His struggles continued this past week during the blowout loss to the Patriots. Drake had just three carries for three yards, adding one catch for 13 yards as well. The past two weeks for the 24-year-old have resulted in eight carries for six yards on the ground.

 


He’s not nearly been as involved on the ground as fantasy owners anticipated before the season. Through four weeks, Drake averages just eight carries and 26 yards per game. The third-year pro needs to be involved more in Miami’s game plan moving forward, and until we see that happen, it’ll be hard to trust Drake in your starting lineups.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for FantasyPros.com during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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