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NFL Fantasy: Best and Worst of Week 5

After four weeks of quarterback-dominated NFL Fantasy Top-Ten Scorers lists, James Conner came up with the only 30-point standard NFL Fantasy scoring line of the weekend.

Not only that, but Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell rounded out the top three and a trio of wide receivers and Saquon Barkley crashed the top-ten, leaving only three passers among the group. It was the first time since Week 1 that quarterbacks did not own at least 8 of the top 10 positions. They took 6 in the opening weekend.

Let’s take a look at some of Week 6’s NFL Fantasy stars.

RB-1 James Conner (30.50 points)

James Conner probably wasn’t the only Steeler tired of hearing how the team wasn’t the same without Le’Veon Bell, but he might have been the player most satisfied by his 185 total yards and 2 touchdowns against Atlanta.

Conner topped 100 yards rushing (110) and added 75 receiving yards in Pittsburgh’s rout. If Conner and the team can keep this up, it won’t make Bell’s rumored Week 8 return any more comfortable.

RB-2 & 3: Todd Gurley III (29.30) and Isaiah Crowell (29.10)

The Jets’ Isaiah Crowell probably wants to know what he has to do to win a top spot on the NFL Fantasy scorers’ list. He set a team record with 219 rushing yards and added a touchdown and 12 receiving yards, and all that gets him is the RB-3 ranking.

Todd Gurley can tell him to save a lot of wear and tear by making the most of goal-line rushes. Gurley used 3 short touchdown runs to make his 113 total yards worth just a little more than Crowell’s record-setting performance.

RB: Best of the rest: Saquon Barkley (24.30)

Saquon Barkley long-jumped into the end zone with a minute to go, propelling him to the RB-4 ranking. It was his second receiving touchdown to go with 129 total yards.

Mark Ingram (19.30) and David Johnson (19.1) each scored twice to make the most of their sub-100-yard days.

QB: Is it Throwback Day?

When I saw who the top 5 NFL Fantasy quarterback scorers were, I had to check if I accidentally looked at the wrong season. It might have been the first week in NFL history when 4 rookie quarterbacks won a game, but that was Aaron Rodgers (28.68), Tom Brady (27.54), Drew Brees (26.72), Andrew Luck (22.60), and Ben Roethlisberger (21.60) topping the quarterbacks’ chart.

Phillip Rivers (21.36) took the sixth slot, just to provide more evidence they old order isn’t quite ready to turn things over to the Mahomes and Goffs of the league.

Rodgers, working with three rookies and an injured Devante Adams, threw for 442 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Lions. 10 rushing yards and a 2-point conversion almost wiped out his 2 lost fumbles.

Brady had 341 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, but it was his unusual stat line of minus-1 rushing yards for a touchdown that pushed him into the QB-2 slot. A pair of interceptions kept him from passing Rodgers.

Drew Brees set the real-life record for career passing yards. His 363 yards and 3 touchdown-night also included 1 receiving yard, thanks to his quick reaction to a batted ball.

WR-Return of the prodigal sons?

There are certain wide receivers you expect to see in the top-ten scorers list most weeks, but it took until Week 5 for Robby Anderson (24.30), Odell Beckham Jr (23.38), Antonio Brown (22.10) and Davante Adams (20.00) to show up.

Actually, Brown tied for the 10th spot in Week 1. The quartet let rookie Tre’Quan Smith (23.10) join them among the top 5 wide receivers because he caught the ball that gave Drew Brees the all-time passing yardage record.

DeAndre Hopkins led all receivers with 151 yards, but without a touchdown, that was only good for the WR-15 ranking. Adams (140), Beckham (131), and Anderson (123) were the next three, but Anderson’s second touchdown grab pushed him ahead of his peers.

No other receiver hit 20 standard NFL Fantasy points, but 12 cleared the 15-point mark.

TE: Eric Ebron (22.50) and Zack Ertz (17.00)

Eric Ebron set the bar too high on Thursday Night and nobody could catch him. His 105 yards and 2 touchdowns went for naught in the Colts’ loss to the Patriots.

Zach Ertz gave him a real run, though. Ertz topped Ebron’s yardage total with 110 yards but needed a second touchdown he never got.

Eric Swoop (10.40) used a touchdown and 44 receiving yards to take the TE-3, while Travis Kelce’s 100 yards gave him the only other 10-point score for a tight end.

D/ST: Bengals, Chiefs, Cardinals top 20 points

Cincinnati’s defense scored twice to rack up 22 NFL Fantasy points against Miami. Once left guard Larry Tunsil went down, Marvin Lewis said the D/ST “smelled blood” and went on a second-half frenzy that led to 27 unanswered points.

Kansas City had its way with the Jaguars offense, with 5 turnovers, 5 sacks, and a touchdown to match the Bengals’ 22 points.

Arizona had one less sack, but otherwise matched the Chiefs’ effort as they ended the day with 21 NFL Fantasy points.

Then… there were these guys

Alvin Kamara was expected to see his workload decrease somewhat, but there is a thought that the knee issue listed on the injury report was more serious than thought after he managed only 39 total yards on 9 touches.

But he almost tripled Jay Ajayi’s 1.4 NFL Fantasy points in an injury-affected performance made worse by a lost fumble.

With the quarterbacks throttling back, there were quite a few mediocre stat lines for second and third receivers. Most of them beat the 1.5 fantasy points of Will Fuller and the 1 point scored by Amari Cooper.

But at least they weren’t shut out like Quincy Enunwa (0) and Doug Baldwin (0.1).

Ryan Tannehill (7.10) found rookies Josh Rosen and Josh Allen ahead of him in the standings for a second week in a row.

But at least Marcus Mariota (4.1) kept him from finishing dead last on the scorers’ list again.

Can’t wait to see who bounces back and who falls flat in Week 6. Until then…