After Week 5, we start to see what the teams are all about.
The quarterback landscape fell pretty close to ADP minus Lamar Jackson disappointing so far. In parentheses is the total rank so far for each player. The two major surprises are Justin Herbert (QB 8) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB 9) ranking in the Top-10 for the year so far.
On the running back side, Aaron Jones (RB 4) is one of the surprises after many dropped his ranking post-draft. Chris Carson (RB 5) is one of my favorites every year and is one of the safest players. So far, handcuffs and backups have dominated the Top-20. Kareem Hunt (RB 7), James Robinson (RB 8), Mike Davis (RB 9), and Darrell Henderson (RB 15) lead as surprises in this area for points this year. Myles Gaskin (RB 22) and Antonio Gibson (RB 23) are also surprise players that came out of nowhere.
For receivers, the position is largely flipped upside down as compared to early season expectations. Jamison Crowder (WR 23) is averaging the 3rd most fantasy points per game. Other buy-low candidates include: Robby Anderson (WR 7) and CeeDee Lamb (WR 11). Each had an ADP over WR 35. Adam Thielen (WR 1) and DK Metcalf (WR 2) lead the pack overall but Calvin Ridley (WR 3) has the highest average when removing his injured game. JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR 29) and D.J. Moore (WR 25) are the biggest busts so far as others have overtaken them on the priority list for the offense. Certain players such as Julian Edelman, Julio Jones, and Kenny Golladay rank outside the Top-40 receivers but could easily bounce back once recovered from injury.
The tight end landscape has been volatile to put it kindly. The expected players such as Travis Kelce (TE 1), Mark Andrews (TE 2), and Darren Waller (TE 3) are at the top. As of now, Robert Tonyan (TE 4) and Jimmy Graham (TE 5) are the biggest surprises this year but they will be very volatile players. Younger players such as Mike Gesicki (TE 6) and Noah Fant (TE 8) are very volatile in weekly scores but are producing. Hayden Hurst (TE 15) and Zach Ertz (TE 17) are disappointments now but are expected to rebound soon. Tyler Higbee (TE 9) is the biggest sell candidate of any player now. He is clearly losing his job to Gerald Everett. Higbee was a star out of necessity last year with injuries to Everett and Cooper Kupp.