Fantasy Football Week 5 Studs and Duds

by Vinny Zammiello

STUDS:

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers QB):

Big Ben torched the weak Jets defense for 380 passing yards, 34 completions, and 4 passing touchdowns. With one of the most explosive offenses in the league, he made easy work of the injury-ridden Jets secondary.

Tom Brady (New England Patriots QB):tom-brady-e7d07878-5864-49a9-a625-0bfc4ee0dede

Tom Brady is back and with a chip on his shoulder. Brady exposed the Cleveland Browns for 406 passing yards, 28 completions, and 3 passing touchdowns. Brady used every weapon in his offense to carry out a dominant performance, particularly Martellus Bennett who cashed in for 3 touchdowns.

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys RB):

Elliott was a workhorse on Sunday against a tough Bengals run defense, as he gashed them for 134 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. He also reeled in 3 of 4 targets for 37 yards through the air. Zeke is a top 3 running back going forward.

Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh Steelers WR):

Coates broke out this week for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He could’ve had an even better day, but dropped 2 other potential touchdown passes. He is a boom-or-bust wide receiver 3 against the Dolphins.

Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers TE):

Back-up quarterback Derek Anderson keyed in on Olsen as he went for 8 receptions and 181 yards. Olsen has been a dominant tight end in the league and will continue to produce in week 6 against a pathetic Saints defense.

DUDS

Eli Manning (New York Giants QB):

With a dream matchup against the Packers secondary, Eli did not show up with a lousy 18 completions for 199 yards, one touchdown and a turnover. The one positive of this outing was that he finally found Odell Beckham Jr. in the endzone for Odell’s first touchdown of the season.

Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons WR):

After an insane 300 yard game and a touchdown in week 4, the aggressive Denver defense was able to shut him down for only 2 receptions for 29 yards.The struggles may continue with another tough matchup against Seattle.

Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns RB):

Going into week 5 as the league’s 2nd leading rusher, Crowell was shut down and only totalled 40 yards of offense. This is the first week all year he hasn’t been able to average 5 yards per carry. With three different quarterbacks under center during the game and a tough New England defense, Crowell didn’t have much of a chance. Hopefully he will put this week behind him and come out strong against a weak Titans run game.

Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings TE):

After having a touchdown in 3 straight weeks, Kyle Rudolph posted only 2 receptions for  15 yards in a win against Houston. Rudolph, with Diggs out, should continue to be Sam Bradford’s go-to target coming off their bye week.

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