“5 Up” included Allen Hurns (22 points), Jameis Winston (14 points, no turnovers), and Andre Johnson (25 points) who played really well. Karlos Williams, unfortunately, didn’t play due to a concussion. “5 Down” warned you about Amari Cooper (8 points) and the the Washington running backs (51 rushing yards).
Andy Dalton might be the real deal (26 points) and surprised against Seattle. Does that tell us more about the Seattle defense or the Cincinnati offense? Devonta Freeman (32 points) exploded again. Is he really this unstoppable? Week 5 was a wild one, let’s get ready for Week 6.
A reminder that this article presents two different groups. The first five are not about studs that will produce, but rather, lower-end players with high potential. The second five are solid players who won’t live up to the “stud” status or continue the hot steak they are currently on for that particular week. Let’s dive in!
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin and made some other adjustments during the bye week. This will spark the Dolphins, especially Tannehill and the defense. This week they face Tennessee, who just came of a tough loss to Buffalo. Tennessee has a weak secondary. Karlos Williams did not play, which made the Buffalo offense very one-dimensional and inefficient. The Miami passing attack has the talent, and will put it together after a bye week and mix-up in the coaching staff.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets – I place him here because he could easily have three touchdowns this upcoming week against Washington. Kirk Cousins is a turnover machine and could give the Jets great field position a few times. This game could get ugly quickly and the Jets will go to the run game to dominate the clock and flow of the game. The longer they keep Cousins off the field, the more he will force throws and make mistakes to try to catch up.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos – The time has come for C.J. Anderson to have a breakout game. This weekend will be the perfect scenario for that to happen. The Denver defense will make it extremely difficult for the Cleveland offense to get going. Denver will want to control the clock and put points on the board. Cleveland has struggled to stop the run for the past season and a half and will be the reason that Denver finally has a glimpse of what the offense could be with the addition of a solid run game.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints – Need a deep league wide receiver or weekly flex play? Snead could be the answer for you. He has had six catches in each of the last two games along with 89 yards and 141 yards, respectively. He seems to have built a rapport with Drew Brees and has gained the confidence of head coach Sean Payton. He is not the most talented wide receiver on the team (Brandin Cooks), but has shown promise of being the receiver the offense needs to move the ball. The Saints play Atlanta on Thursday night on a short week and will go to players that have produced for them, which is Willie Snead.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Are you disappointed in your quarterback play and need a quarterback to play next week? Bortles is your guy and will have a great week again when Jacksonville plays Houston in Week 6. Matt Hasselbeck was playing at about 75 percent and owned the Houston defense through the air. Bortles was great against Tampa Bay on Sunday (28 points) and is trending upwards in his decision making and his wide receivers are making plays.