Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 5 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Article.
2020! This is definitely the strangest fantasy football season as managers. I am sure we have all had multiple players in multiple leagues go down with injury this season, had players in postponed games also. If you are managing to improve to 5-0 this week, then I give you props, you deserve it. Every week it seems like a new major name goes down. Week 5 was not the exception, unfortunately. We are going to do our best to figure out who is hot and who is not, even though, it seems when a player is hot they are hurt the next week.
Again, I will give my best attempt to tell everyone who is hot and who is not. Three hot and three not for each position. Tight End may vary between how many players are hot or not because it is not a position with as many consistent players.
4. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Patrick Mahomes – Ok, so Week 1 I said I would not put in the “obvious” players unless they were putting up insane numbers for multiple weeks. However, I underestimated the quantity of injuries this season, which is definitely making me change my stance. So I start with the model of consistency for fantasy production. Patrick Mahomes has not been the top point producer at Quarterback this season, but he is consistently putting up winning numbers for your team, even in a losing effort to the Raiders.
Mahomes completed 22 passes for 340 yards and 2 TDs. He also added a rushing score. His day could have been even bigger had it not been for a dipping completion percentage late in the game. Up next is a game against the Bills and all eyes will be on the dueling QBs.
Russell Wilson – As stated above, Mahomes is not the top scoring QB, that honor currently belongs to Russell Wilson week-in and week-out. Last week against the Dolphins, Wilson threw for 360 yards and 2 TDs, and that was his lowest scoring week of the young season. As of this writing, he currently trails the Vikings 10-0 in the 2nd quarter, but through the first 4 games, Wilson has 1,285 yards passing with 16 TDs and 2 INTs. He also came into Week 5 with a 136.7 rating. Wilson has a Week 6 bye, then will have a chance to continue being the #1 scoring QB.
Josh Allen – Another player who has not completed his Week 5 game makes this list due to his impressive first four games. Through the first four weeks, Allen is putting up MVP worthy numbers. Through the first four weeks, Allen has thrown for 1,326 yards, 12 TDs and 1 INT. He has also added 3 rushing TDs. The next few weeks, other than a game against the Jets in Week 7 will really test just how far Allen has come.
Daniel Jones – I continue to put Daniel Jones on this list even though he is hurt by a bad offensive line. However, in a game against a bad Dallas defense Daniel Jones failed to deliver. He threw for 222 yards, 0 TDs, and lost a fumble. Through five games, Jones had 2 TDs, 5 INTs, and 3 lost fumbles. Jones is not a trusted starter at this point and his job security days could be numbered.
Philip Rivers – When Andrew Luck retired, the Colts needed to find a replacement. They signed Philip Rivers in hopes that he would be the answer. Through 5 games in the fantasy world, Rivers has not quite lived up to the expectations. Rivers has 4 TDs, 5 INTs through his first 5 games. Rivers gets the Bengals in Week 6 in hopes to have a big day.
Jimmy Garopollo – While it may be unfair to add Jimmy G to this list, but when Garopollo went down, fantasy owners were confident for his return. In his first game back Garopollo completed 7 of 17 pass attempts for 77 yards and 2 INTs and he was benched in the second half. This is definitely a situation to monitor moving forward.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Mike Davis – Through three games as the starting replacement for an injured Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis has picked up for owners where CMC left off. He has 19 or more fantasy points in all three starts. He has 219 rushing yards, 22 catches for 206 yards and he has 3 total TDs. Davis also added 8 additional receptions in a relief role in Week 2. As long as CMC is out, Davis is an RB1. He will get a tough Chicago defense in Week 6.
Todd Gurley – Todd Gurley is a guy who is quietly getting hot in the last three weeks. In that span, Gurley has 258 rushing yards, 4 TDs, he has also added 6 catches in those three games. Gurley has been another bright spot in that offense, who get in a lot of shootouts due to a weak defense. Fantasy owners can have high hopes again in Week 6 against the Vikings.
Ezekiel Elliott – This week, Dallas suffered the serious injury bug as Dak Prescott suffered a serious ankle injury. Dallas leaned heavily on Zeke to get them through the game with a win. Zeke finished with 91 yards and 2 TDs, beyond the yardage, he had key runs to put the team in position to win. With the team turning to Andy Dalton, you can expect a heavy dose of Zeke against a fairly easy next three games against Arizona, Washington, and Philadelphia.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – In his first professional game, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an outstanding rookie debut. The game had a lot of people validating his pre-rookie draft hype and cementing him as a rookie breakout. While there is plenty of time for that to happen, his four games after Week 1 has not been noteworthy.
CEH has 206 rushing yards, 17 receptions, and has not registered a score. In a high scoring game against the Raiders, he seemed phased out surprisingly. In a high-powered offense, he could erupt at any time, but a Week 6 game against the Bills does not seem like the ideal week.
David Johnson – David Johnson cracked 100 total yards of offense in Week 7, but as a fantasy asset, he has been underwhelming. He is the topic of a lot of start or sit questions in the community. To be fair, he was not drafted high as a top RB, mostly a late RB2 or flex option, but as a starter, you want to see fantasy production. He only has 2 TDs on the season, and Week 5 was his first time gaining 100 total yards since the first game against the Chiefs.
Maybe with a new coaching staff he will be in line for a better scheme and more touches. An optimist would say he is 1 for 1 in 100 total yards since the coaching change. He gets a tough game against the Titans in Week 6.
Kenyan Drake – Another player who seems to make this list every week is Kenyan Drake. However, this is a different situation. Drake was drafted fairly high. Anywhere from RB 6 to RB 10. There was a lot of confidence in the community following his end to last season. This season has been a completely different story, and the team could be expected to look for a replacement next season.
In Week 5, Drake did finally score for the first time since Week 1. That was the only bright spot in the game as he, yet again, did not break 100 total yards and is yet to do so at all this season. A weak Dallas D awaits, but right now I do not feel confident even in good matchups.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
Adam Thielen – Adam Thielen is a guy who would put up a lot more consistent numbers if his quarterback play was consistent. One week, Kirk Cousins will be on, the next couple off. Thielen has logged two consecutive solid fantasy games in a row. Maybe it has to do with the running of Cook, maybe the arrival of Justin Jefferson, whatever it is, fantasy owners are happy. In the last two games, Thielen has 17 catches, 194 yards, and 3 TDs. He will draw a bad Falcons team in Week 6 so we can expect more production out of Thielen.
DK Metcalf – This guy can play! DK Metcalf had all the hype around him in last year’s rookie drafts. This year, he is showing everyone why. Currently the #1 ranked WR in standard scoring and #4 in PPR formats, Metcalf has 22 receptions, 496 yards, and 5 TDs. He is doing this all with another top WR option in Tyler Lockett. Metcalf has a Week 6 bye, then will see some solid defensive backfields, regardless, he seems to be matchup-proof.
Calvin Ridley – Calvin Ridley is having a career year. He is currently the # 3 ranked WR in standard and PPR formats. That ranking is with 0 points in Week 4. Ridley was dealing with an injury and probably should not have been out there, but that is not held against him, especially because of the points he produces when he is healthy. On the year, he has 29 catches, 485 yards, and 4 TDs. He is the current #1 WR on the Falcons offense and should be in line for a big day in Week 6 against Minnesota.
A.J. Green – Again, this is my biggest Who’s Not WR. He has not looked the same this year, he has nagging injuries, seems a step slower and has lately seemed disinterested. With only 14 catches for 119 yards and 0 TDs through 5 weeks, it is safe to say, the youth movement at WR is here for Cincinnati, and AJ is not currently a starter unless you’re needing a fill in.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – Many thought, I included, that once Big Ben returned, so would JuJu’s production as a WR1. That has not been the case so far this season. On the season, JuJu has 21 catches, 188 yards, and 3 TDs, good for the ranking of 29th in both formats. Simply put, you drafted him for much higher production. The next three games are not easy, hopefully soon, fantasy owners can get WR1 production out of him.
Chris Godwin – This may be met with criticism, and he is productive when he is on the field, but as a Godwin owner in multiple leagues, we expected him to be on the field more than two games. It is not COVID-related, just multiple injuries. Obviously when he plays, he is a guaranteed start. A lot of people drafted him as their #1 WR. Hopefully, Godwin can see the field more consistently in the following weeks and he can get back to the production everyone drafted him for. The injury is worth monitoring but a tough game against Green Bay is up in Week 6. Even if healthy enough to play, he may not be a start with extreme confidence.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
Travis Kelce – After a down week for Travis Kelce, he delivered a typical performance, catching 8 passes for 108 yards and 1 TD, that gives him 32 receptions for 405 yards and 3 TDs. He is currently the #1 ranked tight end in all formats and is a focal point in the most high-powered offense in the league. He will be leaned on heavily in the Week 6 showdown against the Bills.
Robert Tonyan – Robert Tonyan had his bye week in Week 5, but that doesn’t take away from the fact he is currently the hottest tight end in the game the past three weeks. Tonyan has 11 catches, 148 yards, and 4 TD since week 3. Davante Adams is nearing a return, but I don’t think that will eliminate Tonyan from the game plan; however, it is worth monitoring.
Zach Ertz – Zach Ertz has been very disappointing so far this season. With Dallas Goedert out and no real Wide Receiver threats available, you would think Ertz could take pressure off of Wentz. That has not been the case. In the last two weeks, Ertz has 5 catches for 15 yards, and 0 TDs. Drafted in the top six at his position, this is not what fantasy owners had in mind. A very tough matchup against Baltimore is up next, and there is no real reason for optimism heading into that one.
Kyle Rudolph – Kyle Rudolph has been nonexistent. He has managed only 7 catches for 76 yards and 1 TD through five weeks. He seems to be handing the torch to Irv Smith and is droppable unless you’re in a very deep rostered league. There is always the potential for a boom week when the Vikings are trailing, but it is not likely at this point. There are better options on the waiver wire in shallow leagues.
Thank you for reading my Week 5 – Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football 2020 article.