Week 5 is in the books. It was a rough bye week with New Orleans, Seattle, Jacksonville, and Kansas City doing other fun stuff on Sunday, but they're all back. This week Minnesota and Tampa Bay are on bye, and you very well may not have been using most of them so let's call that a win.
1. Brian Hoyer: Sooooooooo Hoyer looks kinda good. He threw for 397 yards and two touchdowns (zero picks) and may have taken this offense to the next level. No, yeah, it's the same Brian Hoyer from Houston. You're probably fine at QB, but if you've been dealing with the stinkiness (not a word; should be a word) of Carson Palmer and/or Eli Manning, take a look at Hoyer.
1. Jacquizz Rodgers: There's a very good chance that Doug Martin returns after Tampa's bye this week, but Rodgers will still have value. Charles Sims is now on IR, so Rodgers would presumably step into his pass-catching role. He should definitely be owned.
2. Cameron Artis-Payne: You would be hard pressed to find someone who is less of a Jonathan Stewart fan than yours truly. I've really never been impressed by his play, but Cameron Artis-Payne is showing that he deserves a shot at the job after an 85 yard, two touchdown performance on Monday night. He's an interesting speculative add with JStew likely returning soon.
3. James Starks: Starks may (and should) be owned by the Eddie Lacy owner, but consider him if he's free. Lacy suffered an ankle injury on Sunday night that apparently isn't serious, but Starks is worth considering in the event that Lacy is out a week or two.
1. Sammie Coates: Coates, Antonio Brown, and Lev Bell all had 11 targets on Sunday. Coates brought in six catches and led the team in receiving yards with 139 while adding two touchdowns. The Steelers offense can be lethal, and I'd love to own their downfield threat. He has a firm grip on the WR2 spot in Pittsburgh.
2. Cameron Meredith: No Kevin White = More Eddie Royal? Eh, sorta, but Meredith was the big beneficiary of the vacuum left by White. Meredith led the Bears with nine catches for 130 yards and a TD, and should be considered in all formats.
3. Before I give the name, let's play a game about Week 5 Stats. Both players play for the same team
Player A: 1 target, 0 catches, 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0 anything, 0 fun
Player B: 13 targets, 8 catches, 102 yards, 1 TDs, a whole bunch of something, a moderate amount of fun
Player A is Torrey Smith; Player B is Jeremy Kerley. I'm comfortable saying that Kerley is the number one receiver on the Blaine Gabbert-led 49ers. Word recently came out that Colin Kaepernick will be starting in Week 6, so keep an eye on this dynamic in case it shifts back towards Torrey. For now, though, I'm endorsing Kerley.
1. Martellus Bennett: Just make sure he's owned.
2. Charles Clay: Now I'm not saying to drop anyone of worth for him or that he'll do well, but he led the Bills with five catches for 73 yards. With no Sammy Watkins, someone has to step up. I have no idea if Clay will continue to be the guy, but the tight end position is pretty rough so you can always do worse.