2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap | Justin Fields | De’Von Achane | Ja’Marr Chase

by Jordan Schultz

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap. Week 5 is when the bye weeks begin and marks the stretch of the season where fantasy GMs roster depth becomes tested.

It’s one thing to have the best starting lineup in Week 1, it’s another to have the best in Week 10 when 10% of the fantasy-relevant players have been injured and three of your studs are on bye.

It’s crucial to remain active with waivers and trades during this stretch to not only win now but to build a team that can compete down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.

With all that said, let’s get to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap

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Bears 40 - Commanders 20

Justin Fields (15/29-282-4, 11-57) and DJ Moore (8-230-3) lit up the opposing defense for the second week in a row, hooking up for three TDs as the Bears ran away with this one. Khalil Herbert (10-76) was the clear lead back again but left with a high ankle sprain.

The Commanders fell behind early and had to completely abandon the run game, finishing with only 29 rushing yards on 10 carries as a team. Sam Howell (37/51-388-2-1, 4-19) was sacked five times but had a decent fantasy day with how many times he was forced to throw in this game.

Jaguars 25 - Bills 20

Travis Etienne Jr. (26-136-2, 4-48) carried the load offensively, racking up over 180 total yards and two TDs. Christian Kirk (6-78) remains a strong flex play, showing that he can remain productive even in games where Calvin Ridley (7-122) goes off.

Gabe Davis (6-100-1) has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season after seeing his value drop some this draft season. He’s been productive and heavily involved in the Bills attack, finding the end zone for the fourth week in a row.

Steelers 17 - Ravens 10

One week ago Kenny Pickett (18/32-224-1) went down with an injury that looked like it was going to knock him for a few weeks. Not only did he avoid a stint on the IR, he looked solid and took down a division rival just seven days later.

Lamar Jackson (22/38-236-0-1, 6-45) failed to find the end zone and looked uncomfortable trying to operate against the Steelers pass rush most of the day, getting sacked four times. Mark Andrews (6-65) had a season-high ten targets and remains firmly in the weekly top-3 TE conversation despite Zay Flowers (5-73) breakout.

Saints 34 - Patriots 0

Chris Olave (2-12-1) injured his toe during pregame warm-ups but played and saved his fantasy day with his first TD of the season. For the second consecutive week, the offense ran through Alvin Kamara (22-80-1, 3-17), and he looks like he should finish as a high-end RB2 for fantasy.

Mac Jones (12/22-110-0-2) was benched for the second week in a row as the Patriots offense continues to look like one of the biggest messes in the entire league. Ezekiel Elliot (8-21, 4-17) got more work than Rhamondre Stevenson (8-24), although neither was able to get anything going.

Dolphins 31 - Giants 16

Tyreek Hill (8-181-1) torched another secondary and is in the mix for the most impactful WR in the entire league. Jaylen Waddle (5-35-1) found the end zone and most importantly looked fully healthy as the Dolphins offense continues to reach new levels.

Darren Waller (8-86) showed why he needs to continue being started at a weak TE position, finally having the type of game we all dreamed of when the Giants traded for him this offseason. Daniel Jones (14/20-119) left the game with an injury and while he hasn’t been good, if he missed time this entire Giants offense may be a fade.

Colts 23 - Titans 16

Zack Moss's (23-165-2, 2-30) streak of dominance continued but he will likely start to fade as Jonathan Taylor (6-18, 1-16) continues to play himself back into shape. Anthony Richardson (9/12-98, 2-5) was off to another strong start before leaving the game with an injury to his throwing shoulder.

DeAndre Hopkins (8-140) was heavily involved and rewarded fantasy GMs who kept him in their starting lineups with his best performance of the season. It was clear that they made it an emphasis to scheme Hopkins open this week, and it should only be a matter of time before he finds the end zone for the first time this season.

Lions 42- Panthers 24 

Despite Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jahmyr Gibbs sitting this one out, Jared Goff (20/28-236-3) made easy work of the Panthers secondary, leaning heavily on Josh Reynolds (4-76-1) and Sam LaPorta (3-47-2) en route to three TD passes. David Montgomery’s (19-109-1, 2-20) strong start continued as he went over 100 total yards and punched it into the end zone.

Adam Thielen (11-107-1) continues to crush his ADP as he hauled in 11 of 13 targets for 107 yards and score. The Panthers have mostly failed to get anything going on the ground through five weeks, so this could be a consistent theme the rest of the way regardless of who is starting at QB.

Falcons 21 - Texans 19

Kyle Pitts (7-87) led the Falcons with 11 targets and was highly productive, making his inconsistent usage on a week-to-week basis even more frustrating. Desmond Ridder (28/37-329-1) had his best performance of the season, highlighted by a game-winning drive.

He looked more like the QB I envisioned he could be this offseason with these weapons.

Dameon Pierce (20-66, 1-16) continues to receive a heavy workload but has little room to operate behind this Texans offensive line. I’d like to say better days are coming for Pierce but he may simply be a TD-dependent RB2 this season. Tank Dell (3-57) was on his way to another strong performance before leaving the game with a concussion.

Bengals 34 - Cardinals 20

Joe Burrow (36/46-317-3-1) finally shook off his slow start and shredded the Cardinals, leaning heavily on Ja’Marr Chase (15-192-3) as they connected for three TDs through the air. Surprisingly, it was Trenton Irwin (8-60) and not Tyler Boyd (6-39) who stepped up in Tee Higgins absence.

Joshua Dobbs (15/32-166-2-2) came back down to earth in this one, turning the ball over and getting sacked three times each. James Conner (6-46) wasn’t a factor in this one, failing to go over 50 yards for the first time all season as he left the game a little banged up.

Eagles 23 - Rams 14

Nick Siriani pulled a rare move and wasn’t just giving us coach speak when he said he was “certain” TE Dallas Goedert (8-117-1) would get going this week against the Rams. Jalen Hurts (25/38-303-1-1, 15-72-1) had another strong performance, adding 15 fantasy points on the ground while going over 300 yards passing.

Cooper Kupp (8-118) was back and looked like his old self, hauling in 8 of 12 targets for 118 yards in his first action of the season. Tutu Atwell (2-9-1) got a receiving TD, but Puka Nakua (7-71-1) was the clear second option in the passing game behind Kupp as he finished with another strong performance.

Chiefs 27 - Vikings 20

Travis Kelce (10-67-1) gave fantasy GMs a scare when he went down with a non-contact injury, but he returned to the game and was able to score a TD and should be okay moving forward. Isiah Pacheco (16-55-1, 1-9) has established himself as the clear lead dog in this backfield, a role that should allow for consistent RB2 production with upside weeks.

Kirk Cousins (29/47-284-2) was his normal fantasy-friendly self, but the biggest story of the game for the Vikings was Justin Jefferson (3-28) and T.J. Hockenson (5-51) leaving the game late with lower body injuries. Jordan Addison (6-64-1) and K.J. Osborn (5-49) will see an uptick in volume if Jefferson or Hockenson have to miss time.

Jets 31 - Broncos 21

In another rare case of non-coach speak, the Jets really did remove all pitch counts from star RB Breece Hall (22-177-1, 3-17) as he turned 25 carries in 194 total yards and a score. Assuming there are no setbacks after this heavy workload Hall is back in the weekly top-5 RB conversation.

Jaleel McLaughlin (9-68, 3-21-1) and Samaje Perine (6-22, 4-73) were both highly productive for fantasy GMs in Javonte Williams absence, combining for 184 total yards and a TD. McLaughlin got in the end zone for the second straight week and is an interesting flyer in dynasty and redraft leagues.

49ers 42 - Cowboys 10

Brock Purdy (17/24-252-4) put on a dominant display with four TD passes in the 49ers statement victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night. George Kittle (3-67-3) had a career night with three TDs on three catches while Brandon Aiyuk (4-58) led the team with seven targets.

The Cowboys were unable to get anything going against the tough 49ers defense, showing there is still a lot of work to be done before they should be mentioned in the same breath as the 49ers and Eagles. Dak Prescott (14/24-153-1-3) was picked off three times while CeeDee Lamb (4-49) was held in check outside of one long catch.

Monday Night Football Prediction

Packers 23 -Raiders 17

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