Week 5 Fantasy Review

Injury Concerns

Saquon Barkley

Barkley suffered a freak ankle injury against the Cowboys. The team is calling it a low ankle sprain and he is expected to miss 2-4 weeks while he recovers. Devontae Booker is his backup and will likely assume starting duties in his absence.

Daniel Jones

Jones left the loss to the Cowboys after suffering a concussion. He will enter standard protocol, but it seems likely he will be able to play in Week 6 against the Rams.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

CEH suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday night and will be out about 3 weeks. We’ll see if he lands on IR, but this is a costly injury for fantasy owners.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Smith-Schuster is out for the season after suffering a serious shoulder injury. He had surgery and will be out 4 months. Tough loss. That being said, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson just saw their fantasy stock go up.

Kenny Golladay

Golladay is expected to miss Week 6 action with a knee injury, though the team does not believe it is a major setback. He will likely be back by Week 8 at the latest.

Joe Burrow

Burrow went to the hospital after the Bengals’ loss to the Packers with a throat contusion, but is fine and will likely play in Week 6 against Detroit.

Quintez Cephus

The Lions WR suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday and will likely miss the rest of the season as he recovers.

Maxx Williams

The Arizona tight end suffered a season ending knee injury against the 49ers. Demetrius Harris is now the starting TE for the Cardinals, for now.

Damien Harris

Harris exited the Pats win against Houston with a rib injury and was having trouble breathing at one point. He should be good to go in Week 6 against the Cowboys, but his situation is worth monitoring.

Surprising Stars

Myles Gaskin

Gaskin finally broke out in Week 5, albeit in a big loss for the Dolphins. He had 10 receptions for 74 yards and 2 TDs, while only getting 5 rush attempts. I doubt that sort of usage continues, but the work in the passing game is promising. 

Davis Mills

Mills had his best game as a pro against the Patriots, throwing for 312 yards and 3 TDs. Maybe Mills is turning the corner for Houston after getting his feet underneath him. Worth monitoring, though he won’t be much of a factor in fantasy except in dynasty and SuperFlex leagues.

Kadarius Toney

Maybe he shouldn’t be a surprise any more after his second consecutive week of balling out. Toney had 10 catches for 189 yards on 13 targets, while working with two different QBs. If Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are out, and Daniel Jones is playing, Toney looks to be a starter across all formats.

David Njoku

Njoku had a giant game against the Chargers, though everyone in that game seemed to have 20+ fantasy points. He caught 7 passes for 149 yards and a TD. It’s tough to trust any TE in Cleveland right now, but Njoku certainly has played himself into a legitimate role. 

Confusing Usage

Chase Edmonds

It was a weird game all around offensively for the Cardinals, but after having a big role in the passing game in Week 4, Edmonds was only targeted 4 times and had 3 catches for 19 yards. He also only had 6 carries. He is nursing a shoulder injury and had a costly fumble, which contributed to his lack of action.

Devin Singletary

Singletary only touched the ball 3 times against the Chiefs. Maybe Moss just had the hot hand. Maybe Singletary is the clear number 2 for the Bills right now. But either way it was concerning given the matchup. 

Robert Tonyan

Tonyan continues to struggle in 2021. He was only targeting twice and had 1 catch for 8 yards.

Brandin Cooks

In a game in which Davis Mills lit up the Patriots, Cooks only had 5 targets and 3 receptions for 23 yards. That’s not what you’re looking for from your WR2. 

TJ Hockenson

Only 3 targets? Versus the Vikings? Something is going on here. I know Hockenson is nursing some injuries but that sort of target share is disgusting.