It feels like yesterday that we were all preparing for our fantasy football drafts. But before we know it, we're four weeks deep and so much doesn't make sense.
The New York Jets are 2-2, the New England Patriots are also 2-2 and the Los Angeles Rams are 3-1.
Point is: There are a lot of things no one saw coming, and as a result, the fantasy landscape changes a bit.
In Week 4 we saw quite the rash of injuries after a fairly silent Week 3. The injury list was highlighted by Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
There's some other important news: The Chicago Bears will start rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, according to Schefter.
We have four teams on bye this week: the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
Let's take a look at this week's schedule and the top 50 players for Week 5:
|NFL Week 5 Schedule|
|Thur. 10/6||New England at Tampa Bay||8:25 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||NY Jets at Cleveland||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Carolina at Detroit||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Tennessee at Miami||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Buffalo at Cincinnati||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||LA Chargers at NY Giants||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Jacksonville at Pittsburgh||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Arizona at Philadelphia||1 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Seattle at LA Rams||4:05 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Green Bay at Dallas||4:25 p.m.|
|Sun. 10/9||Kansas City at Houston||8:30 p.m.|
|Mon. 10/10||Minnesota at Chicago||8:30 p.m.|
Rank, Player, Position, Opponent
1. Mike Evans, WR, TB, vs. NE
2. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT, vs. JAC
3. Kareem Hunt, RB, KC, @ HOU
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL, vs. GB
5. Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT, vs. JAC
6. Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI, vs. ARZ
7. Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN, @ CHI
8. Brandin Cooks, WR, NE, @ TB
9. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG, vs. LAC
10. Todd Gurley, RB, LAR, vs. SEA
11. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC, @ NYG
12. A.J. Green, WR, CIN, vs. BUF
13. Ty Montgomery, RB, GB*, @ DAL
14. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU, vs. KC
15. Jordy Nelson, WR, GB, @ DAL
16. Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC, vs. PIT
17. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI, @ PHI
18. Tyreek Hill, WR, KC, @ HOU
19. Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA, vs. TEN
20. LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF, @ CIN
21. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL, vs. GB
22. Carlos Hyde, RB, SF, @ IND
23. DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN, @ MIA
24. Golden Tate, WR, DET, vs. CAR
25. Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI, vs. MIN
26. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND, vs. SF
27. Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC, @ NYG
28. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA, @ LAR
29. Zach Ertz, TE, PHI, vs. ARZ
30. Duke Johnson, RB, CLE, @ NYJ
31. Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE, @ TB
32. Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA, vs. TEN
33. Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ, @ CLE
34. Davante Adams, WR, GB*, @ DAL
35. Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN, @ MIA
36. Sammy Watkins, WR, LAR, vs. SEA
37. Jordan Howard, RB, CHI, vs. MIN
38. Pierre Garcon, WR, SF, @ IND
39. Chris Hogan, WR, NE, @ TB
40. DeSean Jackson, WR, TB, vs. NE
41. Doug Martin, RB, TB, vs. NE
42. Mike Gillislee, RB, NE, @ TB
43. Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR, @ DET
44. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN, @ CHI
45. Theo Riddick, RB, DET, vs. CAR
46. Travis Kelce, TE, KC, @ HOU
47. Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK, vs. BAL
48. Lamar Miller, RB, HOU, vs. KC
49. Jason Witten, TE, DAL, vs. GB
50. Amari Cooper, WR, OAK, vs. BAL
* = if he plays
Players to Watch
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Even on a short turnaround, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is poised to have a week for the record books in Week 5.
On Thursday Night Football, Evans and the Bucs will host the New England Patriots.
Looking at the Bucs and Patriots, these are two offenses that are just destined for a shootout.
Besides the Saints in Week 2, every opposing team has put up at least 30 points against the Patriots.
If the Patriots have been unable to handle guys like Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins and Devin Funchess this season, Evans, alongside a speedster in DeSean Jackson, is going to create headaches for the Patriots.
Don't be surprised if Evans scores a couple of touchdowns in this game. He's the No. 1 player on my board for a reason.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
After scoring a pair of touchdowns in Week 4, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will look to maintain that pace against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.
This season, the Packers are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
In those games, the Packers have faced Eddie Lacy, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Joe Mixon, Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Overall, that's a talented group of backs, but none are at the level of Elliott.
This game has the makings of a high-scoring affair, and Elliott will be the primary option for the Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.
The Packers struggled against receiving backs, ranking 31st in defensive DVOA against them, and Elliott is pretty good at catching the ball.
Elliott should see upward of 25 touches in this contest, making him a top-two running back on the week in PPR leagues.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
Sticking with the Cowboys vs. Packers' game theme, Ty Montgomery should be in for a pleasant afternoon if he can play through a rib injury.
Although he left the team's Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears early with a chest injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the injury is not as bad as the team first thought and he could play against the Cowboys.
Conversely, Jason Wilde of the Wall Street Journal and ESPN reported something that may give a bit more insight into how Montgomery is feeling.
Jason Wilde @jasonjwilde
#Packers RB Ty Montgomery said on #ClubhouseLive tonight he has "multiple" broken ribs. Is "feeling a lot better" and can laugh and sleep.2017-10-3 02:27:34
The presence of rookie back Aaron Jones may give you pause when it comes to Montgomery, but prior to leaving the game against the Bears, Montgomery was running well, totaling 28 yards on five carries. A converted wide receiver, Montgomery also catches a ton of passes.
It's not yet known if wide receiver Davante Adams will play after taking a brutal headshot Sunday, but if he doesn't, that means more looks for Montgomery.
Ranking 25th in DVOA against pass-catching running backs, the Cowboys also allow over 50 yards receiving per game to opposing running backs.
That's PPR gold.
If Montgomery plays, you play him, too.
Torrey Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
This is partially a gut call, but Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith has an excellent opportunity to capture his first touchdown of the season in Week 5. At home, the Eagles will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals.
When you think of the Cardinals, you think of cornerback Patrick Peterson. While Peterson may be a feared cornerback in the league, he's actually been fairly average in 2017, ranking 43rd by Pro Football Focus.
The Cardinals also sport Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu, who rank 59th and 100th, respectively.
Smith may be a bit of a one-trick pony, but with Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor on the field with him, Smith may get a few opportunities at one-on-one coverage.
From there, it's just a matter of whether or not quarterback Carson Wentz can connect with him.
As Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes, the Eagles will continue to try to feed Smith the ball to break him out of his funk.
Zach Berman @ZBerm
Pederson says Eagles approach with Torrey Smith is different than a struggling rookie. Plan is to keep getting him involved.2017-10-2 16:15:06
It's a bit of a boom-or-bust proposition, but if you're in need of a flex player, Smith could be your man.