Week 5. It’s what I like to call the “Inception” week.

It is when you start to see if the proverbial top is still spinning or if the cold, hard reality is settling in for your fantasy football future.

We got six…no…seven players that we highlighted on this Sunday.

Enough talk.

Here are your Winners and Losers for Week 5.


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Winners

Steelers WR Chase Claypool

How? How did rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool fall to the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft? Claypool had a breakout game for the ages at Heinz Field vs the Eagles. He was targeted 11 times, had seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns (and one rushing). We are talking four touchdowns for a rookie. It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed a “diamond in the rough” receiver.  No surprise for someone who had 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season at Notre Dame.

Total Points: 35

Eagles WR Travis Fulgham

What a long road for this kid. Travis Fulgham was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was released by Detroit, then picked up by Green Bay, waived again and picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles. Fast forward to the beginning of October and he is catching a game-winning touchdown pass from Carson Wentz. On Sunday, he was targeted 13 times, 10 catches for 152 yards in the loss to the Steelers. Last week he had only 11 points, this week he nearly doubled it.

Next week, he takes on the Washington Football Team who surrendered 30 points to the Rams.

Total points: 21

Raiders QB Derek Carr and RB Josh Jacobs

All I heard this morning was how the Chiefs were going to blow out the Las Vegas Raiders. Which is why I’m giving making this one a dynamic duo. The Raiders escaped Arrowhead Stadium with their biggest win of the year over the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, thanks to Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs. Carr was spectacular today. 22 for 31, 347 yds, three touchdowns and a interception. On the season, he quietly has 11 touchdowns and one interception.

Meanwhile, Jacobs was looking for a “return to form” performance after two dismal weeks. Then, in the fourth quarter. I watched Jacobs take over and rush for a grand total of 77 yards and two touchdowns on the day. While the rushing yards were not up to par, it was his performance in the fourth that led to the Raiders’ third win of the year.

Total Points:

Carr: 29 Jacobs: 19

Losers

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Where to start? It was Jimmy Garoppolo‘s first start since he hurt his ankle and you can tell he was not ready to play. He could not finish the first half after two disastrous interceptions, overthrowing his receivers and never looked comfortable. He was only 7 for 17 with a paltry 77 yds and sacked three times.

Garoppolo was replaced by C.J. Beathard and the Niners were blown out 43 to 17. You might want to look elsewhere for your QB1 for the next few weeks.

Total Points: Nada.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon

Welcome back to reality, Joe. Last week, Mixon was having a dream, within a dream, within another dream last week when he put 36 fantasy points. This week he finished in single digits after being roughed up by the Ravens’ defense in Baltimore. He had 24 carries for 59 yards and eight catches for 35 yards.

Before that “breakout” game vs Jacksonville, he only had 52 rushes and 164 yards. Mixon has never shown to be a consistent playmaker this season.  Which still befuddles me as to why the Bengals signed him to a four-year extension worth $48 million.

Total Points: 8

Eagles TE Zach Ertz

I’d like to welcome you to the dimension where nothing makes sense and things are not what they seem. Tonight is a special tale on one Super Bowl champion who all of a sudden has become an anomaly in the National Football League. Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is about to enter the Twilight Zone.

In the last three years, Ertz was averaging 92 catches and six to eight touchdowns. All of a sudden, he has 20 receptions for 139 yards and one touchdown. Today he disappeared once again. Targeted six times, but only had one catch for six yards. I know Ertz wants a new contract, but this is ridiculous. You may want to scout some tight ends in Week 6.

Total points: Zero

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