Six Surprise Fantasy Football Players Who Turned Heads in Week 5
Week 5 in the NFL delivered happiness and heartbreak across the country. Along with the action came some very surprising fantasy football performances from some unexpected players.
Let’s take a look at six rock stars who delivered the fantasy jewels in Week 5.
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
For those who had the insight to play Claypool in fantasy this week, many congratulations! Claypool was literally unstoppable, after catching three touchdowns and rushing in for another.
He compiled a total of 116 yards along the way and surely helped his fantasy owners notch a big win.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins
Some may have been hesitant to roll with Fitzpatrick on the road against the 49ers defense. Never mind that fear. Fitzpatrick easily diced up that defense, while completing 78.6% of his passes for a total of 350 yards and three touchdowns. Top that with zero interceptions, and, boom! Fitzpatrick slides his way into a top-3 fantasy QB for Week 5.
Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Fulgham was one of my waiver wire recommendations after his breakout performance in Week 4. He continued to prove his worth and then some with a monster, 10-catch, 152-yard, game against the Steelers this past Sunday. Fulgham also scored his second touchdown on the season and the fantasy rewards should keep on coming.
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
As a FILL-IN for Dalvin Cook who departed with a minor groin injury in Sunday Night Football, Mattison was sensational! He’s starter caliber and when given the opportunity, Mattison turned 20 carries into a lofty 112 rushing yards. He also caught a perfect 3-of-3 targets for another 24 yards. For those who had Mattison in a deep flex spot, or in a DFS lineup, you chose well!
Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Whelp. A devastating ankle injury to Dak Prescott forced Dalton into action late third-quarter on Sunday against the Giants. In not a lot of time, Dalton completed 9-of-11 passes for a nice total of 111 yards. En-route, Dalton also threw a couple of excellent dimes to WR Michael Gallup.
Here’s a small fantasy sampling of what is yet to come from Dalton.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans
Cooks has been as invisible as a fly on a wall as of late. Much to everyone’s surprise, Cooks went from posting a goose egg in Week 4 to plopping out a massive 161-yard performance this past game. He also scored his first touchdown of the year. The sad thing is, Cooks was likely on benches throughout the nation, while he put on his fantasy show of the season.
Perhaps, things will start trending up as for Cooks’ fantasy value. Or perhaps not. He’s definitely one of the biggest WR wild cards in the league this year.