Five weeks into NFL football, stability remains for fantasy football owners for wide receivers and tight ends. Cooper Kupp and Travis Kelce were the top players drafted in their positions. Both have been making a splash thanks to the system they are in and their quarterback. Kupp has been thriving with the Los Angeles Rams, while Kelce has one of the greatest quarterbacks of my generation Patrick Mahomes down in Kansas City.
So far Kupp has three games with 10+ receptions and 100+ yards. In the one game he recorded six yards in the air, Kupp found in the end zone on a 20-yard run. He finds a way to score no matter the circumstance, as he is key to the success of LAR’s offense. Meanwhile, Kelce has scored in three games and has at least 50 yards in all four games. These two are staples in their division, so who are a few surprises heading into week 6?
Climbing up the Hill and doing the Waddle in Miami
Beginning at the WR position, very few fantasy owners expected Miami to make a splash in Florida. Wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are emerging as the league’s top duo. Hill is ranked third, and Waddle is fifth. During the offseason, Hill was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks a first, second, fourth, fifth, and sixth (ESPN.com). No wonder Kelce is benefitting from Hill’s absence, Patrick Mahomes doesn’t have many targets to throw to anymore. Meanwhile in Miami Tua Tavalogua now has two top-5 fantasy wide receivers in the league. Hill and Waddle will have to step up as Tua suffered a concussion and his replacement is set to be Teddy Bridgewater. However, Bridgewater suffered a concussion and his status remains up in the air. This means the values of Miami’s wide receivers are going to be tested in the next few weeks. Looking at the stat line, Tyreek Hill had two monster games catching ten for over 150 yards, while Waddle has two games over 100 yards and three touchdowns. The status of these two is unknown due to the quarterback situation, but Miami is 3-1 heading into week five.
There’s another Kirk in town
Another surprise at the wide receiver position is Jacksonville Jaguar Christian Kirk. Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and signed by Jacksonville this year, Kirk has clawed his way to the sixth position in fantasy football. When looking at his stats, he gets targeted at least five times a game. With sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the pocket, Kirk has become his #1 receiver.
The Giants are 4-1, but one player isn’t hitting the right tone
One team’s success doesn’t always translate to everyone’s success. Saquon Barkley is a top-3 running back in the league, leading the Giants to one remarkable season. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney hasn’t found his rhythm yet, as he only has two games under his belt. Toney was drafted by the Giants last year but remains quiet on the field. For fantasy owners, few gambled on him to make a splash that has yet to happen. Will Toney find his footing or continue to strike a low tone?
Atlanta Falcons stuck in a Pitt
From the WR to tight ends Kyle Pitts was in the top 3 ranked tight ends with the Atlanta Falcons. Five weeks in, and Pitts has yet to record a touchdown. He only had one game with 50+ yards and gave fantasy owners a headache. Whether Pitts rebounds or not is for those to consider his stock.
Mining for Mold in San Francisco
Another Tight End whose status has given owners a headache is San Francisco’s, George Kittle. For an owner who started Kittle week 1 (shake my head), it’s been quite a ride. Kittle debuted in week three against Denver, catching four targets for 28 yards. He followed up that performance with two catches for 24 yards. Kittle is one of the icons in San Francisco and his status has kept his team and owners on their toes. Instead of digging for gold, the 49ers are dealing with mold. How all parties manage the situation going forward will be interesting, as it seems like a day-to-day procedure.
The Saints are Marching up the Hill
Taysom Hill’s been making headlines this year as he transitioned from quarterback to tight end. Hill has scored a touchdown in three out of four games and has shined in New Orleans. Last week, he ran for 112 yards and three scores. The tight end is now seventh in fantasy as he continues to impress on the ground.
The outlook looks bright for both positions heading into week six. Wide receivers have to deal with the distribution of the ball through the air, while the tight end’s involvement continues to be sporadic. One thing’s for sure fantasy owners should look to the waiver wire as there is plenty available at both positions. Cincinnati tight end Hayden Hurst could be there to claim after a big game against Baltimore and is one example of many to be a surprise. Here’s to another frenzy in fantasy football.