Fantasy Football Week 5: By The Numbers (2019 Fantasy Football)
Well, Week 5 was something. It seemed to be a very polarizing week, as there were plenty of guys who absolutely erupted and plenty of guys who left you scratching your head — more on both of those below. It wasn’t uncommon to see guys win or lose by 100 points this week. Sometimes that’s just how it goes.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a “number of the week” this week, mostly because so many of the numbers were so high that they were increasingly unlikely to be repeated. Regardless, I hope you were on the winning side this week.
Here’s your Week 5 by the numbers:
I’ll be brief because I know their owners are still sad. The number of points that Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Greg Olsen, Phillip Dorsett, and Darrel Williams had in Week 5. This was, however, more than the points that Baker Mayfield had Monday night.
The difference in touches between Austin Ekeler (18) and Melvin Gordon (16). This game favored Ekeler as the Chargers were playing from behind for almost all of the game, but this is definitely a backfield to watch.
The number of touchdowns for Aaron Jones, which went along with 182 scrimmage yards and seven receptions. Jones was the primary beneficiary of a high-scoring performance from the Packers, and maybe (just maybe!) this is enough for him to lock down the Packers bell-cow job permanently.
Yards per attempt (YPA) for Sony Michel against the Redskins, which is much better than his 0.9 YPA in Week 1 and his 1.2 YPA in Week 3. Michel owners can take a breath.
Targets for Demaryius Thomas against the Eagles. The Jets passing game isn’t generally something to write home about, and they now have three wide receivers in Thomas, Robby Anderson, and Jamison Crowder all competing for targets, and that doesn’t even include Le’Veon Bell and the recently-reinstated Chris Herndon. Thomas may be worth monitoring, but there are a lot of mouths to feed.
Targets for Cooper Kupp on Thursday night against the Seahawks, which he turned into nine receptions for 117 yards and a score. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m prepared to endorse Cooper Kupp as the number one wide receiver on the Rams…until next week when Brandin Cooks goes for 175 and we reopen the argument.
Touches for Marlon Mack against the Chiefs on Sunday night, which was a result of 29 carries and three receptions. The Colts contained the Chiefs offense and utilized their running game effectively, from which Mack clearly benefits.
The most yards from scrimmage by anyone in the Bills-Titans game, and it was Derrick Henry. That game seems as though it was quite boring, and the box score reflects that.
Scrimmage yards gained by Josh Jacobs, which was the highest on the Raiders by a mile. The next closest was Foster Moreau with 46. Jacobs can be effective against mediocre opponents where the Raiders can keep the game close, but I worry about him if the Raiders start throwing constantly, as we’ve seen in the few prior weeks.
The number of rushing yards shared by Matt Breida (114) and Tevin Coleman (97). I’d rather not play with the 49ers backfield timeshare, but it seems that both Breida and Coleman can be effective against weak run defenses like the Browns.
Will Fuller’s receiving yards against the Falcons, which you probably already knew. Fuller erupted with three touchdowns and 14 receptions to go along with his 217 yards. That noise you hear is the whimpering of DeAndre Hopkins owners.
Total yards from scrimmage for Christian McCaffrey, who continues to just light the league on fire. Aside from his 53 scrimmage yard performance in Week 2, McCaffrey has no less than 179 (!!!) scrimmage yards in any game this season. He’s ridiculous.
The number of rushing yards the Cardinals racked up against the Bengals. Kyler Murray (93), David Johnson (91), and Chase Edmonds (68) contributed to most of that total. I, for one, will be following the Bengals rushing defense whenever I can.
Rushing yards by Lamar Jackson this season, which is 16th in the NFL. Also, his 308 yards is more than Aaron Jones, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Sony Michel, and Joe Mixon, among others. His passing performances have dwindled a bit, but the rushing is always there to save the day.
The number of combined receiving yards for Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup against the Packers. I wouldn’t expect that much volume consistently, but it is encouraging that Dak Prescott looked to get both of them involved.