Fantasy Football News: Week 5 Recap

The fifth week of the NFL season was a wild one for fantasy football owners. From surprise breakout performances to devastating injuries, there was no shortage of drama. In this week’s fantasy football news recap, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest storylines from the week.

First up, let’s talk about the biggest surprise of the week: Cooper Kupp. The Rams wide receiver has been good this season, but he went off in Week 5 with 11 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. Kupp is now a top-five fantasy receiver and should be started every week.

Another player who had a breakout performance in Week 5 was J.D. McKissic. The Washington running back caught nine passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, and also added six rushes for 28 yards. McKissic is becoming a reliable option in PPR leagues and should be rostered in all formats.

Unfortunately, not all the news from Week 5 was good. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Fantasy owners who were relying on Prescott will need to look for a replacement, and there are a few options out there. Andy Dalton is the next man up in Dallas, but he’s not likely to produce the same numbers as Prescott. Other options include Teddy Bridgewater and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

In other news, the Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after an 0-5 start. This move could have fantasy implications, as the Falcons offense has been a disappointment this season. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley should still be started every week, but other Falcons players may see their value decrease.

Finally, let’s talk about some waiver wire pickups for Week 6. If you need a quarterback, look to Justin Herbert of the Chargers. He’s only owned in 30% of leagues and has a favorable matchup against the Jets this week. At running back, Chase Edmonds of the Cardinals is worth a look. He’s been getting more involved in the offense and has a good matchup against the Cowboys. And at wide receiver, Travis Fulgham of the Eagles is a hot pickup after catching two touchdowns last week. He’s still available in over 50% of leagues.

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