We finally understand why the Saints are paying Teddy Bridgewater so much money.
QB: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owned in 18.7% of leagues
Would you believe me if I told you Gardner Minshew has the 11th most points amongst QBs this season? The rookie has played admirably in relief of Nick Foles. Minshew owns a 9:1 touchdown to interception ratio through five games. He’s been a high floor play, scoring at least 16.1 fantasy points in each of the five games this season. It’s time to pay respect to “The Most Interesting QB In The World.”
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints
Owned in 18.7% of leagues
Teddy Bridgewater really stepped up to the plate this week. After operating as a game manager for the past two weeks, Bridgwater went wild against an underrated Bucs defense. The former first-round pick threw for four TDs en route to 27.3 fantasy points. Drew Brees is close to returning, but Bridgewater should be serviceable until then.
RB: Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
Owned in 2.9% of leagues
The good news is that we've established who David Johnson's backup is. The bad news is that it's David Johnson's backup. Arizona's backfield depth was in question coming into the season, but Edmonds looked explosive on Sunday. He could prove to be a valuable handcuff if DJ were to ever go down, which is quite possible given Johnson's injury history.
RB: Reggie Bonnafon, Carolina Panthers
Owned in 0.1% of leagues
Wait who? The Panthers' second-string back had five carries on Sunday. That's how many snaps he played coming into Week 5. Bonnafon turned those 5 carries into 80 yards, showing off some serious big-play ability. Unfortunately, Bonnafon is rarely going to see the field with McCaffrey playing almost 100% of snaps weekly. Like Edmonds, Bonnafon is in a similar handcuff situation
WR: Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Owned in 0.5% of leagues
The fifth-pick out of Auburn continues to impress as the primary deep threat for this Giants team. Slayton played on a season-high 65% of snaps Week 5. That number should only go up with the concussion to Sterling Shepard. Slayton’s volume is too low to trust as a fantasy starter right now, but he’s an excellent stash given his talent and blazing speed.
WR: Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
Owned in 13.7% of leagues
John Ross and A.J. Green are out of the picture for the foreseeable future, and Auden Tate is reaping the benefits. Tate has seen six-plus targets the past three weeks while playing at least 89% of snaps each of those games. Tate hasn’t had a true blow-up game yet, but the breakout is coming in this pass heavy offense.
TE: Gerald Everett, LA Rams
Owned in 3.4% of leagues
Gerald Everett’s seven reception, 136-yard game came on the heels of a Brandin Cooks concussion. Everett has been more heavily involved recently with a combined 19 targets the past two weeks. Everett has gone for 30 points during that stretch. He’s slowly emerged over Tyler Higbee as the preferred tight end in Sean McVay’s offense. Hopefully, this trend continues.
TE: Chris Herndon, New York Jets
Owned in 12.0% of leagues
The 2018 fourth-round pick had a promising rookie year, but his four-game suspension put a damper on Herndon’s redraft value. Now that the suspension is lifted, Herndon is set to return. Given how horrific this Jets offense has been without Sam Darnold, Herndon is more of a stash, but a good one in a shallow tight end pool.