Welcome to the Rotoworld Week 5 Live Blog. Follow along throughout the Sunday slate for instant analysis of fantasy happenings this week, including statistical updates, target recaps, injury news, and heaps of other fantasy tidbits to carry you through the day. Be sure all Chiefs, Saints, Seahawks, and Jaguars are safely placed on your fantasy bench and get ready to bring home a victory in Week 5.
* That will conclude our Live Blog coverage for Week 5. Thank you for joining me today, and good luck on Sunday and Monday Night Football! *
(6:55 PM): Oakland RB Jalen Richard continues to produce in the passing game with 55 yards on five catches. Richard has been far more productive than DeAndre Washington today.
(6:51 PM): Demaryius Thomas just scored Denver's first touchdown of the day and has 49 yards on five catches. That will be the end of the fantasy production from Thomas today as the Falcons will kill most of the remaining clock.
(6:47 PM): Points continue to stack up in the game in Oakland. Derek Carr just hit Michael Crabtree for a touchdown on a fourth down play, while Amari Cooper hauled in the two-point conversion. 27-24 Raiders and the third quarter is not quite complete.
(6:43 PM): Giants RB Rashad Jennings will sit out on Sunday night. Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey will handle the running work for the Giants with rookie Paul Perkins mixed in.
(6:33 PM): The Bills D/ST just got a huge boost as Nickell Robey-Coleman just returned an interception for a touchdown. Buffalo is now up 23-16 near the end of the third quarter. That was the first defensive score of Week 5. In Denver, Tevin Coleman of Atlanta is torching the Broncos with 132 receiving yards on four catches.
(6:29 PM): Cincinnati's Jeremy Hill has a chest injury and his return is questionable. Gio Bernard will get extra work with Hill out.
(6:23 PM): And just like that, another touchdown is scored in Oakland as Philip Rivers hits Hunter Henry for a score. Rivers now has 251 yards and three touchdowns with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Tyrell Williams is up to 92 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
(6:16 PM): Scoring is heating up in the late games as Amari Cooper just scored on a 64-yard bomb from Derek Carr. Cooper is now at 138 yards on six grabs and is having a monster day. This AFC West matchup has a lot of scoring left in the tank.
(6:10 PM): Melvin Gordon is on the board with a receiving score. Only 21 rushing yards for Gordon but he hauls in the 18-yard pass to find the end zone. Philip Rivers up to 200 yards with two scores and two picks.
(6:08 PM): Wow. Zeke Elliott is going nuts on the Cincinnati Bengals. Elliott just scored on a 60-yard touchdown run, bringing his stat line to 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on TEN carries. Yes, that is 12.8 yards per carry. The Cowboys are now up 28-0 over the Bengals and will be moving to 4-1.
(6:01 PM): The Denver defense is getting beat at home as the Falcons now lead the Broncos 20-3. The Denver D/ST has been left in some tough spots by the poor play of Paxton Lynch, but Matt Ryan just connected with Tevin Coleman for a touchdown and now has 184 yards passing. Coleman and Devonta Freeman are both enjoying solid fantasy days in a tough matchup.
(5:56 PM): Cameron Meredith was targeted 12 times by Chicago's Brian Hoyer today. Meredith hauled in nine passes for 130 yards and a score in a nice effort, but stud Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was fourth on the team with just six targets. Jeffery could use the return of Jay Cutler in a hurry and his stock will remain low if Hoyer keeps the job.
(5:48 PM): The LA/Buff game has some top shelf running backs facing off. Todd Gurley is at 71 total yards with a score while LeSean McCoy is rolling along with 111 rushing yards on just nine attempts. Both of these teams like the keep the ball on the ground so expect more of the same in the second half.
(5:38 PM): Rough batch of late games for big name wide receivers:
Julio Jones: Zero catches
Demaryius Thomas: 1 rec, 14 yds
A.J. Green: 1 rec, 9 yds
(5:30 PM): The Denver Broncos have three points at halftime against the slumping Atlanta defense. The Broncos ran 24 plays in the half and gained just 76 total yards. QB Paxton Lynch is 3/8 for 45 yards. No bueno.
(5:27 PM): Oakland backfield update: Jalen Richard 49 total yards on eight touches, DeAndre Washington 16 total yards on seven touches. Looks like Richard could be in line for more touches as the game progresses.
(5:20 PM): Dak Prescott is heating up in Dallas. The rookie now has two touchdown passes and 124 yards after hitting Cole Beasley for a score. Dallas is whipping Cincinnati 21-0 with four minutes remaining in the first half. Terrance Williams and Brice Butler lead the team with three targets each.
(5:17 PM): From earlier today, Sam Bradford targeted Adam Thielen a team-high eight times today in Stefon Diggs' absence. Thielen caught seven passes for 127 yards and a score with the extra chances while tight end Kyle Rudolph cooled down with two catches for 15 yards.
(5:13 PM): Philip Rivers gets on the board with a 29 yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams. Rivers is 6/8 with 64 yards so far and hasn't gotten any help from the San Diego run game as Melvin Gordon is at seven yards on four rushes. One catch on one target for Dontrelle Inman, who is coming off a big week.
(5:07 PM): LeSean McCoy is shredding the Rams so far today with 79 yards on five carries, including a long 53 yard rumble. Mike Gillislee just scored, however. 13-3 Bills.
(5:05 PM): Slow start for San Diego through one quarter with just 26 total yards and seven plays. One carry for Melvin Gordon.
(5:00 PM): The Dallas offensive line is doing work against the Bengals so far this afternoon. The Cowboys have 86 rushing yards on 12 attempts, including a rushing score from QB Dak Prescott. Dallas is up 14-0 over Cincinnati.
(4:51 PM): Justin Hunter just caught a touchdown for the Buffalo Bills. Tyrod Taylor has the touchdown pass and 22 rushing yards already as the Bills lead Los Angeles 7-3. Charles Clay and Robert Woods both with two targets for far.
(4:48 PM): The Raiders have a 3-0 lead on San Diego after a long drive stalled. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have split the Oakland backfield work so far. 40 yards on five touches for Richard and 14 yards on three touches for Washington, including a goal line attempt.
(4:38 PM): Los Angeles is up 3-0 against Buffalo. Todd Gurley racked up 39 total yards on five touches on the rams' opening drive. Three grabs already for Tavon Austin.
(4:32 PM): Ezekiel Elliott off to a blazing start today with 42 yards and a score on four carries. Zeke ripped off huge chunks against the Cincinnati defense on Dallas' opening drive. Elsewhere, a pair of turnovers already in the Oakland/San Diego game.
(4:30 PM): The Raiders and Chargers are underway. We will keep tabs on how the Oakland backfield touches are distributed with Latavius Murray out.
(4:27 PM): DeMarco Murray was fed 27 carries today to lead all running backs. Murray ran for 121 yards with his opportunities.
(4:23 PM): Paxton Lynch starting at QB for Denver today. 1/3 for 14 passing yards to start.
(4:13 PM): The late games are getting fired up and Atlanta marched down the field for a touchdown on a 4th down goal line plunge from Devonta Freeman. Tevin Coleman hauled in a 48 yard reception on the drive.
(4:10 PM): The Bears came up short in Indy today, but Brian Hoyer performed well for fantasy QB streamers. Hoyer passed for 397 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
(4:02 PM): Charlie Whitehurst is now hurt in Cleveland, bringing Terrelle Pryor in at QB. Terrible luck for the Browns.
(3:57 PM): Ben Roethlisberger is having his way with the Jets defense. Sammie Coats just caught his second score of the day and now has 139 yards on six catches with the pair of scores. This Steelers offense is downright scary with Le'Veon Bell healthy and should get TE Ladarius Green back in coming weeks as well.
(3:54 PM): Tom Brady is over 400 yards passing today with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady has targeted Julian Edelman (10) and Martellus Bennett (8) most frequently today.
(3:46 PM): Adam Vinatieri is your kicking leader so far this week with four field goals and one extra point on the day. Vinatieri has a long of 54 yards.
(3:44 PM): Brandon Marshall (15), Jordan Reed (11), Julian Edelman (10), and Antonio Brown (10) are the Sunday target leaders so far.
(3:39 PM): Chicago RB Jordan Howard is rolling today with 163 total yards on 19 touches and just scored on a receiving TD. Just one carry today for backup RB Ka'Deem Carey.
(3:32 PM): Charlie Whitehurst just threw his first TD of the day as he connected with Connor Hamlett for the score. Cordarrelle Patterson just scored as well. Minnesota is stomping Houston.
(3:27 PM): Minnesota Vikings D/ST update: 6 points allowed, three sacks, one turnover and just 128 total yards allowed today.
(3:23 PM): Antonio Brown just found the end zone to give him 52 yards and a score on seven catches. Ben Roethlisberger is up to 282 passing yards and three touchdowns in a very solid effort.
(3:20 PM): Invisible wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeAndre Hopkins are both heating up with multiple catches on current drives.
(3:14 PM): Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon was finally active today but the Baltimore backfield has been led by Terrance West. West has 67 yards on nine carries while Dixon has 5 total yards on four touches. Not much going right for the Ravens today offensively. Buck Allen has also been involved with 15 total yards on four touches.
(3:08 PM): Brandon Marshall is up to 11 targets on the day. 7 rec, 95 yards and a touchdown.
(3:03 PM): Late game injury news is filing in with Dez Bryant and Clive Walford both officially INACTIVE. Latavius Murray is out as well, and Antonio Gates is ACTIVE.
(3:01 PM): Andrew Luck had been sacked an NFL-high 5 times heading into the day and has already been taken down four times today by the Chicago defense.
(2:57 PM): The struggles of DeAndre Hopkins continue as the Texans are being manhandled by Minnesota. Zero catches on three targets so far for Hopkins while QB Brock Osweiler is just 8/22 passing.
(2:53 PM): Martellus Bennett strikes again. Three touchdowns for the New England tight end, as Tom Brady has thrown for 330 yards to go with the trio of scores. Julian Edelman up to 10 targets.
(2:51 PM): Rookie Carson Wentz is having another nice day. 181 passing yards and two scores today as Josh Huff just snagged a score at the goal line. RB Ryan Mathews leads the team in targets with four and receiving yards with 39. Darren Sproles leads the Eagles with 32 rushing yards while Wendell Smallwood has zero touches on the day.
(2:46 PM): Chris Hogan has 114 yards on four catches today as Tom Brady has hit his new target often through the first half.
(2:40 PM): Just one target through the first half for Alshon Jeffery. Three other Bears players have more looks from Brian Hoyer today.
(2:37 PM): Sunday target leaders:
Julian Edelman (9): 5 rec, 35 yds
Brandon Marshall (8): 6 rec, 86 yds, TD
T.Y. Hilton (7): 6 rec, 117 yds
Le'Veon Bell (7): 6 rec, 50 yds
Jordan Reed (7): 6 rec, 42 yds
Ryan Griffin (6): 2 rec, 8 yds
(2:34 PM): Sunday fantasy scoring leaders:
QB: Marcus Mariota (108 pass yds, 2 TD, 34 rush yds, TD)
RB: Theo Riddick (71 total yds, 2 TD)
WR: Sammie Coates (91 yds, TD)
TE: Martellus Bennett (14 yds, 2 TD)
K: Adam Vinatieri (3 FG)
D/ST: Minnesota (6 PA, 1 sack)
(2:29 PM): Stay tuned for halftime fantasy leaders....
(2:26 PM): Nine touches for Matt Forte and four for Bilal Powell so far today. 49 total yards for Forte and just 16 for Powell.
(2:22 PM): Jesse James snares a TD for Pittsburgh as the Steelers move in front of the Jets 14-13. Big Ben at 194 yards and two scores through one half of play. Le'Veon Bell leads the Steelers with seven targets so far, and has six catches for 50 yards already.
(2:18 PM): Marcus Mariota having quite a day. 104 yards and two passing touchdowns to go along with 34 rushing yards and a rushing score in the first for Mariota as Tennessee leads Miami 21-14. Delanie Walker caught the latest Titans score and has 49 yards as well.
(2:13 PM): Charlie Whitehurst is in at QB for Cleveland with Cody Kessler hurt. Whitehurst is 1/3 for 11 yards so far as the Browns trail New England.
(2:07 PM): Jay Ajayi and Brandon Marshall with touchdowns. Ajayi has led the Miami backfield so far today with eight carries for 36 yards.
(2:02 PM): The Philadelphia defense is getting roasted by Detroit right now. Matthew Stafford is 11/15 for 130 yards and three touchdowns as Marvin Jones just caught Stafford's third score of the day. 21-7 Detroit. Stafford spreading the ball around so far, as four Lions players have three targets.
(1:55 PM): Minnesota putting it on Houston early, 17-0. 12 touches for Jerick McKinnon and five for Matt Asiata, including a short TD. 13 total yards for Houston so far. Yuck.
(1:52 PM): Make that two scores for Martellus Bennett as the Patriots go up 23-7. Tom Brady is 13/15 for 185 and two touchdowns early in the second quarter in Cleveland.
(1:44 PM): Short TD catch for Ryan Mathews. Third catch of the day for Mathews, who is leading the Philly backfield so far. No action for Wendell Smallwood yet.
(1:40 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * CB Josh Norman and WR Steve Smith both banged up. We will provide updates as they are released. Cleveland QB Cody Kessler down as well.
(1:38 PM): Six early targets for Brandon Marshall. Four grabs for 55 yards so far.
(1:35 PM): Not only is Bennett back on the field, but he just caught Tom Brady's first touchdown pass of the season. 14-7 Patriots. James White got involved on this drive with a long gain on a swing pass. Brady's return helps White's value a ton.
(1:31 PM): Martellus Bennett is back on the field, while Theo Riddick just scored his second TD of the day. Zach Zenner has run for two yards on four carries alongside Riddick.
(1:30 PM): Baltimore is spreading the work around in their backfield today so far. Terrance West has 51 yards on three carries but Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen have three touches as well early in the game.
(1:26 PM): Cleveland rookie Cody Kessler just threw a TD to Andrew Hawkins as the Browns and Patriots are now tied 7-7.
(1:25 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Martellus Bennett is questionable to return.
(1:23 PM): The Vikings are moving the ball today with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata splitting red zone duties while it is Asiata who plunges in for the score.
(1:16 PM): Week 5 scoring is happening quickly with Sammie Coates hauling in a 72-yard bomb from Ben Roethlisberger. 7-3 Steelers over the Jets. Coates is really coming on strong in recent weeks.
(1:14 PM): Bennett is up and walking, while LeGarrette Blount capped New England's drive off with a goal line score. Brady was 4/5 for 65 yards on the opening drive.
(1:11 PM): New England TE Martellus Bennett is down with an apparent injury but Rob Gronkowski is heating up. 53 yards on the day already for Gronk. Elsewhere, Detroit drove for a score on the Philadelphia defense with Theo Riddick scoring on a TD reception.
(1:09 PM): Nick Folk of the NY Jets starts the scoring with a field goal. 3-0 Jets over the Steelers early. Two catches for 28 yards on the drive for Brandon Marshall.
(1:07 PM): #12 back in action for New England. Brady's first pass is complete to Julian Edelman.
(1:00 PM): Good luck today, everyone! Let's get some wins!
(12:55 PM): Seven early games today, including the return of Tom Brady. Philadelphia also plays at 1:00pm today, so we will soon get a glimpse of how they prefer to handle their backfield touches moving forward. #TeamSmallwood