Let’s look at the players who had their stocks rise or fall most significantly due to their Week 5 performances.
Stock Up: WR Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
After a slow start to the season, Chase has now produced three strong weeks in a row. He exploded in Week 5, catching 15 of his 19 targets for 192 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday against the Cardinals. Chase has a favorable matchup this week against Seattle and could very well be headed toward another productive outing. He is a locked-in WR1 moving forward.
Stock Up: RB Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Etienne had an extremely productive day against the Bills on Sunday, carrying the ball 26 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns while also catching four of his five targets for an additional 48 yards through the air. Etienne has been very boom or bust so far this season, but he is a must-start this week against the Colts after his massive Week 5 performance.
Stock Up: TE Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
Goedert finally had the breakout performance fantasy managers were waiting for after his slow start to the season. The tight end caught eight of his nine targets for 117 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Rams. While this was a positive step, the Eagles face a tough Jets defense in Week 6. To become a true top fantasy option, Goedert needs to continue to generate consistent results.
Stock Up: QB Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers
Young had a productive day against the Lions, completing 25 of his 41 pass attempts for 247 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Young had been inconsistent through his first few games, but this week was a positive step for the rookie first overall pick. He is set to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 6 and another positive outing could push home towards fantasy relevance in 1-QB leagues.
Stock Up: RB Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts
Moss had a career day against the Titans, carrying the ball 23 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. While that level of volume might be hard to reproduce with Jonathan Taylor back in the mix, it is clear that Moss will still have a large role in the Colts’ offense. Moss finds himself in RB2 consideration ahead of a divisional matchup with the Jaguars in Week 6.
Stock Down: QB Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
After a productive first four games of the season, Jordan Love had a night to forget on Monday against the Raiders. He completed 16 of his 30 pass attempts for 182 yards, zero touchdown passes, and three interceptions. While this performance was underwhelming, the Packers are on their bye this week and will have an opportunity to try to sort things out offensively. Love’s next challenge will be in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.
Stock Down: WR DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
Smith had a down game on Sunday against the Rams as a result of teammates A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert producing over 100 yards each. Smith has cooled off a bit after a strong start to the season, and he now has a tough matchup against a strong Jets secondary this week. However, Smith has been streaky throughout his career, so it is not time to press the panic button on him just yet.
Stock Down: RB James Cook, Buffalo Bills
Cook was very inefficient on Sunday against the Jaguars, carrying the ball just five times for negative four yards and catching three passes for 25 yards. Cook has been very inconsistent this season. Luckily, he will have a favorable matchup this week against the Giants, so there is potential for a bounce-back performance.
Stock Down: WR Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Sutton was held to just one catch for 13 yards on Sunday against the Jets, and that catch didn’t come until the fourth quarter. Sutton was producing consistent numbers until this game and now faces a quick turnaround as the Broncos will face the Chiefs on Thursday night. Sutton should be considered a flex candidate at best this week.
Stock Down: RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
After a productive game in Week 4, Henry struggled against the Colts in Week 5. He carried the ball 13 times for just 43 yards and added three receptions for 19 yards. What is worrisome is that Tyjae Spears played a significant role in the offense, as he saw only four fewer touches than Henry. If Spears continues to take away from Henry’s volume, it could become tough for him to produce consistent RB1-type numbers.