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NFL: Week 5 Fantasy Football Diary

  • NFL: Week 5 Fantasy Football Diary

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This column will assess the performance of each active player within my fantasy football team. As per fantasy rules, each player's points total reflects their impact on match proceedings.

QB: Matthew Stafford (18 points)

With QB1 Russell Wilson enjoying the bye week, Stafford took the reigns and responded in efficient fashion. Stafford threw for 180 yards (19/25) and three touchdown passes against an Eagles team that could have won the match were it not for a Ryan Mathews fumble with 2:30 left on the clock late in the fourth. Nevertheless, the win for the Lions snaps a three-game losing skid and propels their season back on track.

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RB: Ezekiel Elliott (28 points)

Elliott continues to repay the faith placed in him as the team’s first overall pick. The former Buckeye ripped right through the Bengals defence with 171 total yards and two touchdowns. With blistering speed and the league’s best offensive line executing the blocks, Elliott’s fantasy production remains a high-reward given.

RB: DeMarco Murray (13 points)

Murray’s resurgence from the line of scrimmage continued this past week as the Titans prevailed 30-17 at Miami. The power runner had 27 carries for 121 yards on the day and maintained his average of five yards per carry for the season.

WR: A.J. Green (5 points)

Fresh from last week’s 173 yard showing against Miami, Green was tipped to exploit a Cowboys team that hadn’t lost a game since opening night against New York. Instead, Green was held to just 50 yards from four receptions as the Cowboys ran out dominant 28-14 winners.

WR: Jarvis Landry (2 points)

Coming into the team as this week’s waiver wire addition, Landry disappointed against the Titans. With just three catches for a season-low 28 yards, Landry found targets from Tannehill hard to find as the Dolphins fell at home for the first time this season.

TE: Greg Olsen (18 points)

In five quarters of NFL action this season back-up quarterback Derek Anderson has found Olsen more times than any other receiver. Olsen caught nine passes for a career-best 181 yards and continues to make a strong case as the best tight end in the game right now.

Flex: Zach Ertz (3 points)

Making his return to the team following a three-week injury absence, Ertz caught three targets for 37 yards against the Lions. While he was not a large part of Frank Reich’s offensive plans this time out, his workload as the Eagles' TE1 should increase in the coming weeks.

D/ST: Houston Texans (0 points)

The Houston Texans struggled against a Minnesota Vikings team that continues to take the league by the scruff of its neck. The Texans defence leaked 31 points and allowed over 350 total yards in the defeat and, as a result, will be desperate to bounce back next week against the Colts.

K: Mason Crosby (12 points)

As Green Bay struggled to reach the end zone, Crosby stepped up with ease. The seasoned kicker hit three field goals and two point-after attempts as the Packers ran out 23-16 winners against the Giants. Crosby’s performance maintains his perfect start to the season.

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