Best of the Best AFC: Week 5
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Let's talk about the AFC in Week 5. The AFC East had a solid week with only the Dolphins missing out on the W. The Patriots brushed aside the Colts in a convincing manner on Thursday Night Football. The Bills are starting to prove they're not the pushovers that many predicted they would be this year, beating out the Titans with a last minute 46-yard field goal. The Jets put up big numbers against the Broncos to go 2-3 on the season. Finally, the Dolphins struggled against the Bengals, who were just too much for them to keep up with.
The AFC North had a interesting week with the Browns and Ravens facing off, the Steelers faced the Falcons, and the Bengals played the Dolphins. We've already mentioned the Bengals who are starting to look like the dark horse of the league, fielding a very potent offense despite losing Tyler Eifert to injury last week. The Steelers came up big against the Falcons scoring 41 points and performing well both on offense and defense. Lastly the Ravens and Browns faced off in a very defensive game with only 21 points scored the entire game despite going to over time.
The AFC South had a week to forget, with only the Texans improving their record, winning the 'Battle for Texas' over the Cowboys. The Jaguars, Colts, and Titans all lost to AFC opponents, the previously mentioned Titans being the only competitive team of the three in their game last week.
The AFC West had a mixed week. The Chargers had a big win against their divisional rival, the Raiders, who had chances to win but a combination of poor play calling and poor execution led to the loss. The Chiefs won big against the Jags and go to 5-0 on the season, their offense proved too much for the Jags equally as impressive defense to take. Finally, the Broncos had a rough week against the Jets and with a visit from the Rams coming up, the coaching staff must make some big changes if they're going to provide an upsets on Sunday.
QB: Tom Brady - 34COMP/341YDS/3TD/2INT/3ATT/-1YD/1TD - 33.54 points.
In a week where Brady scored his 500th TD, it seems only right for him to top the list as best AFC QB in Week 5. Brady scored 4 touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground, scoring big points. The week could have been even better if it wasn't for the two interceptions. Against the Chiefs next week, however, Brady will have to iron out these mistakes if the Patriots hope to win.
RB1: James Conner - 21ATT/110YDS/2TD/4REC/75YDS - 34.5 points
Conner may be fueled by reports of Le'Veon Bell coming back when he put up a great performance against the Falcons. Proving he's a threat in the pass game as well as the run game, Conner has made case to continue being the main back in Pittsburgh even after Bell comes back.
RB2: Isaiah Crowell - 15ATT/219YDS/1TD/1REC/12YDS - 30.1 points
Crowell took advantage of his opportunities this week. The Jets have mainly been running a RBBC offense this year which is never good for fantasy output but Crowell has put in his bid as to why he should be the main back in New York. Whether this is a one-off or a sign of things to come is yet to be known but it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
WR1: Antonio Brown - 6REC/101YDS/2TD - 28.1 points
Brown has been a consistent fantasy performer throughout the five weeks, this past week being no exception. In an offense with multiple playmakers and targets a rare commodity Antonio Brown has still managed to live up to his 1st round draft rank. Interestingly Antonio Brown only had 6 receptions on 13 targets, so despite the score he could of got all more points this week.
WR2: Robby Anderson - 3REC/123YDS/2TD - 27.3 points
The second Jet to be listed on this week's Best of the Best, Robby Anderson was also one of the most efficient players this week. With two touchdowns from three receptions, it's easy to see why he's topping the list. The Jets offense showed what they could potentially be, and if this continues, Robby Anderson is in prime position to benefit.
TE: Eric Ebron - 9REC/105YDS/2TD - 31.5 points
Ebron has proven to be one of the top sleeper TE picks of the year. He added to his TD count, bringing the total to five on the year. Ebron is currently the 3rd best fantasy TE in PPR. This form might not last as Jack Doyle is on pace to be back with the Colts soon, which will take targets away from Ebron.
QB - Andrew Luck, IND - 38COMP/365YDS/3TD/2INT - 28.6 points
RB - TJ Yeldon, JAX - 10ATT/53YDS/8REC/69YDS/1TD - 26.2 points
RB - Kenyan Drake, MIA - 6ATT/46YDS/7REC/69YDS/1TD - 24.5 points
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, HOU - 9REC/151YDS - 22.1 points
Players to Watch
Julian Edelman, WR, NE
Edelman is back from his suspension. With players like Josh Gordon and Sony Michel making the headlines, Edelman's return has come relatively unnoticed. The former #1 WR for New England is back, and with help from an up-and-coming run game and Josh Gordon being a legitimate deep threat, Edelman is likely to have great match ups to take advantage of.
Jamaal Charles, RB, JAX
Charles has just signed with the Jags, who have been struggling with RB depth. Now, I get that TJ Yeldon is the clear number one. And yes, when Leonard Fournette recovers, Charles is likely to become redundant in this offense. Despite the negatives, Charles has a decent chance at performing well in the next few weeks. With a style completely opposite to Yeldon, he could be the back to take the goal-line carries and act as a change of pace runner. LeGarrette Blount has proven that you don't have to be number one back to be fantasy relevant, it's all about the opportunities you are given, and Charles could be in the exact same position for this Jags offense.