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Rookie Report Week 5

The rookies continue to perform well, here is a snapshot of the class after Week 5!

The story of week 5 is about injuries. Devon Achane and Anthony Richardson will be out for at least four weeks. Justin Jefferson’s injury opens the door for Jordan Addison to be the focal point in Minnesota.


Stroud is great. Richardson is hurt. Young is meh. Rinse and repeat.

CJ Stroud, Texans

Week 5: 20-35, 249 yards, 1 TD | 2 yards

2023: 114-186, 1,461 yards, 7 TDs| 53 yards

Stroud had a down week and was still solid. Five games into the season, he has yet to throw an interception. The Texans remind me a bit of the Lions last year. You can see the makings of a very good team despite the mess.

Anthony Richardson, Colts

Week 5: 9-12, 98 yards | 5 yards

2023: 50-84, 577 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT| 136 yards, 4 TDs

Richardson has played four games in his young career and finished just one. Anyone worried about his ability to stay healthy surely feels reinforced. He has talent, but he won’t be worth it if he can’t stay healthy.

Bryce Young, Panthers

Week 5: 25-41, 247 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs | 3 yards

2023: 92-144, 750 yards, 5 TDs, 4 INTs | 64 yards

Young has increased his passing yards in his four games but hasn’t put it all together yet. The Panthers are reportedly looking for a lead WR to trade for, which would help. It’s too early to write him off and go all in.


Two undrafted free agents in the top five? Every year, I inch closer to not drafting any RBs early and going heavy at the other positions. Kendre Miller jumps up to number two despite the return of Alvin Kamara.

Devon Achane, Dolphins

Week 5: 11 carries, 151 yards, 1 TD | 1 catch, 14 yards

2023: 38 carries, 460 yards, 5 TDs| 9 catches, 76 yards, 2 TDs

Achane is everything we thought he was. An incredible 12.1 yards per carry and now injured. You will have to play him if he is in the lineup, but how often will he be out of the lineup?

Kendre Miller, Saints

Week 5: 12 carries, 37 yards | 4 catches, 53 yards

2023: 22 carries, 74 yards | 6 catches, 58 yards

I am all in on Miller. He was my number three RB in this class, and I gave up a probable late 2024 first for him in one league. This week showed that he can be a factor while Kamara still leads the backfield and gave credence to the idea that he will be the main back when Kamara is gone.

Jaleel McLaughlin, Broncos

Week 5: 9 carries, 68 yards | 3 catches, 21 yards, 1 TD

2023:  22 carries, 160 yards, 1 TD | 7 catches, 46 yards, 2 TDs

McLaughlin was outsnapped by Perine again but had a solid week in the chances he was given. He seems to have carved out a role with or without Javonte Williams.

Tyjae Spears, Titans

Week 5: 7 carries, 34 yards, 1 TD | 4 catches, 35 yards

2023: 26 carries, 136 yards, 1 TD | 15 catches, 63 yards

Eleven touches for nearly 70 yards and a TD is something everyone will take for Spears. He isn’t special yet, but he’s worth a play on deep rosters.

Emari Demercado, Cardinals

Week 5: 10 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD | 1 catch, 12 yards

2023: 14 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD | 6 catches, 40 yards

Demercado had a solid week after an injury to James Conner. Conner is having a solid year but has landed on IR. Demercado will get plenty of snaps. After next season, Conner is a free agent and will be 29 in May. There is a path to a much bigger long-term role here.

The Rest of Week 5

  • Bijan Robinson, Falcons – 11 carries, 46 yards | 2 catches, 12 yards
  • Eric Gray, New York – 12 carries, 25 yards | 1 catch, 1 yards
  • Roschon Johnson, Bears – 3 carries, 19 yards
  • Tank Bigsby, Jaguars – 3 carries, 10 yards
  • Deuce Vaughn, Cowboys – 8 carries, 9 yards | 1 catch, 2 yards   
  • Chase Brown, Bengals – 1 catch, -2 yards


Lots of the same names at the top. With Jefferson going down, Addison should be consistently in the top five.

Josh Downs, Colts

Week 5: 6 catches, 97 yards

2023: 23 catches, 255 yards

Downs had the biggest game of his young career, nearly eclipsing 100 yards for the first time. The injury to Richardson might help his game, as the Colts should rely more heavily on the passing game under Gardner Minshew. He has been out-snapped by Alec Pierce every game, but Downs has 15 more catches, 17 more targets, and 131 more yards.

Zay Flowers, Ravens

Week 5: 5 catches, 73 yards

2023: 29 catches, 317 yards

Flowers is leading the Ravens in snaps, yards, catches, and targets. He has been targeted ten times or more in three of his first five games. He is WR1 in Baltimore.

Puka Nacua, Rams

Week 5: 7 catches, 71 yards, 1 TD

2023: 46 catches, 572 yards, 2 TDs                                                            

Cooper Kupp is back, and it didn’t matter for Nacua. Kupp saw 12 targets, catching eight for 118 yards. Nacua was targeted 11 times. The Rams lost, but they aren’t going away anytime soon. Nacua might have 1,000 yards before the Rams’ week ten bye.

Jordan Addison, Vikings

Week 5: 6 catches, 64 yards, 1 TD

2023: 19 catches, 249 yards, 3 TDs

Justin Jefferson is out for at least four weeks, moving Addison to the top of the Vikings WR group. He’s been outsnapped by KJ Osborn in every game, but Addison has more targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns. He could explode in a Vikings offense that loves to throw the football.  

Tank Dell, Texans

Week 5: 3 catches, 57 yards

2023: 19 catches, 324 yards, 2 TDs

Dell only had four targets in week five but was efficient, catching three for 57 yards. He is still on pace for well over 1,000 yards and has the second-most yards of all rookie wide receivers.

The Rest of Week 5

  • Jonathan Mingo, Panthers – 5 catches, 48 yards
  • Rashee Rice, Chiefs – 4 catches, 33 yards, 1TD
  • Demario Douglas, Patriots – 1 catch, 24 yards
  • Michael Wilson, Cardinals – 1 catch, 18 yards
  • Dontayvion Wicks, Packers – 1 catch, 10 yards
  • Andrei Iosivas, Packers – 1 catch, 9 yards
  • Jayden Reed, Packers – 1 catch, 7 yards
  • Marvin Mims, Broncos – 1 catch, 4 yards


Sam LaPorta is the TE1, and Michael Mayer finally flashed.

Sam LaPorta, Lions

Week 5: 3 catches, 47 yards, 2 TDs

2023: 25 catches, 288 yards, 3 TDs

LaPorta claimed the top TE spot in fantasy football with his two-score game. He is in a perfect system to remain amongst the league’s best.

Michael Mayer, Raiders

Week 5: 2 catches, 39 yards

2023: 3 catches, 41 yards

Mayer had two big catches in the Raiders win over the Packers. Austin Hooper still got two catches on two targets, but Mayer out-snapped him for the first time 42-36. Hooper is on a one-year deal and will be 40 at the end of the month. This is Mayer’s long-term starting spot.

Luke Musgrave, Packers

Week 5: 6 catches, 34 yards

2023: 18 catches, 159 yards

Musgrave remains a focal point for the Packers offense. He matched Christian Watson’s seven targets to lead the team. He may not be on LaPorta’s level, but he is a capable starter who will get you weekly points.

The Rest of Week 5

  • Dalton Kincaid, Bills – 2 catches, 19 yards
  • Josh Whyle, Titans – 1 catch, 7 yards

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