Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Tennessee Titans
At first glance, Mariota’s stat line doesn’t look impressive. Mariota completed 20 of his passes for only 163 yards, but he made up for it with four total touchdowns, one of which was a 5-yard rush. He was fantasy’s leading scorer, scoring 30 points in a road victory against Miami. The win comes at a good time for the Titans, who lost three of their first four games to start the season.
Sammie Coates, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
If you read last week’s Start ‘em, Sit ‘em column, you knew I was high on Coates. Go figure. Coates outpaced all receivers in Week 5, reeling in six passes for 139 yards and two scores. His 25-point day is the highest of his two-year career.
Martellus Bennett, tight end, New England Patriots
Quarterback Tom Brady had a field day in his first game back from suspension, amassing over 400 yards and a trio of touchdowns. All three went to Bennett. In their first game together, Bennett hauled in six passes for 67 yards and three scores. Bennett wasn’t the only Patriots tight end to succeed Sunday, as Rob Gronkowski recorded his first 100-yard game of the season.
Lamar Miller, running back, Houston Texans
Despite going scoreless in his first four games as a Texan, Miller racked up 429 yards from scrimmage because of a high volume of touches. He was stopped Sunday by a stellar Vikings defense that stymied Houston’s offense, holding them to 13 points.
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Just as everyone expected, Jones followed his 305-yard outburst with a two-reception, 29-yard disappointment. Owners surely didn’t count on a repeat performance against the Broncos’ stout defense but likely expected more than a measly two fantasy points.
A.J. Green, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
Like Jones, Green followed up an impressive performance with a lackluster one. Green wasn’t able to get going against the Cowboys, who held the star receiver to only four catches on eight targets for 50 yards.